During the downtime, I started making lists. Lists of materials we need to buy (from tile to light fixtures), lists of hidden corners and closets to be organized, lists of projects that have fallen by the wayside, lists of unsolved issues, lists of lists!
One of the unsolved issues was how we were going to finish the area above the range hood. (Sorry for the grainy iPhone dinner-in-progress photo.) You may be relieved to know we are not planning to leave the orange spray foam insulation exposed. There's still a lot to do in this area, like build a more permanent base for the range, but that's a story for another day.
The obvious choice aesthetically would be a big stainless steel box, but we both had some hesitations about it. Primarily, those are really expensive considering their lack of actual function. I'm willing to pay a little more for something if it offers a functional benefit, but in this case, the stainless does not. So if I could find a more reasonably priced solution we liked as much as the stainless, then that's the direction we'd go.
Awhile back, before Pinterest, I'd seen a picture of a kitchen with a rustic wood treatment above a stainless hood. I can't find that particular photo anywhere on the internet now, but I did manage to find some others in a similar vein -- especially the first one shown below.
The rustic hood looks so good in each of the rooms above, I think any other choice of hood treatment would've actually been a mistake. I can't picture a stainless or white option in any of these kitchens without thinking something would be missing. Though at first I was not quite sure about this look for our kitchen, it is appealing to me a lot more now because it would bring a strong wood element to that side of the room to echo the exposed logs on the opposite wall. You know, balance and such.
So that's the idea we're leaning toward at the moment. Where it lands on the priority list is to be determined... Ez made some nice progress in the dining room over the weekend, and we're hoping to keep that momentum going. Stay tuned for (eventual) updates. (You know we're slow over here.)
What do you guys think? Do you like the look of a rustic wood range hood, or is it crossing the line into weirdness?