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  • Writer's pictureKerri Jamison

Choosing the Right Range Hood

When making kitchen selections people often get stumped on which range hood to use. Wood, stainless, limestone or no hood at all.

Hallman Range. Kitchen design by Grace Mitchell, photo by Lisa Petrole

Depending on the style of the kitchen, you may choose whatever material goes best with your aesthetic. For many years stainless was the top choice for range hoods. Lately ornate wood range hoods are showing up everywhere. Often times the hood blends in with the upper cabinets for a cohesive look. But they can also take center stage with a bold statement.

You don't have to spend thousands to have a unique range hood. Finding instructions online for DIY range hood covers is easy. You will need a miter saw for sure, but with some determination it is not so difficult.

Of course nothing compares to the gorgeous limestone "cheminée" found in fancy chateau kitchens in France. However, a recreation of such grandeur is possible with fabricators in the US.

Another popular trend is the plaster range hood. It can be a more affordable option for those wanting that old world kitchen look.

Hallman stove in a kitchen designed by Jenna Sue

With all of these options, stainless steel is no longer the top choice. I am not sad about it.


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