Painted blades: classic and sophisticated. If you've got a fan hanging below a ceiling sporting a decorative, architectural treatment, make it stand out with contrast. Well, that is, if you have the space. Remember, if you're in a 10x12 room with an 8-foot ceiling, a ceiling fan is not the best choice because it _____________? That's right, swallows the room. 10-foot ceilings and higher facilitate a ceiling fan beautifully.