For the perfect fusion of function and fashion, look no further than our ceiling fan selections. We know how to keep you cool in style. But don’t just listen to us: take it from an expert!
Recently, we spoke with Piper Stromatt, Director of Design at Boutique Living by Curate in Chattanooga, TN. Here’s her three-step process for selecting a fantastic fan for any space.
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1. Look at the Space.
Look at the overall height of the ceiling: this will help decide the fan’s size. A higher ceiling may require a larger fan; conversely, you may need to downsize with a lower ceiling.
Is there any other lighting is in the space? If there is, it will provide additional luminary value (extra light in the room) and determine whether you do or do not need a light fixture on the fan.
Will the fan be used inside or outside? Many fans are damp rated, meaning they can be used in outdoor covered areas or indoors. Otherwise, look at whether they are rated specifically for indoor or outdoor use and choose accordingly.
2. Determine the Overall Function.
The fan’s overall function will determine how many blades you will need and the size of the fan. The number of blades and the fan’s size will maximize the airflow and functionality within your space.
Consider these factors:
Year-Round Use. Do you want to use your ceiling fan year-round? Select a fan with reversible blades for the option to circulate cool air in summer or warm air in winter.
Efficiency. To save energy and green your home, consider an ENERGY STAR-rated fixture.
Lighting. To get in on today’s lighting trends, go for a layered lighting design in your space by installing a light kit or selecting a fan with a pre-installed fixture.
Control. The era of 21st-century controllability of fans is here with the introduction of SMART Wi-Fi. Once installed, easily control these fans using a voice assistant, tablet or smartphone. In addition, some fans feature full-range dimming and full-function remote control capabilities to offer added convenience in controlling a room’s environment.
Size it to Your Space. Size is important when selecting a ceiling fan. If a fan is too large, it can overwhelm the space. On the flip side, if the fan is too small, the airflow may be inadequate. Here’s how to size it right:
- Under 144 sq. ft. – under 42”
- 144-225 sq. ft. – 44 to 50”
- 225-400 sq. ft. – 0ver 50”
- 400 sq. ft or more: Over 60
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3. Decide on the Aesthetic.
There are many options to fit most of today’s design styles, from farmhouse to traditional and everything in-between, making it easier to find fans that fit your home’s style.
Piper’s design firm sees mid-century modern, art deco and other trends regaining popularity for home design, hinting at how fan trends are evolving.
“I expect to see more of these influences start to show their true colors using mixed metals, transparent fan blades, simplistic design with sleek three-bladed fixtures, minimalist industrial design and more,” says Piper.
“Look for a more industrialized approach, more simplistic features, more LED light kits, and remote-control options taking over the pull chain – as they should!”
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