Decorative Range Hoods: Adding Detail to the Kitchen Design

The range hood is an integral part of any kitchen. Using a decorative range hood cover can help it blend with any kitchen design.

Whether the stove is in the counter or in the island, a range hood is required to help vent steam, smoke and other gases from the kitchen. There are multiple options for range hoods available, from combined microwave hoods, to stainless steel hoods, to built-in range hoods, hidden in the cabinet. Choosing to use a decorative range hood cover in place of any of these, allows the homeowner to achieve greater personalization of the kitchen design.

Wooden Range Hood Covers

One way to help blend a range hood into the rest of the kitchen cabinetry without using an undercabinet range hood, is to use a wooden range hood cover. These decorative covers can be stained the same, or a complimentary color to the cabinets, and can have similar attributes as the cabinets as well.

If using cabinets with a great deal of decorative moldings, finials, soffets and carvings, then a decorative, wooden cover will work well in this space. If the island wood tone is another color than the cabinets, try combining both colors in the hood cover to tie the two together.

Metallic Hood Covers

Homeowners drawn to the look and style of a tin ceiling, or a hammered copper sink will find a complimentary style in decorative metallic range hood covers. With the looks of tin, lattice, and wrought iron, as well as finishes in copper, bronze and antiqued nickel, metallic range hood covers can bring a unique, new dimension to a space.

For kitchens with copper farmhouse sinks, tin ceilings or wrought iron accents, metallic hood covers can add a complimentary component to the kitchen design. Look for finishes and patinas to match those already in the kitchen, and tie them all together by including the same color or design in the cabinet knobs.

Stone Range Hoods

For Tuscan style and rustic kitchens, a carved stone range hood cover can add extra appeal. Look for covers carved out of a single block of French limestone, or try matching the countertop material, and having the counter built of three pieces. Tumbled, pitted and worn covers can lend a rustic appeal, while honed or polished covers can give a more distinctive look. Decorative stone covers can add a weight and presence to the kitchen design, while preserving old world style.

Decorative Tile Range Hood Covers

For kitchens with intricately tiled backsplashes, a tiled range hood cover can continue the design. A plain cover built of plywood can be fastened around the range, and tiled with similar tile as the backsplash around it.

Try framing a decorative panel or mural behind the cooktop, and taking elements of that design to use over the hood. For example, a vineyard scene behind the cooktop, can be complimented by tiles of grapes and vines covering the range hood. Or try using the same tiles that are used along the counters to cover the hood and set off the panel better.

Remember that all range hoods need to be at least 6” larger than the stove top, to provide adequate ventilation. Take this measurement, as well as extra room for the cover, into consideration when planning the kitchen design, and ordering cabinets. Pull elements from the rest of the kitchen design to use for the cover and add a finishing t ouch to any kitchen design.