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!
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.
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:
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
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’s home in Punta Cana – where they chose a simple fan to move the air.
The old-style fans moved with a belt and you can still get those at Fanimation.
My Favorite Fans
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.
I like this chalky almost Swedish looking fan.
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. :]
The above fan from Minka is one lovely example already fitted with a 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!
Above and below are modeled after late 1800s two-blade ceiling fans.
Like most of these, it comes in different finishes.
It’s also very striking in these finishes.
This retro beauty from Matthews comes in different sizes and finishes.
That is a work of art indeed! I realize that this is technically a wall fan. But that is a possibility too.
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.
One more retro dual fan, but a little more trad and with a light :] by Minka.
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.
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.
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.
Minka-Aire F572-WH, Sundance, 42″ Ceiling Fan, White
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.
PS: All of the products are highly rated and from fine manufacturers, however, I do not have personal experience with any of them.
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