11 Ceiling Fans That Marry Form and Function

published Aug 2, 2022
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It’s very rare that one thinks about home decor and says to themselves: “Let’s start with the ceiling fan.” However, if you’ve ever chosen one for a room, you know that the right fan is a crucial component in the look (and literal feel) of a room. Aesthetics are important, but function is vital — so how do you marry the two? From the perfect bedroom ceiling fan to outdoor picks we love to options that’ll beautifully complement spaces both large and small, we rounded up 11 of the best modern ceiling fans out there that’ll help keep your space as cool as your style.

How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

One thing to keep in mind about a ceiling fan is how important it is to clean it. With dust quickly collecting on the blades, you’ll want to keep that dust from flying about. We know that cleaning a ceiling fan can feel like an absolute chore, but a good trick is to use a pillowcase to “grab” the dust by placing the case over the blade, then removing it so the dust comes off inside the case as you wipe. After that, just shake out the dust outside and wash the case. Easy! Make sure to clean a ceiling fan before you clean your floors or your bedsheets, though; there will be falling dust and debris, so plan ahead.

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A popular and highly rated Amazon pick, this indoor/outdoor option from Honeywell is a dream. Its wet-rated wicker blades are particularly suited for outdoor use, plus it has four speeds and a reversible motor. Get it in bronze or (for a little less) a more basic white.

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Coming in at a little over $100, this budget-friendly and versatile fan also features an LED light and is perfect for medium to large rooms. The center light is dimmable and the blades are reversible, making it functional all day (and all year) long.

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All the thoughtful details on this full-width ceiling fan work together to create a stand-out piece. Its scalloped light cover adds a bit of antique personality, and its soft LED light keeps your space looking warm and homey. And the bronze color on all the blades is distinctly modern.

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A small and sleek option, this three-blade fan comes in five finishes and will hold up well to the outdoor elements. It also includes a remote control and has a reversible motor — so you can be comfortable from all directions.

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This retro-inspired fan is a cute and simple addition to any room in the home, but it's especially suited to amping up a bedroom's decor. The mint green and pink colors succeed in turning this pick into a statement piece, while the gray and black options are more classically modern.

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This minimalist ceiling fan features an LED light and has an industrial finish that works with a myriad of styles. Its blades come in a reversible finish, so you can choose what style you'd like. Plus, there's a remote for easy operation. Even better, snag it while it's still on sale.

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This handsomely minimalist fan is available in five different finishes, and its curved blades add visual interest without being too showy. The LED downlight is dimmable — perfect if you hate overhead lighting once the sun goes down.

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West Elm

This simple, low-profile fan is big enough to circulate some serious air yet small enough to use in bedrooms with low ceilings. It comes in two sleek finishes and is a modest 44-inches wide. If your style leans contemporary, this West Elm classic is the right choice.

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If something simple and no fuss is all you want, check out this indoor/outdoor ceiling fan from Walmart. It has a low profile and five ultra-quiet blades, and it's available in a white and a natural wood finish.

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This six-blade ceiling fan will certainly increase the airflow in your home, which can help you reduce your A/C or central air usage. Plus, it comes with a light kit, so setup is a breeze. Add a two-year warranty if you're looking for some extra peace of mind.

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Schoolhouse's products are exceptionally well made and meant to be modern heirlooms — and this ceiling fan is no exception. With a whopping 84 inches of blade width, it's perfect for cooling down big living rooms. And if white ceiling fans aren't your thing, it's also available in matte black.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 11 Modern Ceiling Fans That Are Actually Attractive