Tips on How to Decorate with Tropical Ceiling Fans

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For many people having a tropical ceiling fan in your home almost automatically conjures up pleasant thoughts of beautiful island beaches, delightful azure blue skies, sunkissed skin, the scent of the ocean and the cooling breeze blowing your way.

A tropical ceiling fan in your home may even have you looking forward to your next escapade in the tropics.

You could be in the middle of the city, but a tropical ceiling fan has a great way of infusing that tropical feel in your space. Other than the artful feel and look, these fans are very practical and effective at keeping both your indoors and outdoors cool.

What is a Tropical Fan?

With the many types of exquisite fans out there vying for your attention, it’s not so surprising that some people may not be able to tell what is a tropical fan and what’s not.

So let’s try and fix that. What is a tropical fan? A tropical fan will typically have broader blades that are leafy or paddle shaped. That’s a key characteristic of any tropical fan.

The leaf shaped blades can mimic palm fronds or rattan and can be made from numerous materials.

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The blades are the signature of the tropical fan. They can be hewn from ABS plastic or carved out of wood for an excellent finish full of character.

Modern tropical fans can be contemporary or have vintage elements in their finishes.

For instance a modern home can have a tropical ceiling fan that injects a touch of glamour and freshness through exquisitely wood carved blades and a powerful motor that is operated by a hand held remote.

Other customers might want more of an aged feel in their tropical fan which can be achieved through a vintage design as well as overall finishes applied to the fixture.

For example, the unit can be given a coat of color with a distress aged finish to complement the ABS blades or wood carved blades. Wood carved blades can be hand crafted for an even more pronounced original look and finish.

If you are going for that truly vintage feel, choosing an option with pull chords enhances that look of antiquity.

Even though a fan may come with pull chords, you can always request for a hand held remote as an additional control point for enhanced comfort.

The beauty of modern tropical fans is that they come in and array of colors and designs to suit most decors. In addition, customers can opt to have the unit come with a light kit or without depending on preference and need.

It is worth noting that the light kit is a good additional decorative element that complements the fan perfectly.

What Decors are Tropical Fans Suited For?

More often than not, the existing decor will lend a hand in determining what sort of fan you are going to choose.

For an indoor space that has a tropical theme such as a kid’s room decorated with lady birds and tree drawings, a leafy tropical fan will fit in just right and accentuate the theme.

The fact that the blades can come in many colors such as jungle green, white or various shades of wood does not hurt and helps balance the colors in a theme.

Tropical fans all also well suited for restaurants and bar counters.

Old colonial house themes also benefit from tropical fan.

The size of the fan should be chosen to correspond with square footage of the space for effective airflow but also balance. Fortunately ceiling fans come with various blade spans that range from 44 to 80 inches.

If the space has a high ceiling then a huge imposing fan that hangs lower with the support of downrods has a striking look.

For lower ceilings, a flush mount is more impressive and consistent with the spacing in the room.

On outdoor spaces that are partially covered and have palm trees, or any other type of trees in the vicinity, a palm frond style, or rattan will make a great fit that perfectly blends in with the surroundings.

For those in urban settings and concrete jungles, a tropical fan that has a cool design and is practical will infuse a natural cheerful air in you space. That is in addition to complementing your existing decor. If for instance you have wicker furniture, then a wicker tropical fan will probably be a fitting match.

Benefits of a Tropical Fan

The reason why the tropical fan is in a whole class and genre of fans on its own is its unmistakable nature themed look. These fans are adaptable to fitting a light kit as well as versatile enough to be fitted on different ceiling profiles. Mounts can be flush, downrod or even customized for sloped ceilings.

A major benefit of the tropical fan is its resiliency to weather elements. That is why it is one of the best options for installing in an outdoor space. They can better withstand harsher climates of heat and wet compared to other ceiling fan groups. This is because most tropical ceiling fans are damp-rated or wet-rated. Such a fan can be installed indoors or outdoors. A damp-rated tropical ceiling fan can weather the seasons when installed in a covered patio.

Wet rated ceiling options are even more resilient as they are able to withstand a bit of rain. Essentially they can be hosed down to keep them clean which means a little rain will not affect them.

The only con that a tropical ceiling has is that the wide blades require more spacing than conventional blades. Although they do a good job of circulating air, they may not be as effective in pushing bigger volumes of air into larger spaces.


The tropical ceiling fan has a unique ability to evoke curiosity while bringing an element of artistry to your space. If you are out shopping for a fan with presence and loads of character, it is hard to go wrong with a tropical fan. That applies for both indoors or outdoor spaces.





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