A kitchen range hood can be the focal point of your space and draws everyone’s attention to the heart of your home. Whether your style is clean and modern, contemporary, or rustic, there is a hood design for you. Stainless steel is only the beginning; you can choose to panel your hood to match your cabinetry or use a contrasting material to accentuate your cooktop or range. If you want a way to add drama to your kitchen, a decorative kitchen range hood might do the trick.
Types of Kitchen Range Hoods
There are several kitchen hood possibilities for your kitchen remodel project. At Mountainwood Homes, our Designers will help you determine the best option for your kitchen throughout the design selection process. Which option fits your style?
Stainless-Steel Chimney Range Hood
A chimney hood mounts to the wall behind your range and has a flue to externally vent or recirculate to minimize harmful odors.
Benefits of Stainless Chimney Hoods
- Allows space for tile around the hood
- Breaks up the cabinetry
- Clean and simple lines
Stainless Chimney Hood Examples
Cabinet Range Hoods
A range hood insert is a kitchen exhaust fan that fits inside custom cabinetry. These are sometimes called a “liner.” Range hood inserts are built into the decorative hood cabinet above the range. This option allows for total customization of the look of the hood. You don’t see it except when you look underneath the decorative cabinet.
Benefits of Cabinet Range Hoods
- Keeps a continuous line of cabinetry
- Allows for a change in finish color
- Custom shapes and details
Painted Cabinet Hood with Contrasting Band Examples
“Adding a wood accent to the bottom edge of your hood can also draw your eye without your hood stealing the whole show,” said Angela Dechard, designer at Mountainwood Homes. “I suggest taking the time to put a little thought into the design of your kitchen hood, as it can make all the difference in the feel of your kitchen.”
Wood Cabinet Hood
Other Types of Range Hoods
There are a variety of range hood options. Shaped and boxed hoods are made from a plywood form or flexible drywall and can be drywalled, painted, and plastered with texture techniques.
Custom Zinc Hood
Tiled Range Hood
The custom subway tiled range hood and feature wall with floating shelves pop against the dark wall in this Northeast Portland kitchen remodel.
Ceiling Mounted Range Hood
Purpose of Kitchen Exhaust Vents
Aside from decorative purposes, kitchen range hoods serve a very functional role. A fan above the cooktop helps with proper kitchen ventilation to reduce odors, grease, and fumes from using your cooktop. The hood vent captures, filters, and then removes the fumes outside through a vent in an exterior wall or roof. Tip: turn on the range hood before you start cooking and leave it running a few minutes after.
Where to Locate the Range Hood
Many homeowners want to keep an open, unobstructed view of their kitchen. If the cooktop was located on the island before the remodel, it is often relocated to a back wall to clear the island for entertaining and cooking prep work. Many homeowners like the look of decorative pendant light fixtures over the island as a focal point rather than a range hood.
Other Decisions to Make
Depending on how often you cook and the type of cuisine you prepare, you may need stronger air movement. The power for range hoods is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). This measurement is the amount of air a ventilation hood can move through its filter per minute. Vent hoods over 400 CFM require that makeup air be brought in from the outside when the unit is on to supplement the air exhausted from the home. Typically, those are part of your forced-air unit.
Ready for a New Kitchen?
There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to planning your kitchen remodel. Work with the team at Mountainwood Homes to pull all the details together. Reach out to our team to discuss your kitchen remodel so you can start enjoying your kitchen again.