Top Trends in Statement Lighting

Mission West Kitchen & Bath can introduce you to the timeless and trendy in the world of statement lighting.

Top Trends in Statement LightingLighting is an essential part of any interior design plan. On the practical side, lighting is obviously needed to make rooms functional. But light fixtures don’t need to be utilitarian. In fact, in many cases light fixtures can be used as a statement piece almost like a piece of art or an intriguing architectural detail.

The options for statement lighting are virtually limitless, and of course the statement you want to make will be highly personal to your design sensibilities and the particular space where you wish to place the light fixtures. However, you still want to remain abreast of the latest trends in statement lighting for inspiration.

Softened Industrial Look

The industrial look continues to be popular for statement lighting, especially for pendants. However, the stark look is now being softened a bit to create options that fit well into more traditional homes. For example, industrial pendants are now appearing in warmer metal tones like copper, gold, and even burnished brass. Using a filament bulb or antique-style bulb also helps make an industrial shape more relatable and suitable for a traditional home.

Colored Glass

Some designers are experimenting with bold, saturated colors for statement light fixtures. Colored glass is often paired with organic shapes or hand-blown glass.

Mixed Metals

Combining different metals or tones in one fixture or installation is also becoming popular. One common combination is black and burnished gold.

LED Lighting

The quality of LED lighting has increased dramatically in the past few years, with bulbs now available that can offer warm color temperatures identical to incandescent lights. Some types of LEDs even mimic the look of a filament bulb. Many consumers are now choosing LEDs for statement lighting because they are extremely energy-efficient—in some cases 6 to 7 times more efficient than a traditional bulb. Because LEDs are long-lasting, they make an excellent choice for hard-to-reach lights such as a pendant in a high-ceilinged foyer or room with a cathedral ceiling.

Miniature Pendants & Chandeliers

For many years, statement lighting was reserved for large public spaces such as the living room, dining room, or kitchen in an open floor plan home. However, in recent years miniature pendants and chandeliers have been cropping up in smaller, more private spaces such as bathrooms, closets, and laundry rooms. They help to add interest and appeal to a small room and can also lend a bit of glamor and drama to an otherwise utilitarian space.

Need Help? Come Visit Us

If you would like help and advice selecting statement lighting for your home, please come visit us at Mission West Kitchen & Bath. We have plenty of gorgeous fixtures to choose from whether your tastes are traditional or trendy.

4 Features to Consider for Your Kitchen Faucet Upgrade

Upgrade your kitchen faucet’s design appeal and functionality with some new features.

4 Features to Consider for Your Kitchen Faucet UpgradeAre you unhappy with your current kitchen faucet set? It may be that your primary concern is getting a new kitchen faucet that looks more attractive, but don’t forget that this is also an opportunity to get some new and valuable functionalities from your faucet set. Here are 4 features to consider.

Self-Retracting Spray Nozzle

With an ordinary faucet spout, it’s impossible to direct water to every corner of the sink. It can also be difficult to fill large vases or pots that are too tall to fit under the spout. A self-retracting nozzle solves these problems. However, if you want your new kitchen faucets to be on-trend, we recommend opting for a faucet that has a retractable head right on the spout, rather than a faucet set that has a separate sprayer hose.

Touchless Controls

When cooking or cleaning, you probably often end up with messy hands. Rather than risk getting gunk on your lovely new faucet handles, opt for a kitchen faucet that offers touchless electronic controls. Some models use touch sensors that you could activate with the back of your hand or your elbow, while others use motion sensors. Touch sensor faucets sometimes also offer the ability to control temperature as well as turn the water on and off.

Water Filtration Faucet

If you like to filter your drinking water, there are plenty of water filtration faucets to choose from. Many designers have made matching dispensers that pair with different styles of faucet sets. However, you may not like the cluttered look that a separate water filtration faucet creates on your kitchen sink. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem and still have easy access to delicious drinking water by selecting a kitchen faucet with a filtered water dispenser built right into the main faucet stem.

Pot Filler Faucet

If you are considering replacing your kitchen faucet, this is an excellent time to consider adding a pot filler faucet to your kitchen. These wall-mounted faucets can be placed near your stove or cooktop to make it easy to fill large stock pots in place, so you don’t have to carry heavy pots from one end of your kitchen to the other. By getting your new pot filler faucet and your new kitchen faucet together, you can make sure they are a perfect match.

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If you would like to see some examples of the latest in designer kitchen faucets, please come visit our showroom today.

Details Matter—Get Designer Hardware

Mission West Kitchen and Bath has all the designer hardware options you need

Details Matter—Get Designer Hardware When it comes to your interior design, it’s not just about the big decisions like flooring, wall coverings, and furniture. Every item plays a role in creating the look, right down to the smallest details. This includes your hardware. Fortunately, you can find all the designer hardware you need at Mission West Kitchen and Bath.

Exterior Locksets

Obviously, the exterior of your home is extremely important in creating a good first impression and setting people’s expectations of what may be found inside. Don’t forget the details! One tiny detail that may be overlooked by residents who habitually enter through the garage—but not by visitors coming to the formal entry—is the lockset on the front door. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have some absolutely beautiful options that can also provide ample security.

Interior Doorknobs

Interior doorknobs are also important in creating the desired look for your home. At our showroom, we have many options to choose from, including some options that lock for private spaces. We have many different finishes as well as different styles appropriate for modern and traditional homes.

Cabinet Hardware

With the right hardware, it’s easy to infuse your personality into even the simplest kitchen or bathroom cabinetry. We have an ample selection of pulls, tabs, handles, and knobs to suit most any style. Options are available in a variety of metallic finishes as well as different colors of glass or ceramic knobs.

Bathroom Hardware

In a small space like a bathroom, you really want all your hardware to match or at the very least complement each other. We do have some complete designer hardware collections that include everything you need to outfit your bathroom, from drawer pulls to towel rings to toilet paper holders. However, you can also mix and match among designers. We also have a nice selection of bathroom plumbing fixtures if you want to purchase all the finishing touches for the bathroom at once.

Outlet and Grill Covers

Electrical outlets and HVAC vents are absolutely necessary for a comfortable, functional home. Unfortunately, they can be anything from unremarkable to downright ugly. With products from Mission West Kitchen and Bath, you can change this. We have a nice selection of grill covers including ones in finishes that pop and finishes that blend in, so you can choose whether to highlight the grill or downplay it. We also have a few options for outlet covers, which are especially desirable for spots where the outlets are prominently placed, such as your bathroom vanity or kitchen backsplash.

Come Browse Our Showroom Today

Our inventory is always changing as our favorite designers put out new collections of hardware. We invite you to stop by today and take a look.

Want New Kitchen Cabinets? Try These Easy Updates First

Three relatively easy updates that could stave off a major kitchen remodel.

Want New Kitchen Cabinets? Try These Easy Updates FirstAre you unhappy with how your kitchen looks? Before you assume that the only way to get the look you want is to tear out your existing cabinets and install new ones, try these three updates.

Change the Hardware

Simply replacing all the knobs and handles on your cabinet doors and drawers can go a long ways towards changing the look of your kitchen. This is especially true if the cabinets themselves are relatively simple and allow for this kind of design versatility. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have an excellent selection of cabinet hardware from some of the best designers working today. Whether your look is sleek and understated or bold and funky, we have options for you.

Replace Cabinet Doors

If you are bothered by a large expanse of boring cabinet doors, replacing a few sets with new glass doors could be just the update you need. Glass doors can not only help break up a wall of cabinets, but also create a focal point in the kitchen where you can display some of your prettier dishes and glassware. Of course you don’t have to choose glass doors when making the swap, but typically glass doors work best for the mix and match look and will save you from having to change out every single door and drawer in your kitchen.

Repaint or Refinish

If you are unhappy with the color of your cabinets, you might consider repainting or refinishing them. If you take this approach, make sure you take the time to properly prep the cabinets to receive the new color. If you don’t, it may look okay in the short term but you will not be happy with the result in a few years’ time. Solid wood cabinets typically lend themselves best to repainting or refinishing, but it is possible to repaint laminate cabinets as well.

No Luck? Time for Custom Cabinetry

If none of these updates seems likely to solve your kitchen cabinet problems, you will need to replace the cabinets. To get the best value for your investment in new kitchen cabinetry, we highly recommend going the custom route. This will cost more initially, but your custom cabinets will be very well-made and will last longer than factory made cabinets. Plus, when you choose custom cabinetry you get the ability to make your kitchen look and function exactly how you want. To learn more about the superior cabinet makers we partner with, please contact us at 626-799-3503 today.

What You Need to Know About Installing a New Bathtub

Helpful information for homeowners considering a bathroom remodel.

What You Need to Know About Installing a New BathtubDo you hate your bathtub? Maybe it is an ugly color, maybe the finish is damaged beyond repair, or maybe it is a dated style such as a corner whirlpool tub. You may be dreaming of a luxurious new designer tub, but before you take the plunge and make your purchase, be sure you’re really ready for the remodeling process.

Replacing a Tub is a Big Job

Changing out your bathtub is a serious undertaking requiring a lot of time and expense. Depending on the type of tub you have and how your bathroom is configured, you might have to replace the flooring, tub surround, and even some of the wall before the job is done. You’ll also have to deal with the cost of disposing of the old tub and the risk of damage to your home as the old and new tubs are carried to and from the bathroom. This is exactly why most people try to refinish or restore their old bathtub rather than replacing it.

However, sometimes the only way to get the look you want is to replace the whole tub. In this case, it is typically best to plan your tub replacement to coincide with a larger bathroom remodel. This way, you will be ripping up your floors and walls anyway and you can more easily reconfigure the tub area.

Don’t Forget Plumbing

If you have to re-route any plumbing to accommodate your new tub, this is going to add to the time and expense of your project. So, you may want to think twice before you decide to install a new tub that requires side-mount plumbing when your old tub had end-mount plumbing. This is not to say you can’t change the location of your plumbing, but you will just want to make absolutely sure it is necessary to your new design.

Never Skimp on Quality

While you can easily update your bathroom by changing the paint color or even replacing the vanity, changing out the bathtub is such a big job that you are definitely not going to want to attempt it every few years. This makes it very important to choose a high-quality designer bathtub that is going to stand the test of time, both in terms of its looks and its functionality. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have many excellent bathtubs to choose from, and our staff can educate you on the benefits of different types of tub finishes as well as how to care for them, so that you can be sure you will be happy with your new bathtub for many years to come.

New Year, New Kitchen: Trends to Embrace and Avoid in 2016

Get our opinion on some of the kitchen design elements you may be considering

New Year, New Kitchen: Trends to Embrace and Avoid in 2016Are you building a new home, or considering remodeling your old one? Naturally you want to create a look that will stand the test of time. Here are our ideas on the most important design elements to embrace or avoid for a beautiful kitchen.

Embrace

Open Layout: At this point, it’s hard to imagine going back to the boxy, enclosed living spaces you often find in homes of decades past. Open concept is here to stay, especially for the kitchen. For many people, the kitchen is the new family room—but this only works if you have a large, open kitchen with space for informal dining and comfortable seating for just hanging out.

White Cabinetry: You simply can’t go wrong with white cabinetry. White forms the perfect backdrop for virtually any style, and it is so easy to change the look depending on what types and colors of accent pieces you put on display.

Pendant Lights: If you have a kitchen island, pendant lights are practically a must-have. They help to fill the vertical space in your open-concept kitchen and make any island seating more inviting.

Smart Storage: Stuffing your kitchen with cabinetry is no longer on-trend. Many designers are taking down the upper cabinets entirely, opting for open shelving instead or even for a blank wall. So as you design your new kitchen cabinetry, consider how much storage you really need and then work to maximize it. Items you don’t use regularly could be stored in a pantry or dining room hutch instead of a cabinet.

Avoid

Naked Windows: The tendency towards a more minimalist look in the kitchen has led some people to eschew window treatments entirely. And while you certainly don’t want anything flouncy or dated, simple, understated shades or blinds are actually more practical than naked windows that can let in blinding afternoon light or peeping toms.

Kitchen Desk: A built-in kitchen desk for paying bills and such is a dying trend. Most people work on laptops these days, so there’s no real need for a dedicated workstation. Get rid of your desk and give yourself more storage or work space.

Wall-Mounted Microwave: Whether you put the microwave over the wall oven or over the range, it’s going to look like something from a different decade. Now, it is much more popular to put the microwave in a specially-designed cabinet or drawer.

Concrete Countertops: While this is an emerging trend that is popular now, you may want to avoid jumping on the bandwagon. Concrete countertops may complement the industrial look some designers are embracing right now, but they can be expensive to install because your cabinets must be reinforced to withstand their weight. Plus, they require a lot of maintenance.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Countertop

Consider the limitations of a material, not just the look, when choosing a countertop.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen CountertopWhether you are building a new kitchen or refreshing your current one, your choice of countertop will make a huge impact in the look of the finished room. However, this doesn’t mean you should just choose the countertop that looks the most beautiful to you. You actually need to start with some more practical considerations regarding how your countertop will perform. This might take your favorite materials off the table, but in the long run you will be happier because you will not have to deal with the heartbreak of having your beautiful countertop ruined by daily life.

Are You Rough On Your Counters?

The first question to consider when choosing a kitchen countertop is how much you are actually going to use the countertop, and how rough this use is likely to be. If you seldom or never cook at home, chances are you’ll be able to keep any type of countertop pristine. But if you love to cook and you like to make a mess while doing it, you need to know that:

  • Marble countertops can be scratched and may be etched or stained by exposure to water or acids from food and drink spills. Marble can also chip or crack as it is a softer stone.
  • Granite is more resilient than marble but can still be scratched, etched, stained, or chipped if mistreated.
  • Wood countertops are softer than stone and may be scratched or dented relatively easily.
  • Concrete countertops can be discolored by wet items or etched by acidic spills
  • Laminate can be scorched by hot pans

This is not to say that you cannot get a marble countertop if you love to cook. It just means you will have to be much more careful in how you treat your countertop. This brings us to the next question:

How Much Maintenance Are You Willing to Do?

While any type of countertop needs cleaning, almost every material except quartz and laminate requires significant maintenance in order to prevent the sorts of scratches and stains that are bound to happen if you cook in your kitchen. For instance:

  • Marble countertops must be sealed periodically in order reduce the pore size of the stone and prevent water and liquids from penetrating and causing damage. With white or light-colored marble you may need to seal multiple times per year.
  • Granite must also be sealed, though as a harder stone with tighter pores it does not need to be sealed as frequently as marble.
  • Concrete countertops must not only be sealed but also waxed about four times per year.
  • Wood countertops also need sealing upon installation. They must be oiled consistently—about once every few months—in order to remain protected against water damage.

Now Consider the Look

Once you understand the limitations and care requirements of different countertop materials, you are ready to make an informed decision about your kitchen design. Now is the time to consider what color, texture, and overall look you like for a countertop. You may find that quartz materials from brands like Caesarstone and Silestone can deliver much of the visual appeal of natural stone without the maintenance headaches.

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If you would like to see examples of possible countertop choices, come to Mission West Kitchen & Bath. We’ll be happy to show you the latest designer offerings.

Need More Storage Space in Your Bathroom? Try These Tips

Clever ways to use bathroom cabinetry to conceal your clutter

Need More Storage Space in Your Bathroom? Try These TipsWhen browsing photos of designer bathrooms, it’s easy to fall in love with the clean, sleek lines and sumptuous materials. But then you might stop and wonder, “But where do they keep all their stuff?” Nothing ruins the look of a high-end bathroom faster than your frayed toothbrush and half-used bottle of mouthwash sitting on the vanity.

Fortunately, there are many excellent storage solutions to explore that will allow you to keep all your bathroom essentials within easy reach, without actually having them on display for all to see. Here are some ideas on how to use bathroom cabinetry to maximize your storage.

Use Your Wall Space

Typically, when you think of bathroom cabinetry you think of a low vanity. However, don’t forget that you have room to go all the way to the ceiling with your cabinetry if you want. A tall, skinny cabinet can easily fit into an unused corner, and if you have a small bathroom, you might also consider adding a wall cabinet over the toilet.

Add Recessed Shelving Over a Soaking Tub

Soaking tubs are often set into a little nook with at least one full wall separating the tub from other parts of the room. If you add recessed shelving on this wall, you’ll not only add much-needed visual interest to an otherwise blank wall; you’ll also add valuable storage space. But with any open-faced shelving, remember that it must be kept tidy or you’ll spoil the classy look of your bathroom.

Stack Apothecary Drawers on a Double Vanity

Double vanities are very convenient, and these days many people find them practically essential for a master bath. However, sometimes you end up with a huge expanse of countertop that seems to be just begging for clutter to accumulate. Placing a small set of apothecary drawers between the sinks can help break up a long sweep of counter and give you more storage without taking away too much of your counter space.

Trick Out Your Under Sink Space

In many bathrooms, the center cabinet directly under the sink is mostly wasted space due to the bulky (and sometimes drippy) pipes. However, by adding clever cabinetry accessories like pull-out trays or back-of-door pockets you can use this cabinet space without risking having to root around under the pipes to get at your items.

Consider a Medicine Cabinet

These days, most of the designer bathrooms you see feature large, flat mirrors rather than your traditional mirrored medicine cabinet. However, this doesn’t mean that medicine cabinets are totally passé. They still provide an excellent storage option, particularly for small bathrooms or bathrooms featuring pedestal sinks or smaller vanities that would be overwhelmed by a large mirror.

Shop Furniture-Quality Bathroom Cabinetry at Mission West Kitchen & Bath

If you would like to see some storage solutions for yourself, come visit our showroom and browse our selection of high-quality designer bathroom cabinetry.

Is Your Cabinet Hardware Earthquake Proof?

Whether you want to upgrade your cabinet hardware for safety or style reasons we can help.

Is Your Cabinet Hardware Earthquake Proof?The fact that California is prone to earthquakes isn’t exactly breaking news. But what may surprise you is that the US Geological Survey is now virtually certain that we will be hit with a strong earthquake sometime in the next 30 years.

In a report released earlier this year, the USGS said that based on new data and analytical techniques, their models now predict that our risk of a strong earthquake of around magnitude 6.7 (similar to the 1994 Northridge quake) in the next 30 years is 99 percent. They predict a 93 percent chance of a magnitude 7 quake, a 48 percent chance of a magnitude 7.5, and just a 7 percent chance of a mega-quake of magnitude 8 or greater.

One Simple Upgrade to Prevent Damage and Injuries

Of course, an earthquake does not need to be nearly this powerful in order to damage your home or cause injury.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, most damages and injuries that occur during earthquakes are caused by falling objects. And what better place for items to fall from than your kitchen cabinets? Just imagine the damage that could be caused by falling glassware and china—not only will your dishes be ruined, someone could be seriously injured by the sharp shards left behind when these items shatter.

Fortunately, there is one very simple way to prevent this: upgrade your cabinet hardware to keep doors and drawers secure in the event of an earthquake. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety has identified this as one of the best easy upgrades a homeowner can make to help earthquake-proof their property.

Here’s some more good news: you don’t necessarily have to change your hardware completely in order to make it safer. You can easily purchase and install additional hardware that will hide inside the cabinet or drawer, providing peace of mind without any visible impact on your kitchen design.

Other Reasons to Update Your Cabinet Hardware

Of course, now that you’re thinking about your cabinet hardware, you may very well realize it’s time for a change for purely aesthetic reasons. Maybe your current hardware is a bit worse for the wear with scratches or chips in it. Maybe it is dated, or maybe you simply don’t like the style anymore.

In any case, you can find the exciting new kitchen cabinet hardware you crave by visiting Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We have an excellent selection of designer cabinet hardware in a wide array of materials, colors, finishes, and styles. Come browse our showroom soon.

New Takes on the Classic Kitchen Sink

Stainless steel is no longer your only option for a designer kitchen sink.

New Takes on the Classic Kitchen SinkWhen it comes to the all-time classic kitchen sink, a drop-in, stainless steel double sink has got to be the winner. But of course this is not your only option for a designer kitchen sink. Here are a few of the hottest contenders for the coveted spot of centerpiece of your kitchen design.

Undermount Sink

Undermount sinks have become increasingly popular in recent years. They really allow your countertops to shine because there is no sink lip covering up the edge of the counter. Instead the counter extends right to the edge of the sink for a seamless look. The only drawback is that you must choose a solid-surface countertop like granite, marble, or composite—but is that really such a bad thing? Another benefit of an undermount sink is that they pair perfectly with cutting board inserts that can double as a handy way to hide dirty dishes from guests.

Apron Sink

Once reserved for vintage or rustic kitchens, apron sinks have recently become possible for all kinds of kitchens thanks to new, sleek, modern options. The most popular material for a high-end apron sink is fireclay, which provides a rich gloss as well as a very functional surface ideal for kitchens that are home to real cooks.

Prep Sink

If you want to create a “chef’s kitchen,” naturally you need to pay special attention to the functionality of your kitchen design. You won’t want to stop at ample counter space and commercial-grade appliances—you also need to find the perfect chef’s sink. For many designers, this means including one sink for washing hands and dishes and one sink specifically dedicated to preparing food. Prep sinks tend to be smaller than a regular kitchen sink and this has left room for many playful designs to be born.

Bamboo Sink

If you really want your kitchen sink to pop, you probably already know you want something other than your traditional stainless steel model. However, for a truly unique sink, why not skip the fireclay and copper options as well? A bamboo sink adds a surprising note to your design and is eco-friendly too.

Does Your Kitchen Need a New Look?

If you’re interested in replacing your kitchen sink—and perhaps your kitchen countertops as well—come to Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We’ll be happy to introduce you to intriguing options from respected designers and help you complete the look right down to your new kitchen faucet.