Rip out every freaking ceiling fan.
Y'all, I'm from the South. The Deep South. The Humid South. I'd rather have the ugliest ceiling fan in existence (and this house came with some truly hideous ceiling fans) than not have a ceiling fan (and no, table top fans don't count).
I see so many pictures of bedroom with romantic chandeliers over the bed. Do you know what I think is romantic? Not being so hot and sticky that the mere thought of J's arm brushing mine makes me want to scream. Not waking up with the sheets sticking to me is also awesome.
Also ceiling fans are a truly green, frugal choice. A good ceiling fan will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (flip the switch that changes the direction of the blades).
And you know what? There are actually attractive, modern fans on the market. So lets discuss...
1. Keep It Simple.
Ceiling fans can be awkward. Boob lights are ugly. Why would you combine the two? Why? A general rule of thumb with ceiling fans is that the simpler, the better. The ugly usually comes in through the light kit. If you have an existing fan with an ugly light consider taking it off. Amazon (and hardware stores) sell add on light kits if you like having an overhead light.
2. Pick The Right Size and Kind of Fan
Ceiling fans come in sizes between 50" and 70". Try to keep your fan proportionate to the size of your room. If you are unsure, tape the area off on your ceiling. Truly large rooms will be better off with two average sized fans over one large one.
Mounts are the problematic element.
The types of mounts are flush, standard, extended mount and sloped. Flush mounts lay right against the ceiling. These are best for homes with eight foot ceilings.
Here's a classic ceiling mounted fan. It's very simple!
The next type of mount is the standard. These are the fans that hang from a small bar from the ceiling.
These fans can be rather claustrophobic in homes with lower ceilings. This was the standard mount for older ceiling fans; this is what EVERY SINGLE FAN IN MY HOUSE HAS. (Nice, sleek fan, though!)
Extended mount ceiling fans are for homes with lofted ceilings.
Sloped mounts allow extended mount fans to be safely mounted on sloped walls.
3. Awesome Fans Exist
You heard me. I spent a little time on Amazon, Home Depot, and Design Within Reach and found amazing, modern fans ranging in price from about fifty to five hundred dollars.
Here are my favorites!
The Amazon Fans! Click on the picture to go to the listing!
Fans From Design Within Reach. These are the nicest lights I've seen on any fans.
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Home Depot Fans- Affordable Options.