How To Make Or Break A Room With A Ceiling Fan


Ceiling fan designs can be… well ugly.

My wife and I are in the market to purchase our first house together. We get to look at all these various houses and we discovered something.

-Most of the houses within our budget, need a lot of upgrades. May it be appliances, kitchen cabinets, carpets or simply repainting of the entire home.

But when we stumble upon some recently upgraded appliances and accents, it can really change the entire rooms feel. Just by walking in one such house you may notice something is different, but can’t put your finger on it. I first realized the importance of a rooms decor when I found my self admiring this one particular house one day. And didn’t know what was different about this one than others.

dual-ceiling-fan-design_example-9267234Until it hit me, all the doorknobs, windows, cabinets, trim work and of-course ceiling fans were all newly updated and matching. They all complemented each other and the star was this beautifully designed ceiling fan hanging in the middle of the room. From that moment on, when we finally do purchase our first home, I want to recreate the same feeling in it.

So… How do you achieve this feeling of homeliness? Continue reading!

When selecting a ceiling fan, the first aspect which most people consider is its functionality.

This certainly makes sense. After all, the primary role of a ceiling fan is to keep your home well aerated, cool or warm (depending on the season) and comfy. And aspects like energy efficiency are certainly important.

  • To learn in detail on how to choose a ceiling fan go here.

However, a ceiling fan also plays a more subtle, aesthetic role. It contributes towards the overall ambiance of your home. A ceiling fan can either enhance or undermine the overall atmosphere of your home. It can do this depending on how its design blends with the overall design of the room, corridor or porch in which it is placed.

A perfectly designed ceiling fan enhances the ambiance of your home by making it look attractive, elegant and refined. Conversely, a non-blending ceiling fan can have a jarring effect on the eyes which reduces the pleasantness of a room.

Basically, if you are someone who cares about the overall ambiance of your home, then you need to look beyond just the functionality of a ceiling fan. You need to consider its design as well. The ultimate question is, how can you decide which ceiling fan design is right for you?













Well, here are a few things to consider

The Size Of Your Room

A ceiling fan can contribute towards the overall feeling of spaciousness of a room. Having a grotesquely large fan in a small room can leave the room feeling overcrowded, claustrophobic even. As such, before even considering the design of a fan, you need to consider the size of the room.

There are two aspects of room size which are important i.e. the area of the room and the height of the ceiling. We shall come back to these two aspects. Let’s first consider the design features of a ceiling fan.

There are three design features of a ceiling fan which are important when you are considering the size of the room. They are the diameter of blades, number of blades and length of downrods.

Let’s consider each of these briefly.

Diameter of bladesceiling fans generally range between 29 and 54 inches in diameter. The diameter of fan blades can contribute towards the spatial atmosphere of a room. An overly wide fan in a small room can lead to the room feeling overcrowded. An extremely small fan in a wide room may not be energy efficient. As such, selecting the right diameter is important.

Number of blades – the number of blades contributes towards the overall intrusiveness of a ceiling fan. A one blade fan is somewhat less obvious than a 9 blade fan. This effect can be more pronounced depending on the size of the room. A many-bladed fan in a tiny room adds to a feeling of overcrowding.

Length of downrod – the downrod is what connects the fan to the ceiling. Its length will determine how low the fan is. This of course depends on the height of the ceiling. The higher the ceiling, the higher up the fan will be.

The height of the fan can actually offset the ambiance created by its blade diameter and number. Given a constant blade diameter or number, a higher placed fan will be appear smaller than a lower placed one. What determines this is the length of the downrod. The best part is that most ceiling fans have adjustable or even replaceable downrods.

The bottom line is that the design specifications that you choose in a ceiling fan should depend on the size of your room. Strive for a balance between functionality and spaciousness. The last thing you want is your room feeling claustrophobic because of an overly-large fan.

The Design Theme Of Your Room

Almost every room has a design theme. Some rooms have overt themes which form the basis on which furniture, curtains and other décor are chosen. Others don’t have overt themes, but still have a consistency of design. Very few people decorate their rooms haphazardly.

When considering the design of a ceiling fan, you need to keep in mind the overall theme of your room. This includes aspects like furniture styles, wall color, room décor and so on. The fan you choose needs to blend with the design of the room.

A savvy ceiling design choice can actually enhance your room’s overall design. Let’s say you have a traditional, antique design theme in a room. Choosing an ornately designed fan, which is fitted with a mini chandelier-style lamp can accentuate your traditional theme.

When selecting a fan design to match the theme of your room, you can consider aspects like blade construction, motor housing/finishing, color, presence of lamps and even blade shape.

The best part about ceiling fans is that they come in a variety of design styles. You can get contemporary, classic, traditional and even quirky designs. Ceiling fan brands like Fanimation, Minka, and Cassablanca are known for releasing fan designs some of which are simply sensational. Basically, whatever the design theme of your room, finding a fan which perfectly blends with it shouldn’t be that hard.

Your Personality

In most cases, your room reveals something about yourself. The fan design can actually offer you an opportunity to reveal a little more about yourself. For instance, if you are a nature lover, you can go opt for a fan which has blades shaped like a flower petal or palm-leaves.

If you are a tech-geek, there are fans which look like propellers plucked from a time machine. If you are the quirky type, there are lots of playful designs to select from. The bottom line is that whatever your personality, chances are that you can find the perfect ceiling fan to express yourself.

Ultimately, a ceiling fan can contribute to more than just the temperature or air quality of your room. It can also make your room more elegant, stylish and trendy. But it can also have the opposite impact i.e. make your room feel overcrowded, claustrophobic or simply ordinary. It all depends on the design of which you select. Therefore, when you go shopping for a ceiling fan, you need to look beyond its functionality. You also need to consider how it will contribute towards the overall ambiance of your home.