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Ceiling fan's prospects are looking up

Swirled

The Westinghouse Turbo Swirl fan offers a small footprint (30 inches) and comes in dark or light wood or a white finish. If you want a wood finish, this fan offers a look that can work with both modern and more eclectic interiors. Great for a home office or bedroom, it's recommended for small spaces. Or hang two and help cool your kitchen without danger of huge blades knocking into cabinet doors.

Cost: $74.95

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Modern

The dark espresso blades and silver hardware of the Casablanca Isotope fan make us think of leather and chrome, a sleek and timelessly modern combo. Also available in all black or all white, the fan comes in 52- and 44-inch diameters and includes a remote control that can change the fan speed or dim the lights.

Cost: $359

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Sculptural

Minka Aire's Artemis fan comes in seven finishes (including high-gloss red), three blade choices (etched, tinted or translucent glass) and the option to make it lighted or not — but thanks to the aerodynamic tilt of the blades, its sexy curves make it a standout. At 58 inches, it's big enough to make a statement: "Yep, I love my ceiling fan."

Cost: $499.95 to $999.95, depending on finish

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Industrial

Those old school factory fans that seem so perfect for today's industrial chic spaces are actually a bit tricky to manage, because some of them aren't made for home use. But Big Ass Fans has adapted its industrial air movers to home use — provided you have a wide-open space. Made to answer the needs of open-plan, double-height rooms and lofts, the Isis fan is 100 inches wide, made of aircraft-grade aluminum and equipped with special "winglets" that help it move more air, according to its makers.

Cost: Starting at $3,000

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