Kitchen hoods: a combination of functionality and style
Kitchen hoods are, in all likelihood, not something that comes to people's minds in the first place, when they imagine the interior of their dreams. Nevertheless, it is the ventilation system that helps to get rid of odors, steam, soot and heat generated during cooking, and a properly selected hood can be the final touch in the formation of a unique style of cuisine.
Peremptorily classical and similar to industrial units made from a wide variety of materials, the hoods can influence the impression produced by the interior of the kitchen as a whole, determine its character and mood. If the design of the kitchen or its repair is included in your immediate plans, do not take a few minutes to get acquainted with the ideas presented in our article. Perhaps you should discuss them with your designer?
Although the steel hood of the modern look seems to be the most common and versatile option, you should remember that you have plenty to choose from besides him. The hood, which hides all the functional components of the hood from prying eyes, provides virtually limitless possibilities for design.
The cap on the photo is made to order from wood, and its lower edge is decorated with charming carvings. The color for him was chosen the same as that of the cabinets, so that the composition seems very solid and perfectly balanced.
In a nutshell about the financial side of the issue. Do not expect that you can save on the design of the kitchen hood. Prices for hoods range from 300 to 8000 thousand dollars, and if you plan to acquire a unique design element, the benchmark for you should be the upper limit of the above range.
The most expensive are copper products, and those who wish to reduce the cost of repairing the kitchen, we recommend to stop choosing a variant of wood and find a good carpenter.
The technical characteristics of the hood itself are extremely important. Power, the presence of lighting and additional options affect not only the cost, but also the appearance of the device. Varies the number and position of the ventilation holes, and most importantly – different hoods are installed in various ways.
The design, combining the features of modern style and rough aesthetic aesthetics, is in high demand among homeowners. Before us is the embodiment of this very idea. The lower edge of the hood is decorated with fragments of meliorated ceiling beams.
In this case, the entire hood is completely made of reclaimed wood. Designers used the boards left after partial disassembly of the barn located in the backyard of the customers' house. It was worth doing at least for the sake of the delightful texture that weathered wood possesses.
Important note: if the width of the board is of the order of 100 cm, the distance between it and the hood should not be less than 90 cm. Only in this case ventilation will be effective.
And again before us is a hood made of restored boards with a noticeably weathered surface. I must say, it looks great in this charming vintage kitchen.
The design of the cap of cherry wood echoes with the decor of the base of the kitchen island. By the way, this is a fairly common approach, and you should also try to apply it.
A narrow shelf, fixed on the hood's facade, allows the owners of this kitchen to demonstrate the most interesting items from their collection of antique utensils.
It is important to remember that any decorative elements made of combustible materials should be at a safe distance from the cooker or hob. This characteristic must be specified in the instructions.
In some cases it is possible to install a shelf (most likely, steel, as in this photo) between the cooker and the hood. An additional horizontal surface is very useful for storing foods that are most often used in cooking.
It is quite obvious that since the hood with a shelf must be installed high enough above the plate, which wants to recreate this image, powerful models should be preferred.
If you are a fan of the Mediterranean style, then along with diverse designs, interesting combinations of colors and expensive materials, your kitchen should have an impressive size hood. Ideal – a cap of zinc.
Of zinc, however, consoles are built that support a fairly heavy hood, and small open shelves. Their laconism is balanced by a tambourine ornamented tile and juicy orange color dishes.
Despite the fact that the base of the island and the cap hoods in this kitchen are made of different materials (wood and metal, respectively), they resonate with each other due to the similarity of outlines and finishes.
You probably decided that you have a delightful copper hood, do not you? Then we will surprise you! In fact, it is made of wood and covered with paint with a special paint with a "copper" effect. A great solution at an affordable price!
In this case, indeed, the copper hood and shell look in the interior very organically, despite the proximity to stainless steel and aged bronze. The secret of attractiveness lies in the fact that the travertine tile, which is lined with an apron, combines the shades of all three metals.
A two-colored cap is another solution that deserves your attention. While the central part of the hood in the photo seems metallic (although it is made of maple wood and simply dyed accordingly), decorative white details echo the decor of the kitchen set.
Caps covered with small tiles can be seen infrequently. But just such is presented in the photo. The designers supplemented it with a carved curb, emphasizing the femininity of this kitchen interior.
You are not a supporter of mixing materials in one composition? Then, perhaps, you'll like the idea of dyeing the hood in the same color as the stove. In any case, the combination of two objects of a muffled blue hue, presented in this photo, seems very interesting.
The hood may look like a continuation of the kitchen set, and then the interior will be guaranteed to be elegant and restrained.
A customized hood with an unmasked vent pipe underscores the utilitarian character of the kitchen located in the reconstructed 1915 cottage of the year of construction.
When it comes to cooking surfaces built into the island's countertop, the only option left is a hood with a ceiling mount. True, there are already compact desktop models, but they are not too common yet.
The hood in a streamlined design, similar to what we see in the photo, can literally dissolve against the general background, and in the case of "island" options – this is exactly what you need.
It is important to correctly calculate the height of the installation of such a hood: it must be located high enough not to fall into the field of view, but not enough to reduce the efficiency of the ventilation system.
There is a fundamentally different approach to installing an "island" hood. It can be made a central element of the interior, and this, of course, is easiest to achieve with the help of a copper cap. As for the next photo: the hood represented on it dominates the general background, but it looks quite appropriate, ideally combined with the wooden paneling of the ceiling.
In kitchens with high ceilings quite often install hoods with an external chimney. Due to its impressive length, such an element inevitably turns out to be in the center of attention.
In particular, the black chimney, which we see in the photo, contrasts effectively with the horizontal pattern of the brick apron and the warm texture of the wooden ceiling.
A streamlined hood with a narrow chimney, complete with a textured apron made of stainless steel, gives the kitchen a modern look.
Not only the design of the hood itself influences the formation of the interior, but also what elements surround it and how they are located. Pay attention to this kitchen: a modern stainless steel hood is complemented by classic rectangular tiles and open shelves, on which the owners intentionally place only bright objects.
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