The Minka-Aire Concept II gets a ton of positive reviews, and it's pretty, in a sort of sleek, aerodynamic way, but I'm not sure what I think about the look of it in our house. Maybe in the kids' rooms, which need a compact fan due to the ceiling angles?
If I had a more modern apartment, I would totally get the Minka-Aire Cirque. So fun!
Also, do you think it's important to have a light in the ceiling fan? Our bedroom is the only one with built-in wall sconces; the kids' rooms and guest room don't have them, so I think probably they need a ceiling light, rather than relying on just table lamps and standing lamps. Yes? Or maybe not -- the rooms are pretty small. I don't know.
If I don't need a light, I kind of love the Westinghouse Industrial Fan ($67)!. But the instructions say it's only for commercial use; dangerous if it's not at least 10' high, and my ceilings aren't that high, sadly. (Well, they are on the first floor, but all the fans are going upstairs):
More likely would be the Hunter Limited Edition 1886 fan ($382), which is also lovely in a completely different way:
Rejuvenation doesn't sell ceiling fans, but they do link to some sites that sell period-type fans. But they don't talk about which ones are better quality. The Woolen Mill fans are gorgeous -- my favorites, I think, for aesthetics. But it looks like their site is to-the-trade only; I can't figure out how much the fans cost, or where they can be bought, which means they're probably out of my price range (which is the $100-$300 range). Sigh. This is their Moa design.
I found this site with tons of information on ceiling fans, but honestly, it's overwhelming to me. Too many factors to think about. I just want pretty, quiet, efficient, and cheap. Not necessarily in that order. Is that so much to ask?