Choosing the Right Range Hood for your Kitchen

Oftentimes, when journeying the design process, our customers ask what style of range hood would work best in their kitchen. Choosing a hood style can be overwhelming due to the number of options out there, but it doesn't have to be! Hoods are an essential appliance in your kitchen because they extract airborne grease, fumes, and odors. They do so using a strong mechanical fan, in combination with a filtration system or series of vents. There are two main categories of hoods, those with ducts, which vent air through the exterior of the home, or those without ducts, which filter and recirculate the same air. Overall, range hoods are rated by how many cubic feet of air they can remove, or recycle, per minute. This rating should match the amount of energy your stove is putting out. Now that you have a little bit of general information, let's look at the different types of range hoods, and find the one that works for you!

An under cabinet range hood is a popular choice as they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points, available with or without ducts. They are also available as an under cabinet microwave hood. This option is great for small spaces as it combines two appliances in one, freeing up more space on your countertops.

 Designed by Solana James CKD / Candlelight Cabinetry, 3/8" Lipped Classic Arch Door Style, Cherry Wood with Honey Glow Stain / Cambria Windemere Quartz Counter Tops

Designed by Solana James CKD / Candlelight Cabinetry, 3/8" Lipped Classic Arch Door Style, Cherry Wood with Honey Glow Stain / Cambria Windemere Quartz Counter Tops

 Designed by Solana James CKD / Kraftmaid Cabinets, Full Overlay Argonne Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Painted Finish / Caesarstone Pietra Grey Quartz Counter Tops

Designed by Solana James CKD / Kraftmaid Cabinets, Full Overlay Argonne Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Painted Finish / Caesarstone Pietra Grey Quartz Counter Tops

If an under cabinet hood isn't your style and you're looking to add an eye catching element to your kitchen, a chimney hood might be the perfect match for you! These hoods have an internal fan to catch the fumes and push them up the chimney and out through a vent. They can be placed between cabinets or freestanding over your island's cooktop. The most common material for a chimney hood is stainless steel. Copper, black and wood are becoming increasingly popular options.

 Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork (and Prelude) Cabinetry, Full Overlay Anthem Door Style, Quartersawn Oak with Coast Grey Stain with a Black Glaze (Island in Cottage Red Paint with Black Glaze) / Moon Light Granite Counter Tops

Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork (and Prelude) Cabinetry, Full Overlay Anthem Door Style, Quartersawn Oak with Coast Grey Stain with a Black Glaze (Island in Cottage Red Paint with Black Glaze) / Moon Light Granite Counter Tops

Wood hood surrounds are another option to integrate your personal style into your space.  Hood surrounds typically match your cabinetry and have a hood liner insert that is not visible. To add drama to your kitchen, a contrasting wood hood can make a bold statement. Wood hoods come in what seems like endless design styles and can be a great way to highlight your cooking space.

 Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Vantage by Kraftmaid Cabinetry, Full Overlay Grandview Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Paint (Willow Paint on Island) / Silestone Tebas Black Quartz Counter Tops

Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Vantage by Kraftmaid Cabinetry, Full Overlay Grandview Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Paint (Willow Paint on Island) / Silestone Tebas Black Quartz Counter Tops

If you're looking for a ventilation option for a peninsula or an island but don’t want an overhead hood, a downdraft may be a perfect option for your space. These slim systems are recessed behind your cooktop or range, and pop up at the push of a button! When not in use, the downdraft retracts into the counter, leaving only a small strip visible. This is a great option if clean lines and simplicity are important to you.

 Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork, Caramelized Horizontal Grain Bamboo and Arctic White Painted Cabinetry

Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork, Caramelized Horizontal Grain Bamboo and Arctic White Painted Cabinetry

This is only a glimpse into the world of hood options for your kitchen. Once you’ve started the design process with one of our certified designers, they will happily help you navigate through the choices to determine the hood that works for your style and budget!

Celebrating 30 Years with the Debut of Our New Living Kitchen Display

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month since our 30th Anniversary celebration here at the showroom! We had such a great time visiting with so many of our dear friends and past clients, as well as meeting many new faces. We feel honored to be part of such a great local community! Not only was it a great party, it was also the debut of our new living kitchen display, which got its first test run during the event. The new display features cabinetry by Plato Woodwork, appliances by Sub Zero/Wolf and natural stone and wood countertops from Creative Counters, LLC. 

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Sue-Ann's fresh baked cookies were a hit as were Shawn's bruschetta, crab cakes and corn chowder. We were also pleased to have Chef Mary from Edible Pioneer Valley join us to demo a few recipes from the fall edition of the magazine. 

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Here's Shawn plating up his heirloom tomato and mozzarella bruschetta. Everyone loved the bruschetta, but the crab cakes were definitely the hit of the party! 

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After seeing how much everyone enjoyed watching these live demos, we hope to host other chefs here in the future and share some of their recipes with all of you. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed of any upcoming future events and be sure to visit our blog again to find additional recipes.

Below is Chef Shawn's crab cake recipe- everyone was asking for it ;) We hope you enjoy cooking these delicious crab cakes. Happy tasting!

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Cabinet Trends: Green & Navy

The grey and white color scheme is far from disappearing from interiors, or cabinets in general, but our sources predict more use of color in the kitchen in the near future. We are already getting requests for green and navy cabinets, and we have to admit...we love it!

Here are few examples to inspire your next project!

 Image Via  DeVol Kitchens

Image Via DeVol Kitchens

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Image Via Pinterest

 Image Via  Kristen Marie, Inc.  

And why not take it a step further and use both colors in the same space the way Crystal did for her clients in this vintage eclectic remodel? 

We are on board with this trend and can't wait for our next adventurous customer to embrace these beautiful colors as well. What do you think? Contact us to schedule your next appointment with one of our designers! 

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