Kitchen Range Hood: Necessary Utilitarian Appliance or Eye Candy?

The kitchen is one of my very favorite spaces to design. It is one of the most essential rooms in a home where functionality reigns supreme. It is challenging – like a 1000-piece puzzle waiting to be assembled! It requires a lot of planning, attention to detail and just the right amount of interest to make it all beautifully come together. While I could go on and on about what it takes to create a gorgeous, functional kitchen space, today I have your range hood in my radar. Not only are they essential to the culinary experience, but with the right amount of attention, it can also become an opportunity to create a fabulous focal point…eye candy for your kitchen space! 

There are a lot of different hood applications and determining the right one for your space depends on many variables. Here I will show you some of my favorite showstoppers, with a few more subtle looks thrown in for a good measure.

Custom Metal

A custom Vent-A-Hood in stainless steel with polished nickel straps and rivets dresses up this timeless, traditional kitchen space!

case design remodeling kitchen with black pull cabinet with matching range hood and stove top

You can create countless different shapes, sizes and finishes to achieve a beautiful look! You can also add metal trim!

robins egg blue and gold range and hood focal point diamond tile backsplash

With a simple elegant tile application or full height stone backsplash, a custom metal hood makes a big impact!

Black and white Kitchen with french doors and marble countertops

You can also use a simple chimney style design combined with a matching pro-range in a custom unique color. It creates just enough interest to be a showcase piece.

Custom Wood

A wood hood with an exhaust insert can blend in with your cabinetry harmoniously and create a subtle elegance.

traditional design kitchen with white hood range

Your hood can be dressed up with molding detail and corbels for a traditional feel.

Wood hoods are also available in a variety of shapes and styles for different design applications. As shown above, they are a standalone crown piece!

transitional kitchen with subway grey tiles backsplash freestanding cabinets, vent hood over the gas cooktop with 4 burners in stainless steel

It can be made of multiple materials and textured with painted and stained wood, ship lap, reclaimed wood and more.

Simple Metal Hoods

  case design stainless steel hood range above stovetop

A tapered professional hood with some pretty handmade feature tile design below.

kitchen with white cabinetry wood floors blue island mosaic backsplash stainless steel appliances

A stainless and glass mix chimney hood with a gorgeous mosaic backsplash.

A simple taper chimney over a subtle tile design.


You can ventilate in style and add some eye candy to your kitchen! Which one is your favorite?

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