Are Brass Range Hoods Coming Back Into Style?
A spacious, innovative, and immaculate kitchen is the ultimate dream of any homeowner. Whether for traditional family gatherings, meaningful discussions, late-night culinary creations, or a reminiscent discussion of a lifetime of memories, your kitchen space harbors generations of recipes, customs, and in the case of this article, style.
In today’s ever-changing world of renovation and new construction, kitchen features are advertised with the latest and most cutting edge features, aiming to promote themselves as a step above the rest. Department store displays are saturated with sleek, modern countertops, minimalistic layouts, and ergonomically designed dining areas. Specialty boutiques and online manufacturers appeal to the increasing trend in contemporary interior design.
In selecting the most desirable amenities, it’s crucial to take into account the usage of the kitchen itself. Consider the volume and heat of cooking, the number of family members, your climate, and even wall/ceiling space. All play a fundamental role in ensuring a sustainable, breathable environment that is worth your investment.
Choosing a range hood is no different, as it will provide a top tier ventilation system that expels airborne impurities such as steam, odor, and other byproducts that would otherwise contaminate the air. Filtering these unwelcome pollutants that leave behind a pesky residue and an environment that could be detrimental to one’s health in the long term.
What Features Does A Brass Range Hood Bring To My Kitchen?
The rising popularity of a more neutral color scheme, angular shape, and spacious layout, the use of brass in the kitchen (and household) have typically been associated with antiquated design patterns. Ornate embellishments on cabinets and other furniture, vibrant color palettes with a glimmering, regal flare were conventional images of 20th-century homes, separating them into the most popular category. As of late, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of the material in kitchens around the world. Brass is a durable metal that can withstand daily wear and tear, providing a robust yet delicate finish that catches the eye.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing environments to implement a brass range hood is in an all-white kitchen. The neutrality and subtleties of the white space give room for the brass to pop, breaking up the pattern by mixing modern-day influence with a splash of traditional decor. Ultimately, a range hood serves the primary function of providing stable airflow, eliminating unwanted recirculating grime from the kitchen. Still, this common appliance is often the focal point, requiring professional installation, high-quality maintenance, and coordinating with the rest of the kitchen’s design and ambiance.
What are the most common types of brass range hoods, and how much do they cost?
Like any standard range hood, its practicality should be the priority. In other words, a poor ventilation system and haphazard installation will only minimize efficacy and cost the homeowner unwanted expenses down the road. However, it’s possible to choose a brass range hood that coincides with the specifics of the kitchen’s layout. Brass range hoods can be installed under a cabinet, utilizing ductwork up the wall and pushing the air out through the chimney. Additionally, these hoods can also be mounted on the ceiling, freely suspending over the kitchen’s island and funneling fumes from the cooktop and out through the ceiling.
While these are the most common types of brass range hoods, they can also be further customized to meet the unique needs of the homeowner, such as ductless, downdraft, differences in thermostat control as well as fan speed. All of these are essential factors to consider when looking to install a brass range hood. Finally, range hoods, particularly brass, often bear a hefty price tag. However, their sustainability and durability make the investment.
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