Palm Leaf Blade Ceiling Fans
It seems like such a specific category: Palm Leaf Blade Ceiling Fans. Yet even within this sub-category, there is an amazing variety to be had. Once you've settled on a palm leaf theme, here are some of the looks that you can find.
A basic, broad palm leaf design in a wide oval or rounded triangle may do the trick. But what material should be used for the blades? One possibility is a white sailcloth, pleated around a rigid frame. Change the color of the cloth to off-white, yellow, even pink to give the feeling of a tropical sunset. The blade can have a curve to its taper giving it a two-dimensional gourd shape. Or the blade can be thinner altogether with an arrowhead shape ending in a rounded point.
A simple, light wood with the proper grain can also look exactly like a giant leaf. Or it can have ribs carved into it in clean, elegant lines or waving tendrils. Woven bamboo or rattan can also provide a light, tropical feel.
Perhaps more of an oar-shaped palm leaf is what you're looking for. A broad, surfboard shape with ridged edges and depressed ribs to indicate the sections of the leaf can also be quite attractive.
So far we've only been describing standard ceiling fan designs. Four or five blades are attached to a rotating center. For an even more tropical feel, other designs might work even better.
Consider a downrod that attaches to a horizontal support. At each end of this support is a set of three palm leaf blades. They rotate perpendicular to the floor, but at a steep enough angle to send plenty of air downward. For an over the top effect, you can get this model with a bird perch hanging from the center, complete with stuffed tropical bird.
That's just the simplest variation on the horizontal rod design. Another design arranges the palm leaves all along the horizontal rod rather than at the ends. They stick out from the rod in groups of three, rotating with the rod, their blades coming parallel to the floor as they beat the air gently down. A simple fan of this design can have 3 sets of 3 blades. A longer version can have 9 sets and light fixtures interspersed. The shortest version of this type of fixture is about 9 feet across. The longest version can run 45 feet.
Another design makes use of the horizontal rod but attaches only a single blade at each juncture. Rather than rotating the blades, the rod manipulates an attachment that sways the blades back and forth, back and forth, like several people fanning you at once.