Residential ceiling fans are just as much decorative pieces as they are ventilation appliances, which is why they are fashioned from a wide variety of materials and come in different designs.

The best ceiling fan decor will be comprised of two elements – the style and the finish.

The design

Basically, ceiling fan styles can be divided into three categories, which are:

Traditional or Classic

These are reproductions of the early designs, and are often very basic, without light kits included. Examples include the Hunter Royal Oak and the Casablanca Capistrano.

Contemporary or modern ceiling fans

contemporary-ceiling-fansContemporary ceiling fan style closely resembles industrial fans since they characteristically have round motors, three blades and metallic finishes instead of wood.

Examples of the best modern fans include the Fanimation Zonix, the Minka Aire Downtown Loft and the Altuz fan from the Modern Fan Company.

Transitional ceiling fans

Emerson Carrera Grande
Emerson Carrera Grande is an example of a transitional ceiling fan

As the name implies, transitional ceiling fans have elements of both traditional and contemporary styles.

They are basic just like traditional fans but appear more modern, though not as state-of-the-art as contemporary fans.

Examples include the Emerson Carrera Grande and the Monte Carlo Cyclone.

Other design considerations

Aside from these three basic styles, ceiling fans can also be specific to a certain design movement or period, or can have their own unique niche. These include:

  • Victorian fans
  • Art Deco fans
  • Art Noveau fans
  • Mission fans
  • Oriental fans
  • Tropical ceiling fans
  • Nature-inspired fans
  • Nautical fans
  • Rustic fans
  • Kids ceiling fans
  • Vintage ceiling fans
  • Tiffany ceiling fans

The Finish

Once you have decided on the style, you will need to decide on the blade finish, which will determine the final, overall look of the ceiling fan. Basically, finishes can be either wood or metal.

The most commonly used wood finishes include:

  1. Light Cherry
  2. Dark Cherry
  3. Walnut
  4. Birch
  5. Mahogany
  6. Oak
  7. Pine

On the other hand, the most commonly used metallic finishes are:

  • Bronze
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Brushed Steel
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Chrome

In addition, metal finishes can be matte, satin, brushed or polished. Some are also available in antique, rustic, textured and oil-rubbed variations.

There are black and white wood and metal finishes, too, for those who want a clean and classic look.

The right ceiling fan decor

In order to pick the right ceiling fan style and finish, the first thing you have to do is to consider the style of the room where you will be installing it.

Take a look around and see what is the predominant style or color scheme of the room, as well as its furnishings. Some rooms have a distinct sense of style, but if you are not sure, you can choose a traditional or transitional ceiling fan, both of which are very versatile.

Next, you have to decide if you want the ceiling fan to be the centerpiece or the focal point of room design, or if you just want it to blend in nicely. Victorian style ceiling fans, Tiffany ceiling fans and Art Noveau ceiling fans often attract a lot of attention, while traditional, rustic and Mission fans can be right at home in any ceiling.

You might also want to consider, too, if you will be installing a light kit on the ceiling fan, and what type of lighting you will use, since this will also affect the overall ceiling fan decor.

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