Modern Ceiling Fans

By Kate Riley June 29, 2017

Last week we had a big heat wave here in Northern California with temperatures in the 100s. No doubt you heard about the soaring temperatures in the Southwest as well, airplanes were unable to take off! I don’t have air conditioning in my California home because there are only about 10 days of the year where it gets hot enough to “need” it. On those days, I suffer through it with fans and it makes me grateful for the ceiling fan in my family room, I lay down cotton sheets on the sectional and lay still under the cool breeze.

I discovered a few years ago that I had come full circle on ceiling fans, no longer hating them but actually loving them, especially the newer versions in more modern shapes. I installed this koa wood finish fan in the master bedroom in the Vegas house and when the house is sold at the end of the summer, it will be one of the decorative elements I miss the most. The curvy blades and koa wood make it an attractive option for multiple spaces from coastal to contemporary like the lightless one shown below. (This is a republication of a post from two years ago, with a roundup of attractive modern ceiling fans to cool your indoor spaces.)

coastal living room with wood ceiling fan

allee design

Like a chandelier, a good looking ceiling fan can be a focal point in a room. Introduce contrast with a metal and wood combination suspended from a white ceiling; twisted nickel blades pop against the stained wood tray ceiling in the bedroom below; nickel is always a goes-with-everything option.

wood and black bedroom ceiling fan

apd architects

aluminum fan pitched ceiling

clayton and little

You could go big and bold, I love the design of this customizable Essence fan, it reminds me of thin petal flowers, like the stenopetala plumeria that blooms in Hawaii. I’ve seen it used in several commercial establishments but I love it in a residential interior too.

essence fan

big ass fans

If your preference is the opposite and you want your ceiling fan to escape attention, choose one that blends in with the ceiling. In these spaces the airy white blades recede into the background which allows for other accents to take the spotlight.

coastal living room

ashley gilbreath

modern white ceiling fan

white ceiling fan

baxter design group

Another option is to use directional fans, like pendants they are smaller and can be installed as a single or used as multiples to create breezes in different directions.

morgante wilson

If you’re looking for something a bit more contemporary for use in warmer weather and different than the basic five blade, consider these fans, most of them come in multiple finishes from white to wood to metal.

modern ceiling fans

cirque / minka aluminum roto / black twisted blade / fanimation zonix / pancake / fanimation levon / minka aire aviation / nickel lapa / bronze directional / nickel directional

Have you found a ceiling fan you love?



  1. Hah! I admit, I’ve always thought ceiling fans were a necessary evil, in terms of decorating. :D Energy efficient and cooling, but oh-so ugly and dated… I had no idea they were so stylish nowadays! I am just crazy about Cirque and Minka-Aire, but not the price. :( And I love overhead lighting… decisions, decisions.

  2. I have a ceiling fan in my apartment and it’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. I wish I had one of these to replace it! I absolutely love the second one!

  3. Lovely fan designs. Thank you so much for sharing. The baxter design group is something I would definitely look up to.

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