Form over function or function over form has been a constant battle in the design world. Typically one gives way to the other depending on the specific piece, the style of the space, and your individual needs. For example, some people will always choose function (comfort) over form (style) for a sofa as they want the most luxurious and comfortable experience, which we don’t blame them for. On the other hand some people will choose form over function and could care less about the way that it feels as long as the way that it looks is something that is aesthetically pleasing to them. To each his/her own.
Ceiling fans have long been one of the items on the list that falls more under function than form. And although our first thought when designing a room isn’t, “ohhh… let’s put a ceiling fan in the middle of the room” sometimes it is something that you just can’t avoid. You either need it for circulation, temperature control or another reason. But, we here at EHD are here to say that ceiling fans are something that we support and that they can fall into both the form and function category.
We’ve used them in a few projects (the spanish house master bedroom in the first pic, our old master bedroom above, sylvia’s living room and the guest bedroom below) and as long as the fans stylistically work with the space and don’t feel like an eyesore on the ceiling then we give our thumbs up to them. But there are a few rules to keep in mind when selecting a fan.
- Try to make it blend in with the ceiling rather than stand out – for most spaces you will want to find a simple fan that will blend in with the ceiling and the surroundings rather than one that is overly detailed and bold. There are certain instances when a stained wood or tone will work, but typically we prefer something that blends and is ligher in color and tone.
- Pick the right style for your room – let the style of your house dictate the style of your fan. If you live in an older home then some of the more traditional options below could work for you, whereas if you live in a midcentury or modern home then the more simple and modern ones could work well. But no matter the style of fan, less is more when it comes to ceiling fans.
- Try to avoid using fans with lights unless absolutely necessary. If you have recessed lighting then you don’t need a fan with lighting on it, however, if you only have one junction box in your ceiling (like you see in some of these photos) then a fan with built-in lights can work as long as the lights feel simple and integrate well with the fan. Anything with too large of a drop or that feels like a lighting fixture/fan can draw too much attention to itself and may feel dated down the road.
Now that we have our rules and guidelines in place here is a roundup of our favorite fans both with and without lights. Let us know if you have tried any of these in person and if you have any burning questions about how to work a ceiling fan into your space. A quick last note on these, many of the fans that you see do come in a few different finishes as well as with and without lights so click through for additional options with the same style. So, are you a “fan” of the fan or is this a design element that doesn’t “blow” you away?
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