I had my kitchen done last year and I'm happy with it but hate this extractor fan and extractor fans in general. The builder made out like I have to have one and I didn't question it but I've never used it and the kitchen is very well ventilated, and also the rest of the kitchen is very traditional with an aga and period features on the other side.
I'm thinking of getting rid of the extractor, making good the wall, and having a big shelf just above the windows (like the one over the aga) to put the copper pans on, and having tiles above the hob, with a rail to hang utensils on.
I would probably tile the area between the job and the extractor fan - maybe metro tiles in something like a herringbone pattern or Moroccan type tiles if you want more colour. I think white metro tiles with grey grout is fashionable atm, but is also a classic design that shouldn’t age.
I wouldn’t be without an extractor fan myself and doing that would link it into the kitchen more, rather than having it floating above.
Hi, in my last house I tiled behind the hob and the grout got very dirty, greasy and difficult to clean. I’m planning on a panel this time to match the worktop for easy cleaning. Check building regs for extractor rules, you might only need if no opening window? Presume in winter you use the aga and it vents straight outside?
I have a similar kitchen with no extractor above the hob and have thought about putting something above it, as with our high ceilings it’s a really big empty space - shelf or rail but am undecided. In your kitchen, I would have black bevelled metro tiles with black grout, which wouldn’t get marked from cooking.