Ahh, ceiling fans, the most love it or hate it ceiling fixtures in homes. We’ve pulled a few uglies out of spaces, despite their usefulness. This faux wood, detailed, three light version quickly made its way out the door.
I created a simple fixture made from PVC pipe, wire, and spray paint which has served well over the last few years.
Recently though, Ben mentioned that he’d like a ceiling fan in our bedroom again. It’s so rare that Ben asks for something specific (design wise) so I try to figure out a way to make both of us happy. With the ceiling fan request, I scoured the internet to find something sleek, modern, with a light, that didn’t cost and arm and a leg. I came across this Contemporary 52 inch Brushed Nickel 2 Light fan priced at $135.99 and saved it in an email and continued searching.
I always save my favorites in an email, just to see if I stumble on something I like better, but I can easily come back to make my decision.
While searching, I saw zillions of options, where I quickly noticed I preferred three-bladed fans most. That’s not to say I didn’t like some with four or more blades. Generally though, ones with more blades felt more traditionally designed or, I don’t know, busy? Spoiler alert, I ordered the one above, we installed it over the weekend, and so far, we’re liking it.
After sharing a photo on Instagram and getting requests for sources, I realized I wasn’t the only one struggling to find a decent looking, affordable fan.
Here’s a round-up of some that I saved in my search, for anyone that’s in the market. First off, ceiling fans with lights.
- 44″ Casa Vieja Trifecta in Brushed Nickel for $249.99
- 52″ Minka Aire Light Wave in Silver, but also comes in Distressed Koa and White for $279.95
- 52″ Monte Carlo in Rubberized Black for $286.00, comes in other finishes
- 42″ Moderno in Satin Nickel for $199.81
- 60″ Railey LED Fan in Brushed Nickel for $159.00
Sometimes, you don’t need a fan with a light, so if that’s the boat you’re in, here are a few options.
- Modern Ball Ceiling Fan in Brushed Aluminum for $316.00
- 52″ Minka Aire Kewl Fan in Black for $114.95
- 52″ Minka Aire 3 Blade Fan in Brushed Aluminum for $179.95
Although our front deck with full covered roof is technically finished, there are still a few things we need to tie up or are considering adding. Ceiling fans are on the list, either a single centered on the middle door or a trio, all centered on the sliding doors.
I’m still researching exactly what I want, but here are my front-runners.
- 52″ Hunter Cassius Outdoor Fan in Matte Silver Finish for $99.00
- Bentley II 18″ Oscillating fan in Brushed Nickel for $139.00
- 72″ Casa Velocity in Brushed Nickel for $134.95
- 54″ Fanimation Semi Flush 4 Blade in Brushed Nickel $179.95
Clearly there’s a lot of variety here, but each is so cool in its own way. I’m leaning toward black, but that 72 inch fan is a beast and I’m sure it can move some serious air. I’ll keep you posted on the decision, but ever so slowly, I’m kind of becoming a fan of ceiling fans. Where do you fall on the subject? I know people in southern areas swear by them, but in our northern climate, they’re more of an option.