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Decorating with Ceiling Fans: Interior Design Ideas that Work

The idea of decorating with ceiling fans is relatively recent – but you absolutely should keep it in mind when planning your interior design components. Because, as you can see from the examples below, the right decorative ceiling fan can really define an entire space. Modern and contemporary? Traditional, classic? Stainless, wood, multi-color? We’ve rounded up some of the best fans for you to browse through – before that major remodel you’ve been promising yourself.

Designing your space with the Enigma ceiling fan above, from , is almost like decorating with art, isn’t it?

The Odyn ceiling fan (above) from is a prime example of a contemporary style fan that can command your decorating ideas. The 84″ blade sweep gives this sunburst design a lot of heft, despite the slender design.

Above is the Gyro from , an interior ceiling fan design beyond compare: 42″ Twin Turbofans in oil rubbed bronze finish for the industrial or vintage look.

The Ar Ruthiane Collection (above), from , can work with any decorating ideas you have. There are a variety of finishes from copper to bold metallic color. Dual fans and bullet-shaped housing were the common denominators in designing these extraordinary ceiling fans.

The Angel (above), by , is a modern design idea with an ethereal feel. It’s not often you find a fan that looks as though it could float away.

Above is another ethereal design for a ceiling fan that comes from and is called Cirque. It is also available in assorted colors.

Palisade above, by , is the South Seas design idea ceiling fan. Can’t you just smell that ocean air and hear those palms rustling in the breeze? This is a great decorating idea for an elongated room (or deck).

The Bianca Directional Collection (above and below), from , are the perfect fan to fit into those tiny spaces that are so difficult to decorate. They can also be placed directly in front of air vents, to maximize hot or cold air flow. And there’s one more thing – they’re also available in the same crazy metallic colors as the Ar Ruthiane Collection above. Be sure to visit Matthew’s Fan Company website to see all of the available colors.


The Artemis ceiling fan (above), by , is available in many finishes, including a translucent one. It speaks to modern, contemporary style and could work with almost any interior design idea you have with its sleek, bold lines.


The Brewmaster and Bourbon Street are belt-driven ceiling fans (above and below) from . Perfect for designing with that old-time New Orleans look. These are great pieces in a loft or on a covered porch – or as the final touch to your entertaining area.

(above) is perfect for decorating the lodge or cabin. And their stained glass model has such an art-deco flair – it would be the crowning glory in a Craftsman interior design renovation.

And then, there’s (above) – a candle chandelier and fan in one. The ultimate decorating idea for both the chalet at the ski resort — and the outdoor covered patio at the beach house. Keep your eye on decorative ceiling fans when you’re contemplating new interior design ideas – they’re breaking out of the mold.

But as awesome as the Candelier is, we would be remiss if we did not include the new, trendy-as-all-get-out, . Not for the faint of heart, or for short ceilings. But in a loft? A barn redo? An old church conversion or schoolhouse project? Bring it on!

For more decorating options, visit our Modern Lighting Ideas section.