Trend Alert: Wooden Range Hoods

If you’ve worked with one of our designers in the past, you know we like to put a lot of thought into our product selections. It’s a fun part of the interior design process, and an extremely important one. When picking fixtures, appliances, and details for a home, we consider not only appearance, but also materials, functionality, and ease of installation.

Selecting and installing an oven range hood is not a minor task. In most home kitchens, the range hood will provide a break in your cabinetry. From a visual standpoint, the oven range hood can serve as an upper centerpiece for the entire kitchen. This is a great opportunity to add some contrast and personality to your space.

Read our interior design blog and you’ll know we are particularly fond of wood details. We think the natural appearance of wood is a simple and elegant way to add comfort and warmth to any space. That being said, we are loving the amount of wooden range hoods we are seeing. This is a design choice that realizes the range hood’s potential for visual contrast and meets it with the natural elegance of real wood.

Beside stone, wood is the oldest material used for crafting a functional range hood. The idea is certainly not a new one, so why are we seeing them pop up?

We suspect the rising popularity of modern design style might have something to do with it. Modernity’s focus on black and white, concrete, and stone means anything natural or colorful will POP. This elevates the range hood’s potential as a contrasting element.

A wooden range hood will also serve to balance out the oven appliance itself. While matching your range hood to your oven makes sense in theory, the result can be visually overwhelming. Again, the range hood should bring contrast to the space without making it feel crowded.

We admit metal range hoods have their advantages. Namely, they’re easier to clean. For an industrial kitchen, metal makes sense, but we think wood range hoods are a perfect fit for any domestic kitchen.

5 Essential Kitchen Organization Tips

Keeping your kitchen clean is the first step in organization. When you’re working with a blank slate, defining and implementing an organization plan is much easier and more achievable. Use these tips to get started:


  1. Keep the items you use most often at eye level and within arms reach.
  2. Over the course of the month, keep track of disorganized situations and pileups. Does mail commonly find it’s way to the countertops? Is the pantry always messy? Define the problem areas and create solutions for them on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Use containers or baskets with labels whenever and wherever possible.
  4. Consider utilizing unused space: Hang a pot rack from the ceiling, attach magazine files to the underside of cabinet ceilings — to store spices and grocery bags — or fill a deep drawer with dividers.
  5. Centralize similar items together in cabinets. Assign one for baking equipment, another for mixing bowls, etc.