I know, practically, that ceiling fans are an economical and earth-friendly way to keep cool during the summer and stay warm during the winter. Yet, I find it hard to get past the fact that many ceiling fans are hideous. So when I recently found ceiling fans that didn't actually look like ceiling fans, I was amazed and a bit relieved.
I grew-up in the deep South and ceiling fans were installed in every room. I can still hear the clicking of the fan at night. The sound was comforting, but the aesthetics were not. Every fan was the same; bell-shaped frosted glass and wooden blades with a gold switch pull hanging in the middle of the room. Even as a child, I knew they were eyesores.
Then companies started making more "decorative" fans with blades made from rattan or sculpted in super modern shapes. I applauded the attempts to make ceiling fans more palatable, but drawing attention to a fan might be worse than the standard model. You don't want the ceiling of a room to be the focal point.
Then a few weeks ago I discovered the Mistral Ceiling Fan by Moooi. It looks like a sleek contemporary pendant light, but embedded in the shade is, voila, a fan! After a little more research, I found a few more ceiling fans that looked like beautiful light fixtures that I would be proud to have in my home.
Hopefully, this trend will catch-on and ceiling fans in disguise will be available everywhere!
Images: 1. Chic Tip: Mistral Ceiling Fan 2. Phillippe Malouin: Dervish 3. Designer Homez: Big Ass Fan 4. Home QN: Ribbon Fan 5. Your Decorating Hotline: Casablanca