Custom Copper Range Hoods
One of the most prominent yet most commonly neglected elements in every kitchen is the range hood. A custom made range hood won’t perch atop your stove like a misshapen hat, nor will it recede into the shadows as an afterthought. Custom range hoods are designed to match the style of your kitchen while maximizing ventilation. A custom made hood range can become a stylish item in its own right when you count on a CustomMade artisan to help you renovate your kitchen.
Although custom range hoods can be made from a variety of materials, copper is a particularly appealing choice if you want a more traditional look for your kitchen as opposed to the more modern look of stainless steel. Copper also harmonizes well with wood features in kitchens. The variety and beauty of patinas that copper can take on add to its desirability as a creative medium.
This custom copper range hood and frieze by CK Valenti Designs, Inc., is a wonderful example of copper’s versatility. The hood’s copper patina was carefully created to simulate water dripping down the panels. In an apparent role reversal, the wood in the kitchen appears classical and timeless while the metal appears almost organic. Check out the CK Valenti Designs website, which offers a gallery of one-of-a-kind patinas matched with wood as examples of the kind of artistry that can be achieved in copper.
David Browne of David Browne Metal Design writes on his website that “in the finishing process, I am fond of natural, as well as chemical patinas. These mimic the rich earthy colors that nature and time imparts on a metal’s surface. In many instances, patinas are applied in layers to achieve a subtle depth of color.” His custom hammered copper range hood is an excellent example of this. The copper and surrounding wood appear to match in texture and color.