Kitchen Range-hoods: What You Need For A Stunning Kitchen
The kitchen range-hood isn’t the first thing you may think about when designing your new kitchen. However is it important to know what range-hood you would like at the beginning of the design process as it will shape your kitchen design. You may choose to hide your range-hood completely, or you may want to make a feature out of it. Read more to start thinking about your range-hood selection.
Ducted Or Recirculating?
Whilst it is ideal to duct your range-hood so that it vents outside, it may not always be possible. If you are in a unit or flat, local council regulations or strata may prevent your from ducting your range-hood outside. But fear not, recirculating models are very capable. It’s important to remember is to keep the filters clean. You can clean them in the dishwasher, so it is easy to maintain. If you are going to duct your range-hood, remember to ask your appliance supplier for the ducting kit. Most models these days function as both. If you prefer to have your range-hood ducted, don’t forget to let your builder know before the building works start.
An integrated kitchen range-hood will make your kitchen look sleek and contemporary. The range-hood is completely concealed with-in a wall cabinet, disguising it’s outside appearance. These range-hoods are our favourite to use as it gives your kitchen design flexibility without adding bulkiness.
Concealing your range-hood within the wall cabinets leads to an streamlined, free flowing kitchen. Integrated range-hoods suit minimal and contemporary kitchens.
Having no wall cabinets doesn’t mean your range-hood has to be a last minute thought. The wall in this kitchen is a feature and the range-hood is elegantly disguised with-in it.
Feature range hoods can look great if the space is right. One thing to note, a 600m feature range-hood will not look amazing (they look too squashed and short) so you really need to go for a range-hood that is atleast 900mm. You can choose to have a modern looking range-hood or one that more traditional.
Modern feature range-hoods look great when they have their own space on the wall, and are not overcrowded with cabinets. A modern looking range-hood in the right space can look quite classic and elegant.
Range-hoods can also go above a kitchen island if necessary. These can make quite a statement, but you will need to be careful with your choice as it will be a dominant feature in your kitchen.
Glass range-hood models are a popular choice as some of the bulkiness is eliminated with the glass. They suit modern kitchens.
Traditional or country-inspired kitchens tend to make a feature of the canopy range-hood. Sometimes the feature is the range-hood itself or sometimes it is the plasterwork and mouldings that is the feature.
This french-style kitchen above makes use of plasterwork moulding which define this kitchen.
Be brave and make a feature of your range-hood. This one steers away from the typical stainless steel that we are so acustomed to seeing.
Bench-top Mounted Range-hoods
Bench-top mounted range-hoods are perfect for kitchen islands where you want to keep the ceiling free from obstruction. They work electronically, the range-hood lifts out of the bench-top when needed. They are powerful despite their small size.
The range-hood sits behind the cooktop, and is operated by a sensor touch system.
Slide-out range-hoods are a perfect option for any modern kitchen. If you are going for this option, keep the cabinets on either side the same height as the range-hood so your kitchen is streamlined. These range-hoods start at around $200.
Slide out range-hoods are inexpensive and unobtrusive.
Choosing a range-hood is not a typical place to start your kitchen design adventure. However, it’s beneficial for the whole design process if you know what your options are what you prefer. From integrated to feature range-hoods, the options are vast and can be worked in to compliment any kitchen design.