Best Ceiling Fans for Your Kitchen
There are many reasons to put a ceiling fan in the kitchen. For one thing, when the stove gets hot and the dishwasher gets steamy, a ceiling fan provides ventilation to keep you cool and comfortable while you cook and clean. As well, if you select a fan with a light fixture, you get all the breezy benefits of a fan with the added perks of illumination for detailed tasks from slicing veggies to scrubbing the stove. Yet another great reason to install a fan in the kitchen? The right ceiling fan can seriously enhance your kitchen’s decor.
Consider the style of your kitchen before selecting a ceiling fan. If you have a traditional space with details such as inset cabinets, marble countertops, or nickel hardware, look for a fan that complements those touches. When it comes to finishes, choose brass, silver, or brushed metallic casings. Other features such as smoothly curved blades and simple but elegant light shades are all hallmark aspects of fans that suit a traditional kitchen. On the other hand, in a rustic or vintage-inspired kitchen, you may have elements such as butcher block countertops, a farmhouse sink, and glass paneled cabinetry. Ceiling fans with oil-rubbed finishes, woodgrain blades, and scrollwork accents look great in this kind of space.
That's a Wrap: Design Challenge Reveal
Last month, we challenged three design bloggers to decorate a room of their choice. The only stipulation was that they had to include a ceiling fan of our choosing. Well, the results of the design challenge are in and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
Each of the designers did an incredible job creating the perfect space to house the Kichler Arkwright ceiling fan. Their finished designs blew us away and elicited several “ohhs” and “ahhs” from colleagues. Each room evoked in us a sense of pride, and strengthened our belief that the ceiling fan is not an appliance to be undervalued. These brilliant designers reinforced our belief that ceiling fans can complement many different room decors and styles.
We want to give a huge thank you to all of the designers for their hard work and dedication, and we commend each one of them for fearlessly taking on this design challenge. Their unique designs perfectly showcase their individual tastes and talents. Each designer’s finished room is vastly different from the next, but all are beautiful beyond our imagination. Take a look at the after pictures featured below.
Modern Lighting Madness
If you’re looking to complete your contemporary space, there are seemingly endless modern lighting options to put the finishing touch on your interior. In general, modern lighting styles have several aspects in common: they tend to be relatively unadorned, with clean lines and bold silhouettes. However, even under the umbrella of ‘modern’ there are several variations to consider when creating your desired look. In other words, not all modern is created equal!
Some of the most popular iterations on modern include sleek, eclectic, and warm. The first of these is characterized by a simple, cool palette, often black and white. Surfaces include chrome and marble, clear glass, and polished lacquer. To select lighting for a space in the sleek modern style, keep color at a minimum and focus instead on angular edges, high-gloss finishes, and rectangular prism-inspired shades. By contrast, eclectic modern can be defined by a broader range of materials and a quirkier blend of colors and shapes. Vibrant accents combine with playful furnishings for a cheerful effect. For lighting that suits an eclectic modern space, feel free to have fun! Mix metals like brass with wood and crystal, and worry less about ‘matching’ and more about selecting pieces that make a statement.
Green is the New Black: Green Living Experts
Eco-friendly blogs are blooming into popularity, and all of us at Del Mar Fans & Lighting are dedicated to conserving energy around the office as well as around our homes. In an effort to be greener, we took to the office white board and discussed several simple ways that we could improve our green status such as turning off our ceiling fans and lights when we’re not home, and switching out old incandescent light bulbs for newer, more energy efficient LED light bulbs. Along the way, we shared some of our favorite eco-friendly blogs and the writers behind them.
Never Let 'em See You Sweat: Dorm Desk Fans
School is back in session, and for many of you this means leaving the comfort and familiarity of your childhood home, venturing out on your own, and moving into your first dorm room. College is an adventure, and with it comes a completely new list of challenges and obstacles. Stay cool under pressure by adding a desk fan to your dorm room décor.
Unfortunately, college dorm rooms have garnered a reputation for being hot and stuffy, and being uncomfortable in your own dorm room can have a negative effect on your sleep and study habits. Desk fans make perfect accessories for any dorm room because they are stylish as well as functional.
Desk fans produce a gentle amount of airflow and allow for a refreshing and cooling breeze. Their effective wind flow will provide you with a welcome break from the heat of a cramped dorm room, especially if there are multiple electronics running simultaneously.