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Hearth, Home and Kitchen Hood

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Sear a steak, and you’ll get smoke. The stylish ideas: three kitchens that elevate, figuratively and literally, the too-often-unheralded range hood.

Counter tops, cabinetry and high-end appliances tend to get all the attention in the kitchen, and for good reason — it’s hard to store food, prepare it and impress guests without them. But try searing that Flintstones-esque bone-in ribeye without a proper kitchen hood, and your dinner party is likely to be smoked out. Below, we have three different design ideas that elevate — both figuratively and, of course, literally — the vital and too-often-unheralded range hood.

Range Hood ideas - Cindy Rendely Architexture

Design by Cindy Rendely Architexture | Photo credit: Nanne Springer

Cindy Rendely Architexture

The trick to obscuring this bulky island-range kitchen hood? Smoke and mirrors. Cindy Rendely Architexture, which designed this beautiful Forest Hill suite, disguises the equipment in a highly reflective casing — a mirror, in fact — bringing sky-blues and ravine-greens from the adjacent garden into the warm Boffi kitchen. An island topped in stainless steel exaggerates the effect.

Range Hood ideas - Qanūk Interiors

Design by Qanūk Interiors | Photo credit: Valerie Wilcox

Qanūk Interiors

Simple, bold and functional, this kitchen by Qanūk Interiors — the firm behind Saudade‘s Portuguese-inflected design — ticks all the boxes, with some added eclecticism for two clients who love to cook. Masquerading in white glossy subway tile framed by dark grout, the kitchen hood blends into the backsplash, letting two double-armed sconces by Restoration Hardware steal the spotlight.

Deja View kitchen | Design by Frankfranco Architects

FrankFranco Architects

A clean palette of white and wood by FrankFranco Architects took this suburban kitchen from cookie-cutter to clutter free. Fabricated by Pomegranate Cabinetry, the concealed range hood dressed in flat-cut walnut sits against a wall of back-painted glass behind, strategically drawing the eye towards the heart of the kitchen: the cooktop.

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