The Westinghouse Turbo Swirl fan offers a small footprint (30 inches) and comes in dark or light wood or a white finish. If you want a wood finish, this fan offers a look that can work with both modern and more eclectic interiors. Great for a home office or bedroom, it's recommended for small spaces. Or hang two and help cool your kitchen without danger of huge blades knocking into cabinet doors.
The dark espresso blades and silver hardware of the Casablanca Isotope fan make us think of leather and chrome, a sleek and timelessly modern combo. Also available in all black or all white, the fan comes in 52- and 44-inch diameters and includes a remote control that can change the fan speed or dim the lights.
Minka Aire's Artemis fan comes in seven finishes (including high-gloss red), three blade choices (etched, tinted or translucent glass) and the option to make it lighted or not — but thanks to the aerodynamic tilt of the blades, its sexy curves make it a standout. At 58 inches, it's big enough to make a statement: "Yep, I love my ceiling fan."
Cost: $499.95 to $999.95, depending on finish
Those old school factory fans that seem so perfect for today's industrial chic spaces are actually a bit tricky to manage, because some of them aren't made for home use. But Big Ass Fans has adapted its industrial air movers to home use — provided you have a wide-open space. Made to answer the needs of open-plan, double-height rooms and lofts, the Isis fan is 100 inches wide, made of aircraft-grade aluminum and equipped with special "winglets" that help it move more air, according to its makers.
Cost: Starting at $3,000