Interiors, Kitchen

Un-Kitchening the Kitchen: 7 Ways to Hide a Kitchen Hood

When I think about the past few years of kitchen design, the overarching trend can be summed up with the following question: “How can I make my kitchen not look like a kitchen?”  I believe this to be true partly because of the extreme popularity of open kitchens.  When your kitchen is wide open to the rest of the home, you want it to fit in and look a little softer.  We’ve taken out upper cabinets and hung sconces and art in their place, and paneled appliances so that you can’t find the dishwasher or the refrigerator.   Recently, I concealed pantry doors with paneling so that you can’t even tell there’s a pantry in the kitchen.  We’ve added beautiful furniture details to cabinets and islands, and the rugs that are put in front of the kitchen sink are what you would normally see in an entry hall.

We’ve also been concealing the stove hood.  Sometimes, the only piece of large equipment visible is the stove.  The stove has become a shrine of sorts in the kitchen and, conversely, the hood is frequently covered and sometimes it’s absent.

What do you put inside these hood wraps?  It’s something called a liner insert.  According to Cody Gasner, at Colorado’s Specialty Appliance, VentAHood is “one of the most effective and quietest hoods in the market. Most of the people who have been selling appliances for the longest time own these hoods.”  They are also the hood inserts that I most frequently recommend as a designer.  Cody also recommends looking at Best hood liners. “They have some liners with the ‘IQ Blower’ which is supposed to be one of the more effective and quiet hood liner options out there.”

Now that we understand the guts, what should you put around them?  Here are 7 concealed hood ideas to get you shimmying down the path to un-kitchening your kitchen.

  1. A Re-claimed Beam:
wood beam above a stove
One of my favorite things to wrap a stove hood in is a wooden beam. I like the warmth the wood brings to the room and I think it’s a beautiful juxtaposition with a tile backsplash and the hard, sometimes industrial lines of a range. (Photo Source)

2. Wood Wrap:

wood beam above stove
Here’s a concealed hood wrapped in wood that I designed a few years ago.  We put paneling to match the kitchen cabinets over the vent (with a removable panel) and added a hand distressed wooden beam. (Photo by Sara Yoder for Laura Medicus Interiors)

2. Molding and Paneling:

orange stove
What a surprisingly extroverted orange range. I love the simple paneling above this stove and I especially like having a ledge to display artwork. (Photo Source)

3. Molding and Drywall:

simple drywall hood
So simple! The butter yellow Esse stove is the accent piece and the vent is disguised by molding and drywall.  I would, of course, fill that blank space with art, but it looks glorious without.  (Photo Source)

4. An Upper Cabinet:

concealed hood in upper cabinet
While it’s hard to tell, I believe that this vent is concealed in the upper cabinet. I’ve done this before with vents that aren’t attractive – the hood is just tucked up inside the cabinet. (Photo Source)

5. Tile:

tile on stove hood
Tiling the hood is a great solution for a messy cook. It’s not my favorite solution (I find it a little cold), but it looks gorgeous here! (Photo Source)

6. Just Drywall:

drywall hood
With this show-stopping La Cornueu range, it might be overkill to have a fancy hood. This is a simple and elegant choice. (Photo Source)

7. No hood at all:

no stove hood
And the no-hood solution – just open a window and have a fan ready. (Photo Source)

“An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.”
Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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