March 6, 2013

Ceiling Fan Conundrum

IHeart Organizing included our $15 chunky wooden floating shelves in yesterday's Monthly Challenge post! Thank you Jen :)

Let's talk ceiling fans! It's not quite hot enough yet to where we really need a ceiling fan right now but those summer months are lurking right around the corner and we can't go another summer without fans.

Yes, they're ugly. Yes, most designers rip them out of rooms the first chance they get. I get it. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of being able to afford a $300+ electrical bill when the temps sky rocket to 100+ degrees every day for months on end. That being said, here's a few of the ceiling fans I've had my eye on:

Ceiling Fan #1
Mondrian // Home Depot

[ Image via Home Depot ]

I like the look of the Mondrian fan but I wish the wood colored blades were a little darker. The description says that the blades are maple on one side and black on the other so I could always flip them to the black side instead.

Feast your eyes on this sexy comp of the fan in an old photo of our living room ;)

And this one with Photoshopped black blades:

Keep in mind that there's at least 2-3 feet of wall not shown above the windows so the fan would actually hang much higher than it's pictured.

The fan is only $149 which isn't bad! I need 3 fans though and would prefer to get 3 of the same kind for consistency but even with taxes factored in, my total damage for 3 of the Mondrian's would be about $500. It's not terrible considering July's electrical bill was over $300 last summer (I wish I was kidding) but it's still a little cringe-worthy haha

Ceiling Fan #2
Black // Home Depot

[ Image via Home Depot ]

I lovvve the style of this fan and its $99 price tag makes my heart pitter patter even more! I think it's super sleek and modern looking but wonder if it would carry too much visual weight on the ceiling? We do have 10' ceilings on the first level and 9' ones on the second level so I think it could work!

Think your eyes can handle another comp?

Not too shabby! Again, remember that the fan would actually hang much higher than it's pictured :)

Ceiling Fan #3
Brushed Pewter // Home Depot

[ Image via Home Depot ]

The brushed pewter fan shown above is the same as the black one except it has a brushed pewter finish (obviously) and the blades are reversible to maple and white. If I were to get it, I'd have the white blades showing instead of the maple ones. It's also $99 which is great!

Here's my poorly Photoshopped version of the fan with white blades showing:

Ehhh, I don't know. It feels a little "blah" and flat in the photo but maybe it'd look better in person!

I wish it was possible to DIY a ceiling fan!

Which fan would you choose? Have you seen any ceiling fans that you think I might like? I'd like to find one that's stylish and is a minimum of 52" in size. And has a light. And is in the $100 - $200 range. So basically the unicorn of fans haha

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  1. Definitely #2! I don't really see the big deal with ceiling fans if they fit the room. Our bedroom which has very low ceilings had a MASSIVE ceiling fan in it. Needless to say it did go. :)

  2. Go with option 3 - you want to make it look less obvious as possible that you have a fan - and this does it


  3. I vote 3, with the white blades. My other suggestion would be to go totally obvious and embrace the ceiling maybe a plantation style with nice woven blades? (I've always wanted one of those!). Not sure if you can find one with an un-ugly light fixture though.

  4. I like #1 & leaning towards the black blades. Also, I think darker blades are a bit easier to keep clean. (But maybe you're a better housekeeper than I?).

  5. Crystal - I don't know why fans are so disliked but maybe it's because people would prefer to look at a pretty light fixture instead of a bulky fan? That's the only thing I can think of haha

    See - That's true! It does fade away into the walls and ceiling so that's a plus :)

    Kelly - I saw a really nice outdoor fan at Lowe's that had some nice woven blades but it was in the $300 range if I remember correctly. They also had a nice 2-blade modern one a while back but it got horrible reviews and sold out super fast. I was planning on buying one to see what all the fuss was about but it sold out faster than I could get my hands on it.

    Sarah - I can't believe I'm going to admit this but no, I'm not a great housekeeper haha Well, when it comes to cleaning surfaces like countertops, tables, etc. I am but I slack a lot on dusting, sweeping, mopping, etc. I blame it on our tile though because its pattern makes dirt blend in a lot more than our old wood floors did and I "forget" ;)

  6. I like the first one the best! And I know most people aren't fans of them {pun intended}, but we couldn't last without ours in our living room and bedrooms. We chose as good looking ones as we could, and we don't regret it for a second! :)

  7. Haha we can't live without the floor fans we have now and I think those are uglier than ceiling fans! I'll have to go back and check out your fan. I remember liking it the first time I saw it :)

  8. Girl, I'm right there with you. I do not love the look of ceiling fans, but they are an absolute necessity. I really like #1.

    Good luck on your decision!

  9. The more and more I look at it, I think I like #1 the most too! I've found some other fans that are nice too but they're starting to inch closer and closer to "out of budget" range haha

  10. I like the black options. They appear to look really good in your space. Unicorn fan. Too funny.

  11. We have the same problem in our master bedroom. We have to have a fan. I found one that I really like - finally. It was from Home Depot and not too expensive. Around $250. I specifically wanted one without lights because that attracts a lot of attention to it. It has curved blades which I LOVE! Makes it look almost sculptural :)

    Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

  12. I am leaning toward number 2, personally. :) The ceiling fan in our master bedroom is my favorite part of the empty room. Haha. The ceiling fan in my daughter's room was around $50 and has that "typical" ceiling fan look, but it does the best job of cooling the room quickly. I love it! Kudos to you going against the "design grain." Function over form any day!

  13. I like #2 the most. Bust if you are wanting it to blend away, visually, then #3. you need/want the light? I think the light adds visability to the fan. If you are comfortable with your room lightings now, then choose something without the bulky looking light. Just a thought.

  14. We totally need a new ceiling fan in our living room! I am having the hardest time too. I just don't like very many - but like you it is pretty necessary during the summer. Anything though would be an upgrade to what we have now :). I really like the second one - and the price is a great bonus!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. We have one in our living room too, and as much as I long to replace with with a gorgeous chandelier, it's just not the smart thing, so I'm with ya. On their own, I think I prefer the second one, but I remember reading somewhere - and agreeing - that if you have to have a ceiling fan, you should go light so it blends with the ceiling and doesn't call so much attention to itself. (I wish I'd known that before I bought my own dark wood one!)

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  16. I kind of like the last one that blends in and doesn't stand out too much :)

  17. oooh, i really like the last pic with the white blades. looks clean and crisp!

  18. I am also in the market to purchase a fan for our bedroom, we just all the bedroom wired for ceiling fan with light,we had nothing before. Anyway I am looking at your first choice too, I like the steampunk look it has, it reminds me of "Dune", the movie version! I also read it is dimmable, good for a bedroom, may be not so much for your room.
    We have installed 2 fans last week, one totally white which blends in the room, and another one similar to your second choice, it has a lot of presence but it seems to complement the room, so ....may be go with the one you love!
    Enjoy the upcoming cool air!

  19. I'm going to go with #3 since it will blend in more. I was actually looking up at our ceiling fan the other day and thinking about painting the blades white so they blend in with the ceiling more. My husband looked at me like I was nuts... as usual.


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