When it comes to keeping cool at home during hot weather, a cooling fan is an obvious choice. But whether it's a desk fan or a standing one, we can all be in agreement that they often lack, well, style and colour. Cooling fans are made to do a job – a very functional one at that – and they without doubt serve households well in a heatwave, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to choose from a range of fans that actually tie in with your room scheme for once?
Enter the stylish Retro Fan collection from Swan, available in a range of seven vintage-inspired colours including shades of red, blue, pink and green, and even cream, aluminium, white and black for those who want prefer the neutral or monochrome look.
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Our favourite of the lot is probably the petite Retro 8-inch Clock Fan (£) which is ideal for smaller bedrooms or the home office. This compact fan boasts a 20W motor, four aluminium blades and sturdy feet for safety when in use.
Swan Retro 8 Inch Clock Fan
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If you want something a bit bigger, you can opt for the oscillating inch stand desk fan (£), which is still ideal for those limited on space, but benefits from easy push button control and three speed settings. For larger rooms, you can opt for the inch stand fan (£) with a nifty oscillating function that boasts a generous 50W of power.
But Swan isn't the only brand to up the style stakes. We absolutely love these super sleek desk fans from John Lewis. Available in oak/white, nickle and walnut/black, the fans boast plastic blades which are quieter and less distracting, and the overall style is modern and contemporary, working across all interior styles. With 3 speed settings, the tilt adjustable, so you can find the most comfortable airflow.
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12" Desk Fan, Walnut/Black
Alternatively, the Beper freestanding retro style fan (£) and the smaller desk version (£) are real head-turners thanks to the copper coating which adds a retro flair to your living space.
Copper Coated Freestanding Retro Style Fan
However, if you aren't too fussed about whether a cooling fan matches your decor, then take a look at Amazon's range of best selling fans below.
10 best-selling fans to help you keep cool in a heatwave
Classic white fan – Cooling Fan
White electric fan with an adjustable stand
This large classic white fan is great if you have a bigger space. It has an adjustable stand so that you can alter the height, plus three-speed push button settings.
Tall fan — best-selling cooling fans
ANSIO Tower Fan inch with Remote For Home and Office
Blending design, performance and quality, this oscillating cooling fan features three speed settings and a timer function so you can turn it off automatically.
Small fan — Cooling Fan
HTE Turbo Fan
We love that this small fan has a quiet setting, as well as a powerful three-speed motor. It also has a wall mount feature to save on floor or desk space.
Stylish fan — Cooling Fan
Mini Tower Fan, Oscillating with Timer & Optional Ioniser
We've got this smart fan at the top of our wish list. Its compact cylindrical tower design makes it perfect for fitting on shelves, desks or bedside tables.
Hand-held fan — Cooling Fan
Hand Held Fan,Portable Handheld USB Rechargeable Fan
Perfect for travelling, this mini hand-held fan is rechargeable and can be folded up easily. It's a must-have for summer.
Large fan — Cooling Fan
Schallen 16" Electric Oscillating Floor Standing Tall Pedestal Air Cooling Fan (Black)
With an adjustable height and fan head angle for optimum comfort, this fan is great for larger rooms. It also has an oscillating function for a wider cooling effect, too.
White desk fan — Cooling Fan
KEPLIN Oscillating Fan with 3 Speed Settings
With more of us working remotely, this desk fan is brilliant for ventilating the air as you work inside. It has a three-speed setting and comes in a classic white — perfect to suit every interior scheme.
Cheap fans — Cooling Fan
Q-CONNECT KF mm/12 inch Desktop Fan
This popular fan has a three-speed push button temperature control and a sturdy stand for desks. It's also a steal buy at just under £
Classic white fan — Cooling Fan
Oypla Electrical 16" Oscillating Pedestal Electric Cooling Fan
We love this practical white fan, which has three different speeds and a useful oscillating function. A must-have for everyone working at home this summer.
Safety function— Cooling Fan
Igenix DFBL Oscillating Tower Fan, 30 Inch, 3 Speed Settings, 2 Hour Timer with Auto Shut Off, Black
This fan gives you the option to choose from three speed levels, as well as having a two-hour timer. Best of all, if the motor gets too hot it will automatically shut off for added safety.
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14 Retro & Vintage-Style Fans You Need For Summer
Vintage and retro-style fans are so cool right now - literally and figuratively.
If you aren’t blessed with air conditioning or a built-in ceiling fan in every room, Summer can start to feel really long - and not in a good way - so your next best option is to get a free-standing fan that you can move around with you. But, as fellow hipsters, we know that the majority of fans on the market tend to look flimsy and plastic, which definitely won’t make the cut.
We’ve done the digging for you and have picked our 14 favorite fans that are perfectly stylish and get the job done. These fans are sure to add a unique and retro touch to your decor that will keep you cool in more ways than one.
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Lasko Indoor Gray Stand Fan
lasko indoor gray stand fan
The Lasko 16 In. Performance Pedestal Fan, in white, utilizes the advanced performance grill to provide maximum air flow on all three speeds. The easy grip rotary control makes it easy to select the desired speed.
The Lasko stand fan has both adjustable height and tilt, as well as slick broad-sweep oscillation settings - making it an ideal fan for large rooms. While we have to admit that the design of the fan is more modern than vintage, the light gray tone is much more aesthetic than normal white or chrome fans.
The advanced performance grill provides maximum air flow at all three speeds. This fan is sure to blend in and add a wonderful breeze to any room in your home.
Holmes Lil Blizzard
holmes lil blizzard
This personal table fan is just for you, so set the adjustable-tilt head and two speed-rotary control to the ideal setting and cool off.
You don’t have to suffer through long summer days, even if you don’t have air conditioning in your home. This Lil Blizzard personal table fan is just for you and is perfect for days of working from home in the heat - just set the adjustable-tilt head and two speed-rotary control to your ideal setting and cool off.
Industrial Walnut Finish Mount Fan
industrial walnut finish mount fan
The 2–speed wall-mounted fan provides maximum multi-directional airflow. It can be mounted in small, awkward spaces or in front of HVAC ducts to make more efficient the heating, ventilation, or air conditioning of any space.
Keep cool in an undeniably chic way with this Industrial Walnut Finish Wall Mount Fan from Parrot Uncle. The 2–speed wall-mounted fan provides multi-directional airflow and can be mounted in small, awkward spaces for maximum efficiency.
The exposed wooden element and pull chain makes this fan industrial in the very best ways : it’s stylish and functional, and completely different from normal fans.
Terra Antique Bronze Outdoor Fan
It’s hard to find working fans that have a genuine vintage design, but the Terra is one of the few. It features a faux pine log finish with accented antique bronze bands.
The fan has a rustic look that will complement your vintage style. It has a weighted base to provide stability even during windy days, and is coated with UV resistant, all-weather paint that eliminates fading - making it ideal for outdoor use.
Providence Outdoor Fan
The Providence outdoor fan features clean art deco style lines and classic curves with an off-white finish that is reminiscent of a beach house at The Hamptons.
It is a three-speed outdoor standing fan that also oscillates, and the coating is UV resistant and all-weather proof for outdoor use.
Sutter Standing Fan
While most fans stick out like a sore plastic thumb in homes with antique decor, the Sutter will become like a piece of the furniture. The fan itself is beautifully designed to look like a genuine antique item with a sturdy base, elegant curves and rich brown color.
Luckily, the fan still has the power of a modern fan, and comes with 3 speeds and oscillation settings.
Retro Breeze Fan
retro breeze fan
The Retro Breeze by Fanimation will keep you cool in style. Standing at just over sixteen inches, this three-speed oscillating portable fan will stand out in any indoor space.
The Retro Breeze by Fanimation has a distinct industrial quirk about it. Exposed metal may sound like something that belongs in factories, but it's a key element in industrial-hipster style and for good reason!
Standing at just over sixteen inches, this three-speed oscillating portable fan will stand out in any indoor space and comes in both black and brushed nickel finishes.
Vornado VFAN Mini Classic
vornado vfan mini classic
The VFAN Mini Classic brings together sturdy metal construction with authentic Vornado VFAN styling. Personal comfort in the form of our signature Vortex Action, 2 speed settings, and a full action pivot head for multi-directional airflow.
If you’re looking to add a pop of retro but lack the space (or funds!) for a standing vintage fan, the Vornado mini VFAN is a winning purchase.
This small but mighty fan brings together sturdy metal construction with authentic vintage Vornado VFAN styling. It has 2-speed manual control and an adjustable tilt head. And it’s available in a variety of hues - what are you waiting for?
Vornado VFAN Sr. Pedestal Fan
vornado vfan sr. pedestal fan
The VFAN Sr. Pedestal is ideal for getting the air flowing in any room in your home. It provides comfortable, whole-room air circulation via the signature Vortex Action, along with durable metal construction and authentic, classic design.
Possibly the most versatile (and definitely the tallest) of the VFAN selection is this pedestal fan. The big brother to the smaller classic with all the same retro quirks, the pedestal has three speed settings, a full action pivot head and an adjustable stand.
Vornado fans are well-known for being excellent quality thanks to their durable metal construction and our authentic, classic design. The soft green color just makes us even more obsessed!
Vornado Silver Swan Alchemy Oscillating Vintage Fan
vornado silver swan alchemy fan
Swan Alchemy is a pure and high quality distillation of the values of Art Deco & Art Moderne — and unlike throwback replicas, Silver Swan is construed of heirloom-quality materials that endure in form and function. It is a practical, artistic masterpiece that brings comfort to homes and conjures up the simple and beautiful priorities of a bygone era.
Another Vornado gem, the Silver Swan might be the closest you’ll get to an authentic retro style fan (with all the modern perks).
The Swan is a quality collaboration between Art Deco & Art Moderne styles, and unlike throwback replicas, Silver Swan is made with heirloom-quality materials. It is practical, beautiful and fully captures the style of a bygone era.
Vornado VFAN Petite Alchemy Vintage Fan
vornado vfan petite alchemy fan
The VFAN Petite Alchemy is the next evolution in the highly lauded line of Vornado VFANs. At just 12” tall, the VFAN Petite is the smallest in the Alchemy Collection but with a sturdy metal construction and luxurious finishes, the Petite is a prize for any home or office.
Okay, we promise this is the last Vornado fan! Alchemy has a durable metal construction and features gunmetal finishes with copper accents - combining industrial chic with retro sophistication.
At 12 inches tall, Alchemy’s petite height makes it well-suited for desks and tables. There are three airflow settings to choose between, as well as a fully pivoting head. Did we mention it also comes in seafoam green?
Camper USB Fan
camper usb fan
This personal USB fan will keep you cool at work, and it adds a fun accent to your desk. Designed to look like a vintage camper, the small fan adds decorative flair to your workspace.
The cutest fan we ever did see! This personal USB fan looks like a vintage camper van, so you can keep cool while you daydream about a bohemian road trip.
A perfect desktop fan for your home workplace or at the office, it plugs into a USB port on your computer or into a USB wall outlet and gives off a soft breeze.
Vornado Pivot Personal Fan
vornado pivot personal fan
The Pivot is the newest addition to the Vornado line of personal circulators. Designed with a nod to roots in aviation, the Pivot looks something akin to a stylized jet engine.
We lied: this really is the last Vornado fan on this list. They’re just too good! The Pivot is the newest addition to the Vornado line and is designed to look like a vintage jet engine.
At 6” tall, the Pivot is the perfect for small tables and desks that are in need of some retro style. The fan has 3 speed controls and a pivoting axis.
The WOOZOO personal fan offers powerful cooling air while compact size unit saves space. The adjustable fan head pivots vertically degrees, with three speeds settings on tabletop circulator to meet your cooling needs.
Pink, green, black, white: these are just some of the colors that the WOOZOO fan comes in Perfect for the office, home or a dorm room, the colorful and cute personal fan offers powerful cooling air in a compact size.
The adjustable fan head pivots vertically degrees and has three speed settings and a ‘virtually silent’ low setting.
Believe it or not, we dont use AC in our home. A few tricks keep it comfortable inside even though its regularly in the high 90s throughout the summer. Using fans helps save a ton on cooling bills (or helps get rid of them completely like we did!). And even though fans get a bad rap for not being very pretty to look at, there are definitely some beauties out there! Here are a few of my favorite vintage & farmhouse style fans to help keep your home cool.
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Vintage & Farmhouse Style Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans get a lot of hate in the design world, but Id love to have any of these in my house! And even if you still really hate the look of blades, there are options that dont even look like fans like this chandelier fixture and this funky globe fixture. Ceiling fans are a must in our home, especially the bedrooms. Theyre one of the reasons we dont need to use AC at all! Good to know there are some beautiful farmhouse & vintage inspired options out there. This farmhouse ceiling fan is on my wishlist for our guest bedroom!
Click the images below to find these vintage & farmhouse style ceiling fans:
Vintage & Farmhouse Style Floor Fans
Floor fans are great for circulating air around a room or putting in front of the windows in the evening to bring cooler air into your home. Unfortunately, the big plastic varieties you usually find at big box stores can really stick out like a sore thumb. On the other hand, these stylish vintage and farmhouse style fans can double as a unique piece of decor in any setting.
Click on the images below to find these vintage & farmhouse style fans:
Vintage & Farmhouse Style Desk Fans
Im loving the retro vibe of these farmhouse style fans and like the floor fans above, they double as functional decor!
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Using Fans to Stay Cool
Youre probably skeptical about my claim that we dont use AC in our house, but I promise its true! It actually still stays cool even when its in the 90s outside all summer. A lot of it has to do with our trees and how our house was built (high ceilings and lots of windows), but fans help a ton. Here are a few tips, but please be sure to read this post for more: 10 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without AC.
- Keep windows, blinds & curtains closed during the day. Use black-out curtains or UV-blocking film to keep out unwanted heat.
- When the sun goes down, open your windows to let the cooler night air blow in.
- Put fans in your bedroom window at night to bring in the cooler outside air. We put a floor fan in front of our bedroom window, but you can also set a box fan right into the window.
- Make sure ceiling fans are set to counter clockwise. This will help distribute air down and throughout the room.
- To add a chill to the air, place a bowl of ice in front of a fan. The ice cools the air and the fan helps circulate that cooler air around the room.
For More Tips: 10 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without AC
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Top 5 Best Vintage Pedestal Fans
If all you needed from your new fan was some cooling, then you can probably settle for an industrial fan or something a bit more affordable. In all likelihood, youre perusing the selection of vintage pedestal fans because you want something with a distinctive appearance that can elevate your home interior.
Vintage pedestal fans in particular have a distinctive look of bold patterns and colors, which can be remarkably stylish. While its up to you to decide which is the best vintage pedestal fan in terms of looks, the good thing is that you have a fairly large selection of products to choose from.
Size and Weight
Vintage pedestal fans are not necessarily known for being the most portable appliances, but make no mistake: you can find ones that are easy to move around and others that could strain your back if you lift them. Take into account how heavy the fan is, especially if you are planning to use it in more than one room.
As for the size, I feel its better to have a fan with an adjustable stand. Having a fan with an adjustable stand means that you can place any piece of furniture inside a room and know that whoevers sitting in it can still enjoy the breeze from the fan. Having a remote control can help with larger fans, because they can reach all parts of a room and you may not be seated nearby one.
Many of the pedestal fans youll see on the market today have 3 speed settings. To see if the fan youre purchasing will be able to keep you comfortable even during the warmest days of the year, you should look at its RPM ratings to determine its true fan speeds. Fans with a speed option exceeding RPM should be able to provide the cooling you need on a hot summer day with high velocity whole room airflow.
I would also check to see what the other speed options are. Ideally, you want there to be a fair amount of separation between the available speed options so that you can get the amount of cooling thats appropriate given the weather.
I would urge you not to overlook how much noise the fan youre thinking of buying produces. Chances are that you will continue to use your pedestal fan even as youre sleeping, and you dont want a heavy duty fan that will keep you up with the racket it produces. Try out the available speed options and see if their corresponding noise levels are an acceptable level of quiet operation.
Benefits of Using Vintage Pedestal Fans
Lets say you want to add a standing fan to a specific room, but you dont want to introduce a garish air conditioning unit or an unsightly electric fan. Your best bet in that scenario is probably to purchase a new pedestal fan with a vintage design. Vintage fans in brushed nickel and other metal pedestal fans are both attractive and durable, making them a great investment.
Speaking of cooling fans, pedestal fans also boast terrific cooling efficiency. While pedestal fans still consume a fair amount of energy, they do manage to turn that into plenty of cool air. Air conditioners may be better at cooling overall, but they can also have a larger impact on your electric bill.
You should also think about using vintage pedestal fans in your home because they excel at air circulation. They work great for larger rooms that you will use for entertaining guests. Plus, since they serve as oscillating pedestal fans that can tilt, you can direct the airflow in one direction or have it spread out more across the entirety of the room.
Precautions of Using Vintage Pedestal Fans
The typical quality fan doesnt pose much of a threat to the safety of anyone in your home, but just to err on the safe side, you may want to keep the following things in mind.
First off, you should be mindful of how high the head of the pedestal fan is. Most pedestal fans make use of grates to house their blades. Adults will have a hard time trying to fit their fingers through those grates, but kids are not going to have that problem. Protect those young hands by keeping the head high enough to prevent a child from sticking a finger in there.
You should also keep a close eye on how your pedestal fan works when it is turned to its highest setting. Some pedestal fans that are available today have a tendency to shake when set to full power. If the pedestal fan continues to shake, it could tip over and crash on to a piece of furniture, a glass table, or perhaps even someone sitting nearby. Avoid keeping the fan at the highest setting if it causes the fan to shake, or you should at least stick around to watch it so you can prevent it from falling over.
It wasnt easy picking a favorite vintage look, but after getting the chance to use the items mentioned in this article, the DecoBREEZE 12 Inch Oscillating Table Fan with 3 Speeds is my pick for the best vintage pedestal fan. The aforementioned pedestal fan has all the qualities Im looking for in this particular appliance. The classic look it features is one that adds more visual intrigue to a room, and it has all the functions you want a pedestal fan to have. This fan is so portable, which is another reason why it deserves a spot in your home. People searching for a good vintage pedestal fan will likely be pleased with Deco Breezes retro style.
Shop Rejuvenation for vintage style fans, including table & floor fans in an array of styles. These fans help keep you cool and comfortable, and they serve as eye-catching pieces of home decor. One option is the Vornado V-Fan, which comes in mini, small, standard, and large vintage style fans sizes. The original Vornado fan was released in and quickly became popular for its innovative design. The updated version has the same signature Vortex action for effective air circulation and pivots to reach every corner of the room. These fans have two speed settings, and they're crafted from sturdy metal for enduring quality. Multiple color options are available, including chrome, green, and vintage white. Other vintage style fans at Rejuvenation include tripod and pedestal models, such as the industrial Star Fans tripod fan. Vornado also makes a pedestal fan that's available in many of the same colors as the tabletop models. Any of Rejuvenation's table & floor fans make an elegant, functional addition to any room.
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Tomorrow. - Agreed. Vadik left, and I finally locked the door, turned off the light and turned on the red light. So, first of all - Lidkin's photographs.