The Secret to These Kitchens’ Non-Hideous Vent Hoods Is in the Material
Don’t compromise on a stainless steel eyesore.
Published Jun 24, 2022 4:30 PM
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Renovators are willing to spend thousands of dollars on handmade backsplash tile and solid wood cabinetry, only to go with a stainless steel range hood that looks mostly like a chimney and partly like a piece for a spaceship in the end. But why compromise on a major eyesore when there is brass? We see your cabinet knobs, pot rails, picture lights, and fancy pull-down faucets and raise you this different—and decidedly more dramatic—way to introduce the fan-favorite metal into your kitchen. Plenty of creative homeowners and interior designers are already ridding their cooking spaces of odors and harmful fumes in style. Ahead, we’re spotlighting three ways to get in on the action.
The Shiny One
“It’s not crazy expensive, but it’s definitely something to budget around,” Crystal Sinclair told us of the time she fabricated a bespoke range hood for her client, Broadway actor Betsy Wolfe. Given that the designer and Wolfe were going for a super-streamlined look, the priciest part was getting the corners just right. But when you are committing to a highly reflective finish, the extra effort is worth it: The surface glistens from end to end, with no fussy seams distracting you.
The Sculptural One
Who said your vent had to be boxy? Misfit House designer Monica Stewart lent a sense of softness to this Atlanta kitchen by topping the brass hood (custom-designed by St. Udio Metal Shop) with scalloped edges.
The Rustic One
Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia of Colossus Mfg. worked with a welder to create the inlaid rivets that line the border and the center of this Lake Tahoe home‘s hood. Its purposely patinaed finish fits in nicely with the rest of the rustic space. Thanks to this addition and the rich soapstone countertop, they didn’t even have to touch the existing wood cabinets—it freshened things right up.