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Achieving a Magazine-Worthy Kitchen

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The biggest statement piece your kitchen needs…

No, it isn’t the backsplash, but that’s a good idea, too. No, it isn’t the large peninsula or double island, though they should be considered. 

The biggest statement piece your kitchen needs is a bit less expected and far more utilitarian: the range hood.

The best way to make a statement is to use the most ordinary of things, and that is why I am frequently specifying designer hoods for my clients’ kitchen designs, whether they are building new or remodeling. If you are in the market for a magazine-worthy kitchen, stick around. In this article, I am sharing the primary considerations you’ll need to make when selecting a range hood that goes beyond the ordinary.

Hood Styles
Range hood styles include wall-mounted, island, inserted (for custom cabinetry) and under-cabinetry placements. Given the nuances of each kitchen aesthetic and range requirements, I often design completely custom hoods that fit seamlessly with the flow of your cabinetry.

Statement hoods can be made of natural materials, such as stone, brick or stucco and will require a hood liner.  

Hood Components
The three primary components your custom or designer hood needs are the hood canopy, blower system and ducting. The hood canopy should extend past the cooking range by three inches on both sides and extend forward to the front burners of the range.

The hood will also require a fan with enough cubic feet per minute to handle the cooktop or range specified, ushering steam and smells out of your kitchen efficiently via proper ducting. Another key aspect is the mounting height of the hood, which will always be specified by the manufacturer.

Rustic homes love warm wood hoods. If your home is modern-rustic, true rustic or farmhouse in nature, you’ll love the woodsy statement made by a dark walnut range hood. I am seeing wood hoods across client projects and I love them for the instant character and contrast they add to surrounding cabinetry, countertops and tile.

Tilted, straight, blended or contrasted? If your kitchen design style is modern or industrial, opt for a straight-line hood style. If your kitchen is traditional, farmhouse or similar, an angled or flared hood will look best. Depending on how dramatic your kitchen is, you can select a hood color and texture that contrasts with your cabinets or one that matches. Both are beautiful.

Written by: Kathleen Jennison

Before becoming an interior designer, Kathleen Jennison worked as a certified public accountant for a national firm. A near-fatal car accident changed her career path and life forever. She suffered serious brain injuries, and her doctors suggested she take art classes to help with her rehabilitation. With her newfound love for design, she studied at the Art Institute in Sacramento, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in interior design. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and has served as the director of marketing for the National Association of Remodelers for the Greater Sacramento area. In 2009, she started KTJ Design Company.