Some modern ceiling fans have remote controls, not pull chains. I discovered this while watching "Find Your Style" on HGTV, and I think it’s a pretty good idea.
The upside: no chain or string hanging down.
The downside: yet another remote in our lives.
So if you can handle another remote, here are three fans with remote control function:
Top: Hunter brand, Ranier-style, 60-inch oil-rubbed bronze, from Home Depot, $199
Middle: Cirque ceiling fan with large and small blades and good energy efficiency, from G Squared, $330 (remote $36 extra)
Bottom: Fanimation brand, Enigma style, 60-inch span, from Del Mar Fans, $849