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When the cooktop is on a kitchen island, a vent hood can act like a wall, cutting the room in half. This stainless-steel hood provides a focal point for the island while quickly carrying away smoke and grease. It's placed low enough to do the job but high enough to allow clear sight to the windows and the view beyond.
Tucked in an arched niche, this professional-grade range and hood show the commitment of a serious cook. A large, high-caliber vent hood will draw a lot of air, keeping heat, steam, and odors under control, but it's also a large financial investment only necessary for a cook frequently preparing large meals.
Cabinetry-matching paneling disguises the range hood in this kitchen and is part of a makeover designed to visually lighten the space and add character. Many kitchen cabinet companies offer panels to cover kitchen appliances and fixtures. Ask about this option if you're looking to create a very cohesive look throughout your kitchen.
For ease of care and heat resistance, stainless steel is a material of choice for range hood construction. It's also a style chameleon. Strong angles and bold forms, such as this vent hood, give a modern look. For a more traditional kitchen, a smaller stainless-steel hood with curves would blend in.
Small vent hoods, which often purify the air over the stove rather than exhausting it outside, needn't be bland. The style of this petite hood tucked under glass-fronted cabinets enhances the geometric design of lines in this kitchen. Finding unique hoods like this can take some research in kitchen design magazines and on Web sites.
Even a few select details soften the look of a simple vent hood. This plain, rounded-front hood looks more home-friendly than restaurant-industrial with the addition of a strip of ledge molding and a gentle curve on the front edge. These little changes prevent the hood from appearing boxy and overwhelming the look of the cooking station.
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