Up-to-the-Minute Kitchen Ideas: Metal Range Hoods

CountyLineRd_Hinsdale_54A range hood is one way to make a statement in your kitchen remodel. When it comes to making your selection, there is no shortage of material to choose from, including wood and stucco. However, we are finding that many of the kitchens that are trending today have one thing in common – a hood with a metal finish. That being said, here is a quick lesson in metal range hoods from Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe.

“When it comes to picking a hood, stainless is the most popular finish, but there are also plenty of other options including copper and zinc,” said Ashley.  “Additionally, metal can be stained or painted and glass can be incorporated.”

While there are plenty of pre-made options, a custom range can allow for extra details, including rivets or a finish that has been distressed or has natural patina.

WINCHESTER16“Modern Air and Vent-A-Hood are popular hoods that can be custom made,” said Ashley. “You can pick a style, size, finish or modify a current model and they will build it for you.”
“However, if you are intent on a custom hood, it is important to plan ahead. They can take eight to twelve weeks to come in,” added Ashley.

Another factor to take into account when selecting a range hood, whether it is pre-made or custom-made, is the mechanicals.

“Depending upon the manufacturer, vent placement can vary,” noted Ashley. “Additionally, you’ll want to look under the hood, so to speak. Sometimes you are only buying the shell and need the insert for the actual appliance.”copper range hood above island

In addition to mechanicals, it is also important to choose a range hood that is powerful enough for the cooktop or range you are using.

All in all, metal range hoods are diverse in style. While they typically lean towards modern and transitional styles, rustic or copper materials can also make them very traditional.

Get started working on design decisions for your kitchen, including range hoods, by setting up an appointment with Ashley. Or, learn more about the remodeling process by registering for an upcoming seminar. You can also visit the Normandy Remodeling photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more ideas and inspiration.



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Rule of Thumb for Stacked Kitchen Cabinets

Light and dark stained kitchen with large islandWhen completing a kitchen remodel, many spaces have high ceilings. While a beautiful feature, it is important to avoid selecting cabinetry that will weigh down the space. One idea that helps to provide a balanced look is a stacked cabinet. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Laura Barber on this particular design decision.

“A common design request is for cabinetry that extends close to the ceiling with crown molding,” said Laura. “However, when you have a 9 foot ceiling, that style can look heavy and overbearing within the room. A stacked kitchen cabinet helps to break up the heaviness of the cabinets, while still providing practical storage space.”

When stacking cabinets, there are plenty of ways to dictate the overall aesthetic. “A lot of times people want the practical storage of closed cabinets, but prefer the lightness of glass,” noted Laura. “With a stacked cabinet you can have the best of both worlds. In fact, we can add puck lights inside the glass cabinets to showcase beautiful bowls and vases without taking away from the main storage space of the kitchen.” Additionally, you can stick with wood doors and use the upper cabinet to store out-of-season items, CLUBSIDE08such as holiday dishes or anything that you wouldn’t need access to regularly, Laura adds.

If you would like to discuss your kitchen remodeling vision and explore potential cabinet styles or colors, set up a time to meet with one of our Normandy Designers. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok or visit the Normandy photo gallery for more design ideas and inspiration. Your home is your refuge, and many people spend the most time in their kitchens, so make it work for you!

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