How to se­lect the best ceil­ing fans for your home in­te­ri­ors

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page -

(State­Point) If you have a “less is more” out­look on home dec­o­rat­ing pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions, you prob­a­bly want your light­ing fix­tures to not only be func­tional, but also fash­ion­able el­e­ments that com­ple­ment other ac­ces­sories and con­trib­ute to your over­all in­te­rior de­sign. When it comes to ceil­ing fans, ex­perts say that by shop­ping around, you can find a highly func­tional fix­ture that can even serve as the fo­cal point of a room.

“To­day’s ceil­ing fans in­cor­po­rate beau­ti­ful fea­tures, such as hand carved blades, sleek fin­ishes and nat­u­ral el­e­ments -to ap­peal to a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent de­sign trends,” says Steve Reg­is­ter, ceil­ing fan prod­uct man­ager for Progress Light­ing.

So how do you se­lect the best one for your space? Choose Your Fea­tures

• Ver­sa­tile func­tion­al­ity. Do you want to use your ceil­ing fan year-round? Sim­ply se­lect a fan with re­versible blades for the op­tion to cir­cu­late cool air in sum­mer or warm air in win­ter.

• Ef­fi­ciency. To save en­ergy and green your home, con­sider an EN­ERGY STAR rated fix­ture.

• Light­ing. To get in on to­day’s light­ing trends, go for a lay­ered light­ing de­sign in your space by in­stalling a light kit or se­lect­ing a fan with a pre-in­stalled fix­ture.

• Con­trol. Some fans fea­ture full-range dim­ming and full-func­tion re­mote con­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties, to of­fer added con­ve­nience in con­trol­ling a room’s en­vi­ron­ment.

Size it to Your Space

Size is re­ally im­por­tant when se­lect­ing a ceil­ing fan. If a fan is too large, it can over­whelm the space. On the flip side, if the fan is too small, the air­flow may be in­ad­e­quate. The Amer­i­can Light­ing As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gests the fol­low­ing fan sizes com­pared to square footage:

• Up to 75 square-feet -- 36 inches or less

• 75-144 square-feet -- 36 to 42 inches

• 144-225 square-feet -- 44 to 40 inches

• 225-400 sq. ft -- 50 to 54 inches Find Your Style

Once you’ve iden­ti­fied the size and ap­pli­ca­tion of your fan, it’s time for the fun part -- choos­ing a style that com­ple­ments your style. Con­sider fan shape, blade fea­tures and fin­ish to help you meet the room’s de­sign needs. You can view Progress Light­ing’s ceil­ing fan of­fer­ings, which in­clude Coastal, Tran­si­tional, Tra­di­tional and Farm­house styles, at pro­gresslight­

For a sim­ple home up­grade that goes a long way, con­sider a ceil­ing fan with all the fea­tures you’ll want and need for year-round com­fort and beauty.

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