Deco Ceiling Fans

The Art Deco style flourished from 1925 to 1940. It brought simple geometric designs, bold colors, and the use of glass together to provide an elegant, sophisticated look. That look is still available today and finds its expression in a variety of ceiling fans.

Consider a simple housing of black and polished brass. The black brass forms the background with rings of polished brass standing out. Beneath the fan are four directable light shades also in polished brass. And the polished brass blade holders clamp onto jet black walnut blades. A simple, striking, elegant look. A different, equally striking effect can be had by switching all the black parts to white and leaving the polished brass the same.

Or get the housing in antique brass with a faux alabaster bowl for uplighting above, suspended by black chains. Below, picture a faux alabaster globe, very shallow, barely bulging out from the bottom of the fixture. A set of 4 or 5 walnut or dark mahogany blades will complete this look in style.

Another look might concentrate on the uplighting bowl above, making it larger, and dispense with the downlighting globe. Rim the top of the bowl with aged bronze or antique nickel. Complement the whole ensemble with mahogany or dark oak blades. Or, for a lighter effect that's still sleek and stylish, try ash.

The bowls above and below can have simple striations, vertical lines that run parallel to each other all the way around. Make the bowls white and paint the housing and the washed oak blades white as well. For just the right touch of flash, use polished brass to hold the blades in place.

You may prefer to have the light shades in metal-above, below, or both. A brushed chrome bowl above, like a shallow cone with a flattened base, provides an elegant look. Three brushed chrome fixtures below, narrow cones suspended at different heights, will continue the theme. Bold rectangular blades, rounded at the edges, in rosewood or black finish off the piece.

A brushed nickel bowl above, fluted like a shallow bell, may be more the look you want. Below, consider 3 bell-shaped shades in translucent white glass, suspended from brushed nickel downrods. Light maple blades complete the ensemble with an airy feel, cherry blades with a darker sophistication.

You can dispense with the uplight altogether and go with a simple brushed nickel housing. For downlighting, suspend three brushed nickel cylinders that can be angled in any direction. To round out the look, add blades that curve in a perfect semi-circle at the end, like oversized tongue depressors.

Those are some basic looks. You can always get more complicated. Putting the whole housing inside a decorative wire cage can provide plenty of clean, interesting lines. Supporting the blades by wires from their tips back to the top of the housing can make an interesting look as well.