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Ceiling Fan Designs: Victorian, Art Deco, Tropical & More

If you want to keep cool, save money, and add style, give one of these ceiling fans a whirl.

Porch Ceiling Fan Photo by Jason Wallace/DRM Design Group

The gentle breeze of a spinning fan may spark memories of sultry summer days past—you know, before you gave in to the chilling call of air-conditioning. But you’d be hard-pressed to recognize the plain-Jane models of yesteryear in ­today’s options.

From exuberantly ornate, Victorian-inspired versions to sleek stainless numbers epitomizing a modern minimalism that looks good in any house, there’s a fan to suit every taste and style.

5 Ceiling Fan Designs for Your House

Ceiling Fan Globe

Ceiling Fan Globe Photo by Mark Weiss

An amber, blown-glass uplight provides soft, ambient room lighting as well as a hit of color. With its classic details, this one would fit well in a Greek Revival–style living room or library.

About $280; Hampton Bay

Vintage Ceiling Fan

Vintage Victorian Ceiling Fan Photo by Mark Weiss

If a nod to the past, combined with elegance and class, are part of your design goals, then this Victorian-style ceiling fan with two rotating ventilators might be just what you’re looking for.

About $820; Minka Group

Tropical Leaf Ceiling Fan

Leif Ceiling Fan Photo by Mark Weiss

Ventilate a three-season porch with a fan that’s specially rated for damp areas. This one has oak blades hand-carved to look like palm fronds.

About $400; Tommy Bahama Fans

Art Deco Ceiling Fan

Photo by Mark Weiss

If clean, crisp lines are more your style, air out your bedroom with a sleek, Art Deco–inspired model finished in matte nickel. The louvers reduce glare from the light, which comes with an energy-saving compact fluorescent option.

About $450; Modern Fan

Architectural Ceiling Fan

Architectural Ceiling Fan Photo by Mark Weiss

Besides pushing air, a fan can also accent your home's architectural style. This Arts and Crafts design has teak-veneer blades laminated to resist warping and a bronze-colored motor housing that will blend right in with the details of your bungalow.

About $700; Casablanca Fan Company