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Charlotte Huntervention™ refreshes farmhouse patio

Hunter Industrial Designer, Claire McRoberts, had the opportunity to lead our latest Huntervention™ in Charlotte, NC, which also happens to be her hometown.

Read along as she shares her heartwarming Huntervention experience with the Sanchez family.

Being from the Charlotte area, it was fun to be able to come back home for such an exciting reason: a hometown Huntervention!

I had the opportunity to meet Gabriel and his parents last November when they came for a tour of our corporate office. Hunter ceiling fans are Gabriel’s most favorite thing in the world, and his parents wanted to do something big for his 16th birthday. They drove all the way from Charlotte to Memphis and we gave them a tour of the design studio.

During the tour, Gabriel’s mom, Bethany, shared that he’s been staring at ceiling fans since he was a toddler. When he played with Legos, he’d make ceiling fans; and whenever they need a new fan they know to go to their son for recommendations.

A year later, we were pleasantly surprised when the front porch we chose to redesign for our latest Huntervention™ happened to be for Gabriel’s family’s home.

Choosing a ceiling fan

Bethany loves modern traditional décor, so we wanted to give the family porch an updated farmhouse look. I chose the Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan because it’s a revitalized vintage design; it’s a nostalgic look that’s reminiscent of old barn style lighting, but features current lines and technology.

Ceiling fans provide modern farmhouse inspiration

It ended up being everything I’d hoped for in this space! The red on the fan really creates a statement; you notice it from the street and it sets the tone for the entire home’s curb appeal.

The other reason I chose the Mill Valley is because it’s an outdoor rated ceiling fan. That means it can withstand the North Carolina heat and humidity; it’s designed to not have blade droop or rusted finishes because of the elements.

A ceiling fan in a space is particularly important: You see a lot of things low to the ground, but to really round out a space – artistically speaking – you want to keep your eye moving around the room, which means you have to look up at some point.

To create balance and movement in this space, I added a handful of red accents. Everything else was neutral.

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Creating the updated farmhouse design

The grey gingham pillows and grey end tables complimented Bethany’s dark grey shutters and also captured that farmhouse feel without being too country. The striped rugs added a modern feel, grounding the space. I went with white rockers, a white swing and painted the front door white to brighten the space and create contrast off the brick.

The rocking chairs are another example – along with the Mill Valley – of modern farmhouse design. The spindle detailing is a traditional element while the lines on the back of the chair are clean and modernized.

To feel comfortable in an outdoor space, you want it to feel like an extension of your home, and it’s easy to do that with textiles. Because their porch is so long, I added the outdoor rugs to help define the seating areas. And there are three seating areas!

Red Mill Valley pendant inspired ceiling fan on farmhouse porch

The Huntervention reveal

That was another great thing about this space: We gave Gabriel not one but four Mill Valley ceiling fans! When we revealed the space to Gabriel he kept saying how excited he was.

This experience was one of the most emotional moments of my life. As a ceiling fan designer, you don’t always consider that your designs will make a significant impact – other than helping make a home beautiful. My job takes on a lot more meaning knowing that when Hunter Fan Company releases new ceiling fan designs every year it gives Gabriel something to look forward to.

Watching this family fall back in love with their home and their front porch was absolutely heartwarming.

Huntervention tour shows how ceiling fans transform spaces

Hunter Mill Valley red farmhouse ceiling fan on rustic front porch

Mill Valley red farmhouse ceiling fan by Hunter Fan Company

Hunter Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan installation

Hunter Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan on front porch with rockers

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Ceiling fans provide modern farmhouse inspiration

Ceiling fans have evolved beyond basic and functional. Today’s fans add the perfect designer accent to your modern farmhouse interior.

Along with state-of-the-art features and exceptional energy efficiency, they come in an array of statement styles that perfectly complement every room in your rustic home, from open concept kitchens and living rooms to modern farmhouse porches.

Wingate

The Wingate rustic ceiling fan’s straightforward design and simple rustic elements create a transitional look that quietly blends with your modern farmhouse space. Does your farmhouse bedroom call for a modern touch? The brushed nickel would be the best match. For a more simple yet industrial designed room, the noble bronze is the perfect fan.

Reversible fan blades let you control the look of your room. The washed wood and rustic wood reversible blade finishes provide the perfect accent to your farmhouse chic spaces that let you change the look as often as you change your mind.

Ceiling fans add a designer touch to any room

Whether your dream design is coastal or rustic, Wingate provides exceptional design as well as comfort. The included stylish handheld remote gives you cooling and lighting control at your fingertips. Use it to change the fan speed if the competition is heating up in the game room or dim the lighting in the living room during a house party.

Wingate rustic ceiling fan in guest bedroom at Southern Living Idea House

Mill Valley

The Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan is the fan you’d expect to see in farmhouse style open concept kitchens in Texas. It makes a statement with a fresh feel, to elevate your casual farmhouse lifestyle. The open hood light is reminiscent of casual country farmhouse design, complete with a white hood reflector designed to maximize light output.

The barn red finish is a perfect pop of color in farmhouse spaces and really makes a statement! Complement the red finish with grey and white gingham pillows and white rockers on updated traditional front porches like the one at our Huntervention™ in Charlotte. Matte black or matte silver works with clean yet modern farmhouse kitchens with white subway tile and black industrial inspired metal chairs.

Five simple ways to update your patio

This pendant ceiling fan is engineered to resist rust, so it’s ready for patio life in the South. It’s at home on covered farmhouse porches, verandas, and sunrooms. The ultra-quiet three-speed WhisperWind® motor will give you a breeze on cue during the hot summer days.

Mill Valley red farmhouse ceiling fan on traditional porch

Key Biscayne

Liven up your modern rustic spaces with a fresh breeze from the Key Biscayne coastal ceiling fan. The clean lines and pronounced nautical tones on this fan adds style as much as a comfortable beach inspired breeze to your favorite farmhouse rooms.

Aptly named for the Florida village, the Key Biscayne’s fresh coastal feel is perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces. Hang it above your light-filled sunroom or centered on your coastal covered porch. The unique finishes in Onyx Bengal bronze or Weathered Zinc provide interesting options for creating a unique farmhouse look. The weathered and barnwood inspired reversible blades pair well with other rustic wood finishes in your space.

Mother Nature can bring her best because this fan was engineered to withstand the elements. This damp-rated fan’s stainless steel hardware removes any doubts about taking on coastal weather.

Key Biscayne coastal outdoor ceiling fan by Hunter Fan Company

Brunswick

Traditional and trendy coexist from room to room in your farmhouse inspired home with the Brunswick ceiling fan collection.

The Brunswick is a fresh take on turn-of-the-century design that is at home in clean industrial or modern rustic rooms. The cast iron inspired housing complements other industrial inspired hardware in the home like dark sink faucets and worn metal inspired cabinet handles. The vintage inspired LED Edison bulb and clear ribbed glass add to the casual yet rustic look of any room.

The variety of sizes and finishes in the Brunswick Collection let you keep a cohesive design throughout your home while tailoring it to the look of each room. The white finish keeps a clean look in master bedrooms with white nightstand lamps and a bed finished off with white and cool-toned textiles. The natural iron finish complements dark wood finishes or hardware in modern industrial living rooms.

This transitional design maintains a trendy look to complement your farmhouse décor while also appealing to your tech savvy side. The 60” Brunswick is a part of Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ Collection of ceiling fans, offering Wi-Fi enabled options to connect your smart home applications. Use a voice-command with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, or Apple® HomeKit™ to change the fan speed or brighten the light. Convenience is always in the palm of your hand with the handheld remote control or your smart phone.

Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect smart home ceiling fan collection is growing

Brunswick rustic white ceiling fan in Southern Living Idea House bedroom

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Ceiling fans add a designer touch to any room

With the addition of new styles and functionality, designer ceiling fans are becoming a focal point for any space.

Fans have graced the ceilings of sunrooms, living rooms, and bedrooms for some time. But the latest designer ceiling fan styles do more than just cool; they add a designer touch to any space. Here are a few favorite styles—and some advice on where to try them.

If you need: A pop of color
Try: Cranbook modern ceiling fan
Works great: in kids rooms, arts and crafts rooms, kitchens

Functional and fun, Cranbrook – especially in mint – is reminiscent of something you’d see in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Yet its blonde oak mid-century inspired blades give it a contemporary edge. The low-profile housing is designed to work well in rooms with lower ceilings and in smaller spaces.

Find all of these styles (and more!) at itsahunter.com.

Cranbrook mid century modern ceiling fan in bedroom

 

If you need: A finishing touch for eclectic interiors
Try: Bennett transitional ceiling fan
Works great: In any room!

Bennett may have a traditional form, but it’s far from boring. The matte black finish includes a smoked glass globe for a touch of sophistication. If your aesthetic of choice calls for bold color or a mixture of furniture styles, this unassuming-yet-elegant fan is likely to fit right into the mix. Bonus: This ceiling fan comes in two different mounting systems to accommodate high ceilings and lower ceilings.

Bennett transitional ceiling fan in eclectic living room

 

If you need: To highlight vaulted ceilings
Try: Ronan caged ceiling fan
Works great: In the great room, living room or bedroom

Sporting minimalist looks with just a slight bit of shine, Ronan feels like the “it girl” of ceiling fans. This style feels at home in almost any space, whether your design aesthetic leans toward farmhouse, zen or cottage. The sophistication of the brushed gold cage adds a hint of glamour to any space.

Ronan caged ceiling fan featured in Elevate New York loft

If you need: A cool breeze on cue
Try: Mill Valley modern farmhouse ceiling fan
Works great: In living rooms as well as covered patios and porches

The Mill Valley is damp rated, meaning it can withstand the elements on your covered porches and patios but still look beautiful in indoor spaces like living rooms and kitchens. With the pendant inspired body and rustic ceiling fan blade finishes, the Mill Valley ceiling fan fits in rooms with farmhouse and rustic decor.

Huntervention with farmhouse patio and pendant light inspired ceiling fan

 

If you need: A stunning finish to your casual space
Try: Maybeck casual ceiling fan
Works great: Mudrooms, dining rooms, game rooms

Inspired by Mission craftsmanship, the Maybeck ceiling fan fits naturally with bungalow architecture. The Maybeck’s casual finishes play well with the warm tones of leather furniture and wood planked floors. This fan’s gorgeous light fixture makes it a chic addition to a room needing a touch of drama.

Maybeck craftsman inspired ceiling fan in open concept living room

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How to achieve farmhouse style in your home

Hunter Fan Company Designer Patrick O'Connell Our dining room table has a rustic finish, so no matter how wild my kids are being, it’s predistressed; I don’t have to worry about them scratching the wood or leaving fingerprint behind.

I think that’s part of the appeal of farmhouse design: It’s low maintenance. You don’t have to overanalyze your child’s behavior with rustic décor.

Modern farmhouse design also the perfect blend of a lot of trends: rustic, industrial and modern. The rustic and distressed finishes pair beautifully with the dark ironwork and exposed hardware of industrial, while the sleek lines of modern design gives it a touch of elegance.

Farmhouse is also about more than family-friendly décor; it’s about family as a whole. It embraces easy living lifestyle where families are in the center and you’re spending time with each other, that’s why you’re seeing more and more open concept spaces associated with farmhouse design.

So how do you achieve this modern farmhouse look? My design team and I have some ideas.

Patrick O’Connell is the Design Director for Hunter Fan Company.

 

GALLEY KITCHENS

It’s definitely evolved and definitely fitting what people want to do where each room is not necessarily purposed for what it’s supposed to do. The kitchen is a gathering space, it’s an office, it’s where kids do their homework.
Christine Holmes, Designer

WE LOVE THE SOFT MODERN AKER CEILING FAN, ESPECIALLY IN BLACK, OR RUSTIC FINISHES OF THE DONEGAN CEILING FAN IN THE 44″ BLADE SPAN FOR A FARMHOUSE KITCHEN.

 

SUBWAY TILE

Every farmhouse kitchen has subway tile. It’s timeless and classic, but can lend itself to modern design elements. It’s also easy to clean, so it goes back to the idea that family friendly idea of farmhouse style.
Claire McRoberts, Designer

WRAP AROUND PORCHES

Porches, especially wrap around porches, are an integral part of farmhouse architecture. We have some farmhouse ceiling fans with rustic finishes that are damp rated for patios that would look perfect on these porches while keeping everyone cool.
Patrick 

THE OCALA CEILING FAN OR KEY BISCAYNE CEILING FAN HAVE RUSTIC FINISHES WITH TOUCHES OF METAL WORK THAT WOULD FIT PERFECTLY ON A FARMHOUSE PORCH.

SHIPLAP

Joanna Gaines has us obsessed with shiplap! (I wonder if we can put shiplap on a fan…) Whether it’s a floor, a wall, a ceiling, you’ve got to have wood paneling for the farmhouse look.
Claire 

BLACK ACCENTS

Black window trim and metal railings offer a modern twist on farmhouse décor. It gives stairwells with traditional shiplap walls and rustic flooring a sleek modern yet industrial touch.
Patrick

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THE CASSIUS CEILING FAN OR CHRONICLE CEILING FAN IN BLACK COMPLEMENTS THE BLACK METALWORK ACCENTS OF A FARMHOUSE ROOM.

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Who Our Designers Follow on Instagram

We consider ourselves ceiling fan trend setters here at Hunter, but we’re constantly researching upcoming home fashion trends. Sometimes it takes us to Instagram, so we’re sharing which influencers our designers following these days.