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Huntervention™ tour shows how ceiling fans transform spaces

­Simple updates like paint, pillows and a new ceiling fan can make a room look brand new, and Hunter Fan Company’s team of designers showed how it’s done during the 2017 Hunterventions tour.  Our designers helped five families with a room makeover to show how small updates can make a big difference.

We began in Virginia Beach where a family of five (plus two dogs) needed help updating their living room, a project they just hadn’t been able to get to in the five years that they’ve lived there.

Design Director Patrick O’Connell brightened up the living room by painting the walls a light color as well as painting the fireplace white. To give the room an updated rustic, coastal look, we used wood surfaces with rustic finishes, blue décor accents and topped it all off with the Hepburn modern ceiling fan in matte black. This chandelier inspired ceiling fan is unmistakenably a modern, updated version of traditional design, and O’Connell especially loves the pendant inspired globe light.

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The Charlotte Huntervention was a special one for us: 16-year-old Gabriel has loved ceiling fans since he was a little kid. Designer Claire McRoberts was excited to give their wraparound porch a fresh farmhouse feel.

The covered porch was a big space so she used rugs to define smaller spaces among the big space. To give it a modern farmhouse design, McRoberts used elements like white rocking chairs with traditional spindle detailing with clean lines on the back and added four red Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fans. The Mill Valley is inspired by vintage pendant lighting with a hooded light with an Edison LED light bulb.

In Nashville, Designer Alex Haggar refreshed a kid’s bedroom for Jeremy’s daughter, Keylee. Their home was flooded in 2011, and the money Jeremy wanted to spend on Keylee’s room went to replacing the first floor’s flooring instead.

Alex updated the storage Keylee keeps her toys and dress closes in to be more elevated, modern and something she could grow up with through the years. He chose the Cranbrook mid-century modern ceiling fan in mint to add a subtle pop of color; the low profile ceiling fan tucks higher into the ceiling to optimize space while still providing quality and efficient airflow.

O’Connell met newlyweds Hayley and Hensley in Atlanta to update the master bedroom in their first home together. He wanted to blend their eclectic style with modern décor, so he decided on a bohemian-modern design, utilizing light woods, natural woven textiles and plenty of plants.

Hayley and Hensley live in an older home with small rooms. O’Connell selected the Aker, a small ceiling fan with mid-century design that would made their bedroom look bigger but still grand.

Our final Huntervention of 2017 took place in Dallas where McRoberts gave the Larmer family’s outdated living room an updated, modern look. Painting the brick fireplace and adding new décor gave the room a modern look. McRoberts also arranged the furniture to take advantage of the large space and be conscientious of the highly trafficked room.

Susan Larmer loves modern glam style while her husband Rick Larmer loves technology, so McRoberts chose the Symphony smart home ceiling fan in one of the new finishes. The modern design complemented the look of the room while the technology allows the family to control the ceiling fan with either the pre-installed remote, their cell phone or with Amazon Alexa.

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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

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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

Spiral staircase in an old house

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

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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.

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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.

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Welcome to Granville

Ahh, the Granville. It’s hard to overlook this fine ENERGY STAR-rated fan that perches ever so confidently at the top of its class.

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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.

Hunter and the St. Jude Dream Home

All across the country, dream homes are going up for a great cause. Through the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program, thousands of people get a chance to win the home of their dreams—with ticket proceeds funding St. Jude’s research and treatment efforts in the fight against childhood cancer.