Ceiling fans are good for more than simply cooling a room – they’ve become a welcome addition to defining your home’s style. With gorgeous new designs, ceiling fans can be as statement-making as a chandelier centerpiece in a room and become the star of the room’s design – while still providing the latest in energy efficiency and control.
Before selecting your perfect ceiling fan design, begin by collecting the proper measurements. Determining ceiling height is critical – after hanging the fan, the fan blades should be a minimum of 7 feet from the floor, and 8 or 9 feet of clearance is even better. For ceilings over 9 feet, plan to purchase a ceiling fan with a down rod option to achieve the perfect hanging height.
Next, make sure to choose a fan that has a diameter that is proportional to the size of the room. Basic guidelines are:
- Rooms up to 75 square feet, select a 29 to 36-inch diameter fan
- Rooms 76-144 square feet, select a 36 to 42-inch diameter fan
- Rooms 144-225 square feet, select a 44 to 50-inch diameter fan
- Rooms 225-400 square feet, select a 50 to 54-inch diameter fan
Now for the fun part: choosing a fan that fits the personality of your space! The possibilities are virtually endless, with a wide range of styles that are ideal for indoor and outdoor locations.
Today’s fans often feature unique design elements that complement the design intent of the room. Look for watermarked and etched glass bowls, hand-carved wooden blades, sleek metal accents, blades with washed finishes, and even canvas–wrapped blades.