These days, outdoor spaces are self-care sanctuaries and great entertainment spaces that provide social distancing. The great outdoors also brings a much-needed lift to your overall sense of wellbeing and mental health. We feel better already. 

There are so many patio design ideas and an abundance of styles. No matter where you’re located, you can extend your farmhouse, coastalor modern vibe from inside to outside with a few defining features. Pergolas, covered patios, and even traditionally covered porches can easily be extensions of your home’s aesthetic. Depending on the amount of square footage you have, you can incorporate patio furniture for lounging and dining as well as an outdoor kitchen with accessories. 

For this outdoor space, we swapped out all the furniture the coffee table and rug and added some greenery, new pillows and wall art to liven up the space. We also chose 4 new outdoor ceiling fans that were perfect for this space. Let's take a quick look at the before.

Before outdoor space

Ceiling fans are the centerpiece of any space and can be the finishing touch on your patio design. Our designers and engineers collaborate to come up with beautiful outdoor ceiling fans that include components to withstand humidity and rain, like our WeatherMax® outdoor fans. Since outdoor heat can be unrelenting, our engineers also designed many of our outdoor fans with our SureSpeed exclusive technology to give you over 33% more air velocity than leading competitors. * The possibilities are endless, but here are a few patio ceiling fan ideas to get you started. 

Choosing the right outdoor ceiling fan 

First thing’s first, make sure that you choose the right outdoor fan for the job - Damp-rated, wet-rated, WeatherMax.. Same same, but different doesn't apply to ceiling fans – not all outdoor fans are created equal.  

  • Indoor-rated fans only work in covered, indoor rooms. If you install an indoor fan outside, the fan will malfunction. 

All Hunter's outdoor fans are droop-free and can be installed either indoors or outdoors. 
  • Damp-rated fans are great for covered outdoor spaces like patios and porches exposed to mild weather elements like humidity. 

  • Wet-rated fans are engineered to withstand being exposed to heavy rain on pergolas. 

  • WeatherMax outdoor fans are Engineered for the Elements®. They feature materials that are salt-air and corrosion resistant, droop-free, and can withstand direct exposure to rain.  

Check the product box or product webpage for what UL designation the fan is. Read more details about the difference in outdoor ceiling fans at our blog explaining wet-rated versus damp-rated fans.


Sleek and Simple - Gallegos Outdoor Ceiling Fan

 Gallegos Outdoor ceiling fan


Our first choice for this space was the 3-bladed Gallegos outdoor fan with and LED light. This fan comes in Matte Black and Matte Silver and had a no light option as well that pairs well with string lights. This damp-rated fan is perfect for covered patios, screened porches. Equipped with our SureSpeed technology this fan is guaranteed to keep you looking—and feeling—cool all year round, the Gallegos delivers a quiet, smooth performance in a sophisticated style.


No Light, All Design - Downtown Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Downtown no light outdoor fan

Second, we choose the Downtown outdoor fan. This best seller can barely stay in stock. And we can't blame this fan, with its modern and industrial style, this 7-bladed beauty shines even without a light. This fan is sure to be a focal point at your next get together. The Downtown comes in sizes 60 and 72 inches and in Matte Black or Matte Silver. 


Bright and Bold - Lawndale Outdoor Ceiling Fan 

Lawndale outdoor ceiling fan 

Third, we chose the Lawndale outdoor fan in Satin Bronze. This is a new finish for Hunter, and it is perfect for this fan's elevated style. Also available in Matte Black this outdoor ceiling fan can lend a sophisticated air to any space - even indoors. If you are not a fan of pull chains, don't worry, you can add a remote or wall control to this fan as an upgrade.

The Ultimate in Outdoor - Skysail WeatherMax Outdoor Fan 


Skysail Outdoor fan

Lastly, we chose the Skysail WeatherMax fan. for the ultimate outdoor experience. Our WeatherMax collection is top notch if we say so ourselves. Equipped with features such as SureSpeed, corrosion and salt resistant, droop-free. We use premium and durable materials to ensure that whether rain, snow or salt air these fans will last. WeatherMax fans are great for pergolas can be directly exposed to all weather has to offer.

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). To learn more about choosing the right fan for your outdoor space, check out our buying guide 

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