Metal hoods are the newest way to customise your kitchen’s style

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Since metallics are currently one of the biggest kitchen design trends, it makes sense to install a metal kitchen hood to make a bold statement. Made of materials like stainless steel, copper, bronze and zinc, metal hoods come in an array of styles to suit your specific tastes. They say almost as much about you as they do about your kitchen! Regardless of your décor style, metal hoods make a commanding presence and instantly give your kitchen a highly premium look.

If you’re completely new to the concept, but love the idea, here are some of the most FAQs associated with creating a metal kitchen hood.

The best tip is to select a hood design that suits your kitchen décor style. (c) leicht.com

The best tip is to select a hood design that suits your kitchen décor style. (c) leicht.com

What material is right for me?

Custom metal hoods can be made out of a variety of materials, but the most popular are stainless steel, copper and zinc. Stainless steel’s timeless style and easy-to-care-for properties make it the winner of the popularity contest, because it looks great in traditional, modern, rustic, and integrated kitchens alike!

While stainless steel is “forever young” copper and zinc are compelling options as well. The gently weathered look of copper makes it the ideal hood material for an “old world” kitchen. With regular waxing and care, copper’s aging process will slow, but eventually its patina will shine through. Zinc, though it begins with a shiny finish, similar to stainless steel, ages to a patina that also has an “old world” charm. Eventually oxidizing to a pewter finish, it looks particularly lovely against reclaimed or rustic woods. Zinc is also a highly flexible metal because its finish can be manipulated through a range of chemical, staining and polishing processes.

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A smaller kitchen, done with white shaker cabinets and a white diamond tiled backsplash, is complimented by a French style. (c)suziemcadam.com

What style should I choose?

The design styles of a custom metal hood are only limited by your imagination! It’s good sense however, to select a hood design that suits your kitchen décor style. For instance, in a grand kitchen drama is delivered by a stainless steel double-sweep hood with polished riveted strapping and a brushed body. An eclectic, or European style kitchen suits a domed hood made of overlapped and riveted pieces of copper. A smaller kitchen, done with white shaker cabinets and a white diamond tiled backsplash, is complimented by a French style, single front sweep metal hood of zinc.

Can’t decide on a style? Choose a rectangular or square stainless steel hood with a thin profile and brushed body. A hood like the Grundig GDI5792, 90 cm Island Type Hood, suits any kitchen because it is simple, with a modern elegance.

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Grundig GDI5792, 90 cm Island Type Hood, suits any kitchen due to its elegant and functional design

Should I buy a metal hood “off the rack”? Or, should I go custom?

It depends. Though some homeowners demand a metal hood that is 100% unique to their space, it is not necessary to go custom in order to make a big impact. Today’s appliance brands are upping the design ante, creating stunning hood designs that look wonderful in any kitchen setting – from old word, to opulent. The slim proportions and angular profile of the Grundig 90 cm Island Type Hood for instance, makes it an outstanding finishing piece for your space.

Regardless, a metal hood is an investment décor piece, with an actual function, so it is best to leave its construction to the experts. An experienced metal worker will know how to best create the hood of your dreams – that is also up to code!

When the metal hood of your kitchen dreams is built and installed properly to stand the test of time, you will be delighted that you went custom!