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5 Easy Ways to Modernize Your Ceiling Fan

Give your Old Spinner a New Look with These Affordable, Easy-to-Follow Tips

Ceiling fans, while purposeful, are not always stylish. Perhaps your ceiling fan came with your home or you purchased the fan a long time ago and your décor has changed significantly since then. Whatever the case may be, you’re no longer happy with the way the fan looks. Before you consider trading in your old spinner for a newer model, here are some affordable and easy tips to modernize your ceiling fan.

Change the Fan Blades

1. New Blades

Ceiling fan blades can fade and warp over time, causing the fan to look shabby. Replace the outdated fan blades with a new blade set, preferably from the same manufacturer as the fan to guarantee a good fit. Skip the standard issue reversible blades and opt for blades with hand-carved and textured details. Choose natural finishes like dark mahogany, dark walnut and Spanish Oak that show off the grain. Fan blades range in price from $50 - $200 depending on the manufacturer so there are plenty of options for any budget.

Paint the Ceiling Fan

2. Paint Job

Just as the blades lose their original luster so does the motor housing and hardware. You can modernize your ceiling fan by quickly restoring the fixture’s patina with an inexpensive paint job. For the fan hardware, choose a paint color that complements the hardware such as the door hinges, door knobs and appliances. For the fan blades, choose a paint color that complements the furniture, doors and woodwork. See our previous article on how to paint a ceiling fan, which we completed for about $15, for materials and instructions.

Summer Party Outdoor Lighting Tips

4 Summer Lighting Tips for Illuminating Your Summer
We think you’re due for a party, don’t you? The kind of evening that involves delicious aromas floating from your grill, happy children with sticky hands running through the grass and the enchanting laughter of your closest friends. You’re going to have the perfect summer bash, and we’re going to help you illuminate every smile in style. The possibilities are endless this summer, and we have some great outdoor lighting tips for you.

 

1. Lighting the Perfect Barbecue with Pendants

 

Pendant lighting will be all the rage this summer. Outdoor pendant lights showcase your unique style and personality. Pendants are also easy to install. For a temporary fix, you could make your own DIY pendants or see our outdoor pendant light fixtures for radiance that will last years to come.

Pendant lighting

Best Places to Use: Above seating and eating areas on decks, patios or porches. Also, in backyard cabanas and gazebos. 

 

Quick Tip: Try to give an 18 to 22 inch clearance level from the bottom of the fixture to the height of the tallest person in your family.

 

5 Bright + Cool Father's Day Gifts

Ditch the Socks and Ties, Here Are Some Functional Gifts for Dad

Poor dads, every year it’s the same scenario – cheesy ties, socks or koozies declaring him the “#1 Dad”. It’s a wonder many of you haven’t been disowned yet. This year, show your dad just how special he is by adding a bit of comfort and style to his everyday life. Here are five Father's Day gifts he is sure to love.

Father's Day Gift Options

1. Rustic Dad: Industry Ceiling Fan by Period Arts Fan Co.

The Period Arts Fan Company’s Industry ceiling fan features a vintage-inspired motor housing with smooth maple wood blades. The rust finish has a weathered feel while the blade badges add an industrial element. This ceiling fan reminds us of a worn men’s sweater with elbow patches. This ceiling fan is ideal for bedrooms, offices, garages or man caves.

2. Classic Dad: Eco-Task LED Floor Lamp by ET2 Contemporary Lighting

Father's day gifts should make your dad shine. Light up your dad's smile this Father's Day with the ET2 Eco-Task LED Floor Lamp features a sleek swing arm design as classic as Sinatra and martinis. The lamp’s integrated dimmer allows dad to enjoy the right level of lighting, whether he’s crunching numbers or reading his favorite book. The satin nickel finish complements most home decors. This lamp is ideal for offices, studies or reading nooks.

Pinspiration: Top 5 Summer Fans for 2014

Plus Decor and Design Tips for these Summer Ceiling Fans

 

The re-pins and hearts have spoken and dual ceiling fans are the winning choice for your 2014 summer cooling needs. Here's our top five summer fans for 2014 as chosen by our Pinterest followers, along with some installation and decor tips.

 

1. Minka Aire: Gyro

 

The Minka Aire Gyro Collection has collectively received hundreds of re-pins and hearts. This chic collection is known for its dual-motored design. It oozes class and sophistication and is perfect for offices, bedrooms, living rooms and workshops.

 

See the entire Minka Aire Gyro Collection.

 

Gyro Minka Aire App

 

Colors: These fans go great with Earthy tones like browns, burnt oranges, deep greens or reds.

 

Textures: Blend this focal piece with brick, oak, cedar and tanned leather.

 

2. Matthews: Bianca Direcional

 

This unique fan has over four hundred re-pins on Pinterest. It’s stylish and designed to fit in even smaller rooms. The blades can be adjusted up to 180° for the perfect summer breeze. Place this summer ceiling fan in recreation rooms, gyms, foyers and kitchens.

 

View more of the Matthews Bianca Direcional Collection.

 

Direcional App Image

 

Colors: Use with neural colors like silver, grey, white and ivory.

 

Textures: This looks great paired with textures of lighter woods, metal and cloth furniture.

 

How to Use Ambient, Accent, and Task Lighting

15 Ways to Master the Different Types of Lighting in Your Home and Office
 

What is task lighting? How to create accent lighting? What else is available besides ambient lighting? With so many different types of lighting available, it can get a little confusing when designing a lighting scheme for your home or office. Our guide explains the different types of lighting - ambient, task and accent, how to use them effectively, and which light fixtures to use create your desired lighting.

 

Three Main Types of Lighting

1. Ambient Lighting (General Lighting)

This is one of the most common types of lighting. Ambient light is a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare. In photography and cinematography, ambient light is considered the “natural light” within a room. In décor, ambient light is very similar, except you create the ambient light by making the room’s lighting as natural and flat as possible. While ambient light is meant to get you safely from point A-to-B, it is not ideal for working closely with things or to highlight things around your space.

 

Ambient Lighting

 

Atmosphere: When used correctly, ambient light creates a fantastic environment to relax from an overly stressful day or to have a warm conversation with an old friend. Ambient lighting is often referred to as mood lighting, because this light captures the soft curves of your face and allows your pupils to dilate slightly (a physical sign of affection). Some yoga studios have even begun using the softer ambient lighting in their classes to help draw stress from the body.

 

How to Get This Look: We recommend using the following lights to create ambient light.

 

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