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Design from A to Z: H is for Hoods

by Erin Austen Abbott

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We’ve all burned something while cooking at one time or another. The kitchen fills with smoke and you wish that you had something to take care of the smoke for you — like a trusty exhaust hood. While hoods are certainly functional, they can also be a focal point of the kitchen and architecturally beautiful in their own right.

From wood to concrete to aluminum, hoods can range in material and designers and homeowners alike have shown creative ways to dress up this very useful kitchen element. Here are some of our favorite hoods from previous home tours if you’re thinking up ways to outfit your own. —Erin

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Wood from an old barn was repurposed for the range hood in the home of photographer Ashleigh Coleman, based in Jackson, Mississippi.
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The stunning Utah kitchen remodel of Ali and Jeremy Hynek leaves the hood as a focal point of the room.
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The New Orleans home of Merry Lake made the ventilation hood from tin ceiling panels.
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The Vancouver townhouse of Erin Ireland has a stunning aluminum hood that gives the kitchen height and a beautiful focal point.
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The industrial hood in this vintage-filled home of Seattle couple, Michele and Ryan Tansey, contrasts so well with all the wood tones.
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The hood in the home of graphic designer Clara Zangenberg is original to the house. The shelf above the hood makes it quite unique.
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The free-hanging hood in the home of Neil and Jessica Barley gives the kitchen a modern look.

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  • I love all these kitchens! I think I’m realizing that in whatever space you are decorating, you have to have an opinion, even if it’s a bad one. I tend to hold back and keep things neat, but it leaves the area with a kind of bland, everything-is-nice-feeling without saying anything in particular. I like spaces that reveal a lot about the owner, just through the way their rooms are designed.

  • I was just gonna suggest that IKEA has surprisingly good looking (and affordable) hoods now (like UDDEN and LÄCKERBIT), which almost makes me consider getting one, but then I saw, they don’t have it in the US. Sorry, America ;)

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