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Choosing a Kickin' Kitchen Range Hood

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

This article will guide you through a variety of options for range hoods in your kitchen.

This article will guide you through a variety of options for range hoods in your kitchen.

Is a range hood functional or decorative? Yes, to both! Obviously, you want to make sure it removes cooking fumes and odors, but it should also look good. Whether your kitchen is large or small, the range hood can serve as a focal point of the room. Keeping that in mind, it should coordinate with your appliances and cabinetry. Lucky for you, today's manufacturers offer plenty of options featuring designs that work with any style and any size cooking surface.

Old World

Kitchen exhaust systems do their job whether hidden from view behind a stucco chimney, decked out in copper cladding or a covered in a cast stone facade. This type of old world style range hood handles any recipe the serious home cook prepares. Old world range hoods make an important design statement and often set the tone for entire kitchen. This high-profile range hood showcases for your family and guests. It is perfect for the gourmet chef that resides in the kitchen.

This stone range hood is perfect for a traditional European design.

This stone range hood is perfect for a traditional European design.

Wood-Paneled Design

The craftsman style is a traditional ventilation system design. The panel-faced range hoods pay homage to skilled artisan woodwork. A wood-paneled range hood looks just like handcrafted kitchen cabinets. These wood range hoods conceal cabinetry matching panels that create a seamless appearance within the upper cabinets. Manufacturers and custom cabinet builders typically design a variety of classic styles.

A wood-paneled range hood is ideal for a craftsman kitchen.

A wood-paneled range hood is ideal for a craftsman kitchen.

Low-Profile

Small kitchen spaces require small vent hoods. Apartments and condos have utilized low-profile range hoods for years. These unobtrusive range hoods tend to filter kitchen odors rather than venting air out through an exhaust system. Low-profile range hoods may be small in stature, but they can spice up a kitchen just like the big guys. They feature the latest halogen lighting and come in a rainbow of colors and designer finishes. So, ditch that clunky avocado green vent hood for a low-profile replacement in your kitchen.

A small cost-effective stove hood is great for a small kitchen.

A small cost-effective stove hood is great for a small kitchen.

Commercial-Grade

Commercial-grade range hoods are related to gourmet versions with one big exception—extra power. These range hoods grace high-BTU commercial stoves in restaurants and large home kitchens across the country. Available from wholesale suppliers, commercial range hoods have additional accessories to use under the unit, such as warming shelves and salamanders. For a spacious, no-nonsense kitchen, stainless commercial range hoods command attention and quickly eliminate even the most stubborn grease, smoke, and odors.

You really need a large ventilation hood for a commercial range.

You really need a large ventilation hood for a commercial range.

High-Tech

Not everyone appreciates the aesthetics of an oversize kitchen range hood. If you are after a sleek, unobtrusive look, check out the latest in high-tech styles that shatter the mold of the traditional range hood designs. These futuristic styles take up little space while making a big statement. High-tech hoods offer a powerful exhaust system without dominating the room. These space-age designs really shine in a modern setting.

These are modern high-tech range hoods.

These are modern high-tech range hoods.

Back Downdraft

This island downdraft moves up and down, and proves to be a distinct ventilation exhaust. Downdraft is located on the kitchen island at the back of the cooktop and can also be placed in the center between the burners. The ventilation system is integrated into the range top and allows an open view throughout the kitchen. The downdraft is a contemporary space-saving design.

These downdraft stove hoods create an open space on the kitchen island.

These downdraft stove hoods create an open space on the kitchen island.

10 Stylish Range Hood Ideas

  1. Cool gray: the sophisticated neutral light gray.
  2. Beach driftwood: a seashore kitchen.
  3. Subway tile: the subway-tiled hood goes with the backsplash.
  4. Glossy: the hood in gloss paint that keeps it wiped clean.
  5. Trompe l'oeil: the hood recedes into the woodwork.
  6. Circular stainless steel: a tube range hood that looks like a sculpture.
  7. Slide out: an electric range hood that slides out with a press of a button.
  8. Bright clash: a vibrant range hood.
  9. Stone and metal: metalwork and masonry.
  10. Scalloped design: a playful scalloped hood that is an unconventional style.

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on February 03, 2020:

Eman, there are so many range hood options. You're right, it can be quite difficult to choose one. I also like the old world design that is ideal for a traditional kitchen.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on February 03, 2020:

The article is very beautiful and interesting. All designs are beautiful and confusing to choose from. For me, I prefer the first design, the design of the old world.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 24, 2020:

Linda, these are fabulous range hoods from traditional to modern. It's fun to check out all of the different styles.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 23, 2020:

To be honest, I've never thought much about range hood designs before. Now that I've read your article, I've discovered that it's an interesting topic. I like the old world style and wood-paneled hoods in your photos very much.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 23, 2020:

Liz, they are definitely a number of range hoods that are functional and super stylish. We had a GE cooktop and slide out ventilation that was a cool design. It really removed odors and smoke.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 23, 2020:

I hadn't realised that there was so much choice until I read your article. A friend has recently done major renovations to her home. In kitting out the kitchen she has chosen an appropriate hood that fits in well.