To put hob on kitchen island or not to put hob on kitchen island?

Hi there,

We are renovating an old arts & crafts style house. We are knocking wall down between existing kitchen & living room & adding an extension which will turn the back of the house into a backward capital L shape. I do all of the cooking in the house & like the idea of a hob on the island facing outwards into living & dining areas. However, I'm not sure it's the right thing to do! I favour a traditional style kitchen & do love the look of a large decorative hood but yet don't want to be left facing a wall with my back to everyone. I think a hood creates a good focal point in a kitchen. I can't seem to think of another focal point for large wall behind island if I don't have a good on it. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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