A custom steel range hood offers an opportunity to make a big visual impact in the kitchen.
No matter where a range or cooktop is located in the kitchen, a hood is necessary to vent steam, smoke and odors. Designs and materials vary as much as prices, but custom a custom steel range hood doesn’t always have to become expensive. These steel wall mounted versions discretely hide vent hood liners and create pleasant focal points without being overbearing. The seamed design of this custom scalloped-edge zinc hood [above], from Calhoun Design and Metalworks, resembles a canvas awning and has a playful spirit. Grid panels in the upper cabinets repeat the metallic accents. A trio of finials adorn pediments on the wall hung cabinets. Located on either side of the range hood, the custom open shelves give the homeowner more space to display favorite pieces. Running bond tile with little to no grout is taken to the ceiling for a chic look. Calhoun Design also provided the zinc base for the extended end of the island. The continuous marble surface provides extra space for prepping and seating for children, guest and tired cooks.
The skirt on this hood is also scalloped, but the basic sweep is left untouched. It is a retro addition to this 1940’s bungalow kitchen, mixing contemporary with traditional. Again, tile is running bond but with a larger grout line. A stainless shelf with simple brackets keeps favorite cooking oils close at hand. And who doesn’t love a vintage stove.
Decorative hoods can incorporate both form and function. This large canopy style hood has banding, rivets and a bit of cross hatching. The stainless steel counter has waterfall edges that continue the material to the floor, framing the cooking area of this kitchen. These simple accents collectively create a handsome kitchen centerpiece.
(Sources: House Beautiful, Renovation Style, O’Brien Harris)
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