It's summer. Is it hot? Most likely.
Fans were invented exactly to deal with heat. Hand-held feather or paper ones are associated with Oriental culture and luxury; desk ones generally are purely functional with little to no aesthetics in them. And modern ceiling fans are designed to represent style and fashion while keeping functionality untouched.
They do reflect those trends the society follows. Do you want futuristic looks? Be our guest. Simplistic design with blades of regular form, metal or glass decoration, remote control, even neon lighting - anything is acceptable.
You can as well create some retro feeling with another set of features. Wooden or wood textured blades; sophisticated exterior with lots of details; pull-cord controlled power switch - all of them combined will give a touch of warmth and comfort to your room.
Modern ceiling fans: pros and cons
To begin with, contemporary ceiling fans are meant to move still air silently. They never cool it actually but induce evaporation of liquid (water, sweat, or anything else), thus effectively cooling people in the area of effect. On top of that they use little power compared to conditioning equipment.
That's summertime usage of ceiling fans. But in winter warm air rises to the ceiling and pulls there up, and colder air sinks to the floor. By as little as setting the fan to spin in the opposite direction you can make it pull cold air upwards. As a result warmer air is forced to move down, balancing the temperature in the room.
Furthermore, contemporary ceiling fans can be - and often are - merged with light. They virtually serve as stylish chandeliers or lampshades while retaining the main function. So they become an element of furniture and should be chosen to fit the design. And, for example, mirrors mounted on fan blades will turn it into improvised disco light. Really, it's limited only to the owner's imagination.
But nothing comes without drawbacks.
The first and major one is the height of the room, as modern ceiling fans are considered safe only when mounted no lower than 210 cm. And, to be honest, it's not enough - a raised arm may easily get between the blades of a working fan. It may cause traumas even though the rate of rotation is low.
On the other hand, ceiling fans are quite expensive since they do represent fashion. You can get a portable one for as little as a couple of dollars. But you'll hardly find a ceiling one for less than $50, and trendy ones will cost a lot more.