Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The crowning touch in the kitchen....range hoods!

I start this day with a prayer for Japan and the heroic people battling what is the unimaginable. I pray for the healing and restoration of not only the country but for what makes it great, Japan's remarkable people. If you want to know how you can help....I found this short, to the point list of here for the link (It is Time's newsfeed) There is no gesture too small in this crisis.......we all have to do our part.

Today is all about the crowning touch on today's range...the infamous range hood! Boy, have they gotten popular. Besides the fact that its main function is to absorb odors, smoke, combustion products and airborne grease through evacuation and filtration of has a much more aesthetic beautify a kitchen! There is stone, wood, brick, limestone, metal and just about anything else you can imagine. It can add a lot of grandeur, height, drama and texture to a kitchen....and certainly is a great "anchor" or focal point as illustrated below. I have had a bunch of these in my inspiration album for some time, though some are newer too. What do you think? Do you like range hoods? Would you use one or do you have one now? Have a favorite? Would love to know....

Gorgeous French black and steel hood frame the beautiful black range, David Livingston photo
Beautiful limestone range hood, simply done to replicate a European model
A long time favorite, the huge limestone hood is the focal point in this Jack Arnold kitchen

A brick wall and hood are used in this European feeling kitchen,
A simple stone and stripped wood hood was used here in keeping with the rustic charming French inspired kitchen, Country Living
The range here is kept monochromatic along with the cabinetry
Stone hood adds drama and elegance to the peaked ceiling of this Malibu kitchen
Gorgeous stone hood with brass emblem on the front add old world elegance to this range
Francois and Company used this metal and stone hood for this rich and stunning kitchen
In this elegant kitchen with tall ceilings, Jim Howard went with an understated wood range hood all the way the marble subways in conjunction with this old world look
Beautiful ornate limestone hood graces this rich European flavored kitchen, Design Galleria
Alllison Caccoma designed this gorgeous lattice detailed hood in this stunning white kitchen
Beautiful limestone hood graces this fabulous European range
Rinfret Designs chose this over sized limestone hood with a decorative border for this rustic elegant kitchen
This serious cooks kitchen didn't go with a traditional range but chose to continue with the subway tile application as part of the hood, Atticmag
Francois and Company's hood is gorgeous in this fabulous kitchen
This is a great looking aluminum and stainless beautifully in this kitchen
In this Christophe Peacock kitchen, the hood is kept purposeful simple and classic
Gorgeous stone hood is a great choice for this country feeling but sophisticated kitchen
Love and brass hood match the fabulous range...timeless classic!
A stainless hood is in keeping with the white and stainless themed kitchen, Gardenweb
This one appears to be a painted aluminum hood....very pretty
Same kitchen...also like the crystal bell jar lamps above the island!
A utilitarian approach was used here in this fabulous country kitchen, lots of shelving/storage on this modified range hood, Country Living (love the oil unexpected)
Bunny  Williams designed this kitchen and the dramatic glazed dark wood hood
A simple domed white hood is all you need for this showstopper range!
An aluminum hood to match the commercial range
Rebecca Bradley designed this kitchen and chose a stone and painted wood hood for this fabulous Le Cornue range....kept it monochromatic
Simple white painted hood for a classic white kitchen
This is different, a hood within a hood.....looks like they used stone, wood and aluminum
A close up....thoughts?
A combination of light and dark woods was used for this kitchens hood
A large tray rests on this hood to give it a little more drama
Beautiful metal hood adds interest to other elements going on in this kitchen
Habersham's painted kitchen,  love the colors and the crest on front
Very pretty wood hearth/hood
Black hood looks dramatic and gorgeous in this white kitchen, Habersham
Over sized limestone range is the focal point in this fabulous kitchen, Design Galleria
Clive Christian kept the range/hearth the same color as the gorgeous buttery yellow kitchen
Peter Bolton chose limestone and limestone bricks to finish this rustic country kitchens range

So what do you think? Do you have one or would you like one? I am a big fan and the possibilities are truly endless. Hope you have an enchanting day!