Contrast or Blend? The Ceiling Fan Conundrum


It’s a commonly asked question when buying a ceiling fan: should my color choice blend into my surroundings or should it be a contrasting shade to add emphasis to the room? If you’re in the market for elegant ceiling fans you’ll be considering the style and aesthetics of your overall decor and judging how the technology that keeps you comfortable will look in your designer rooms. Here are a few key points to consider when choosing the style of your Aeratron fan.

The Contrast

Designers are divided in opinion on which is best for choosing your color but the division seems to come down to two main categories: a contrasting color, typically in harmony with flooring of your room, or a color that blends into the color of your ceiling, which is an effort to keep your “5th wall” an unbroken expanse of color.


If you choose to go with a contrasting color, these are the key points you want to consider:

  • If you have wood floors, choose blades of a similar wood tone on your fan

  • If you have tile or carpeted flooring, choose fan blades that are the same value as the flooring material. Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of an item

  • Contrast can also be achieved by turning your fan into an accent piece. For instance, if you have a great deal of wood in your home and you are accenting with metalwork art pieces, an AE2 or AE3 fan in silver would make a lovely contrasting piece.

Contrast in a ceiling fan is common and adds not only comfort but beauty as well you any room they are found.

The Blend

The other side of the argument places the decor emphasis on items that are mostly at eye level, and the goal of the style is to blend in light fixtures, outlets, and any other “necessary” technology into a room with such finesse, that the homeowner and guests hardly know they’re there. For this effect, you’ll want to match your fan, as closely as possible to the color of your ceiling.


Here are the defining characteristics of achieving a blended look with your ceiling fan:

  • If your ceilings are white, which is a very common ceiling color, then go with a white fan blade and body style. This will create a seamless look.

  • If you have wood ceilings, choose a finish that best matches the finish of your ceilings. If you can’t find the exact color you are looking for, but still want to go with a wood grain blade, choose a shade that is a few shades lighter than the color of your ceiling. They won’t match, but the wood grains will complement each other well.

  • If you have industrial ceilings, either metal or concrete, a black or silver fan body finish will blend in with the surroundings in a way that allows them to add and unobtrusive beauty to the room.

Blending your fan with the room will give you free reign to highlight other areas of the room; an original painting, sculpture, or musical instrument, or perhaps some beautiful furniture.

The Importance of Size

Another important aspect of ceiling fans, which will affect the overall impact they have on a room, is their size. In a small room, a large fan can be overwhelming. Even if a blended color is chosen, the sheer size can make it a dominant feature. There are two ways to prevent this from happening.

  1. First, choose a shorter blade length. Instead of a 60-inch span, try going with a 43-inch

  2. Second, choose a fan with fewer blades. The efficient design of fans like the Aeratron AE2 allow just as much air to be moved by their 2 blades, as their bulky, 5-bladed counterparts found on every do-it-yourself supply store in the nation. For a real sense of open space and designer style, go with a 2 bladed fan. In a small room, when the fan isn’t running, the fewer blades will take up less ceiling space and provide a more open feel.

Your dream home is waiting, and with such beautiful ceiling fan styles to choose from, there’s no reason your stylish home can’t also be your incredibly comfortable home as well.

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