Beach CottageEclectic Kitchen, Los Angeles
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When envisioning kitchen hoods the typical stainless steel model with straight lines and a chimney is just one of many possibilities. With a hood liner encasing the necessary mechanics, your design options open wide. Here the hood was custom made from wood with a charming cut scallop detail, painted a shade similar to surrounding cabinets.Cost: Hoods don’t come cheap. At the lower end of the budget the opening price for a stainless steel design begins at around $300.00, while a large custom copper hood or matching hood from a high end range manufacturer will land upwards of $8000.00. For a creative and smart alternative, search out a talented carpenter.Venting: The level of venting required, (measured in CFM, cubic feet per minute), lighting and various mechanical features may differ significantly between styles. Depending on whether there is a duct to vent air outside you’ll also need to select a ducted or ductless hood. The first vents air outside; the second uses a fan with a charcoal filter to recirculate air back into the kitchen.
The challenge in designing the new kitchen was to give the new space a cottage vibe. “I find the charm of the old kitchens appealing, so I try to use those elements in a fresh new way in a modern scale,” Alison says. In this kitchen, in addition to the painted floors, there’s an oversize scallop on the range hood, curvy corbels at the base of the upper cabinets and furniture-like feet on the lower cabinets.Range: Lacanche; cabinet hardware: Ceramic Melon Handle, Anthropologie
Make a range a focal point. Some designers already have been taking advantage of the color options. “I try and use a colorful range wherever possible,” says interior designer Alison Kandler. “I think the range is the ‘fireplace’ of any kitchen and should be a focal point.” In this beach cottage, the pleasing blue of the stove sets the tone for the rest of the whimsical home. This range is by Lacanche, a company named for the town in the Burgundy region of France where cooking equipment has been manufactured since the 1800s, on the site of a foundry created in the 1400s. Range: Cluny 1000, Lacanche
3. Get creative with knobs and pulls. Changing your cabinet hardware is a quick and easy way to inject your kitchen with personality. From colorful vintage-style handles like the ones shown here to cool leather pulls, there is hardware to suit every style.4. Swap out your range hood for something fancy. Looking for a bigger change? Instead of going with a plain old range hood, choose one in a custom color or with a fancy scalloped edge, like the one shown here.