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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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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
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Angling into approachable modern: Creating the Dempsey

Modern design can seem scary, but the Dempsey makes modern so comfortable you’ll want this fan in every room of your home.

“It’s comfortable in the sake that it’s not too different from the classic ceiling fan, where some modern fans can go really, really far out there,” said Hunter Fan Designer Claire McRoberts.
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Designing ceiling fans is a collaborative effort among the Hunter Fan Design Team, and the Dempsey was no exception: One designer started with base sketches, while McRoberts – noticing a particular detail in those sketches – felt inspired and completed the design to what it is today.

“The housing angles out and it’s a direct juxtaposition to the glass that angles in, so it helps the fan feel bigger, more substantial,” she said.

Angles — That’s the trend McRoberts kept consistent in the Dempsey design. (Now that we’ve pointed it out, we bet you’ll notice it everywhere on the fan.) From the middle of the blades to the top of the housing, the crisp yet subtle angles push this fan over the border from classic to chic.

“In more modern design, less tends to be more, but at same time you want something of interest to look at,” said McRoberts, “So finding the balance between subtle details and cleanliness is always a challenge with modern design.”

The angles throughout this contemporary fan’s design helps it fit flawlessly in a home McRoberts describes as “soft modern.”

What’s “soft modern,” you ask?

“Soft modern is the space where it goes from transitional to modern. I think that’s where consumers like modern design. As consumers, we like to look at the super modern design and appreciate it, but like to live in soft modern design,” said McRoberts.

Whether your home is mildly modern or completely contemporary, the Dempsey’s clean finishes and angled detailing will make your space look current and inspired.

You can purchase the Dempsey now on Hunter Fan’s website! As a part of the Dempsey Collection, you can chose from two different finishes and various size options for your indoor space or covered patio.

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Hunter Enters the Industrial, High Volume Low Speed Market

Hunter Industrial TITAN fans boast highest efficiencies and lowest cost of ownership

Remember when you kicked back in your leather recliner, looked up, and said to yourself, “I love this Hunter fan. If we had one of these at work, I could double my productivity.”

Your wish has come true, my friend. As has your employer’s.

We are proud to introduce Hunter Industrial, featuring the TITAN line of High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) ceiling fans. As you’d expect, we’ve designed stylish fans you’ll be proud of, but won’t drain your bank account: the TITANs are designed to have the lowest total cost of ownership in the commercial market.

LOWEST COST OF OWNERSHIP IN THE COMMERCIAL MARKET

  • Efficient – They’ll save you money on the power bill. The TITAN’s Direct Drive ECM (electronically-commuted motor) allows for more efficient operation, versus the other guys. And they’ll help you get LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.
  • Easy Installation – So easy a politician could install it. You’ll save time and money on installation because each TITAN comes with pre-installed bolts, pre-wired downrods & pre-aligned mounting brackets.
  • Light Weight – The shipping costs won’t kill you. TITANs are high grade aluminum works of art – designed from motor to blade with convenience and longevity in mind – and are up to 50% lighter than the average competitor.
  • Low Maintenance – Unlike with your pet giraffe, you won’t spend a lot of time and money on maintenance. The direct drive TITANs were designed with the Hunter legacy in mind. We lead by creating designs and products that outperform all others and may outlast the buildings they are installed in.

These massive air-movers come in 5 sizes, with wingspans from 14 to 24 feet.

“As the leading manufacturer of ceiling fans, we are thrilled to bring this superior product to the industrial market,” said John Alexander, CEO of Hunter Fan. “We are confident that our expertise and track record for innovation will allow Hunter Fan to lead the industrial and commercial segments as well.”

To learn more about our long-awaited entry into the industrial market, check out hunterindustrialfan.com. You’ll find a wealth of information including spec sheets, FAQs, and competitor comparisons.