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Stylish Ceiling Fan Ideas

Ceiling fans are a great addition to any space because of the comfort and ambient lighting they can provide. And, despite the common misconception that they’re not attractive, there are many modern fan designs that can elevate your interior project. Your space will determine the type of ceiling fan you need, from the style, finish, and type of blades to whether it includes a light, is damp or wet rated, and flush mount or suspended from a downrod. Be sure you understand the square footage of the intended space and choose the size of your ceiling fan accordingly to ensure efficient air circulation.

Chromed Out

Living room ceiling fan guides
Ricasso Ceiling Fan By Craftmade Fans

For a sleek and modern look in your living room, choose a fan with a downrod and canopy in a chrome finish and dark wooden blades. If your ceilings are on the lower side, hang your ceiling fan as a semi-flush mount for plenty of headroom.

Power Pair

Bedroom flush stylish ceiling fan.
Irene-H Flush Mount 3-Blade Ceiling Fan By Atlas Fan Company

Combine a contemporary flush mount ceiling fan in a classic finish with recessed lights for a great look in your bedroom. The ceiling fan will provide comfort with increased airflow and the recessed lights will give off warm ambient illumination for a winning combination year-round.

Have a Ball

Ball Flush Mount Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company

Modern Fan Company is credited with starting the trend of fans with modern design elements and their Ball Fan designed by Ron Rezek is the prototypical stylish modern fan. The fan comes with a standard downrod as well as a hugger-style flush mount.

Back to Nature

Monte Carlo vaulted ceiling fans.
Colony Max Ceiling Fan By Monte Carlo Fans

White ceilings and walls are the perfect backdrop for a black and wood ceiling fan. When combined with accents of green and brown and objets d’art that evoke a sense of nature, this style of ceiling fan is perfect for a modern rustic room.

Industrial Art

stylish 2 blade modern ceiling fan ideas.
Xety Ceiling Fan By Kichler

Two blade fans are a unique choice for a modern industrial space. Especially high ceilings allow for a longer stem on the ceiling fan which adds to the unusual style. Choose one that has a single compact fixture for diffuse light and a comfortable atmosphere.

Clean Sweep

wisp ceiling fan for high ceilings.
Wisp Ceiling Fan By Casablanca Fan Company

Clean lines and gently curving blades are the perfect addition for a modern bedroom and seating area. Place one fixture above your bed and another over a coffee table centered between sofas for great air circulation between the two spaces and throughout the room.

Cooly Unique

Modern windmill ceiling fans.
Windmill Ceiling Fan By Quorum International

Choosing a truly unique ceiling fan, like one that is reminiscent of a windmill, is a great way to add personality and function to your living room. For a modern or contemporary space, choose one that uses a cool combination of wood and metallic accents.

Drop Ceiling Designs

Zeus ceiling fans for drop ceilings.
Zeus Ceiling Fan By Kichler

If your room has a partial drop ceiling, highlight the architectural detail by placing LED wall lights at the perimeter of the dropped portion and resulting alcove. For a clean and cool aesthetic and superior air circulation, add a simple steel ceiling fan with three wooden blades in a finish that complements your other decor.

Clean and Crisp

Living Room Drop ceiling fans.
Wisp Ceiling Fan By Casablanca Fan Company

Highlight crisp, clean lines and beautiful crown molding with an equally sleek ceiling fan. Choose one with a mount and finish in white to blend in with your ceiling and gently curved fan blades to match the clean aesthetic. Place it in the center of your seating arrangement to bring casual balance to your space.


stylish modern ceiling fans.
Torto Ceiling Fan By Fanimation Fans

For an inviting and memorable entryway, choose a dramatic fan with a stunning design such as curved blades that wrap around the base. Not only will you add a graceful and modern feel to your room, but you will also add superior air circulation and great ambient light.

In the Air

modern ceiling fans with lights.
Vision II Ceiling Fan By Monte Carlo Fans

Black and white is a classic combination so continue the scheme with an all-black ceiling fan. Choose one with a frosted diffuser for quality ambient lighting and adjustable speed, reversible motor for perfect air circulation in any season.

Midcentury Mod

Modern wooden 2 blade ceiling fans.
Wing Ceiling Fan from Minka Aire Fans

Bring a touch of midcentury modern flair into your living room with a streamlined and gently curved uni-body ceiling fan with a beautiful wood finish throughout. A two-blade design adds visual interest and great airflow for your space.

Clear Winner

clear tube ceiling fans.
Tube Ceiling Fan By Faro Barcelona

Get creative with your ceiling fan by choosing one with an unexpected design like a clear or black cylinder around the down rod or blades in a surprising shade. Ceiling fans with these modern touches are a great choice for rooms with a contemporary feel.

Outdoor Charm

outdoor farmhouse ceiling fans.
Windmill Damp Rated Ceiling Fan By Quorum International

Make your covered outdoor gathering spaces more comfortable in hot weather by installing an outdoor damp rated ceiling fan for better air circulation. A pinwheel or windmill design with an oil-rubbed bronze metallic finish is perfectly suited for evoking a sense of country comfort.

Aerodynamic Accents

modern 3 blade ceiling fans.
Torsion Ceiling Fan from Modern Fan Company

Give your contemporary living room an industrial edge by installing a ceiling fan with clean lines and an aerodynamic feel. Choose a fan with a body finish and blade material that complements your decor for a seamless design and a sleek downrod if you have high ceilings.

Ahead of the Curve

Kichler modern ceiling fans.
Kichler Ceiling Fans

Look for a ceiling fan with a sleek stainless steel finish and beautifully curved blades to add style and comfort to your modern bedroom. Pair the diffuse ambient light given off by the fan with bedside pendant lights in a similar finish for better task lighting.

Copper Chic

slim wooden ceiling fan.
Just Ceiling Fan By Faro Barcelona

For a truly unexpected look, choose a fan with a unique finish. One with a copper downrod and canopy is sure to be a stylish addition to any space, especially when paired with wooden blades with a gracefully curved design.

Can’t Beat the Drum Fan

Modern Circular Ceiling Fans.
Fanimation Fans

A drum fan suspended from the peak of a vaulted ceiling will add an industrial vibe to your kitchen. With an integrated LED light for ambient illumination and contrast, this type of fan is a great choice over a kitchen island.

As Bold As Brass

matte black and brass ceiling fans.
Orb Ceiling Fan By Minka Aire Fans

A brass finish with black blades and downrod is an on-trend choice for a midcentury modern living room. One with a frosted white glass globe and additional recessed lights in the surrounding ceiling will provide the perfect amount of ambient light.

Indoor Outdoor

extra large outdoor modern ceiling fans.
Xtreme H2O 84-Inch Ceiling Fan By Minka Aire Fans

Outdoor living spaces can be made even more relaxing with an extra-large ceiling fan. Placed on patio seating and a low table, you will love to lounge in the open air with a constant breeze keeping you cool and comfortable.

Modern Conveniences

Modern black ceiling fans with lights.
Swyft Ceiling Fan By Craftmade Fans

A simple and modern ceiling fan is the perfect complement to a minimalist lounge area and will add ambient light and air circulation to your space. Look for one with black blades and body and a white light diffuser for an interesting contrast with white walls, ceiling, and furniture.

Ceiling fans increase the comfort of a room and come in such a variety that you are sure to find the perfect complement to your space. Consider fans that have options like dimmable lights or adjustable speed motors for the best experience, and take into consideration the other lights in your space to be sure the overall lighting scheme is adequate and enjoyable. For more YLighting ideas, see our Ceiling Fan Ideas.


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