The kitchen is one of our very favorite spaces to design as it is often the gathering place where many of life’s most precious memories are made. This is a room where functionality reigns supreme but nobody ever said it shouldn’t be beautiful! While we could go on and on about the importance of your cook space, today we’ve got our sights set on your range hood. Not only are they essential to the culinary experience, but, with the right amount of attention, they can also serve as a wow-worthy crown jewel.
We’re gonna’ hit the basics first and then leave you with gorgeous range hood inspiration of all shapes and materials, so keep scrolling!
Range Hood Essentials
There are a few things to keep in mind when building out your range to ensure maximum function and beauty.
- If you’re planning to clad your hood in any material, you first need a hood liner. This is essentially the guts around which you build your range hood. Be sure you communicate your plans to your contractor or appliance provider so that they understand you’re not buying the traditional vent hood.
- Double check that your hood liner is correctly sized in proportion to your range. Your contractor and appliance provider should have no trouble letting you know which size to purchase.
- Ensure that the blower offers the appropriate amount of power for your kitchen. Too much power means you’ll will be pulling gases and smells from other parts of your home, and too little means you’ll be smelling last night’s dinner as your pouring your morning coffee…#notcool.
Alright, enough shoptalk, let’s get to the fun stuff!
When it comes to dressing things up, you’ve got so many material options to choose from! Here are a few that we’ve been having fun with lately:
Plaster vent hoods offer a lovely textural finish and create a seamless flow that makes your kitchen ceilings feel grand!
Expert Tip: Build your frame out with wood, then apply drywall around the frame to give your plaster a smooth base.
Although white is a classic choice, plaster can be mixed in countless color combos allowing it to play off surrounding cabinetry finishes.
Don’t forget to get creative with the shape – we love the freeform beauty of a curved edge!
Natural materials are rich in depth and texture, and we love that the look and feel of every piece is distinctive.
Expert Tip: For a super special touch, you can transform an antique fireplace mantel into a range hood. If you’re loving that idea, check out Chateau Domingue, one of our absolute favorite places to pick up found architectural elements and artifacts!
Materials Marketing is another local fave – their team will happily work with you to customize a stone range hood that perfectly fits your home!
Whether you opt for full metal cladding or metal only serves as an accent (think straps versus fully clad), it makes a mighty big impact! Beautifully reflecting your surrounding space, this is an option that pairs nicely with natural materials for a lovely sense of balance.
Expert Tip: Think outside the box (literally) when choosing your metal! Hammered steel provides a flat, more rustic flair, whereas polished metal lends a more sleek and formal vibe.
Expert Tip: The hood liner needed for an outdoor range is different from the one needed indoors! Make sure to specify before you purchase.
If you’re looking for a sleek, modern vibe, a slabbed range hood can get you there! Run your marble, quartzite, or granite straight up from your counters to your ceiling for a super streamlined look.
Whether you go all in or add only a touch of a stained accent with a rustic beam, wood is a natural element that works almost universally! It can blend in with your cabinetry profile:
or it can stand out as a focal point:
Nothing changes things up quite like a coat of paint! Painted range hoods are a trend we’re loving, and it’s another great way to have your range hood integrated into the surrounding cabinetry, making the entire kitchen appear more spacious and streamlined.
Green is having a moment in kitchens right now, and we’re loving this soft, soothing shade:
There you have it! We hope you enjoyed our range hood rundown, and we would love to know what your range hood looks like. Did any of the styles we shared here appeal to you? Drop us a line below!