Patios and pergolas are becoming an extension of indoor spaces. People are including kitchens and fireplaces in their patios and porches. Indoor and outdoor style is practically seamless with the evolution of modern patio furniture and patio fan ideas.
Consider the whole space when updating your outdoor room, from furniture and flooring to patio ceiling ideas. Easy, fresh ideas to update the patio ceiling are a coat of paint and a stylish outdoor ceiling fan. When you’re exploring patio fan ideas, make sure the fans you're looking at have the appropriate UL rating. Check the box to see if it says indoor-rated, damp-rated, or wet-rated.
- Indoor-rated fans only work in covered, indoor rooms. If you install an indoor fan outside, the fan can spark or stop working after being exposed to the outdoor elements.
- Damp-rated fans are great for covered outdoor rooms like patios and porches that are exposed to mild weather elements like humidity.
- Wet-rated fans are engineered to withstand being exposed to harsh weather elements like heavy rain.
Once you’ve determined where you’re placing you’re outdoor ceiling fan, then you can get into the fun stuff: The style! There is a myriad of styles to inspire your patio ceiling ideas.
Lanterns are quintessential of rustic and nautical design. It adds a nostalgic and Americana flair to farmhouse front porches. Lantern inspired lighting is reminiscent of lighthouses on the coast, making it perfect for oceanside patios. Lantern inspired outdoor ceiling fans give your patios and porches an inviting style and are a beautiful light source.
Whether you have a home on the coast or not, here’s a patio ceiling idea to bring the seaside atmosphere to you: a coastal ceiling fan. Beadboard inspired patterns, hand-painted striped glass in white and blue, rustic wood blade finishes: It all complements with the coastal décor on your patios and porches. Get an outdoor ceiling fan with a remote to create a breeze on cue with Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.
Pergola ceiling fans add style but keep an authentic vibe desired in an open-air pergola setting. Enjoy being amidst the beautiful outdoor scene without being too overwhelmed by the sun and heat. In the evening, turn on your string lights for ambient lighting and turn up the fan to help keep the bugs away.
We love the look of an antique inspired ceiling fan on a front porch. Take a page from the Southern Living Idea House 2018 for patio ceiling ideas. The rocking chairs, light blue painted ceiling, and Hunter Original® ceiling fan puts you in the mood to sip on a glass of lemonade while chatting with the neighbors. Just the right amount of turn-of-the-century inspired detailing gives the vintage inspired ceiling fan an updated yet nostalgic look.
Outdoor fans used to mean palm leaf blades and wicker pattern blades, but with indoor home décor moving to the outdoors it inspired more modern outdoor ceiling fan ideas. Clean lines and fresh finishes complement other sleek, modern décor in your patios and porches. Choose an outdoor ceiling fan with a dimmable light to help set the mood or explore outdoor ceiling fans without lights if your porch features recessed lighting.
There are plenty of stylish outdoor fan designs to help inspire your patio design ideas. They’re also great to use inside to help create a seamless design from your indoor spaces to your outdoor ones (just remember: you cannot install and use an indoor fan in your outdoor rooms). Get more insight by exploring our “How to choose an outdoor ceiling fan” blog.