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Our favorite spaces: The updated home gym

The home gym used to be a treadmill in the basement or a spare bedroom that ended up being used more as a clothes hanger. These days people are taking fitness more seriously, creating a space that inspires and encourages a workout that fits them. Whether you have a large home gym or a small exercise nook, here are 5 easy tips for how to design your home gym:

1. Consider your style

No need to settle for an ordinary fitness room; create a stylish home gym that inspires you to push through the pain to achieve your goals! Hunter’s design team suggests a modern look for home gyms that are machinery heavy and a more eclectic, bohemian look for casual home gyms.

Stylish ceiling fans for every room in your home

For modern or industrial style home gyms, we like a simple neutral color palette. The Apache industrial inspired ceiling fan’s exposed hardware complements the utilitarian look of exercise machines. For the yogi’s home gym, use pastel colors to create a zen ambiance and accentuate it with a jute rug, bohemian patterned pillows, and a ceiling fan with rustic finishes like the Brunswick or Coral Bay.

Apache industrial ceiling fan in fitness center

2. Be smart about storage

Especially for small home gyms, you need to take advantage of every nook and cranny you can. Storage benches are a great place to keep yoga mats and weights. Hang jump ropes, headphones, and towels from a coat rack.

Take a bookcase from IKEA, paint it, and add some decorative wallpaper to the back to make stylish, inexpensive shelving for your yoga blocks, weights, gym towels, and shoes. Add storage baskets to keep magazines, books, and even your workout plans.

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3. Add a home gym ceiling fan

No need to overheat during a workout! A home gym ceiling fan will keep you cool during sweaty HIIT sessions.

The way a ceiling fan cools people down makes it perfect for home gyms: Ceiling fans create a wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler, kind of like when you have an open window in a moving car. So while you’re heating up, the fan’s breeze will help you feel cooler.

Symphony smart home ceiling fan in a home gym

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Connect your smart ceiling fan like the Symphony to your smart thermostat, and schedule the fan to turn on when the temperature in the room gets too hot. You can also connect it with your smart devices like Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can ask it to turn up the fan without interrupting your workout.

You don’t want to hit your hands on the ceiling fan or ceiling fan blades, so consider your ceiling height along with how far off the ground your treadmill will have or you how high your arms go in jumping jacks. A low profile ceiling fan like the Dempsey hugs close to the ceiling to allow for plenty of head space (and arm space during jumping jacks) while still providing powerful, efficient cooling.

Dempsey flush mount modern ceiling fan in casual home gym

4. Mirror, mirror on the wall

You need mirrors to make sure you’re maintaining proper form during your strength training exercises or cardio barre workout. Invest in one large mirror to have installed on your wall, or if you need a more economical solution buy a few full length mirrors (you can usually find them for between $15-40 to hang yourself).

5. Keep cleaning supplies close

Breaking a sweat during a workout is gratifying, but the bacteria on the machines and mats from that sweat isn’t so much. That’s why it’s important to keep cleaning supplies handy in your home gym.

For the machines, Merry Maids suggests combining equal parts water and distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and use with a microfiber cloth. They recommend using warm water and a couple drops of dish soap to wipe down weights and yoga mats (add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your yoga mat cleaning solution for a touch of zen).

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Our favorite spaces: The family game room

The family that plays together stays together. A game room is the perfect space for playing board games with your kids or hosting parties. With all the people in the space and the heated game night competition, consider a game room ceiling fan to keep things cool.

We offer a variety of stylish ceiling fans to cool down the competitive egos while giving your game room flair.

For the techy game room: the Apache smart home ceiling fan

The Apache Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fan has a handsome, modern industrial look that works well in large indoor game rooms. The rustic finishes and exposed hardware on this ceiling fan will complement other masculine design details in the game room like leather slingback chairs and decorative detailing on drawers. Install this ceiling fan with LED light above a pool table or poker table as a focal point and to keep the room bright. The Apache is one of our SIMPLEconnect™ smart home ceiling fans, meaning it works with smart home applications like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant. So you can ask your smart device to turn on the game room ceiling fan while it checks challenged words during a game of Scrabble.

Apache industrial game room ceiling fan in a mid century game room

Apache industrial game room ceiling fan in a mid century game room

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For outdoor game rooms: the Cassius outdoor ceiling fan

For outdoor game nights or cookbook parties, try the Cassius modern ceiling fan. This ceiling fan without light is damp rated, meaning it’s been engineered to withstand the elements endured in a covered patio. An outdoor ceiling fan like Cassius gives a cool breeze on cue while also keeping the bugs away. The white ceiling fan works with modern designed outdoor game rooms while the black finish fits with farmhouse game room patios.

Cassius modern outdoor ceiling fan without light by Hunter

See the Cassius modern ceiling fan’s appearance on HGTV’s Fixer Upper

For tiki themed game rooms: the Bayview tropical ceiling fan

A bamboo bar, tiki masks, and the Bayview tropical ceiling fan complete the look of an island inspired game room. The Bayview’s decorative palm leaf blades will get you in the mood to relax and unwind with a mai tai (drink umbrella optional). Use this tropical ceiling fan to keep a cool breeze in the summer; reverse the ceiling fan direction to keep things warm and reminiscent of tropical weather in the winter. This ceiling fan is also damp rated, so you can use it in your outdoor game rooms as well.

Bayview outdoor tropical ceiling fan by Hunter

For casual, clean game rooms: the Sentinel casual ceiling fan

The Sentinel’s simple lines and crisp finishes adds a statement to game rooms without being overpowering. Play darts with one hand while using the other to control the ceiling fan speed and dimmable LED light with the included handheld remote. The Sentinel comes in 52-inch and 60-inch blade spans, making it a perfect fit for large basement game rooms or open concept spaces.

Sentinel casual ceiling fan with LED light by Hunter

For modern game rooms: the Vault caged ceiling fan

Make a statement in your game room with the Vault caged ceiling fan. The wraparound cage disguises the ceiling fan blades while adding a playful element to the Vault’s modern design. We love the brass cage as a pop of color in a minimalist game room. The metallic detailing also plays well with color on the pool table or game machines in your retro inspired game room. Need additional light in your space? Add the Vault accessory light fixture to light up game night.

Vault modern caged ceiling fan with light by Hunter

 

Along with a game room ceiling fan make sure you’re also considering other design elements in the room. Use cabinets and storage benches to organize board games and movies. For movie buffs, consider a big screen TV for the media center or even a projector. Add to the vintage vibe of mid-century modern game rooms by adding an old school video game like Pac-Man or a retro pinball machine.

Shop ceiling fans for your game room and the other rooms in your home.

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Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ smart home ceiling fan collection is growing

Brunswick white ceiling fan with wifi in a rustic open concept roomTechnology doesn’t have to be intimidating: Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ collection of Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fans makes it easy for you to step into the smart home environment. Hunter Fan Company is the only brand in the industry with smart home ceiling fans compatible with the three major smart home integrations — Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home.

Set timers and schedules for your ceiling fan and ceiling fan light by using your existing smart home platform and the Hunter SIMPLEconnect ceiling fan remote app. Coming home late? The remote integration allows you to turn on your ceiling fan light before you arrive to avoid walking into a dark house. Left your house in a rush? Hunter’s smart ceiling fans can be turned off remotely to help you save energy.

Use voice control through your smart home applications to operate your ceiling fan on/off and speed functions.

You can coordinate the SIMPLEconnect™ Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fan with other Wi-Fi enabled devices like smart thermostats or light bulbs through Apple HomeKit by creating “scenes” and “conditional triggers.”

From mid-century modern to rustic, Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect collection of smart home ceiling fans is available in a variety of styles to appeal to every design taste.

Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ collection currently includes five design styles and 13 finishes starting at $200. All of our SIMPLEconnect designs feature LED lights and a preinstalled remote receiver for easy ceiling fan installation.

The Symphony modern ceiling fan features sweeping blades and elegant lines for a soft modern design. This 54-inch large ceiling fan is perfect for large indoor spaces. It debuted at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in 2016 in white and is now available in two additional finishes.

Symphony modern ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

Watch our Huntervention™ from Dallas, Texas, to see how we redesigned a family’s home to include the Symphony smart home ceiling fan in matte nickel.

The Signal transitional ceiling fan also debuted at CES in 2016 and features a sleek design with classic finishes. It features reversible blades so you can customize the look of your ceiling fan. The Signal indoor ceiling fan is available in three finishes.

Signal smart home ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

The Apache industrial design ceiling fan stands out with the twisting curves of its propeller-life blades that complement the exposed hardware, rustic finishes and textured glass.

Apache rustic ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

The Brunswick rustic ceiling fan comes in two finishes and is inspired by turn of the century design with the cast iron inspired housing, horseshoe blade irons and textured glass. The 60-inch Brunswick fan comes with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as two ceiling fan light fixture options and finishes.

Brunswick rustic ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

You’ll be able to shop the Advocate modern ceiling fan in Spring 2018. The Advocate collection will be available in three finishes as well as a variety of sizes and ceiling fan mounts to fit different rooms while maintaining a cohesive design theme throughout your home. The flush mount ceiling fan option will be the lowest profile connected ceiling fan on the market. Sign up for Hunter Fan Company emails and follow the Hunter blog to learn the latest about the Advocate’s availability.

Advoate flush mount ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

Have questions about installing and troubleshooting your SIMPLEconnect™ smart home ceiling fan? Hunter Fan Company offers FAQ and videos to help with your SIMPLEconnect fan.

Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect collection can connect to any 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. No additional third party Wi-Fi hub is necessary.

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Hygge: Unfussy and uncluttered design for your space

Pinterest identified Hygge as one of the rising trends in 2017. So what exactly is Hygge other than a word that’s tricky to pronounce? (It’s pronounced HUE-gah, by the way.)

The Danish word doesn’t have an exact translation, but it’s used to convey a feeling of coziness and peacefulness. We have some tips on how to achieve the effortless design in your home.

COLORS

What’s more relaxing than the beach? Imagine the ocean view and bring those colors into your home. Warm, Nordic blues with hints of light greys and taupe will inspire calm and create an oasis to escape a stressful world.

We not only love this color palate on textiles and paint, but try a seaglass inspired backsplash or inky swirled coloring on dishes.

PATTERN

Pairing ocean-inspired colors with subtle nautical prints only seems fitting. While you might not live beachside, coastal patterns and stripes imply a sense of relaxation as if you were there.

Delicate botanicals in those same relaxing hues also add a pop of pattern to your Hygge inspired room. Think small airy blooms and scrolling vines.

TEXTURES

How many hours do we spend looking at a computer screen or typing on our phones? Trade tech for textures: Add finishes and textiles in your home that are calming to look at or are soothing to touch.

Satin copper, gentle burnished steel, soft oxidization – add pops of soft worn metals around your room. Rustic woods like a toasted oak or subtle white wash are stylish yet sensory surfaces that will lighten up your space.

Hunter Fan Company Apache rustic ceiling fan for smart home

HUNTER FEATURES FANS WITH RUSTIC BLADE FINISHES LIKE OUR DONEGAN COLLECTION OR OUR APACHE WI-FI AND APPLE HOMEKIT ENABLED FAN.

The ultimate definition of cozy includes soft knits and even velvet (yes, velvet – we hear it’s making a comeback). Utilitarian fabrics, while they don’t always come off as cozy as knits, can convey an unfussy and uncluttered feel with clean lines for an airy industrial look.

Woven tiling and loose weaves in blankets resemble netting and can be a unique yet casual texture to apply in your space.