Goodbye, boring kitchen vents: The design world is full of range hood ideas that are anything but basic. Craving something metallic? Cloud-shaped? Bright yellow? By all means, bring it on. The statement range hood is majorly en vogue. Think about it: If you’re putting thought into making sure the kitchen countertops and cabinets go together, why not consider how the range hood will come into play? “The ability to apply different materials to a hood insert has evolved and expanded to multiple material possibilities, thus creating more avenues for creative design,” says Jim Rill, principal of Rill Architects in Bethesda, Maryland.

AD spoke with seven designers who selected out of the box options for their kitchen renovation projects and couldn’t be happier about their choices. Read on to learn more about what inspired these pros to go bold. 

Sleek, modern range hood

Designer Summer Jensen adds a sleek range hood that seamlessly fits into the kitchen design.

Photo: Chad Mello, Carl Larsen

Summer Jensen of Hawk & Co. wanted a minimal hood for a kitchen she designed in Newport Beach, California. Aware that she would need a hood six inches longer on each side than the 86-inch range, she opted to go the custom route. “For someone like myself who cooks all the time, performance becomes paramount,” Jensen says. “This is a 1,250 CFM hood insert with a remote blower that is clad in a plaster shroud.” In addition to appearing sleek, the hood is equipped with modern conveniences that improve function. “The remote blower allowed for quieter operation, and the high CFM made sure that the kitchen didn’t smell like cooked salmon days after,” Jensen adds.

Chic copper range hood

A shiny copper hood is definitely the focal point of this kitchen, interior designer Nadia Subaran notes.

Photo: Robert Radifera