Whether you’re building a new kitchen, or working on a renovation, chances are you’re looking for the perfect range hood idea to complete the space.
Kitchen designers all agree that you should never leave one of the most important appliances as an afterthought when planning.
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And while a range hood serves some pretty critical functions when it comes to cooking in the kitchen, it can also be a dramatic focal point to reflect your style.
While there are a variety of styles of custom range hood kits available to purchase, there might be several reasons why you just want to create your own design.
We went the DIY route of creating our own custom hood after realizing that not only could we make one that’s much cheaper, but we could also configure it to the exact dimensions we needed to fit between our new cabinetry. I can’t wait to show you how it turned out below!
It turned out better than I ever could’ve imagined. Full tutorial details coming soon on this one, I promise!
Can I cover my range hood with wood?
Absolutely. In fact, many of the ideas I’m going to share with you in this post involve some pretty interesting design innovations to cover up existing metal range hoods. These include the exposed wall mounted stainless steel hoods, as well as under cabinet hoods and inserts.
What is the best wood for range hoods?
There’s no right or wrong wood to select for your hood design, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Depending on the look you’re going for, you may need to be a tad choosy on what materials you select. Typically you can get away with a less expensive wood, such as pine, if you plan to paint your new range hood.
But if you’re considering a beautiful stain option, then you want something that will not only help you achieve the color you want, but also a wood species that allows for stain to take more evenly. Maple, birch and oak are all wonderful options for this.
So, let’s dive into some gorgeous wood range hoods to help inspire your perfect kitchen!
Real Life Wood Kitchen Hood Designs to inspire your remodel or new home build
Full Ceiling Height Range Hood
Here’s a design tip for you. If you have standard, 8 to 9 foot ceilings, consider taking your range hood all the way up to the ceiling. This gives the illusion that the space is taller than it actually is, and also serves as a beautiful focal point when paired with staggered height cabinetry.
I love how Marieza, from Home with Marieza, used a standard under the cabinet mounted range hood and encased it with simple plywood and trim to give it a truly custom look. You would never know this wasn’t part of the original cabinetry plan.
Colleen, from Lemon Thistle, created the most gorgeous Olive Green Range Hood and I couldn’t be more obsessed.
By flanking this ceiling height piece with open shelving on one side it stands out as a bold functional design element providing the perfect contrast to warm up this kitchen.
Tasha from Kaleidoscope Living, paired her white shaker cabinets with a full ceiling height range hood embellished with stained wood trim to give this traditional kitchen a modern update.
Interior designers are using more uncommon materials in kitchen design now, opting for plaster range hoods. Tasha actually incorporated a cement underlayment mix to give her range hood a white concrete finish and it adds so much texture to the design.
When you think of shiplap, you might think this material is only to be used in a farmhouse range hood. But Lindsey from Repurpose and Upcycle, shows you how this can equally work in traditional and modern kitchens.
Sarah, from Dreaming of Homemaking, gives a nod to the modern farmhouse kitchen style with her DIY shiplap chimney hood.
I love how Stacy, from Stacy’s Savings, created some beautiful contrast by pairing her stained shiplap hood with white shaker cabinets. The natural light hardwood adds a lot of warmth and dimension to the space.
Did you know you can simply re-use your existing kitchen cabinets to create a custom range hood? That’s what Jamie and Jeff from Dear Home Blog did by inserting the base of the hood through the bottom of their over the range cabinetry.
As an added bonus it looks completely seamless in their kitchen design with all of the cabinets painted in the same beautiful shade of green.
Chimney Wood Hood
This beautiful two-toned hood was created by Heather, from The Heathered Nest. Notice how the wood trim ties into the same colors of the hardwood flooring and ceiling beams? This creates a cohesive look that instantly elevates the kitchen.
Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable incorporated another Chimney style wood hood to break up the look of the traditional cream cabinetry.
This style of range hood is perfect for allowing for negative space in kitchen design. This empty space allows the range hood to truly stand out, even if it’s the same color and style of its surrounding elements.
Cara from The Inspired Workshop painted her wooden wall mount range hood grey to give her kitchen a two-toned look when paired against her white cabinets. I love she creates a farmhouse aesthetic without using traditional shiplap or stain.
Instead, she chose to accent the surrounding elements using subway tile, open shelving, and farmhouse inspired lighting and hardware.
A custom DIY range hood is a great way to give your kitchen the high-end look without breaking the bank. It adds character, interest, and value to your home. Plus it gives you a chance to show off your style and personality.
Many homeowners have gotten creative when designing their kitchen with wooden range hoods in many different styles and designs. With this guide, you have some of the best wood range hood ideas to create an incredible look for your kitchen!
So if you’re ready to transform your kitchen into something special, shop for a range hood insert below and get started on creating a dream kitchen that’s perfect for you and your family.
Shop for a range hood insert
I purchased this IKTCH 36 inch range hood insert and it has a few features that I think are worth noting.
First, it can be used with or without venting. So even if you don’t have outside venting installed, you can install it to recirculate the air back into the kitchen. Second, the touchless sensors are perfect for cooking with messy hands. A simple wave can activate lighting and fan options.
Here are some other option I considered, but ultimately settled on ours due to the budget. Kitchen remodels get quite expensive!