The rangehood is a key appliance in any kitchen and we all know their job is essential, but what happens when you want to combine that function with a stand out feature in your kitchen design.
Gone are the days of the standard stainless steel canopy rangehood, now we are seeing people really step outside the box when it comes to integrating a rangehood into their design…
I bet you probably didn’t envision yourself becoming a rangehood connoisseur, but if you are about to embark on a kitchen design there are many things that you actually need to consider when it comes to the rangehood that will have a impact the overall design aesthetic of your space… especially if you’re wanting to make it a standout feature!
So… to make your life just that little bit easier, today we sat down with Darren and asked him what are the key things to consider when making your rangehood the HERO of your kitchen design….
Why make the rangehood the hero of the kitchen?
“The rangehood is normally located in the central working area of the kitchen, so this makes it an ideal element to create a hero statement in your design and can really define the kitchen feel and aesthetic. The feature can certainly be the appliance itself, or if using a concealed rangehood it could be in the form of how you choose to house or clad the concealed rangehood.
What is the key design consideration if you want to make it a hero ..?
“The intention in making a hero piece would be to create a standalone feature that oozes visual impact! There is a super fine balance though when it comes to ensuring that it is not over designed. Too many design elements or too much focus on what is trending, will most likely mean it will date. A hero rangehood should be able to deliver visual impact on it’s own and sometimes this is just about creating negative space around the hood, allowing it to have some relief and breathing space.”
What kind of wow-factor range hoods are there (as in the appliance itself)?
“Elica are known for their elegant designer rangehoods – not necessarily a conventional rangehood look ie, Pendant feature light, or shaped wall mount units etc. Qasair also do some beautiful; hero rangehoods if you are looking for something different that you can also completely customise, from the use of different metal types or coloured powder coat finishes through to unique shapes incorporating shelving and racking. All of this customisation is possible due to being 100% Australian manufacture.
One of our favourites is concealing the rangehood within the beautiful joinery – here you see the design and the materiality of the housing for the rangehood forming your feature. This could be in the form of a beautiful shape, a certain type of cladding or special finish metal etc… when going down this route our go to is the silent high performance rangehoods from Schweigen.”
If ‘heroing’ the rangehood, what might you need to consider in regard to the overall planning and kitchen finishes?
“Its important to understand the style of the kitchen and in particular what cooktop type you will be using (gas or induction) and if the cooktop we be used in a high or general volume use of cooking, then select your rangehood size and type from there. Often the location of the rangehood and the appliance requirements / specifications may alter the desired look you are after. Please refer to the cooktop and rangehood specifications regarding the height off of bench / cooktop and always refer to the building code for safe distances to the side of cooktop to combustible surfaces and ducting of the rangehood.”