Decorative Hoods Can Add Warmth to Designs, Experts Suggest

Decorative Hoods Can Add Warmth to Designs, Experts Suggest

Looking to add some fire to your next kitchen design? Well, according to leading design experts, decorative mantle hoods are a popular way to make class and warmth the focal points of your clients' dream kitchen.

"A wooden mantle hood rekindles that classic look and feel of the olden days," says Fred Richetta, president of Kreamer, PA-based Wood-Mode. "It bridges the room architecturally from the floor and wall cabinets to the ceiling and makes a dominant statement."

Comprised of a front panel, and side pillars, kitchen mantles hide the range hood ventilation fan and hardware and sit on the countertop that houses the range. A top shelf allows homeowners to display pictures, flowers and other decorative accents, he adds.

And, while mantle hoods may initially seem like an acquired taste to some clients, he assures designers that decorative mantle hoods are becoming more popular as clients want to create an eye-catching centerpiece in their kitchens.

The reason for this is simple, according to James W. Livingston, president of Chicago-based Smartrooms, Inc. who offers:
"Every room in a home should have a point of interest. Design sophistication in kitchens has continued to rise because we've seen a steady increase in kitchen budgets. Kitchens are now the gathering place of choice in the home and people are willing to invest money in them to enhance the appearance and quality. An ornamental hood falls into that category."

In fact, he adds, most homeowners opt for a mantle wood finish that matches the existing cabinetry for a clean, uniform look. "When you have consistency in wood color, it lets the diversity and detail in other kitchen materials stand out, such as the backsplash and countertops," he explains.

But, Richetta points out, contrasting colors can work just as well. "Contrasting mantle and cabinet colors work well in some kitchens, especially those with one dominant color throughout," he offers.

For other design suggestions, Richetta notes that mantle hoods are a suitable choice when there are decorative wood moldings or ceiling beams in the kitchen. As a caveat, he warns that mantle hoods are most appropriate in large kitchens with ceilings at least eight-feet high, and he adds that mantles should be sized appropriately to the range and countertops below them, which avoids having the mantle dwarf the other important elements in the kitchen.