Assistant design editor Jen Masseau shares stylish fans that are cool in both form and function.
I love just about every aspect of summer, save for the fact that my circa 1920s apartment is conspicuously lacking in air conditioning. So, despite their reputation as a designer no-no, I’ve embraced the fan as my one true savior in Toronto’s recent heat wave.
Whether you choose a hardwired ceiling fan, or a portable floor or tabletop model, here are 10 picks that prove these practical devices can be beautiful, too.
Styled by Australian decor retailer Beacon Lighting, these spaces are proof that the right fan can actually enhance the look of a room. I would happily recreate a breezy bedroom or bathroom inspired by either of these interiors.
Source: Beacon Lighting
This statement-making tripod floor fan is a bold choice that won’t go unnoticed. The smooth wood legs offset the satin nickel head for an unexpected mix that would suit many decor styles.
I can picture this fan doubled up in a spacious white kitchen or sunny great room. The large drum shade wraps around the central fan, disguising the motor and blades for a softer look.
This powder blue desk fan with a tilt-head design has a sweet
Jetsons vibe that would look right at home in a mid-century modern home office.
Source: Ultra Lighting
For an industrial take, I like the clean, rounded lines of this black cage fan. The etched glass globe provides diffused lighting, and the chesnut finish of the reclaimed wood blades warm up the look of the iron frame.
Source: Shades of Light
This stylish design mimics the look of a table lamp, and would look right at home on a trad desk or console. The resin base has the look of woodgrain and the metal parts are finished in a soft vintage shade.
This modern white ceiling fan is perfect for a serene bedroom. The minimalist design doesn’t draw too much attention to itself, and a patented “High-Efficiency Blade System” promises whisper-quiet operation.
Source: Home Depot
I would be remiss not to mention Dyson’s bladeless offering. Its high-tech tower fan has a sleek, streamlined look that works best in contemporary spaces.
Source: Dyson Canada
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Curved wood blades bring sculpture to this fan made of acacia koa wood (native to Hawaii). I love its sexy, swooped shape.
Source: All Modern