Ceiling fans are amazing energy savers that can help with cooling and heating a room. Unfortunately, ceiling fans do tend to be a bit ugly, especially for those of us with a minimal aesthetic. When I discovered a ceiling fan with disappearing blades, it was like the answer to a minimalist's ceiling fan prayers!
I've met many interior designers who claim that ceiling fans are an abomination that should never be installed in the first place. While I do agree ceiling fans tend to be an eyesore in a perfectly designed room, there's no denying how convenient they are. The Hunter Fanaway is the best of both worlds! When not on, the blades of the Fanaway rest above the motor and the unit looks like a simple light fixture. Turn the fan on and the blades swing out with centrifugal forces to become a fully functioning ceiling fan.
I first came across the Fanaway while helping a friend choose a new ceiling fan at Lowe's. I stood under the Fanaway watching in amazement as the blades retracted when the fan was turned off. When the unit is off, the light fixture is actually quite handsome. And while I'm not crazy about the clear plastic blades of the fan, I can overlook that since they would be hidden when not running.
The Hunter Fanaway is available at Lowe's for $329. I also found the fan available online at other stores for roughly the same price.