Most people tend to think about range hoods in practical terms because they are, in fact, very practical appliances. With just the simple flick of a switch, smoke, odors, and airborne grease from your stove are whisked out of your home. But, also consider that your range hood is often the focal point of your kitchen. There’s no reason that your range hood can’t be functional and stylish all at once.
Let’s look at five of the most popular trends in range hood design that we see popping up in kitchens across the United States. Consider some of these ideas when it’s time to remodel your kitchen.
- Simply Modern
If you love the modern design aesthetic, then choose a range hood that’s simple and subtly blends in with the rest of the kitchen. A stainless steel finish is a good choice because it looks professional and is always in style. Plus, it’s durable and easy to clean.
This Amana range hood, with its sharp angles and geometric shape is an excellent example of a sleek and modern design. Or check out this model, also from Amana, that incorporates glass for a truly unique and high-end look.
- Creatively Colorful
There’s nothing that says you can’t have some fun with color in your kitchen. Many designers are encouraging clients to use a neutral color palette on the walls and floors of their kitchens, and saving bold color statements for the appliances. For example, you can start with this cherry-red range hood and add a stove and refrigerator to match. This is a chance for your range hood to shine, while making a bold yet elegant statement throughout the kitchen.
- Hidden (“Insert”) Hoods
Perhaps you don’t want to showcase your range hood, but keep it hidden instead. That’s when you want to choose hood liners or inserts. These allow you combine powerful ventilation with the custom exterior treatment you want. They’re perfect for when you want to hide your hood behind an intricate and beautiful exterior. Or, have it blend in with the existing cabinetry for a seamless and cohesive look throughout the kitchen.
- Neat and Narrow
One of the most recent trends in range hoods is the narrow, low profile hood. These hoods look like thin strips of metal that are mounted above the stove. This is the ideal option if you want to maintain an open and airy feeling in your kitchen, or you want your backsplash to be the focal point of the kitchen. This low-profile hood from Jenn-Air is the perfect example.
- Downdraft Design
But what if you don’t want a range hood at all? You don’t want to minimize it or even hide it—you simply don’t want it. That’s where downdraft ventilation technology comes in. Downdraft ventilation is a type of ventilation built into cooktops and kitchen ranges that pulls cooking fumes and smoke downward and out, instead of being sucked up and out. There’s no need for a range hood with a downdraft cooktop, so it allows room for extra cabinets where you would typically place a range hood.
These are just five of the emerging trends in range hood style and design, and all are easy to incorporate into your kitchen. Not sure where to begin? You can start by checking out Reno’s Appliance’s extensive inventory of world-class brands of range hoods like Bosch, Broan, Zephyr, and many others. Plus, we have all the range hood accessories you need for your kitchen.