Traditional Ceiling Fans

A "traditional" ceiling fan can involve anything from ornate, detailed beauty to rugged simplicity. Somewhere in that range is probably a look that's right for you.

A traditional ceiling fan can be something as simple as a round housing in polished brass, with brass clamps to hold walnut, oak, or white blades in place. Or the housing can be a simple painted white, with or without brass accents to add a splash of color. Antique brass or brushed nickel or pewter can provide a different look with a similar effect. A weathered brick or iron look to the housing can give the feeling of a sturdy, useful antique. From below, suspend four bell-shaped light shades, perhaps rimmed with the same metal as the housing.


The housing above the blades can be more than a simple circle. It can be almost completely spherical or a similar shape but more compressed from top to bottom. Rings or ridges can run around it for effect. Vertical striations or indentations all around can also please the eye. Far more ornate and intricate swirls and designs can also be added. A black brass sphere can be inlaid with burnished brass designs to beautiful effect.

The motor housing naturally needs to have vent holes, and these can be arranged symmetrically around the bottom. They can vary in size from one to the next in a sort of wave from smallest to largest back down to smallest again. Or the whole housing can be a sort of latticework in bright brass. Add to this effect with a crystal globe below with an etched latticework pattern or three or four crystal shades in the same pattern.

Light Fixtures

Three or four light fixtures below is one traditional look. For another, choose from a variety of single globes. The simplest globe is barely more than a white bulge, a rounded surface at the bottom of the fan. A basic ball globe is also traditional and can look nice. A half sphere provides a different touch, whether right side up or upside down. One way, the half sphere reveals a decorative bulb. The other way, it shields the bulb providing more even lighting. Or perhaps you will prefer a shallow cone, a bowl with a flattened base, or an acorn shape. Any of these can easily be found in plain forms, with vertical ridges, or with more ornate designs on the glass.


Even the clamps for the blades can be a chance to show off a little beauty. Simple clamps with an elegant curve can provide the effect you want. Far more ornate clamps are also available with floral designs, curlicues, leaves, and spirals.


The blades to a traditional ceiling fixture are, well, traditional. They look just like you'd expect a fan blade to look. Any variations on the basic design are subtle-perhaps a scallop on the far end or a raised ridge running down the center. The blades can come in white, black, or any basic wood such as ash, oak, walnut, mahogany, or cherry.