The Surprising New Kitchen Design Trend Taking 2024 by Storm

published Jan 19, 2024
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Kitchen trends are an ever-changing display of two-toned cabinets, waterfall countertops, and smart appliances. But one stands out on this year’s lists of incoming kitchen trends we’re taking note of: statement range hoods. Interior designers are doing away with typical range hoods that are hidden above the stovetop in favor of bright colors and bold shapes. Hello, 2024!

Why Statement Range Hoods Are Trending in 2024

While there’s nothing wrong with a classic stainless steel range hood, some design experts say it can be a little boring — at least from a stylistic point of view. 

“Taking the thought to make this functional appliance beautiful is a design investment that has an enormous ROI,” says Tyler Del Vento, owner and designer at TDV Design. A statement range hood is the perfect way to infuse your personality into your kitchen — and it doesn’t take up the same amount of space that knickknacks and wall or counter decor would.

“A statement range hood can instantly create a custom feel that showcases [the homeowner’s] unique style,” says Vivianne Chow, interior decorator and founder of the home decor blog Viv and Tim Home.

Credit: Jessica Rapp

How to Get Your Own Statement Range Hood

The first thing you should do when planning out your statement range hood? Consider the size and the materials. “Opt for a range hood that complements or contrasts with the surrounding elements,” says interior designer Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Studio. “Choose quality materials and consider custom options to align with the space’s overall design scheme.”

Material options are vast, including plaster, zinc, brass, copper, pewter, wood, stone, concrete, and more. You can also add elements like rivets, texture, trims, metal inlays, lighting, and curves to attract the eye in a more subtle way. Just remember to keep the range hood to about the same size as the stovetop, or a couple of inches larger, max. Keep in mind it should both complement and contrast with the overall kitchen design, says Artem Kropovinksy, founder and interior designer at Arsight.

Credit: Courtesy of Artem Kropovinksy, Builder: Ryan Fletcher

What to Keep in Mind for Your Range Hood

It may be a surprising and fun trend, but there are a few important things to remember when you switch to a statement range hood. All of the interior designers we interviewed emphasized focusing first on functionality and then on style. You don’t want to put in a beautiful range hood only to find out later that it doesn’t have the proper vents! Be sure to always work with an expert who can ensure everything is installed properly.

You’ll also want to keep the dimensions and design of the range hood in mind. If it’s too big or too small for your kitchen, it could either dominate the space or get lost in the design. “It should be a statement piece, but not dominating the space,” Kropovinsky says. “Be fearless in playing with textures and materials, but do keep the hood from being overly busy visually to undermine its effect.”