It is summer- which means- it is hot. And in some places - it is really hot. And when the heat index gets too high to even enjoy the evenings outdoors - you definitely need to find a way to cool down.

Since running air conditioning outdoors on your patio is not the ideal way to go - a ceiling fan that looks as good as it works and does double duty might be.

 Outdoor room with ceiling fan, brick wall and lions head fountain
Ceiling fans have definitely changed over the years - and when I think of outdoor ceiling fans, I think of those romantic southern homes with big porches and ceiling fans running all down the length of them.  I love the look - and love that those fans are also bringing a burst of a breeze to an otherwise hot hot hot spot. 

But how to choose the right style when there are so many amazing options for outdoor ceiling fans now? Sharing a few tips and favorites today:

Outdoor seating area with outdoor ceiling fan
#1. Light and Airy

I am loving light and airy looks in outdoor living rooms. From fabrics to light woods - a ceiling fan that is neutral blends in with the overall look and feel of your outdoor space.

The Cool Vista Ceiling Fan in an oil-rubbed bronze finish has canvas blades to really bring that light feeling to the room.

Ceiling fan with canvas blades
#2. Go Tropical

I love tropical style outdoors. It just makes you feel like you are on vacation all year long. And adding a tropical touch with this Minka Aire Gaugin Outdoor Ceiling Fan with those pretty palm leaf inspired blades does the trick.

Tropical style ceiling fan in entry of yellow and white home
#3.  Go Retro

Maybe vintage modern industrial style is the one that fits your home to a T - so some of the more traditional ceiling fans just don't fit. 

Industrial style cage ceiling fan
You don't have to go with a ceiling fan style that you see every day. Be unique and choose the one that fits you.

Going retro and a little more unique is easier than ever - and this Casa Vestige Cage Ceiling Fan is a vintage industrial aviator lovers dream.  

But what if none of these fits and you need more options?

Well, Lamps Plus has you covered.
Build your own ceiling fan at Lamps Plus
 You can use their Build Your Own Ceiling Fan feature - and design a more custom look for your fan. Choose the elements you are looking for from the options, from motor size to blade style - and they will create it. Pretty awesome right?

 So with all the options for outdoor ceiling fans  what does your perfect one look like?

Images: Lamps Plus