Designs and Styles of Kitchen Range Hoods

Designs & Styles of Kitchen Range Hoods

Designing a kitchen can be fun and overwhelming at the same time. It’s exciting to customize your kitchen to your own desires and needs, but it can also make your head spin to think about all of the options available to you. The following post tries to break down the designs and styles of kitchen range hoods to help you make your kitchen decorating decisions.

Mounting Styles

Range hoods are classified by how they are mounted in the kitchen. Range hoods fall into one of the following styles:

Wall Mount Range Hoods: These are mounted on the wall in the kitchen, right above the cooking surface. Ducted wall mount range hoods ventilate air to the outside of the home through ductwork. It’s common for a telescopic chimney to hide this ductwork.

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Under Cabinet Range Hoods: These are also mounted on a wall in the kitchen and above the cooking surface. These are small units that fit directly beneath a kitchen cabinet. They take up less space than a wall mounted range hood, and they may ventilate air using ductwork that runs through the ceiling or the wall of the home.

Island Range Hoods: Island range hoods are mounted from the ceiling above a cooking surface on a kitchen island. These also include a telescopic decorative chimney to hide the ductwork. It’s common for island range hoods to become the main focal point of a kitchen design because of their position in the room.

Photo from Range Hoods Inc. Customer

Photo from Range Hoods Inc. Customer

Insert Liner Range Hoods: An insert liner range hood is a small model that is often covered up with a decorative range hood exterior. Insert liner range hoods can be hidden from view because of their size and the fact that the controls are on the bottom of the unit. These models usually come with lighting, just like other range hood models. Also, they may fit where an under cabinet range hood model would not.

Design Styles

In addition to mounting styles, range hoods differ stylistically. There is a range hood design out there for any kitchen type.

Copper Range Hoods: Copper range hoods add personality and warmth to a kitchen. The strapping and rivets create a rustic feel. These also fit in well in Tuscan kitchen designs.

Photo from Range Hoods Inc.

Photo from Range Hoods Inc.

Stainless steel: Most of the range hoods in the photos in this blog post have been stainless steel range hoods. Stainless steel is a great material for kitchen range hoods because it’s durable and it contributes to clean design.

Exterior range hoods: The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom range hood exteriors. You can purchase or create an exterior to cover an under cabinet range hood or an insert liner range hood. (See the example of an insert liner range hood above.)

Tempered Glass Canopy: Tempered glass adds another dimension to the kitchen design, and it looks great on both wall mounted range hoods and island range hoods. This can make a big splash on an island range hood, which can become the focal point of the kitchen design.

Photo from Range Hoods Inc

Photo from Range Hoods Inc

Range hoods remove heat, grease, smoke and smells from the kitchen during cooking. As the above examples show, the range hood can accomplish this job in style. Choose a range hood model that matches your personal style and your overall kitchen design scheme.

Author Bio

Range Hoods Inc is the largest online distributor of kitchen range hoods, and we house an impressive inventory in Southern California. Most of our range hood ship for free. You can learn more about us on our blog here and on our Facebook, Twitter or Google +.

Open Shelving- Is It For You?

The idea of designing spaces using open shelving has its pros and cons. For some people, it is so aesthetically pleasing to a room that the cons are not a big deal. Let’s take a minute to discuss the pros and cons and determine if open shelving is right for you. Below are a list of the positives and negatives of open shelving in a kitchen.

Pros

  • Allows storing items as well as displaying them at the same time
  • Makes a room look and feel more open (especially if the room is small and/or the cabinets are dark)
  • Convenience of finding and getting to items
  • Cheaper than wall cabinets
  • Personality is present on every shelf

Cons

  • Dust can be an issue if the items on the shelves are not used daily
  • Visual clutter (some people don’t like the look of items displayed for everyone to see)
  • Organization needs to be somewhat kept up (This may be a good thing because it forces you to stay organized!)

Below are kitchens that range from a lot of open shelving to minimal open shelving. What’s your style?

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What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.

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As you can see, open shelving can be as heavy or light as you like. It adds a sense of personalization and character to the kitchen. What are your thoughts on open shelving? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Maybe open shelving would be a better fit for another room in your home. Whatever your thoughts, it is definitely something to consider.

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

Whole Home Design Solutions

Whole Home Design Solutions

What room in your house do you need storage in? How about which ROOMS in your house do you need storage in? Maybe a better questions is what room don’t you need storage in? Let’s face it, there needs to be some type of storage in every room of the home.

Cabinetry is a long term storage solution that just happens to be beautiful at the same time. With Whole Home Design Solutions, your cabinetry can be cohesive throughout your entire house while providing storage solutions for a lifetime. Let’s take a look at the different rooms that cabinetry transforms into a functional masterpiece.

Mudrooms

Upon entering your home, you need a place to hang jackets, sort mail, lay your keys, and take your shoes off. Proper storage in the mudroom is crucial to prevent cluttering the rest of the home with daily items.

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Bedrooms

Everyone needs storage in his or her bedroom. Kids need a place to store toys and adults need a place to display memories through pictures and souvenirs. Storage like what is shown below is perfect for all ages and adds value to the home.

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Closets

Have you ever bought a new shirt at the end of summer because it was on sale? Then you put it away for next summer, and when summer rolls around you have forgotten all about it because you can’t find it in your monster of a closet? Yeah, me too. Closets are one space that need storage and organization… and LOTS of it! Check out these closets below. Which one would you choose for your own?

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Craftrooms

We all need our own unique space to get away! For some, that space is a craft room!

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Garages

Men, here is a space for you, too! Storage in the garage can often become cluttered, but with cabinetry like this, it is easy to give every tool its own place!

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Offices

Home offices most definitely ALWAYS need storage and organization. A beautiful home office may even help with a little inspiration. Give your home office a touch of your own personality!

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Bathrooms

One common thing that all bathrooms share is the need for storage. Why not make them look fabulous at the same time? These are both two needs for every bathroom. What good is a bathroom if it looks great but lacks storage?

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Laundry Rooms

Laundry room organization is crucial to actually keeping the laundry clean! Why not make it beautiful as well?

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Entertainment/Living Rooms

Cabinetry provides the perfect storage for media, books, and decorations! Also, it alone can transform the look of a living area. Take a look below at how two different cabinetry finishes pull together the look of the room.

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Dining Rooms

Being able to have cabinetry in the dining room allows you to match it to the kitchen! With the trend to have open spaces, using coordinating cabinetry in the kitchen and dining room really pulls everything together.

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Pantries 

A pantry can be designed to be strictly a pantry, or it can be designed to do a little more. Check out these pantries below. Do you like the idea of having a breakfast area/bar in the pantry? Or, do you like a pantry to be only a room for storing items such as canned goods, food, etc.?

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Kitchens

With so many sizes and styles, the possibilities are endless!

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With Whole Home Design Solutions, cabinetry can be cohesive throughout the home! Also, don’t forget about how it looks incredible!

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Medis Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

Islands- The Heart of the Kitchen

Islands. Aren’t they all great? Hawaiian Islands, Fiji Islands, …Kitchen Islands! Yes, let’s talk kitchen islands. Islands are designed for all different reasons; however, they all share the common purpose of being the heart of the kitchen. Not only are they physically the center of the kitchen, but they are also a place where family and friends can gather. Today, let’s discover the different functions for islands and how each of them fulfill their own role as being the heart of the kitchen.

Furniture Piece Islands

Furniture piece islands may not incorporate functions such as cooktops and sinks, but they do add character and aesthetics to the kitchen. Typically, furniture piece islands have the ability to fit in smaller kitchens because of their size. They often provide the perfect element of charm to a kitchen. Below are a couple of islands that add a finishing touch to each of the spaces they occupy.

This beautiful custom island is the rustic charm of this kitchen.

This beautiful custom island is the rustic charm of this kitchen.

This island, characterized by its unique storage solutions, stands out among the other cabinetry.

This island, characterized by its unique storage solutions, stands out among the other cabinetry.

Islands Made for Function

Some islands are designed with a greater purpose than just desireable aesthetics. Cooktops, sinks, and so many other functions can be incorporated into an island. This allows for preparing food while entertaining guests. It also frees up some of the surrounding countertop space. Below are a few islands that were definitely designed with function in mind while still looking fabulous at the same time.

This island is PERFECT for this large kitchen! A cooktop, storage, and beauty all incorporated in one piece!

This island is PERFECT for this large kitchen! A cooktop, storage, and beauty all incorporated in one piece!

This butcher block countertop allows accessible heights with the push of a button! How cool of an island would that be? Perfect heights for chopping, serving, and everything in between!

This butcher block countertop allows accessible heights with the push of a button! How cool of an island would that be? Perfect heights for chopping, serving, and everything in between!

Islands for Seating and Entertaining

How about an island with functionality AND room for everyone? Due to the trend of open spaces, many islands are being designed with seating incorporated. This brings family and friends together multiple times throughout the day for different purposes whether it’s a meal, snack, homework, or family game night. Take a look at these islands with seating! Which is your favorite?

Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!

Unconventional seating for this island makes for a beautiful, relaxing space. Perfect for morning coffee!

What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.

What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an open invitation.

A cooktop, sink, storage, AND seating all in one! This island has it all!

A cooktop, sink, storage, AND seating all in one! This island has it all!

When picking out your kitchen, decide what purpose you want your island to serve. Is it to add a little charm to the room? Is function your desire? Maybe you want your kitchen to be a space that everyone gathers in? Whatever the purpose, remember that the island is the heart of the kitchen!

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com


How To: Incorporate “Smart Design” In Your Home

Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty nesters, first time home buyers, or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. A solution to this mainstream problem is designing “smarter.” Many elements work together to construct a design that encompasses several ideas that not only look amazing but are very practical at the same time. Smart Design a way of incorporating great designs for all ages in smaller spaces using technology, organization and lighting to create storage solutions that make use of every inch of space.

The best part about Smart Design is that it’s not just limited to the kitchen. It can be used throughout every room in the home. This is important because the kitchen is not the only room that needs space maximized, and by excelling in technology, organization and lighting, a room’s accessibility can be transformed.

Technology

The advances in technology have opened up the opportunity to make life a little easier. Cooking, a lot of times, leaves you with your hands messy or full. With features such as touch to lift, touch to light, touch to open and touch to close, a solution is provided for this mainstream problem. Another neat possibility with technology is the ability to bring items down and up with the push of a button. This has been shown through countertops that lift and lower depending on the task at hand, cabinet shelves that lower to the countertop and lift back up for convenience and closet rods that lower and lift maximizing space that otherwise would go untouched.

This Electronic Closet Rod allows maximization of high ceiling closets as well as convenience for everyone!

This Electronic Closet Rod allows maximization of high ceiling closets as well as convenience for everyone!

This Electronic Countertop Lift provides accessible heights with the push of a button to better assist the task at hand.

This Electronic Countertop Lift provides accessible heights with the push of a button to better assist the task at hand.

This Electric Hidden Storage Lift provides the convenience of bringing cabinet shelves down to the countertop. This allows for ease of putting away dishes and other heavy items.

This Electric Hidden Storage Lift provides the convenience of bringing cabinet shelves down to the countertop. This allows for ease of putting away dishes and other heavy items.

Organization

Organization is key when making the most use of small spaces. With so many storage solution kits and accessories, there is guaranteed to be a place for every item! Also, when spaces are kept organized, locating items becomes much easier. Components such as drawer dividers, tray dividers, spice rack pullout cabinets and sliding shelves are only a few of the items that can aid in organization. Remember to be creative! Who says that a draw divider can’t be useful in a craft room? Find organization that works well for you and stick to it!

Left (Top): Deep Divider Kit Left (Bottom): Deep Drawer Pegged Dish Organizers Right: Corner Sink Base Cabinet with Kidney Sliding Shelves

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Left (Bottom): Deep Drawer Pegged Dish Organizers
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Lighting

The right amount of lighting not only complements cabinets to show the true beauty of the wood, but it also provides the function of making things easier to see. This alone can save space because it gives you access to locate items in all areas of the cabinets. Lighting is an element that is often overlooked, but really does provide function to cabinets.

Lighting for under cabinets, in cabinets, and in drawers!

Lighting for under cabinets, in cabinets, and in drawers!

When dreaming up your new home or remodel, try to think of ways that Smart Design can be incorporated in each space!

Chelsey Wynn, Public relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com