Lighting Design Tips

When you hear the words “ceiling fan” do you think of an ugly, outdated fan hanging from the rafters of an overheated room?  If so, it’s time to rethink ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans can make a room more comfortable and more beautiful.  “When the ceiling fan renaissance started in the 1980s, they were considered to be a very utilitarian commodity with minimal design and technical proficiency,” explains Jeff Dross, corporate director of education and industry trends at Kichler.  “As manufacturers got smarter, interior environmental scientists weighed in on functionality, and designers influenced style, so now ceiling fans have become a functional, hard-working, fashion piece in the home.”  There are designs to match every decorating trend, from cottage to vintage industrial, transitional to ultra contemporary.

“Now ceiling fans have become a functional,              hard-working, fashion piece in the home.”

You don’t have to live on the water to be inspired by it.  To bring a coastal cottage feel to your home, use off-whites and creams.  Choose a ceiling fan with wood or wicker blades to compliment the room.  Nautical colors, like blue and green, are perfect accents for a coastal cottage inspired room.

According to Sue Rubenstein, lighting specialist at Gross Electric, “Vintage industrial has been a popular interior design trend over the past few years.”  This decor uses raw materials, such as reclaimed wood, sheet metal, bare bulbs, and distressed leather.  “Lighting manufacturers have responded to this trend by developing fixtures and fans that have antique looking bulbs and bronze, weathered steel, and distressed black finishes,” says Rubenstein.

Transitional style blends elements from both contemporary and traditional decorating.  This style is casual and inviting, with simple, clean lines that are neither harsh nor ornate.  Choose a ceiling fan with a softer finish, like satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze, to compliment your decor.

When creating a contemporary space, eliminate extraneous details.  Ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, and decorative hardware with polished nickel, pewter, or chrome finishes work well in a contemporary space.  Another option in contemporary ceiling fans is to choose a model with clear Lucite or acrylic blades.  Don’t limit yourself to black and white furnishings, choose a bold color to add some personality to a contemporary space.

Whatever your style, there are more design options and finish choices than ever before.  While most ceiling fans have three to five blades, there are single blade designs available, as well as fans with up to eight blades.  Different finishes and decorative blade options allow you to create a unique look for your fan.  You can further customize your ceiling fan by choosing from a variety of glass options and lighting configurations.

Whether your room is large or small, you deserve to be comfortable.  According to Laurie Gross, president of Gross Electric, “Room size and ceiling height are the two most important factors in determining what size ceiling fan you need.”  She continues to say, “We carry ceiling fans with blade sweeps from 15 to 84 inches.  Once you determine what size you need, the fun part begins in choosing the style.”

There are ceiling fans available for every area of your home — inside or out!  Would you like to be able to create a nice breeze on your porch or patio when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating?  You can with a stylish outdoor ceiling fan!  Outdoor ceiling fans are wet-rated and built to withstand the outdoor elements.  Some styles offer blades made of rattan or bamboo, or shaped like tropical tree leaves, to help create an oasis right in your backyard.

Ceiling fans are an important part of home decor, and can positively impact the household budget, too.  “Over the last 20 years, not only have ceiling fans become more stylish, but they’ve advanced technologically,” explains Gross.  “There are many energy efficient styles that can save you money without sacrificing style.”

Thinking about redecorating or remodeling?  Think about adding a ceiling fan!  They’re stylish, energy efficient, and cost effective.