We all know that the heart of our home and typical gathering place in our home is the kitchen. And since we spend so much time in our kitchen, we want the space to reflect who we are as well as make a statement. We want our kitchen to stand out, have a Wow factor! One way we, the designer, can help you is by working with one of the major appliances you use in your kitchen, the range or cooktop. When you have a range/cooktop, you have a hood.
Most kitchens have a hood and why not design a kitchen hood that is not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. Let's refrain from using the standard stainless steel hood in this post. I like that look and have used it before, but I want to show you other options that you can go with. Options that can set your kitchen apart from others.Carla Aston
First things first, depending on the size of your range/cooktop will determine the size of your hood. Your hood fan has to be able to accommodate the amount of BTU's (British Thermal Unit-a unit of energy, amount of energy needed to heat 1 pound of water by 1 degree Farenheit) put out from the range/cooktop. Also, note that this means that your kitchen hood can be wider than your range/cooktop.
I generally come up with the kitchen hood design while I'm in the design phase of the actual kitchen cabinets, working with the clients on what they want and need. I want it to coordinate and blend in with the rest of the room, and how I design the cabinets will help determine the style and design of the hood.Designer Linda McDougald via
There are several options in designing your kitchen hood. The materials are endless: metal, stone, tile, wood, glass, or a combination of any. If you decide on using a stone or tiled hood, make sure your contractor/builder has installed reinforcements on the walls for the weight, or the hood could eventually fall off the wall. And that is not what we want when you've installed an expensive, high-end, dream kitchen.
Also, sometimes kitchens are large enough to house an entire hearth. And what I mean by this is that the range wall itself can be framed out as its own. These can provide to a dramatic statement in a kitchen. And like the many options I mentioned above, the hearth wall can be made from the same materials.
Marjorie Slovack, Slovack-Bass
Designer Lyndsy Woods at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Holiday House
A gorgeous combination of two different metal finishes
A beautiful bold pop of red in this kitchen designed by M Group.
Stone fireplace with mantle and notice the stone trim on the fireplace carries over to trim out the the windows flanking the fireplace (all sides).
Designer Beth Webb
Combination: Wood and Metal
Combination: Stone and Metal
Designer Linda Floyd
This hood is actually built out of wood and faced with leather and accented with nailheads designed by Jane Page Design Group.
Stone and plaster combination
Another stone and plaster, but the plaster finish has a sheen.
Kitchen Hearth Walls:
Tiled hood with wood and leaded glass combination wall panel. The leaded glass is backlit.
Brooks and Falotico Architects
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