Design Inspiration

Five easy ideas for how to decorate Thanksgiving table

You’ve spent weeks planning the menu, fought the other Thanksgiving cooks crowding the grocery stores, created a timeline to perfectly serve your dishes warm… but you forgot about the decorations.

Before you panic, we’ve got you covered!

Consider us your personal Pinterest, and check out these five easy ways you can make your table and home festive for the holiday.

Decorative candle votives

Take some extra clear candle votives or similar household objects and fill them with something unique.

Good Housekeeping suggests filling the votive with unshelled walnuts, chestnuts or almonds and topping it off with a tea candle. Or borrow a few cranberries from your cranberry sauce recipe and fill the votives with them like Lady’s Little Loves did. Have a few extra minutes to spare? Tie a ribbon around the votive!
Green table runner

Have a green thumb and some extra greenery peeking out from your yard? Clip some of those sprigs to lay across your table on a table runner. No table runner? Cheese cloth will work for a rustic look quick fix.

Burlap & Denim bundled four six-inch pieces of Euonymus from their yard with some gauge floral wire from a craft store and laid them across the table.
Fragrant fruit

Take some oranges from your fruit stash at home and use some of the cloves you may be seasoning the holiday turkey with to make a festive looking and smelling decoration.

Tie a ribbon around them like Homemade Gifts Made Easy did and display them in a bowl in the middle of your table.

Bonus: If someone burns the turkey, this could help alleviate the smell.

Festive vase fillers

Fill mason jars or clear vases with fillers like dried leaves or mini pinecones. We like how Gloribell from the blog I Don’t Know How She Does It surrounded her mason jars with a few extra leaves and pinecones.

Tie some ribbon around the jars or add branches if you’re feeling extra crafty (or just want a quiet moment away from family).

Paint it gold!

Is there anything a little gold spraypaint can’t make look festive? Head to your nearest craft store to pick up some fall-themed items – pumpkins come to mind – to cover with gold spray paint. (Just make sure to do this outside or in a crafty indoor space; no one wants to eat a gold turkey.) Lay your gold décor along a table runner or maybe in a clear vase like Simply Designing did.

 

Not feeling crafty? Who says the food can’t serve a dual purpose as decorations?

 

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Decorating your home with Pantone’s Color of the Year

It’s pretty clear what our favorite color is here at Hunter (hint: have you seen our logo?), so we are big fans of Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery.

“The green is like renewal. When I see these kinds of bright colors that’s what I think, regrowth; it’s a hopeful color,” said Hunter Fan Designer Christine Holmes, who isn’t shy about her love of bright colors.

If you’re hoping to refresh your home décor in the New Year, Holmes has some tips about using Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.

ACCENT TEXTILES

“I like it for accent colors,” said Holmes, “For dish towels or pillows or lamp shades.”

Ask any of Hunter Fan’s designers, and they’ll tell you the easiest and least expensive way to redo a space is change out the textiles.

Green pillows with texture or pattern adds dimension, like the knit pillow and quatrefoil patterned pillow we found (bonus trend tip: our designers say quatrefoils are making a comeback).

Holmes also suggested adding a window valance in Greenery to add a pop of color to a plain window or get curtains with a green trim.

POP OF PAINT COLOR

We’re not necessarily saying paint the entire room green (although if you’re confident enough to do it, go for it!). Holmes suggests painting an accent trim green, like the trim around your window.

“If you have indoor window trim and went around the kitchen window or something, wouldn’t that be cute? It’s kind of country or farmhouse with that little bit of color,” said Holmes, “One thing I’ve been seeing like the whole Joanna Gaines thing is a very neutral palette, and I want to start popping color into stuff.”

Need some help picking a green paint? Better Homes and Garden has some suggestions.

Hunter Fan’s designers played with color on one of our newest ceiling fans, the Cranbrook

 

DECORATE WITH GREENERY – LITERALLY

What’s greener than greenery?

“Buy the little fuzzy moss balls that you see at the store,” said Holmes, “They’re that color, and if you don’t like them, you’re not committed to them. They’re just little accessories; you can give them away.”

We even found a blog by Wife in Progress that shows how you can make your own decorative moss balls.

You can also pick up some plants at your local nursery to add some color to your beige, beige and even beiger office space or put a plant in a space at home that needs brightened up. We highly recommend terracotta planters (take note: terracotta is another up and coming trend) to put your plants in.

Don’t have a green thumb? Try low maintenance plants like succulents or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (yes, that’s a real plant name).

GO BOLD WITH GREEN FURNITURE

Like with the textiles and paint, utilizing green furniture in your space should be used as an accent to provide a pop of color.

For fans of mid-century modern design, the green Eames modern arm chairs we found are fun for areas you need extra seating in. Falling for formal? This arm chair has a beautiful green damask pattern that pops off the white.

Do DIY like Julia Ryan and paint the bed frame green to stand out with neutral textiles.
While you’re updating your home decor, check out Hunter Fan’s newest ceiling fans to freshen up your space.

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The Signal: A smart ceiling fan for your connected home

The wait is over.

The Signal, Hunter Fan’s WiFi and Apple HomeKit enabled ceiling fan, is now available to purchase for your home.

Our team has been equally excited for this day: They began working on smart ceiling fans back in 2014.

“The Signal has some really great features: It’s very easy to install, it’s even easier to use and it has WiFi compatibility which also features Apple’s HomeKit technology,” said Jeremy Tarr, Hunter’s Director of Business Development.

Easy installation starts when you open the box: We wanted to save you a couple minutes by making sure the blade irons are already attached.

Find installation help and more FAQ here.

While wiring the fan may seem tricky (we have a video to help you with that), Tarr said wiring the remote receiver is already done for you.

“Unlike a lot of our traditional fans that require you to install a remote receiver, all those electronics are already embedded in the fan,” he said, “There’s a couple wires coming out of the top, so you simply connect those wires to your power and you’re off and running.”

The WiFi capabilities help you control your fan from anywhere, whether you’re on your couch or at your desk at work. It also allows you to effortlessly create a connected home.

“With your smartphone you’re able to set schedules, you’re able to set timers, you’re able to turn the unit on and off, dim the light, change the direction of the fan,” said Tarr, “The fan can help with energy savings by complimenting your connected thermostat, so you can set the temperature a little bit higher and turn your ceiling fan on to maintain comfort while you’re in the space.”

Just like your smartphone, this smart ceiling fan receives updates for its software to include new features and integrations with other devices.

Learn more about pairing your fan with your smart phone.

Did your phone die? Or does your babysitter not have the app? Not a problem: The Signal comes with a remote too.

You’ll lose a switch when you install most ceiling fans with remotes.

Is this switch for the light? Or is it this one? Oh, this one is for the fan.

Sound familiar? Tarr said the Signal saves you from that guessing game.

“With our new connected fans we’ve created a virtual three way switch which allows you to use one of the switches as a master power switch and one to simply cycle the light on and off,” he said.

Apple’s Home app will be available through iOS 10 in the fall, and the Signal will be compatible with it.

 

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Beyond the technology: Designing the Signal

SignalRoomEveryone’s talking about the Signal’s technology and WiFi capabilities. Our design team had an added mission in mind when creating it.

“People are going to get an added benefit of the technology in the fan, but they’re first of all going to see the design in their home,” said Hunter Fan Designer Christine Holmes.

The Signal was special even before the technology was added. Holmes said they created fresh, new finishes for this contemporary ceiling fan.

“We combined a lot of new finishes that we were seeing on trend on this particular fan, and it was an opportunity to take a really unique form and bring those finishes onto the form so that it made that fan look more special than if we used finishes that are commonly used on fans,” shared Holmes.

Read more about utilizing the Signal’s technology here

Most times creating a finish is quick and easy. Other times, Holmes shared, it can take months of communicating and sending samples back and forth with the factory to make sure the design team’s vision comes to light.

“It’ll be a picture, a sample, then the factory will send us samples back; we’ll look at them and then communicate back to them what we want to change,” said Holmes, “We always do this in real time. We always ask for physical samples rather than looking at photos on a computer because computer monitors are all different, so looking at the real sample in real light is really important,”

Why go through this process? Simple – it’s important to our designers to present people a timeless yet unique design for their home. Also see our Contemporary Ceiling Fans Style Guide.

What are you waiting for? The Signal is available to purchse now here.

 

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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 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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Don’t judge a fan by its size

Don’t judge a fan by its size: The Watson may be small but packs a punch!

“When we first made it, we were just trying to get a fan for small spaces, and when we first saw it, it’s just the perfect fan for that,” said Hunter Fan’s Product Manager Ben Stout (Fun fact: Ben likes us so much he’s been with Hunter for five years, and the Watson was his first project as assistant product manager).

The 34-inch Watson first appeared in the 2012 collection. Stout and the Hunter Fan Design Team created the design playing with proportion: Little fan body, big paddle blades.

They were blown away with what happened next.

“The funniest thing about it is when we hung this in the Dallas lighting showroom as a part of our new collection in 2012, I remember we turned it on and it was like a tornado,” said Stout, “It moved so much air.”

Four years later the fan is still a staple, so we made it in a fresh finish for 2016: Brushed nickel.

“Brushed nickel adds a new dimension and a new opportunity for this small room fan,” said Hunter Fan Designer Christine Holmes.

When deciding what new finish to add to the Watson family, Holmes and the design team looked at the top five hardware finishes. They found brushed nickel is on a lot of cabinet and drawer pulls, so it was a natural fit for this classic ceiling fan.

“It was an obvious addition to the assortment because it’s such a popular finish,” said Holmes, “It’s a good neutral finish, and it fits with other colors.”

Whether for your small bedrooms, living rooms or even laundry rooms, the new brushed nickel finish will fit effortlessly with the rest of your décor. Don’t be fooled by its small stature: It will keep you cool with all the air it moves while maintaining whisper-quiet performance.

Between the style and performance, you won’t regret buying the Watson.

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Patio trends to refresh your outdoor living space

patrick-oconnell-hunter-blogWe’re in that perfect part of spring that makes for the best patio weather: Not too hot and not too cold, a nice breeze going.

Patios are taking on a refreshing new look and role these days. People want to spend more time outside, especially on nice days, so we’re seeing more seamless transitions from indoor and outdoor spaces. A lot of home comforts are moving outside – kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms.

Patio spaces are generally considered more casual than formal, but we’re noticing touches of luxury. Now, when we talk about luxury with design, we’re talking about the experience. Think about when you buy a luxury brand item: You’re buying it because you want to experience something elevated. It’s the same concept with patios. Whether it’s farmhouse or contemporary design, a luxury patio is about creating an ambiance and an experience.

To help you add a luxury experience to your patio, my team and I want to share some design trends we think you’ll love.

Patrick O’Connell is Hunter Fan Company’s Brand Design Director.

Keep cool and make a statement with one of our outdoor ceiling fans for your covered patio 

RATTAN CHAIRS

Rattan chairs are just the hottest thing right now especially in black and even indoors.
Claire McRoberts, Hunter Fan Designer

I literally have Pinterest boards devoted to rattan chairs.
Patrick

VINTAGE LIGHTING

One of the things I’ve been seeing a ton of are vintage type lighting options: Edison bulb string lights or updated versions of tiki torches or gas lamps.
PS: Edison bulbs are definitely not out, like some would say, but they are evolving into more modern applications.
Patrick

String lights have evolved from twinkle lights and chili peppers to little decorative bulbs or little covers that aren’t kitschy but unique. It’s that extra ambient light.
Christine Holmes, Hunter Fan Designer

Decorative christmas lights for a back yard party

We have outdoor ceiling fans for covered patios that have vintage inspired light fixutres like the Ocala and Key Biscayne ceiling fans.

 NATURAL MATERIALS…

Get a huge amount of natural materials; enormous amounts of it – rough stone, wood boards, brickwork. You get those natural texture and design elements and neutral colors that go well with any decor.
Claire

Our Donegan Collection features a damp-rated version with rustic blade finishes

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…AND COLOR

I think color in general is welcome. It’s almost a waste if where you have an opportunity to do color and you do something boring, it’s such a missed opportunity.
Claire
Three Red Chair and Bistro Table in the Street

HARDSCAPING

Stairs built into landscaping, knee high walls, potted plants – any way you can add hardscaping without destroying the natural elements build interest.
Patrick

Stone Wall Design

OVERSIZED FURNITURE

We were at a hotel terrace in Los Angeles and it wasn’t just a couch, it was the equivalent of a king size bed, so it was very exotic to sit on with the curtain around it and the pillows with the fireplace nearby.
Christine

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Photo by Christine Holmes