Indoor ceiling fans are a necessary evil. They serve an important purpose, but man, I think that most of them are relatively unattractive. Anyone else agree? And besides, if given the option, who wouldn’t want to look at a gorgeous chandelier instead of a clunky ceiling fan?!

Buuuuut let me put the brakes on for a sec, and let’s get back to reality.

We have ceiling fans in our house. We wouldn’t survive without them.

Every time I contemplate removing our ceiling fans I think of this article I read once in a design magazine where a designer proclaimed that she “hates” ceiling fans, and then I laugh. Her suggestion was that anyone with ceiling fans in their home should get rid of the fans and just purchase a second air conditioning unit.

I mean….is that even a serious comment?! As if buying a second air conditioning unit is akin to running out to the grocery store to pick up a box of mac and cheese. I wish!

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So, yeah. Some of us have ceiling fans, and we aren’t trading them for a stunning wooden bead chandelier (like this one that I LOVE) anytime soon. Sigh.

But where does one find stylish ceiling fans that aren’t going to cost a ton of money? That’s the exact question that one of YOU — my “we do it all and then some, AND we have great taste in all things home decor” tribe of readers — recently asked:

I need your help! The house we just put an offer on has the ugliest ceiling fans ever, and I am having trouble finding nice-looking fans that aren’t crazy expensive. Any ideas?

My go-to stores for affordable but stylish indoor ceiling fans (in no particular order) are:

Wayfair

Shades of Light

Joss & Main

Lamps Plus

Amazon

In addition to sharing some favorite sources, I’ll give you something even better: a roundup of 10 ceiling fans with lights that are all under $500!

No matter how you characterize your personal decorating style — traditional, modern, farmhouse, glam, bohemian, or something in between — there’s something for all decor tastes on the list.

Here we go:

ceiling fans under 500

One // Two // Three

Four // Five // Six // Seven

Eight // Nine // Ten

I often find that people question what size ceiling fan they should purchase for a particular space in their home. Luckily, the formula for figuring that out is pretty easy, thanks to this handy chart from The Home Depot (reprinted below for your convenience):

Click through to see more helpful tips from The Home Depot, including recommendations as to the correct downrod height to use depending on how tall your ceilings are.

Also, remember that you can use an outdoor fan indoors, but you cannot use an indoor fan outdoors. (Say that 10 times fast.)

Do you have ceiling fans in your home? And if you’ve found and purchased a great ceiling fan in the past, where did you buy it? Tell us, and let’s keep expanding our list!

Great ceiling fan options for any room of the house, AND they're all under $500. Perfect! Love the helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping for a fan, too.

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