Many designers say ceiling fans are a huge design no-no in interior design. But I don’t agree. While I tend to lean towards a chandelier over a ceiling fan more often than not, I do see the functionality of a ceiling fan as absolutely essential in some spaces. While in years past ceiling fans have not always been visually attractive, nowadays there are many manufacturers doing a great job of marrying form with function so you don’t have to sacrifice on style.
Ceiling Fans Can Be Stylish & Functional
Regardless of a room’s style, an all black fan can look classic and timeless. In my opinion, the simpler the style the better in a large space. I love the all black Haiku we installed in our living room last year.
An all black fan works really well in spaces that have other black elements, and in going with black you don’t have to worry about competing metal profiles.
As opposed to black, an all white fan on a white ceiling takes a backseat to the overall design of the space as it just sort of disappears. This is a great option for low ceilings where you want the function of a ceiling fan, but you don’t want the fan to take up any visual space.
While all-black or all-white ceiling fans are my personal go-tos most of the time, I think this collection I rounded up below showcases just how stylish ceiling fans have become.
I really love 2, and it also comes in this super cute mint color!
Table Fans – Best of Both Worlds?
If you’re still not convinced that a ceiling fan can be stylish enough or if you just absolutely have to have a chandelier or pendant instead, a table fan could be just the thing. I use table fans a lot in bedrooms where I don’t want a ceiling fan but do want to be able to circulate air. The beauty of a table fan is that you can store it away in the winter months when you may not need/ want to use it. And you can take it with you when/if you move.
Table fans can be really stylish as well. I opted for a table fan in lieu of a ceiling fan in our guest bedroom as I wanted more of a statement piece overhead and fell in love with this globe pendant.
The table fan not only looks great in the space, but it is also very effective. Vornado fans are awesome, and I really dig their retro style.
Table fans are sometimes frowned upon by designers as well, but I think this collection proves that they can be a stylish, yet functional accessory in any space.
I especially love this red one!
What Say You?
So what do you think? Do you think ceiling fans should be considered a design no-no? Are you team ceiling fan or team table fan? Or do you see a time and place for both?