I Don’t Care What You Say. I NEED MY CEILING FANS!



Dear Laurel,

I love you. I love your blog but there’s something I need to get off my chest. We are building our dream home. We live in Texas. It is hot as hell here for nine months out of the year.

You my dear (said with love) are from New York. Yes, I know you guys can have some steamy days, but you don’t know steam until you’ve arrived in south Texas!

Point is– We need our ceiling fans! And some of them must have lights! But you said that you’re not big on ceiling fans and absolutely no lights!

Please, please reconsider. I hang on your every word!

Fanny Liteswich




Hey Fanny— you do???



I know that I’ve written that my not liking ceiling fans is absolutely, totally and thoroughly NOT true!

But don’t ask me when or where I said that. It’s a certain kind of fan that you can see here that I don’t like.

And something else it appears that some miss is that my formative years were spent in a place that is insanely hot at least 4 months out of year. Southern Indiana. Or Evansville, to be precise.


See? Southern Indiana is in the humid subtropical zone. I told you so!


I remember the last summer we were there when I was 15. Our air conditioning broke and my mom didn’t have the money to get it fixed, so she got these two giant fans which is the only reason that we’re still alive.

But before that, we spent our summers at the Surf Club.

Anybody from E’ville remember that place?

I checked. It’s not there anymore. It wasn’t the prettiest establishment. But there was always the smell of french fries served up with a side of chlorine and a ginormous olympic-sized pool. Oh, and the 16 foot deep diving well; I loved that place! I loved it so much that every summer, I joined the swim team where we routinely dove into three feet of water.

It’s a wonder that any of us survived those years!

So, Fanny, I do know hot and I do totally appreciate your need to keep the air in the ol’ sweat box moving.

What I don’t want to see is this:



or this

And God forbid– This wackiness!


Okay, let’s get the boring stuff out-of-the-way.  Boring, but necessary.


The things we need to consider when selecting a ceiling fan.


  • Location – Is it dry, damp or wet?
  • The type of room or location it’s going in
  • The style/colors of the home/room in relation to the style needs of the fan
  • Ceiling height
  • The size of the room or area
  • Lighting options if necessary for the fan and if not, placement of the other lights if in the ceiling, especially.
  • Air flow. This is a technical issue and to be discussed with your contractor if it’s important
  • Controls – wall or remote
  • Cleaning supplies


 These good folks put together a whole check list – rules, etc.

My over-all philosophy for most situations is less is more. You really cannot go wrong with simple. That is… unless you want the fan to make a design statement, but please be careful.


Time to jump in for some inspo for our ceiling fans



Furlow Gatewood. You barely notice the fan. A simple, classic white fan. No worries. It’s coming!

A more rustic Furlow Gatewood room.

Bunny Williams and John Rosselli

Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s home in Punta Cana – where they chose a simple fan to move the air.


Midwest Home Mag

The old-style fans moved with a belt and you can still get those at Fanimation.


Dearborn Builders


 Kitchen Rao Design Studios

Matthews Fan Company DD-MTL Duplo Dinamico 39" Rotational Fan - Blades and Wall, Copper

Ceiling Fans from Matthews Fan Company.


Better Homes and Gardens


Charleston Home Mag

Dearborn Builders


Huff-Dewberry Design


Home Design Decor Mag


My Favorite Fans


Minka-Aire F565-WH Mesa, 52" Ceiling Fan White - Best Ceiling Fans

Minka-Aire F565-WH, Mesa, 52″ Ceiling Fan, White

Let’s begin with Furlow Gatewood’s classic white ceiling fan. This one is a flush mount version which is perfect for an eight-foot ceiling. It’s under 70 bucks and 75% gave it five stars.

This fan comes in different sizes, finishes, etc.

Here is a link to the 42″ version from Minka.

Hunter Fan Company also makes a similar version.


Casablanca 54000 Ainsworth 54-Inch Ceiling Fan with Five Blades, Cottage White Casablanca 54000 Ainsworth 54-Inch Ceiling Fan with Five Blades, Cottage White

I like this chalky almost Swedish looking fan.


Hunter Fan 53039 Summer Breeze 52-Inch Ceiling Fan with Five Blades, White

Hunter Fan 53039 Summer Breeze 52-Inch Ceiling Fan with Five Blades, White


Suzanne Kasler White Ceiling fan bedroom - ceiling fans

Suzanne Kasler


Emerson Ceiling Fans CF755WW Designer 52-Inch Energy Star Ceiling Fan, Light Kit Adaptable, Appliance White Finish Emerson Ceiling Fan CF755WW Designer 52-Inch Energy Star Ceiling Fan, Light Kit Adaptable, Appliance White Finish

Furlow Gatewood – photo by Rod Collins

All or most of the above traditional white ceiling fans come in other finishes. And Most also have a light kit to fit with ONE center light. :]


Minka-Aire F470-WH, Hilo White 52" Ceiling Fan with Light Minka-Aire F470-WH, Hilo White 52″ Ceiling Fan with Light


The above fan from Minka is one lovely example already fitted with a light.


Minka-Aire F524-WHF, Roto White 52" Ceiling Fan with Wall Control Minka-Aire F524-WHF, Roto White 52″ Ceiling Fan with Wall Control


Hunter 59263 Contemporary Cassius Fresh White Ceiling Fan, 52" Hunter 59263 Contemporary Cassius Fresh White Ceiling Fan, 52″


Matthews IR5-TB-60, Irene Textured Bronze 60" Ceiling Fan with Remote Matthews IR5-TB-60, Irene Textured Bronze 60″ Ceiling Fan with Remote


Minka-Aire F556-ORB, Contractor Plus Oil-Rubbed Bronze Energy Star 52" Ceiling Fan Minka-Aire F556-ORB, Contractor Plus Oil-Rubbed Bronze Energy Star 52″ Ceiling Fan


 Fanimation Spitfire Ceiling Fan Model MA6721DF driftwood finish with light Fanimation Spitfire Ceiling Fan Model MA6721DF driftwood finish with light

It also comes in a version without a light. I believe that the blades are sold separately. Fanimation is a more expensive brand, but the fixtures are exquisite!


Fanimation FP7910OB Levon Ceiling Fan, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish, 8 Walnut Finish Blades Fanimation FP7910OB Levon Ceiling Fan, Oil Rubbed Bronze Walnut Finish, 8 Blades


Emerald Coast Real Estate Photography


Fanimation FP1280BL-22-L1 Ceiling Fan Fanimation FP1280BL-22-L1 Ceiling Fan

belt-driven-ceiling-fans-Living-Room-Traditional Ceiling Fans

Belt driven fan – Room by Tyson Construction Company


Hunter 18865 60-Inch Limited Edition Ceiling Fan, Midas Black Hunter 18865 60-Inch Limited Edition Ceiling Fan, Midas Black

Above and below are modeled after late 1800s two-blade ceiling fans.


Quorum 28682-86, Turner Oiled Bronze 68" Ceiling Fan with Wall Control

Quorum 28682-86, Turner Oiled Bronze 68″ Ceiling Fan with Wall Control


Monte Carlo Cannondae 56" Bronze Finish

Monte Carlo Cannondale, 56″ Bronze Finish, Bronze / American Walnut Blades

Like most of these, it comes in different finishes.


It’s also very striking in these finishes.



Westinghouse Aerialist 52-inch two-blade-Indoor DC Motor Ceiling Fan, Polished Nickel FinishWestinghouse Aerialist 52-inch two-blade-Indoor DC Motor Ceiling Fan, Polished Nickel Finish


Matthews Fan Company AQ-CR-MTL Ceiling Fan, Chrome Finish with No Shades

Matthews Fan Company AQ-CR-MTL Ceiling Fan, Chrome Finish with No Shades

This retro beauty from Matthews comes in different sizes and finishes.


Matthews DI-BN-MTL, Diane, Oscilating Ceiling Fan, 13" Span, Brushed Nickel

Matthews DI-BN-MTL, Diane, Oscilating Ceiling Fan, 13″ Span, Brushed Nickel


Matthews ME-TB, Melody,13" Wall Fan, Bronze

Matthews ME-TB, Melody,13″ Wall Fan, Bronze


That is a work of art indeed! I realize that this is technically a wall fan. But that is a possibility too.


Minka Aire F833-RD Red Ceiling Fan

Minka Aire F833-RD Red Ceiling Fan

I think that this red number would be fabulous in a playroom or a kid’s bedroom, or even a fun kitchen. I believe that it comes in other colors too and it also comes in white.


Minka Aire F802-BN/CH One Light Brushed Nickel/chrome Ceiling Fan

Minka Aire F802-BN/CH One Light Brushed Nickel/chrome Ceiling Fan

One more retro dual fan, but a little more trad and with a light :] by Minka.


Y Decor AISLEE-CH Modern, Transitional 48 inch Ceiling Fan 3 Reversible Blade Chrome Base, Light Kit Included By Y Décor, Chrome, Silver

Y Decor AISLEE-CH Modern, Transitional 48 inch Ceiling Fan 3 Reversible Blade Chrome Base, Light Kit Included By Y Décor, Chrome, Silver

They are calling this transitional which many of you know is a word I really don’t like. I see it as being more retro and think it would be cool in a kitchen.


Indoor/Outdoor Fans


These are all UL rated to go in damp places like porches, patios and sunrooms, but please, please double-check. I supposed if it can go outside, it can go inside too. Right? Some state that they are indoor/outdoor.

Harbor Breeze Twin Breeze Ii 74-in Oil-rubbed Bronze Outdoor Downrod Ceiling Fan

Harbor Breeze Twin Breeze Ii 74-in Oil-rubbed Bronze Outdoor Downrod Ceiling Fan


Brette Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Two 23W LED Light Strips, 23-Inch, Espresso Bronze Brette Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Two 23W LED Light Strips, 23-Inch-Bronze

What is this, you ask? A FANDALIER – And no, I did not make that one up. This also comes in nickel. I think it would be fab in a kitchen. If the kitchen is on the smaller side, unless it’s a galley, I would do only one. But it could also go in an entry or hall, stair landing– laundry. Lots of places.


52" Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan

52″ Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor Ceiling Fan

And this is another version with a light


Hunter Fan Company 53125 Bridgeport 52-Inch ETL Damp Listed Ceiling Fan with Five White Plastic Blades, White

Hunter Fan Company 53125 Bridgeport 52-Inch ETL Damp Listed Ceiling Fan with Five White Plastic Blades, White


Minka-Aire F572-WH, Sundance, 42" Ceiling Fan, White

Minka-Aire F572-WH, Sundance, 42″ Ceiling Fan, White


27 chic, stylish ceiling fans

Please save the above image to your pinterest boards!

Well, hope you guys enjoyed that. And please let me know what you think of these fans.

Addendum: Since I’ve gotten a plethora of comments about this company am adding a fan from BIG ASS FANS! Great name, huh? They are not the cheapest, but the quality is fabulous and they look great.

Haiku Home L Series Smart Ceiling Fan, Wi-Fi, Indoor/Outdoor, LED Light, White

Haiku Home L Series Smart Ceiling Fan, Wi-Fi, Indoor/Outdoor, LED Light, White


Haiku fan - big ass fans 52 inch bedroom - ceiling fans


PS: All of the products are highly rated and from fine manufacturers, however, I do not have personal experience with any of them.

this post contains affiliate links for products that I only wish I could have myself!



5th edition rolodex-post-graphic - November 2018 - A unique shopping guide with hundreds of sources created by Laurel Bern

  • Syl - June 14, 2017 - 10:21 PM

    Great post, Laurel.

    We bought a house a couple of years ago and the previous owners had started renovating right before they put it on the market. We are in the Phoenix area and their style was a combination of Southwest & Tuscan. They had chosen a Fanimation Hubbardton Forge in rub oiled bronze with an amber light. Our style is more contemporary so replacing that fan was one of my first projects.

    As I was scrolling through your post I was wondering whether you would include my favorite fan – the Monte Carlo Minimalist Max. What I love about this fan is that the width is 72″, with three blades and the diameter of the brushed steel downrod is the widest I have ever seen! We have a great room with a 14′ ceiling, so it’s a perfect piece of ceiling art/jewelry.

    I can’t upload a picture so here it is on Pinterest,

    • Laurel Bern - June 14, 2017 - 11:56 PM

      Hi Syl,

      That’s a lovely fan! Is that your home or just a home that has your fan in it?ReplyCancel

  • falu - April 20, 2017 - 1:22 AM

    thanks for this post! you mention the classic white flush mount ceiling fan from furlow gatewood– can you send a link to the item? thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Bach - April 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM

    Living in the Deep South (Jackson, MS) would be unbearable without a white Hunter ceiling fan in almost every room.. However, noticed several comments re: ceiling fan in the kitchen – when we renovated our kitchen, the contractor said “no” to my request for a ceiling fan; if there is a kitchen fire, the fan will fan the flames and make it harder to contain.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 16, 2017 - 6:41 PM

      Hi Pam,

      Hadn’t thought of that issue. Yes, that would be a problem is there wasn’t time or the opportunity to turn it off.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - April 7, 2017 - 6:12 PM

    Hi Laurel! Love your blog and your smart, sassy, no nonsense way of communicating. Very engaging. I stumbled upon you at just the right time many months ago. We had just begun a new build. You have directed many a decision. I’m so happy to see this post, as I, too, thought you did not like fans. Living in southeast NC, I am one of those who did not have a choice. We have fans. Luckily, I have not had to use any light kits and all of my fan choices look very similar to ones you have posted. I am quite boldly patting myself on the back after reading this post! Lol! I do have one dilemma. I was not happy with one of the fans I had hurriedly chosen to make the electrician happy. Shortly after it was hung, I found another fan I adored(Ok if you can adore fans…), and asked him to hang it instead. He’s not the sweetest person I know, but he did it. The questionable problem: for some reason, maybe to irritate me, he hung it with a 2 foot rod. It’s a 10 foot ceiling and the first fan, as are all of my other ones, have been hung flush with the ceiling. What possessed him to do this, I do not know. I have a sneaky suspicion he did it on purpose to irritate me. I’m trying to decide just how irritated I should be. It definitely does not fade away hanging at 8 feet in this bedroom. Shall I have him climb the ladder again or should I just choose to be happy?(SO READY TO BE DONE WITH HIM AND THIS HOUSE.) Will this bother anyone but me? Does it bother you? Maybe I’ll beg my nephew for a favor….ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 8, 2017 - 11:06 AM

      Hi Vanessa,

      Yuck on him. The bottom of the fan should be 8-9 feet above the floor. 7 is the minimum. But if you’re feeling it’s too low, then a shorter bar sounds like the right thing to do. With a 10 foot ceiling, you’ll probably want a one-foot drop.

      I would have someone else do the work if you’re not comfortable with this dude.ReplyCancel

  • Terese - April 6, 2017 - 1:16 PM

    Based on this, I already bought and installed (or he did) the white minka fan with light. Thank goooooooood the horrible old fan is gone — it looked exactly like your example of the worst kind of fan, but in a shiny reddish orange coppery brass. Made my skin crawl. Looks amazing in there now! Thank you! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 6, 2017 - 1:37 PM

      Hi Terese,

      Oh wow! That is so cool and I’m glad that the post helped you and that you’re happy with the fan. As I said, I don’t have personal experience with any of these fans, but I only chose ones that have a least a four star rating and many have five stars!ReplyCancel

  • John - April 3, 2017 - 2:05 PM

    I like the simple designed ceiling fans. One of my favorite fans I’ve seen I found on a website called Modern Fan Outlet. I ordered a couple of the Titan ceiling fans in the bronze color, 84″ diameter. These things are great. I would love to post a photo of the one I put on my A-frame covered deck, as well as the one in my family room. I cannot figure out how to do so here, so here is a link to at least see the fan http://www.modernfanoutlet.com/troposair-titan-orb-84a.html. It’s really good for keeping the room cool. The one I put outdoors I did not use the light, but in my family room the light is a nice addition, and since it’s integrated it isn’t gaudy.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 4, 2017 - 12:47 AM

      Hi John,

      That sounds great. The modern fan looks very much like the one I have in the post from Fanimation.ReplyCancel

  • nancy - March 30, 2017 - 12:35 AM

    Also, if you live in an poorly insulated house in the winter, a ceiling fan on reverse setting will greatly improve your comfort. Huge difference, huge!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra - March 29, 2017 - 10:35 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    I was thrilled to say the least to see this post. I live in the extreme southwest corner of Missouri and we get all the weather, especially hot and humid. I just lost the “Battle of the Ceiling Fans” and replaced two in my Master bedroom and bath. My better half simply could not be without his fan. I told the owner of a very nice, high end home store how much I disliked ceiling fans and was pleasantly surprised that I was not alone. We were able to pick out two nice fans and I thought that if they blended in with the ceiling they wouldn’t be noticed as much. So I guess I can live with the ceiling fans and I do have to admit they are nice when you need them.

    I do have a question though. I see that one photo has a ceiling fan with a Williamsburg fixture. I originally had an antique, small, crystal chandelier in the bay window of our master bedroom but felt it didn’t look right with the ceiling fan over the bed. (The room is approximately 20 X 26.) Sadly, I took the chandelier down. It was given to us by a family friend and now is in storage. I don’t have another place suited for it. When I saw the photo in your post I wasn’t sure if I liked the look. What is your feeling on these two very different fixtures in the same room? The room is traditional, neutral colors. I haven’t been able to find any information on this.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 29, 2017 - 11:25 PM

      Hi Cassandra,

      That is Furlow Gatewood’s room and the way he gets away with it is that the ceilings are super high. Also, there might be another fan on the other side to balance it. He’s a symmetry guy. In any case, his compound of homes is in Georgia. He gets to have as many fans as he likes!ReplyCancel

  • Lorri - March 29, 2017 - 6:17 PM

    This post is everything I love about you, Laurel.

    I would have said there are ceiling fans and then there are ceiling fans. And secretly, I would have been a little annoyed that this even needed to be said as it’s so self-evident to me. It’s a horrific character flaw. 😉

    You, on the other hand, bring your humor, patience, and dedication to educate along with gorgeous photos to demonstrate.

    THANK GOD you didn’t listen when that obnoxious person told you to go back to design school. I rarely comment, but I just love what you bring to the world.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 29, 2017 - 9:47 PM

      Thank you so much Lorri. I get obnoxious about three or four times a month.

      I’ve come to fully realize that it’s always about them, not me. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 29, 2017 - 5:16 PM

    Oklahoma City thanks you for your support and post!! In the Southern states you need ceiling fans for survival. It gets so hot and humid during the night, the fans circulate the air and are just a necessity, even though historically they haven’t always been visually pleasing to all. Interior design accepting of ceiling fans, gasp! What’s next, recliners???ReplyCancel

  • Monica - March 28, 2017 - 6:23 PM

    I’ve got the Fanimation ceiling fan with 8 blades by Levon. My ceiling is 18′ high but one fan is sufficient to keep us comfortable. Another bonus is that it’s totally silent. Love it.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 28, 2017 - 7:02 PM

      Hi Monica,

      Oh that’s fabulous and always great to have an endorsement from someone who owns the piece!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - March 28, 2017 - 4:21 PM

    I love your blog! I was one of those under the belief you didn’t like fans! Lol. I live in the tropics where half the year my windows are open, fresh air comes in and I have all the ceiling fans on. I agree chandeliers are amazing but saving money and fresh air with a cool breeze make my heart sing. I did use light fixtures with all of my fans for convenience. I bought brown wood ones. I had to research fans not by beauty but air movement. We needed the good kind. I do like my brown ones and I think they work with my decor, updated British colonial but I can see white ones disappearing in the ceiling. Thanks always for great advice!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 28, 2017 - 5:11 PM

      Hi Ann,

      Sounds great and yes, function always comes first!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley - March 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM


    Thank you for this post. My bedrooms need ceiling here in the SC lowcountry, but I didn’t want to sacrifice style. Now that we have this situation in hand, could you write a post about good bathroom lighting?ReplyCancel

  • Libby - March 27, 2017 - 11:09 PM

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.Great guidance and resources, Laurel!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - March 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

    Laurel, what do you think of new white ceiling fans with a more tropical feel, like bamboo/rattan and/or palm leaf blade style, vs. the plain blades? In a new high rise beach condo in Miami with lots of white and cream? Is it tropical chic or Golden Girls?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 28, 2017 - 1:08 AM

      Hi Anne,

      I guess it depends what else is going on. That definitely needs at least a nine foot ceiling though.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 27, 2017 - 8:24 PM

    Love the fan with the chandelier hanging from it. I said to my husband, come here, honey, it’s the lady with the blog about that ugly stone fireplaces (we had the biggest laugh over the one that looked like a gorilla). We likewise had a big laugh over that wanna be in style fan/chandelier. You crack us up!!! But thank you for the ideas. I need to replace my kitchen fan, so this was so helpful. You have the most useful info of any design blog! Thank you! KimReplyCancel

  • Ellen Cox - March 27, 2017 - 4:41 PM

    Hi Laurel, I really enjoyed this post, and my kitchen fan is coming down today! This past January we had a new heat/air conditioning system so the fan is out. I did want to ask your opinion about painting doors the same color as the walls. My family room is small however there are 3 doors and 2 sets of double windows
    On the 3 walls. I am using Alabaster for the family room.
    Thanks for your wonderful blog!

    • Laurel Bern - March 27, 2017 - 6:49 PM

      Hi Ellen,

      I always paint the doors the same color as the trim– or at least 99% of the time.ReplyCancel

  • Paula - March 27, 2017 - 2:16 PM

    Thanks for taking on this long neglected societal problem…affecting countless households and marriages. I know this issue well. My hubby wanted to keep all the ceiling fans in our house, naturally, and I wanted to rip them all out. We compromised, ahem, and thus kept one in the sunroom, the problem space we are slowly turning into a home office. I am hoping you will someday turn your attention to the home office, the one for a messy person who needs storage (and not one of those adorable desks with no storage bc I know myself too well at this point). In the meantime hubby and I are elbowing each other on the kitchen island, precious space we also share with my son and his homework binder that weighs more than a newborn. I have high hopes now that I have fresh ideas for replacing the ceiling fan.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - March 27, 2017 - 12:35 PM

    Laurel…Great Post..love the humor. I live in So. Calif so fans are my necessity here for us. We bought a Casablanca fan in Tucson back in the early nineties and it moved with us to Honolulu and back to Calif. & when its hot it runs 24/7. I agree with you about the lites..they are unattractive even on my favorite fan. If you need a lite so many of them are so faint they’er useless. Thanks again for the info on fans wish I knew this along time ago.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - March 26, 2017 - 5:50 PM

    yes it is!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:34 PM

      oh phew! I think I remembered from way back that it was something like that. ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Shook - March 26, 2017 - 5:47 PM

    Ceiling fans are a fact of life here in the Deep South (Birmingham, AL). I would love a great chandelier in the MBR, but it will never happen because we would die of stuffiness. I think they are in every room of my house except the DR — I have to draw the line somewhere. I know people who even have them in larger closets! They do disappear into the ceiling if they are the same color as the ceiling and do not make too much of a statement, hence the successful integration demonstrated by the genius Furlow Gatewood in photos.

    I have actually seen on some of the blogs where ladies put a fancy chandelier in the bedroom and then stood up an ugly fan on a stick over in the corner, but they always carefully removed it for the blog photos! They snickered that the husbands were complaining but they didn’t care. I will save my comments on that subject for another time.

    At any rate, it seems that with the climate changes and the weird weather we all seem to have now, everybody damn well better get used to them!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - March 26, 2017 - 5:32 PM

    Love this article, but especially your last line. Of course you have no experience with any of them!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 8:47 PM

      Hi Gloria,

      Thanks so much!

      I have lived with ceiling fans but both were already there when I got there and both were plain white fans.ReplyCancel

  • Faye - March 26, 2017 - 5:17 PM

    I just LOVE reading your blog! You’re the best!!! I’m thinking of having wall sconces put in my family room. I found some very pretty beaded ones at Frontgate. I was going to put them on either side of a large mirror over the sofa. Do you have an opinion about sconces? Enjoyed this post about ceiling fans. I’m another Texan and I do have ceiling fans in almost every room. No lights on the one in my family room.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 8:46 PM

      Hi Faye,

      LOVE sconces!!! They give off the best light. I haven’t gotten to them yet, but I will. Just taking a break from lighting.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - March 26, 2017 - 3:26 PM

    GREAT post Laurel! I use a ceiling hugger fan from Minka a lot because it does the job and disappears, but you’ve shown me several new ones to consider. Big Ass Fans are my next favorite because they’re so much better looking than most others. I’m becoming a lazy designer because of you- I just read your posts (and use your fab Rolodex) and voila! My formerly never- ending product searches are over!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 8:45 PM

      Hi Anne,

      Well, I always say “When One Teaches, Two Learn.” But that’s not an original quote. It’s just so, so true!

      Since fans are not a big thing around here to put it mildly, so I had to research this one extensively. BAF was not on my radar until about a dozen people have pointed it out to me. So, now I’m a… nope, not going to say that lame pun! lol

      But BAF absolutely needs to go in the next Rolodex update. ReplyCancel

  • MAUREEN - March 26, 2017 - 1:53 PM


    I’M gutting and redoing a condo…following your every word! Had to replace a ceiling fan in master bedroom that looked more like an airplane propeller with a giant spotlight attached!
    My sweet electrician (and someone I had misjudged as being clueless) recommended the Minka ceiling fan……It is installed and is perfect: subtle…ceiling hugger..almost disappears into the ceiling ( which is painted Dove White as are walls….gorgeous. ..Highly recommend!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 6:22 PM

      Hi Maureen,

      Hooray for finding great people to help you with your decorating! And glad the blog is helping you too!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - March 26, 2017 - 1:31 PM

    Thank you for this post which I have already pinned to my “Things I need to show my decorator” file. I live in a 1920s bungalow and have five ceiling fans. Three of them are great. However, I have two that just bother me to no end – one in my living room (which we use the most in the winter to help move the heat) and one in the kitchen which stays on all summer. Now I know why I hate them – the one in the living room has brass that calls attention to it (so off to spray paint this one white) and the kitchen one is too big – it actually hits the cabinet doors if you open them. I LOVE the small ceiling fans you featured. That is the perfect solution for my kitchen!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 6:20 PM

      Hi Patti,

      Glad this is helpful for you! Haha on the blade hitting the cabinet door. That’s an oops, for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - March 26, 2017 - 1:23 PM

    OH MY GOODNESS! I knew there had to some reason I follow you so intently when I’ve fallen away from other designer blogs! I LIVE IN EVANSVILLE! I have friends who live where it is either mostly cold or mostly warm and they seem to have such as easier time decorating. Those light, cool, airy colors look great year round in the south. Those dark, cozy, warm colors look great year round in the north. Here, the cool, light colors look great in the wet sauna months (aka summer) but look completely out of place during the ice storms with no sunshine months of winter and vice versa.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 6:12 PM

      Hi Cheryl,

      Haha! How cool! I was just looking at E’ville on Wikipedia and noticed that the population is far smaller than when I was there in the 60’s.ReplyCancel

  • Tam - March 26, 2017 - 1:20 PM

    Thank you soooo much for this article! I also live in the inferno of central Texas! ☀️💥🔥
    We are remodeling and this information will help me with my decor-challenged husband who still thinks “tulip” light kits look just fine! I’ve also managed to convince him to move the ceiling fan over our kitchen table (I’ve always wanted a pretty light fixture) to the area close to the oven/stove/sink where the heat is generated… Yay me! Also thanks for having my back on white fans…they just blend into the ceiling unless you want more color with wood. you also helped me with my “50 shades of white” paint last summer. I went with Chantilly Lace in my all white kitchen remodel and love it!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 6:01 PM

      Hi Tam,

      My cousin lived in Dallas for many years and she used to tell us about the Texas oven.

      So glad to be of help from afar! I imagine that Chantilly Lace looks great with the warmer light of Texas. It can look too cool in the north. But colors that look great here might look too yellow down there.

      Good question. Not 100% sure of that. And of course, light is light and can vary considerably no matter where one is.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - March 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

    I live just north of San Antonio, Texas, and have already been using our ceiling fans for several weeks – a really warm Spring here this year. Was happy to see that you have featured the fans without lighting. Only way to go – overhead lighting (of any kind) is so often glaring and ruins the ambiance of an otherwise lovely space. As for the “helicopter” effect – get used to it! No apologies in Texas for ceiling fans.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:57 PM

      Hi Ann,

      Admittedly, fans do look better in rooms with higher ceilings. I am loving those Fanimation wall fans, however. My creative juices are trying to think up a great way to incorporate them that’s not only beautiful but provides the much needed air movement.ReplyCancel

  • Marilynn Williams - March 26, 2017 - 12:54 PM

    I have a confession. After all, it’s Sunday. I painted my ceiling fan in the master bedroom with the ceiling wall paint color.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:36 PM

      Hi Marilynn,

      An unlikely priest here. lol But that sounds interesting. How did it turn out? I would’ve recommending spraying it unless you were going for a little more rustic look.ReplyCancel

      • Marilynn - March 27, 2017 - 3:23 PM

        I used a flat white ceiling paint color and sprayed it with a mister artist sprayer. I didn’t want enamel because shiny enamel would be more noticeable. I think as a hack it works for me as there aren’t as many visible edges. If that makes sense.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - March 26, 2017 - 12:18 PM

    Hi Laurel, A really wonderful aspect of your blog is the context (room photos) you give to your subject matter… and so grateful for the info on your faves. I have learned so much from you and yet it continues! This blog post could make humidity an enviable environment! Thank you for keeping it real.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:35 PM

      Hi Leslie,

      How sweet you are. And yes, it’s true. Context is very helpful. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been in a showroom and seen a piece of furniture done up in a fabric and then took out the sample. I would’ve passed it by otherwise.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - March 26, 2017 - 11:39 AM

    They move counter clock wise.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:31 PM

      Hi Cindy,

      Is that a response to how to bring the warm air down? I can only see comments as they come in, before they are published and when I go to the back-end… it’s impossible to find.ReplyCancel

      • Cindy - March 26, 2017 - 10:20 PM

        Yes that is right the fan goes backwards to bring the warm air down, but not all ceiling fans have this capability.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Davis - March 26, 2017 - 11:25 AM

    Good Morning Laurel! This post was fun, informative & also, thought provoking–for me, anyways! I live in the American Deep South and have long bought the mantra of Must.Have.Ceiling Fans. For years, I have suffered over this necessity with an eye on style (limited choice, until recently) or at least something that disappears. Alas, painted ceilings can be a challenge. The fact is I mostly hate the things and never use them–except on our porches. (Inside=A/C) Ceiling fans tend to aggravate my allergies. Then there’s the chore of keeping them dust-free. I mentioned to this to my husband recently and followed-up with, I guess they’re useful if the power goes out. Earned ‘dumb blonde’ status with his incredulous–you know fans use electricity?? Btw, we have the Casa Delta-Wing Bronze Outdoor LED Ceiling Fan on our porch and it is wonderful! Looks great and is very efficient. Worth every penny of its price.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:24 PM

      Hi Susan,

      Well, in your defense, you never have to plug a fan in, so it’s easy to forget how it works. We used to live in a place where the electricity went out ALL the time. Some people had electric generators that would last for quite a while, actually.ReplyCancel

  • nancy keyes - March 26, 2017 - 10:39 AM

    Hi Laurel,
    While I don’t care for ceiling fans and removed them from my house…They were everywhere. I do see the need for them in certain places. We put one back in our sunroom with 3 sides of windows, west exposure and 10′ ceiling. Have to admit it does help. We used a Monte Carlo 54′ Studio Fan in polished nickel.

    As many times as I have seen Furlow Gatewood’s rooms, I have never noticed the fans. So much other eye candy to swoon over.

    Love your examples of Fanimation and Casa Dutta fans.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:21 PM

      Hi Nancy,

      That’s so right about Furlow’s fans. And it certainly helps that they are some 14 feet up, give or take.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Lambert - March 26, 2017 - 10:22 AM

    I’m in the process of replacing my fans (house came with a ceiling fan in every room!) with chandeliers. This is upstate NY. We don’t need ceiling fans, and my Louis XVI drawing room looked absolutely ridiculous with a fan. I breathed a sigh of relief when the Baccarat chandy went up in there. That being said, I totally love the white ceiling fan in the kitchen, where it looks right and circulates air on the rare occasions when cooking happens. In warmer climes, ceiling fans are fairly indispensable unless the A/C is central and efficient. But I would rather see a chandelier any day, from an aesthetic viewpoint. Table and window fans are a good alternative. They can be put away when not needed, unlike the ceiling fans.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:19 PM

      Hi Cynthia,

      That sounds so wonderful! And yes, they do make some very cool small table fans these days. One could stick a couple in an etagere and they would hardly be noticed, I think. ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead - March 26, 2017 - 10:22 AM

    Another grateful reader from the South! I could go on for days about my need for moving air which is not satisfied by simply turning down the thermostat and creating frigid air, but suffice it to say that fans definitely have their place. It’s good to see that there are classy ways of using an invention that still doesn’t detract from the overall look of a beautiful room.


    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:16 PM

      Hi Paula,

      I don’t know where all of the readers are from, but do know that decorating, in general is far more important to southerners than us yankees. Sweeping generalization. The only thing I can think of… is that we spend so much time just trying to stay warm! lol But– the steamy days are going to be upon us soon!

      My favorite time of year is the month of April. I thought that we were going to have an early spring with our mild February but then March decided to be more February-like and the bulbs that were starting to come up, came to an abrupt halt!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - March 26, 2017 - 10:20 AM

    THANK YOU Laurel for reaffirming and illustrating how ceiling fans CAN be done well! I have several simple white ceiling fans, much like some of the ones you show. I think they look great and wouldn’t do without them. I’m a British transplant to Central Kentucky and nobody could convince me to give up my ceiling fans. I love this post! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:11 PM

      Hi Maggie,

      Yes, the summers must feel brutal to you coming from the UK! Glad that you enjoyed!ReplyCancel

  • Elle - March 26, 2017 - 10:19 AM

    Phew! Thrilled to see this post! I have been feeling “incorrect” since we have a ceiling fan with a light in our bedroom. In Boston, it is a lifesaver since I can’t sleep with a noisy window AC.

    How amazing: it turns out that I’m much snobbier about ceiling fans that you! I rejected those that look like the Hunter Bridgeport and Minka Aire Mesas because I don’t like all those visible air vents or those fancy, crescent-shaped brackets that hold the blades.

    Our Hunter has a simple frosted glass bowl that covers two bulbs. The blades slide right into the housing that rotates above it without any visible screws or brackets. The whole fan unit has a solid, elegant “schoolhouse” shape, sort of like that red Minka fan, but very traditional. And it’s all white. The effect is sort of like that Minka Aire Hilo but more streamlined and more understated. I have yet to see a fan as nice, and we got it nearly 20 years ago.

    The fan has a remote for both the light and the fan. People contemplating getting a fan with a remote need to know the pros and cons. Pros: convenience. Cons: inconvenience! Occasionally one of the cats steps on the remote in the middle of the night and the fan suddenly goes on some berserk speed and wakes us up. Even less fun: the light is very touchy, so we often spend a lot of time waving the remote in its direction, desperately trying to turn it on or off. I sometimes give up and make my husband stand there for a while. Changing the batteries regularly helps. And getting a new remote from Hunter last year helped . . . a little.

    I have a question for you: like many, my fan can only take small bulbs, like fridge bulbs, and I think they have to be 40-watt. The light from even the clear “appliance” bulbs gives us a lurid gray pallor and not much illumination, but every bit helps, of course. We can fit just three small table lamps in our bedroom (and a closet light) — but it’s still too dim. Can you please recommend a better bulb? Are there compact fluorescents (shudder, I’ve avoided them so far) or anything else that can give a nicer, brighter light than a 40-watt appliance bulb? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Betty - March 29, 2017 - 4:43 AM

      I have to agree wholeheartedly about the remote control fans. I have one in living room that came with the house and many times I just want to rip the dang thing down. I have 10′ ceilings and cannot even change the direction of the airflow with the remote so it stays the summer way all year round. Thank gawd that I hate overhead lighting … I’ve only attempted this a few times when I had the walls painted so the painters could see what they were doing and what an annoying attempt trying to get that light on with a remote. Every time I thought I had it to the fullest brightness, yep I over pushed the button and turned it off. There has to be a better way. :))ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - March 29, 2017 - 9:35 PM

        I wonder if the fan is supposed to be able to go the other way, in the first place? Maybe if so, something is wrong with the remote? But maybe it’s just too old.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:09 PM

      Hi Elle,

      I wouldn’t make the fan light brighter as overhead lighting in a space larger than a hall can make shadows. But if you have three lamps in your bedroom, can they not hold a 60 watt bulb in them? But there are other options to increase the light in the room.

      If possible, put a mirror behind one or two of the lamps. For instance, if you have two night tables flanking your bed, if you put a mirror behind the lamp, you’ll double the light!

      I realize that it’s an old home, but wall sconces are another possibility. If hard wiring is not possible because of expense and bother, a sconce that plugs is also a possibility.

      • Elle - March 26, 2017 - 8:38 PM

        Those are wise suggestions, and I’m already trying to replace our bedside lamps with brighter ones. But they need to be small and sturdy (ideally all metal) because our cats send them flying a few times a year when they chase each other.

        All three lamps are on two-way switches, which helps, but the room is high-ceilinged and well, dim.

        While I understand that making the ceiling fan lights brighter may not help matters, is there any kind of bulb that you know of that we could try to make that light less GRAY? The cold, harsh quality of the light is really the problem. We look like zombies. I was even wondering if I could try some kind of pinkish theatrical gel inside that white frosted bowl. Both clear and white appliance bulbs produce lousy ambiance, which is why I don’t live in our fridge.

        Thank you again!ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:40 PM

          Hi Elle,

          hmmm… well, you might try different bulbs. Not sure what’s in there now. But yes, overhead lighting is not pretty– especially with a high ceiling and a larger room.

          Just a thought. Have you seen the Himalayan salt lamps. I have a couple of these in my bedroom. They sit on the floor and look like two little Jupiters. I don’t know if they help much or not, (they are supposed to purify the air) but they do give off a soft, warm rose-y light.


          They come in all shapes and sizes. They even have night lights. I have a couple in my living room. The salt is not as dark as the balls, but they give off quite a bit of light.

          The cats would love them!


  • Marcy - March 26, 2017 - 10:07 AM

    I am living with a white ceiling fan in Arizona. White does not look right in my great room. It is a great fan, very simple, no lights. Do you know if you can paint ceiling fans. I would love to paint it the same color as the ceiling so it disappears.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:04 PM

      Hi Marcy,

      I’m gathering that your ceiling is some sort of stained wood paneling? I agree that white might not be the best color because of the contrast.

      But, in any case, YES, you can paint your fan. It would need to be taken down and probably disassembled, however. I did find this youtube video.

      haha. it looks like she’s spray painting right on top of her rug? And I disagree. I love a glossy painted fan, but if your home is more rustic, no gloss for you!


  • Terri - March 26, 2017 - 9:55 AM

    Hi Laurel, Thanks for another great post. I live in Georgia. It gets hot & humid here. I don’t care, I HATE ceiling fans. That’s the only thing my husband wanted when I did our bedroom, so we have a ceiling fan. Seeing the pictures of Furlow Gatewood’s home make me pray he has another open house someday.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 4:56 PM

      Hi Terri,

      Oh, I would give anything to see his homes. Problem is… they would have trouble getting me to leave and that might be a little bit embarrassing when they have to call the cops to escort me out. lolReplyCancel

  • Cindy - March 26, 2017 - 9:53 AM

    I am also building a home in the south, and all living areas will have black ceiling fans to go with the black hardware throughout the home, no Lights. I have lived in 14 places in my adult life and I have found what works and what does not work when it comes to cleaning. Not only do you have to change the bulbs,(get the ladder even with 8ft ceilings) but they are usually built where dirt collects in the upside down globe. Besides that they are usually ugly. The Hunter Limited Edition Fan is beautiful but do you realize how hard that will be to keep clean in all those grooves in the motor?
    I am having can lights(with dimmers) in the open floor plan Lr & Kitchen, and the bedrooms will have a switch that is connected to a socket by your bed to turn on the lamp on your nightstand. Getting old tired of cleaning more than I have to! LOL!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:48 PM

      Hi Cindy,

      One day, I’m going to make a page with links to great cleaning stuff including easier ways to clean fans/ chandeliers that are way out of reach. But great point you are making. ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Fraser - March 26, 2017 - 9:47 AM




    Just wondering if you have any comment about the fixtures with the foldable blades?

    LN Modern Chrome Crystal LED Ceiling Fan with Foldable Blades

    Sold by ParrotUncle

    Ready to ship to the Continental U.S. in 7 – 25 days.


    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:46 PM

      Hi Margaret,

      I saw those. Believe me… I saw hundreds of fans — all different kinds. I want to like those, but the blades look like machetes, no? but some of them aren’t bad. I wanted to keep the list to under 30 because then it begins to get overwhelming.

      But the idea is also to give a good idea of what’s out there and folks can decide for themselves what works best for the needs.ReplyCancel

  • Patti Memsic - March 26, 2017 - 9:32 AM

    Dear Laurel – It is now a confirmed fact (not fake news). YOU ARE IN MY HEAD. We are twins of different mothers. I wrote you yesterday about the dining chandelier formula. Remember me? And now you are sending me ceiling fans? My husband and I spent last evening looking at UGLY ceiling fans. We need 2 or maybe 3. I was complaining. “How do I make it disappear?” Every one I looked at, I didn’t like. At least I don’t need the light kit. Whew. Just need to move air to avoid using the AC (which we are not fond of). And then Laurel, my twin, greets me with the solution. Can I politely say, You are a witch? Found all 2 or 3, thanks to you. Ok, what’s next. This is a test to see if you make it into my head, yet again. I think we MUST meet, Twin Sista. You are in NY. I don’t go there…..been there done that. I am in Colorado. You must come.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 26, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    THANK YOU for this post! I live in hot and very humid NC. Plus I’m post-menopausal and hot, so a ceiling fan is a necessity for me. I prefer to have air movement in my home. Even now in March opening windows is not an option due to the high pollen counts. My home has older ceiling fans (read UGLY) but they’re working fine so my hubby won’t even consider changing them out for new ones. When the time comes, I’ll go for white ones with some kind of light attachment.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:29 PM

      Hi Kim,

      Some of them posted are really not expensive at all! If you want my chocolate cake recipe, that usually does the trick to get you anything that you want. lolReplyCancel

  • Charmaine - March 26, 2017 - 9:18 AM

    We recently renovated a home in Florida with vaulted ceilings, a large skylight, and a hideous brown ceiling fan with 6 “bronze” mini-lamps attached. The fan’s wiring placed it adjacent to the skylight; vaulted ceilings necessitated a ‘drop’ (long extender for the ceiling fan); and the result – before we renovated – was the feeling of a huge dark spider silhouetted by daylight (which it partially blocked), hanging from the ceiling and about to jump on your head. Just great!

    The happy ending to this story is that we found a sleek steel and lucite fan [3 blades, no lights] which almost disappears and works beautifully with the skylight above it.

    I usually prefer traditional fans like the beauties you show, but in this case lucite blades worked perfectly as anything else cast shadows.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:28 PM

      Hi Charmaine,

      That sounds very cool. I do have some contemporary fans, but showed some of the more trad ones to show A) what fans used to look like and B) an alternative for folks who want something traditional that’s authentically so, not some ersatz strange idea of trad.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne - March 26, 2017 - 9:14 AM

    You really don’t want to be a lady “of a certain age” (code for menopausal) and live here in the South without a ceiling fan! Glad to have your blessing LOL!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

      Hi Roxanne,

      I am of a certain age– 61, to be precise – lol and while God gave me many trials, he did not give me the trial of overwhelming heat. In fact, my motor tends to run cooler than most.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy McKay - March 26, 2017 - 9:10 AM

    You missed the haiku from bigassfans.com. Expensive, but worth every cent to be beautiful and silent. Lots of options to personalize too.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:24 PM

      Hi Wendy,

      Since you’re the 5th person so far, to let me know, I added one in. Thanks for your input.ReplyCancel

  • Lorie Moreton - March 26, 2017 - 8:49 AM

    I am so taken with all of your posts so witty and fun! I am an interior designer in Chicago, love all of the information you have shared, especially some of the sources from Gift Shows. Keep up the good work! Bog on! LorieReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

      Thanks so much Lorie! I was born in Chicago and have fond memories of visiting in my childhood. (we moved when I was a baby)ReplyCancel

  • Christy - March 26, 2017 - 8:35 AM

    These are great looking fans! I always recommend switching the ugly, dated light with a drum shade kit.


    We are in a rental house right now and I’m giving the faux-Tuscan-filigree ceiling fans the hard side-eye. I wonder if the landlord would notice/care if I switched out the lights….ReplyCancel

  • BethS - March 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

    Laurel, you are wonderful—thank you. We’ve been trying to figure out what to do with a couple of our ugly, clunky-but-practical ceiling fans and your tips put it all in the proper perspective. Simple, white, no light is the way to go for us—no more over-thinking!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:03 PM

      Hi Beth,

      Yes, yes, yes! You really cannot go wrong with a basic white fan!ReplyCancel

  • HeidiP - March 26, 2017 - 8:18 AM

    Yup! I have 2 of the fans you posted: 3 Casablanca and 1 Minka, in each of our bedrooms 😉 installed them 3 years ago and haven’t had a problem. Love them. In CT sometimes you just don’t need AC, nothing like sleeping with widows open and fan on. When we redo the family room I’ll definitely replace the fan that’s there now with one of your super cool ones, too.

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:02 PM

      Hi Heidi,

      Great to know that you’re liking those fans and thanks for the endorsement. It’s helpful to others who are looking for the same. Some of the fans are quite expensive, but it’s always good to find great looking inexpensive ones too!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste - March 26, 2017 - 8:01 AM

    I love you. God bless you. We have a heinous ceiling fan..but not for long. I like the fandalier for our dining room. We are in an old row home designed by Satan for NO cross breeze. We even sacrificed half of two closets to run extra vents for more air conditioning. Two closets. In a philly row home.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

      Hi Celeste,

      Isn’t it a wonder that our ancestors survived without electricity and AC!? And they wore tons of clothes – even in the hottest weather. ReplyCancel

  • Rita - March 26, 2017 - 7:50 AM

    Personally I love ceiling fans, what a timely post because I have been researching a fan for my living room which has a 8 ft ceiling. I have been trying to decide on a white or oil rubbed bronze. Does a fan look best relating to the ceiling or furniture?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 12:59 PM

      Hi Rita,

      That’s a very good question. I think with an 8-foot ceiling, you want it to disappear as much as possible, so I would go with the white. ReplyCancel

  • Ann - March 26, 2017 - 5:16 AM

    Thank you again for a great, well-researched post.ReplyCancel

  • Parnassus - March 26, 2017 - 3:26 AM

    Hello Laurel, I live in oven-hot Taiwan (at least it is that hot for half the year), and I don’t recall seeing many ceiling fans here. I do rely on floor fans, and also a high wall fan to redirect air from a badly-placed air conditioner. Floor and wall fans can do a lot without having to break up an expanse of ceiling, and don’t have that unpleasant helicopter quality.

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Hi Jim,

      I here you. In fact, I nearly put up a way cool retro table fan that I could see sitting sweetly just about anywhere. And I adore the wall fans from Fanimation! ReplyCancel

  • Marguerite - March 26, 2017 - 3:15 AM

    Sorry, what I meant to add was my surprise when they came out with the fans. There must have been demand for it.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:52 AM

      I like them, because they are fun but they don’t look expensive. They look like something that came from Ikea for $99– if that!ReplyCancel

  • jo - March 26, 2017 - 2:16 AM

    such is the power of your blog, laurel, I am sitting here considering which ceiling fan I

    prefer, when I live in the north of England.

    I remember visiting Raffles in Singapore, many years ago & being entranced by the fans

    but somehow, only when they were coupled with a little over the top palms & tropical

    planting & looking rather colonial. ( May God forgive us, for the sins of the Empire.)ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:49 AM

      Hi Jo,

      I needed that laugh today! I used to say that my late brother could sell ____ (whatever trite word you can think of) to the Eskimos.

      You know, another valid use of a fan is to move the warm air downwards. Now, don’t ask me which direction the fan/blades are going. I just know that it’s possible.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - March 26, 2017 - 12:59 AM

    I live north of Houston TX, and since we are under AC nine month of the year anyway, I don’t see the point of having Ceiling fans you can just drop your room temperature few degrees down, and enjoy much nicer light fixture. However kids bedrooms for some reason do have poor air flow, that’s why I steel keep fans in there.
    Love your suggestions! And as always enjoying your blogs.

    Kind regards

    • judy - March 26, 2017 - 12:03 PM

      I live in North Houston too! I’ve removed many from our house but kept two in back rooms and in our outdoor cabana. We need a stronger one outside and are considering Big Ass Fan company. Our den is vaulted and came with two classic antique brass, wood-grain bladed fans. I have considered removing them for lanterns but they are used and look good. They resemble the ones in Furlow’s rustic room. Great informative post! Thanks so much Laurel!ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 5:33 PM

        Hi Judy,

        Not sure if you wrote this before or after I added in the fan from BAF Co. Several people contacted me about them to say how wonderful they are!ReplyCancel

        • Judy - March 26, 2017 - 6:55 PM

          I think you added it after, but I did notice that the Fanimation fans look a lot like BAF fans. If you’ve ever flown into Memphis, TN and needed a rental car, there is a very LONG walkway with conveyor belts to help you walk to the cars….the ceilings of this outdoor walkway are lined with BAFs….and they are much needed in HOT Memphis!ReplyCancel

          • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:35 PM

            Hi Judy,

            I bet that’s very cool looking.

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:21 AM

      Hi Anna,

      Yes, that’s one way to handle it. I run my AC here but it’s never super cold. One of my pet peeves in the summer is walking into a building and freezing my buns off. ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - March 26, 2017 - 12:50 AM

    Oh my, I nearly lost my mind when I moved from small town Louisiana to Seattle WA. I’m storming around yelling WTF. They are so comfortable with still stale air. The house had no fans, now there are 7. Personally, I love a white fan with a school house or a boob light fixture. That belt driven fan is too much sugar for a dime. But I love the other retro fans. Thank you Baby Jesus for this post.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:19 AM

      Hi Nancy,

      I agree. I think the belt driven fans look cool in a restaurant with super high ceilings, but in a home feels too much. Or at least a room with white walls like that. I could see it in a big old loft space with exposed brick. ReplyCancel

  • LJ - March 26, 2017 - 12:49 AM

    Another great post. We live where fans are a necessity also, so I am really feelin’ this one. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:17 AM

      Hi LJ,

      There are a lot of readers in the south. It’s probably a little early for us folks up here to think much about fans. But it always happens that all of a sudden, it’s hot!ReplyCancel

  • Marguerite - March 26, 2017 - 12:44 AM

    oomph has introduced ceiling fans. nuff said.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:16 AM

      $2,100 bucks for THAT? They are barking mad. ReplyCancel

      • Gail - March 26, 2017 - 9:47 AM

        Laurel – Please give us the link to the oomph fan – I gotta see that one!ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 1:39 PM

          Hi Gail,

          Okay, I see now. It is the Big Ass Fans Haiku that I just posted an image in white. The one I posted with a link to purchase is 600 bucks. (and some other options listed are even less $)

          Oh, and it works with Amazon Alexa. Voice controlled? Whoa! How cool is that!!!

          Here’s the link again for the $600 Haiku in white.


          It also comes in other finishes. Geeezzz, even if you had it professionally spray painted, you’d still come out way ahead!

          Here’s the link to the $2,100 Oomph fans.


          I dunno. Go grab a can of spray paint? Seriously.


          • Gail - April 16, 2017 - 10:11 AM

            Thanks for the link. “They are barking mad.” That’s the understatement of the year. LOL

          • Laurel Bern - April 16, 2017 - 11:16 AM

            And a FYI, Haiku wants to send me a fan to try out! So, I was speaking to this lovely woman over there and you can get a custom-color on your fan– anything you want and the price is about $1,000 less than at Oomph.


      • Marguerite - March 26, 2017 - 3:13 AM

        Indeed. They started off making adorable teeny tables, so so useful with punches of color and texture, as well as other lovely things. After a few good editorial placements, they now are the high cost option in all their wares, with a store on Greenwich Avenue. So it goes. sigh.ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - March 26, 2017 - 9:50 AM

          Hi Marguerite,

          They were always very expensive and it was explained to me that it is the lacquer process they use. Sorry, not buying it. Lovely line, but my clientele is not going to spend a couple grand for a tiny little table!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Hattan - March 26, 2017 - 12:42 AM

    2 words and a smiley face: THANK YOU. 🙂ReplyCancel