Ceiling fans serve a practical purpose in maintaining a comfortable indoor climate, so many homeowners tend to be nonchalant in choosing a ceiling fan. For a lot of homeowners, the principle behind choosing a ceiling fan is simple – it does not matter if it is an eyesore, it just has to do the job. Fortunately, however, one does not need to sacrifice aesthetic for practicality. In this article, we will discuss some ways to match your ceiling fan to your ceiling so that it blends seamlessly into your interior design instead of distracting from your home design.
General design guidelines in choosing a ceiling fan
Before we dive into the specifics, let us first go over some general design guidelines when choosing a ceiling fan. Taking these factors into consideration will help ensure that your ceiling fan goes well not only with your ceiling, but with the entirety of the room.
- Consider the size of the room and the height of the ceiling.Installing a large, eye-catching ceiling fan might be good in theory but can feel claustrophobic in a limited space.
- Consider the theme of the room. For example, if the room is streamlined and minimalist, then you would not want to install something extremely bright-colored.
- Consider the hardware in the room and make sure that the ceiling fan complements it. For example, if you have a lot of brass fixtures in the room, then you might want to consider getting a fan with a brass finish.
- Finally, consider the dominant colors in the room. This will be your basis when contrasting or blending the ceiling fan to the ceiling.
Tips on contrasting or blending a ceiling fan to the ceiling
Now that you have a general idea on how to choose a fan that will complement the room where it will be installed, let us go into the main focus of this article: how to match your ceiling fan to the ceiling? To do this, you have two main options – either to contrast or to blend your ceiling fan to your ceiling.
For interior design newbies, the easier option is to blend the ceiling fan to your ceiling. All you have to do is to make sure that the color of your ceiling fan is as close as possible to the color of your ceiling. That said, it is incredibly important to have a paint swatch (or at least a photo of your ceiling) with you when you pick out a ceiling fan. This is especially the case with neutral or muted colors as the differences in shade and hue are subtler. If you have wood ceilings, you would want to find a ceiling fan with a wood grain blade that matches your ceilings. If you cannot find a ceiling fan in the exact color, you can opt for a wood grain blade a shade or two lighter than your ceiling to make sure that they are still complementary. Finally, if your ceiling is industrial, then it is best to install a black or a metallic silver fan to help the fan blend with the concrete or metallic theme.
For those who are more confident in their color choices (or maybe just want a pop of color), then contrasting the ceiling fan to the ceiling is the way to go. Note, however, that the contrasting color you will choose should still be in harmony with the ceiling and the rest of the room. For example, if you have wood ceilings, then you would want to choose a ceiling with blades that have the same tone as your ceiling. However, since you are not blending the fan into the ceiling, it is not necessary that you choose a wood grain blade. If the rest of the room, including the ceiling, is neutral or monochromatic, then you can opt for something bright or eye-catching. This way, you can turn the fan into an accent piece and make it the focal point in the room.
While function and efficiency is the main consideration when choosing a ceiling fan, it does not mean that you cannot use your fan to further improve your interior design. Following these tips will help you strike the balance between form and function.