Vintage kitchen exhaust hood ideas

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Vintage kitchen exhaust hood ideas
Range Hood Surround (kitchen image by Rich Johnson from

A vintage range hood can make for either a stunning focal point or a glaring eyesore, depending on how it is treated in a room. Decorative strategies such as back splashes, custom colour changes, and custom surrounds can make vintage hoods look beautiful in any room. The key is to consider the greater room design and take steps to make the vintage hood fit in with its surroundings. In many cases it is a simple change that will make all the difference in transforming a vintage hood into a design element.

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Colour Change

Existing vintage range hoods don't always come in colours that match your desired kitchen design. Fortunately range hoods can be repainted and custom coloured. A hood can be sanded using a fine grit sand paper and spray paint can be applied with a spray gun for a professional finish. This custom colour option allows homeowners to match a vintage hood with new appliances or match a hood with a wall or cabinet colour to make a hood less noticeable. For a daring design, a vintage hood can be painted to match the accent colours in a kitchen, such as those in the window treatments or artwork.

Back Splash

Adding a back splash under a vintage range hood is one of the best ways to make it a cohesive design element in the room. Incorporating a stainless steel back splash that matches both the hood and the stove is one of the best ways to do this. Visually keeping this space all in the same colour will make all three elements, the hood, stove and back splash, merge together into one focal point, rather than having the hood making an obtrusive presence above the stove. For a more rustic statement, a brick tile or stone tile back splash makes for an attractive compliment to a vintage hood. For a splash of colour, glass mosaic tiles would make for a vibrant back splash and compliment to a vintage hood.

Custom Surround

Building a cabinet surround around an existing vintage range hood is a good strategy for camouflaging it. Using the same style cabinetry in your kitchen cabinets to build a surround around your oven hood makes for a completely seamless presence in the room design. Adding moulding cleverly around the opening of the cabinetry that accommodates range hood vent can make this an elegant focal point in the room. Similarly, a decorative mantel or shelf placed over the cabinetry and above the stove and hood vent, can make this an architectural centrepiece for the kitchen.

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