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Kitchen Range Hood Design

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 11, 2018

There are many pre-made range hoods on the market, and each has the potential to bring a unique style to your space. It may also be the case that a custom solution captures the character and style of the kitchen remodel better than any out-of-the-box option. Working with a designer to find the right kitchen range hood design can be a rewarding decision for your new kitchen, so it's important to understand the various questions that will come up. Here we outline 4 things to consider when looking at kitchen hoods.

Custom wood vent hood in Newport kitchen remodel
Custom wood vent hood in this Newport kitchen remodel

Integration

No matter how your new vent hood ends up looking, it must start with a functional foundation. The vent component of your hood should be selected based on the needs of your cooktop. The heat output of your stove unit should match the input of your hood, measured in CFM, or cubic feet of air moved per minute. Minimum, for every 12 inches of stove width, a fan hood should move 100 CFM. For a gas stove, the higher the BTU of the burners, the higher the CFMs should be on the hood. The integration component of your hood also includes where the air is vented, and whether the hood is connected to any surrounding cabinets.

 A substantial industrial pre-made hood in this Mason kitchen remodel.
A substantial industrial pre-made hood in this Mason kitchen remodel.

Shape & Type

There are four general types of vent hoods: wall-mounted, under-cabinet, ceiling-mounted, and downdraft. There are also inset hood units that can form the functional component of custom hood solutions installed around them. Wall-mounted hoods are typically stand-alone units that do not integrate directly with the surrounding cabinets. Under-cabinet hoods are great for gaining venting while not sacrificing cabinet storage over the range. Ceiling-mounted hoods work for cooktops on islands or when you want to have a break in the cabinetry on either side of your range. A downdraft hood is a slim unit that can be raised up from a slot in the counter next to the cooking surface. Even if you are going with a custom hood, the standard hood types can provide inspiration, and help narrow down the look you prefer.

 A contemporary stainless steel and glass vent hood in this Montgomery kitchen remodel.
A contemporary stainless steel and glass vent hood in this Montgomery kitchen remodel.

Materials

The vent itself is just one part of the kitchen hood. For the rest, you have a variety of options on what material would compliment your kitchen design the best. Contemporary hoods are often stainless steel and may include a glass panel. Wood, to either match or contrast the kitchen's cabinets, is a popular choice. There are decorative metal options as well. Copper hoods have been trending in high-end kitchens for the past few years. Stone or concrete is also a material that can be used, and often comes with additional considerations for a safe and secure installation.

 A custom vent hood preserves the ceiling in this Middletown kitchen remodel.
A custom vent hood preserves the ceiling in this Middletown kitchen remodel.

Custom Details

Take your hood to the next level by looking for the options to personalize it. A wall-mounted wood hood may look sharp with a mantle or additional trim. Perhaps the metal hood can be enhanced with contrasting metal straps for an industrial feel. Also consider how any wall treatments around the hood will work with and play off the hood's design.

 A tile backplash works with the hood to create a focal point in this Lebanon kitchen remodel.
A tile backplash works with the hood to create a focal point in this Lebanon kitchen remodel.

Editor's Note: This blog has been edited for clarity, and includes updated images. 9/11/18.

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