30 Ceiling Fans That Look Great Doing Their Thing

We’re rounding up a list of 30 ceiling fans that are as beautiful as they are functional! We’ve also included a few purchasing considerations for good measure.

Kim and Catfish relax under the ceiling fan in our Chicago living room.
coffee table | sconce | curtains | artwork | ceiling fan

From a practical perspective, ceiling fans do a fantastic (dad joke alert!) job of circulating air in a space. They can be quiet and unobtrusive, while helping with temperature consistency throughout a room. Our Chicago homes’ HVAC system isn’t the most efficient since it was added long after the home was originally built. To offset the lack of air circulation, our ceiling fan runs year-round to help keep air temps comfortable. Most fans also feature a directional switch that allows for air to be pushed downward for warmer temperatures or pulled upward in cooler temperatures, which ours does.

As with any home purchase that’ll be sticking around for a while, there are a couple of things to consider prior to purchasing your ceiling fan:

  • Fan size | Appropriate fan size is calculated based on the square footage of the room. These infographics are a great resource!
  • Downrod length | Most building codes require fans to be installed at least 7 feet from the floor, so plan accordingly.
  • Style | Do you want your fan to stand out or blend in? Obviously, a white fan all but disappears on a white ceiling, but fans can also make a bold statement in a room.
  • Control type | Fans can be controlled many ways including wall switches, remote control or even via wifi or smart home apps.
  • Lighting | Do you require a light? We searched high and low for our simple lighted fan. In the 8 years that we’ve owned it, we’ve never turned the light on since we prefer the adjacent recessed lighting. If the fan is the only source of light in the room, you’ll likely want to stick with a lighted fan.

We rounded up ceiling fans that are actually attractive, further driving home the point we’ve been making for years – utilitarian home purchases can have form and function! Most of the fans in this round up are available in several colors and widths, so click through if any of the styles click for you. Chances are, you can customize these options further with the width your room needs, as well as your color preference.

Ceiling Fans with Integrated Lighting

A round up of 30 ceiling fans that actually LOOK GOOD doing their thing! via Yellow Brick Home

1. aluma, $349 | 2. modern globe, $260 | 3. espy, $169 | 4. obabala, $155 | 5. atlas, $159 | 6. sofucor, $149 | 7. advocate, $379 | 8. brockton, $579 | 9. scandanavian, $800 | 10. triaire, $679 | 11. axis, $409 | 12. hepburn, $236 | 13. kute, $484 | 14. metal + wood, $649 | 15. contemporary, $213

Ceiling Fans (No Lighting)

A round up of 30 ceiling fans that actually LOOK GOOD doing their thing! via Yellow Brick Home

16. hedin, $640 | 17. bexley, $700 | 18. ginny, $455 | 19. spitfire, $508, | 20. simple, $369 | 21. nautilus, $331 | $22. rotor, $519 | 23. industrial, $89 | 24. spitfire, $508 | 25. java, $329 | 26. simple, $389 | 27. presto, $139 | 28. peregrine, $679 | 29. roto, $319 | 30. triaire, $579

PS: Love a good round up of our practical things? Here’s a big list of necessary items that look good doing their thing for a bathroom, home office, kitchen, family room, cleaning tools and pet supplies!

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  • Meg4.6.22 - 9:24 AM

    Your round-ups are the best! Can I ask where your sweatshirt is from, Kim? ReplyCancel

  • REK9814.6.22 - 10:53 AM

    So clean and sleek! Love these options. I loved a fan we installed 2 houses ago that took LED Edison bulbs. It was such a fun look for our living room.ReplyCancel

  • Kim4.6.22 - 3:48 PM

    Hurrah!  While they’re not generally designer “approved” I will always be on team ceiling fan.  I’ve been trying to buy a new house for over 2 years (this dang market!) but if I’m still here a month from now I think the not-my-style bedroom fan is getting replaced with one of these. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer4.6.22 - 5:45 PM

    We love a good ceiling fan! Any recommendations for outdoor fans? We’re redoing our deck and screened porch this summer and I think a couple of fans will be the icing on the cake!ReplyCancel

    • Scott4.7.22 - 9:30 AM

      Hi Jennifer! A few of the fans on this list are also approved for outdoor use.ReplyCancel

  • Katie4.6.22 - 7:56 PM

    We have a ceiling fan in almost every room of the house: each bedroom, dining room, kitchen, mudroom. It is an old multi-story but small house, so it’s important for circulation in the summer. Would you recommend choosing a different fan for each room? same fan for both bedrooms? Thoughts on coordinating? Right now 3 fans match and the other 2 kind of match each other. All white. Unfortunate 80s beach house vibeReplyCancel

    • Scott4.7.22 - 9:31 AM

      We like to consider matching fans when they can be seen at the same time. Otherwise, we don’t give it too much consideration as long as they fit the vibe of the room.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki4.9.22 - 7:01 AM

    This is so timely— I’m shopping for ceiling fans for our new house. The sizing infographic was just what I needed. 
    As a Southerner, I always laugh at the scorn ceiling fans can get. :)ReplyCancel

  • Merrilee4.20.22 - 11:02 PM

    I have #2, I can confirm that it looks beautiful installed!ReplyCancel


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