Different Countertop Materials to Fit Different Personalities

Different Countertop Materials to Fit Different PersonalitiesWhen you get to remodel and design the home you actually want, you want it to display some of your personality at every possible facet. You breathed life into the home, you want people to see that you’re the one with the ingenuity. When it’s time to remodel the countertops, take some time to consider all the countertop materials out there and which pairs best with you and your needs.

Quartz

Quartz is a popular countertop because it’s relatively inexpensive while also having the added benefit of being virtually maintenance free. They’re impact and heat resistant, scratch and acid resistant, and can’t be stained. They also come in a large array of patterns and colors, so you’re not limited to any one style just by choosing quartz.

Granite

Polished granite and granite countertops is the most popular material used for countertops among homeowners. The cost is comparable to quart, but the shine of polished granite has an advantage over quartz, which is a more matte material to work with. You get just about the same array of colors and patterns with granite as you do quartz, so it’s really your choice as to which you go for.

Wood

Having natural wooden countertops gives the whole room a warmer, cottage style look. It’s decorative and classy while still being completely functional. As long as you have a wooden countertop that’s been properly sealed and cleaned, they’re the perfect material for chopping meat and other food items on. It’s also highly heat-resistant, so warping is really a non-issue when it comes to this particular countertop material.

Marble

Another popular material among homeowners is marble. One of the most classic aesthetic looks, marble can fit into any kitchen or bathroom theme you already have planned out. While you have options for colors, marble looks good when paired with just about any color, so you can expect a calmer and cooler atmosphere no matter what you choose.

Stainless Steel

Finally, stainless steel offers a more clinical, industrial, modern look to your kitchen or bathroom. It brings the entire room up to the modern century, and maintains a sterile environment for cooking or cleaning. Because steel is just a metal, it can coordinate with virtually any color, so your options are unlimited with this particular countertop material, too. However, the most appealing characteristic of having stainless steel countertops is the fact that that metal inhibits bacteria from building up. It the most hygienic countertop material on the market to date.

While these don’t even come close to all the countertop materials offered by Mission West Kitchen and Bath, this is a variety that will fit a wide majority of people’s personalities. The countertop material may still be out there for you. A professional from Mission West Kitchen and Bath will be sure to help you find it. Just call 626-799-3503 to speak with a Mission West Kitchen and Bath expert and set up an appointment today.

 

5 Kitchen Styles That Will Make Your Kitchen Stand Out

5 Kitchen Styles That Will Make Your Kitchen Stand OutDifferent styles in the kitchen obviously changes the overall look of the room, but there are plenty of benefits to changing your kitchen to a certain style. For example, a nostalgic retro style can take you back to the good old days, brightening the mood and elevating everyone’s happiness. Other styles can affect the mood dramatically, and the experience that people get when they walk into your kitchen is up to you – so why not pick a kitchen style that will make it stand out?

Pure White

Imagine when you walk into a kitchen and everything is completely white – white cabinets, white refrigerator, white sink, ceiling, floor, and seating. A solid white room with the countertops, cabinetry, and flooring all glimmering a bright ivory is the epitome of clean. Solid white, clean kitchenware is sophisticated, classy, and the definition of timeless.

Retro

Get a true blast from the past by incorporating a retro design into your kitchen. Whether you want to add a few 80’s accessories and bling to your walls or go all out with a 50’s fridge and oven, a retro kitchen style brings in the nostalgia you love. Round pendant lights, candy red barstools, and bright, bold colors are ideas that come to mind for a retro throwback design. Just imagine drinking milkshakes while you reminisce in your own kitchen.

Intimate

Hushed lighting, a cozy coffee nook, and an island that closes in the room makes for an intimate kitchen you can enjoy every day. If you feel comfortable when you have a cozy little spot to hang around in, imagine cooking while experiencing the same feeling. An intimate kitchen style is perfect for a couple or small family to feel secure and relaxed in.

Spacious

On the opposite end of the spectrum from an intimate kitchen style, there’s an open, organized kitchen that the whole family can bustle around in on Thanksgiving. An open kitchen doesn’t have to have walls in between the living room or the dining room. You get all the space you need with spaced out, broader lighting fixtures, a small island, wall ovens, and more.

Cheery

Bright, happy blues and yellows can brighten up anyone’s day with the right lighting and accessories to go with it. A cheery kitchen concept has calm shades for flooring and cabinets with bright pops of color on the fridge, island, or light fixtures. Opening up sections of the kitchen with windows to the outside or to the rest of the house is another idea to brighten up the room and make it a little more joyful.

Find the Kitchen Style for You at Mission West Kitchen and Bath

We have a wide selection on plumbing fixtures, hardware, cabinetry, lighting, and gorgeous countertops to make any kitchen your idea of a masterpiece. Call us at 626-799-3503 or come visit us to find out how you can make your dream kitchen style a reality. Anything is possible when you have the professionals capable of building what you want.

Kitchen Sink Must-Haves for the Home Chef

Learn about the latest accessories that can make kitchen prep and cleanup easier.

Kitchen Sink Must-Haves for the Home ChefIf you love to cook—or if you have to cook a lot for your family—you know that your kitchen sink needs to be much more than just a design accent for your kitchen. Your sink plays a big role in your workflow, so you need a sink that is practical as well as beautiful.

Here are some of the top features you many want to look for when choosing a new sink for your busy kitchen.

Cutting Board System: Many of the latest undermount kitchen sinks are now coming equipped with cutting boards that can easily slot into the sink opening. With a cutout hole to send food scraps into the sink and down the disposal, these cutting boards can really streamline your workflow. Plus, they look pretty slick.

Clutter Killing Caddies: If you’ve invested in a beautiful kitchen countertop, you probably don’t like to clutter it up with lots of ugly utilitarian items like soap dispensers, sponges, and scrub brushes. Many sinks offer specially designed caddy systems to corral this clutter. For example, you might choose a system with a special pocket for your sponge or a small towel bar inside the sink for your dishcloth. Caddies designed to hold dirty silverware are also available.

Bottom Rack: While the primary purpose of a rack in the bottom of your sink is to protect the finish from scratches, racks can also be very convenient when it comes to washing produce. If you have a deep sink, you might like a raised rack that will put your produce within easy reach while washing.

Secondary Prep Sink: If you have a large kitchen that can accommodate a second sink in an island or a dedicated prep area, go for it. Having a second sink will help you keep prep and cleanup tasks separate, which will not only keep you organized but also make cooking more convenient. Some people like to opt for a no-touch faucet at the prep sink so that they can wash bread dough or other messes off their hands without touching the faucet.

Come Shop for Sinks at Mission West Kitchen and Bath

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have a wide selection of unique designer kitchen sinks for you to choose from, including contemporary fireclay sinks, rustic copper sinks, and classic stainless steel sinks. Plus, we have plenty of practical and beautiful kitchen faucets to pair with your designer sink. Come visit us today.

Last Bathroom Remodel You’ll Ever Need: Solutions for Aging in Place

Mission West Kitchen and Bath offers practical and attractive products for your aging in place bathroom remodel.

Last Bathroom Remodel You’ll Ever Need: Solutions for Aging in PlaceAre you approaching your golden years? You’ve probably been preparing your finances for retirement for many years now. But have you considered how to prepare your home for retirement and old age?

With a bit of investment now, you can make updates to your home that will make it better suited for aging in place, and make it more likely you will be able to remain in your own home even if your health or mobility declines in later years.

One area you want to be particularly careful to update for aging in place is your bathroom. After all, senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to injuries from falls, and the bathroom can be a hazardous place in that regard.

Here are some key elements you will want to include in your aging in place bathroom remodel.

Curbless Shower: A curbless shower will not only add a modern design touch to your bathroom; it will also eliminate a potentially dangerous trip and fall hazard by allowing you to get in and out of the shower without stepping over a raised edge.

Comfort Height Toilet: Most toilets are rather low and can be difficult for older people to sit down on or stand up from. A comfort height toilet between 17 inches and 19 inches tall feels more like sitting down on a normal chair, and is a more accessible option. For maximum comfort opt for a comfort height toilet with an elongated bowl.

Floating Vanity: Standing up while shaving or putting on makeup at the bathroom vanity can be challenging as you get older. A floating vanity gives you the option to sit while you primp. Plus, it looks very stylish and modern and helps to add to the enduring appeal of your bathroom remodel.

Quality Lighting: Since your eyes may weaken as you age, it is important to have quality lighting in the bathroom. You will want both overhead lighting for general visibility and task lighting for your mirror and vanity.

Grab Bars: Grab bars and handholds don’t have to be ugly! With a bit of planning, you can work these safety features into your bathroom design in a way that looks almost natural. For example, if you install a rail shower, you could potentially install a custom reinforced grab bar that will match the linear design of the shower fixture.

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At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have many of the items you need to create a bathroom design that is both practical and attractive, including plumbing fixtures, bathroom cabinetry, and accessories. Come browse our showroom today to get inspired for your project and plan a bathroom remodel you will love for years to come.

Everything You Need for a Wet Room Bathroom

Mission West Kitchen and Bath has the designer fixtures you need for your wet room.

Everything You Need for a Wet Room BathroomLooking for something new and different to do for your new bathroom or bathroom remodel? A wet room just might be the perfect solution.

First, let’s start with the practical elements you will need for a safe and functional wet room:

  • Professional waterproofing: With a traditional shower, you can install a tray under the shower stall to protect your subfloor from water damage. With a wet room, there is no tray so you need to have a professional go in and make the entire floor—and the walls—water tight with a special membrane that can then be covered in tile.
  • Non-slip tile: To prevent falls in the wet room, it is important to choose a tile that will not become too slippery when wet. Natural stone or a small mosaic tile both work well.
  • Ventilation: When your shower stall takes up half the room, it is more important than ever to have adequate ventilation to draw humid air out of the bathroom and prevent mold and mildew issues.
  • Glass divider: In some wet room bathrooms, there is no division between the shower and the rest of the room. But if you have a smaller bathroom, you may need a divider to keep shower spray from flying everywhere. A floor-to-ceiling glass partition or door with minimal hardware will give you the functionality you need without ruining the open look of the wet room.

Now, for the fixtures you need to make your wet room look truly stunning:

  • Rain showerhead: A traditional angled shower head could easily end up spraying water where you don’t want it in a wet room. But a rain shower pouring straight down from above eliminates the problem and adds to the spa-like vibe of your bathroom at the same time. If you have a glass partition, you could also add a rail shower for those times you want to shower without getting your hair wet.
  • Linear drain system: A round divot in your floor with a circular drain plugged into it doesn’t look elegant or modern. A linear drain system along the wall is much better. Ideally, your wet room floor will be sloped so gradually towards the drain that you won’t even notice it.
  • Freestanding tub: In keeping with the open look of a wet room, you will want a freestanding bathtub. Since wet rooms tend to have a modern aesthetic, you will probably want a modern-looking tub as well, not a clawfoot tub.
  • Wall-hung sink and toilet: Installing a wall-hung toilet and sink (or a floating vanity) is another way to continue the theme of openness in your wet room design. It will also make it a lot easier to clean your floors.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have all the designer fixtures you need for your wet room. Come browse our showroom for the perfect showerhead, drain, tub, sink, and toilet for your new wet room bathroom.

Is a Floating Vanity Right for Your Bathroom?

Points to keep in mind when considering installing a floating vanity

Is a Floating Vanity Right for Your Bathroom?Are you feeling eager to jump on the trend of floating vanities by installing one in your bathroom? Ask yourself these questions first to make sure you’re making the right decision.

Are You Planning a DIY Job?

If you’re hoping to get a vanity you can install yourself as an easy DIY project, a floating vanity is probably not for you. Because these vanities are wall-anchored, it is essential to have the correct structural supports in place. You also need to hang the cabinet perfectly evenly. You obviously don’t want to risk your vanity hanging crooked or falling off the wall.

How Much Storage Can You Sacrifice?

The most dramatic floating vanities are also the most minimalist. This means you’re going to lose some storage in the vanity. But this is okay as long as you have adequate storage elsewhere in the bathroom, such as in a built-in closet or a wall cabinet. Even so, you should think carefully about your storage needs and your vanity use habits when choosing a floating vanity. Some models actually have almost as much storage as a traditional vanity cabinet if that’s what you want and need. Just remember—as soon as your let your vanity clutter up with too much stuff, the clean, modern look of your floating vanity will be compromised.

Which Bathroom Is It For?

Floating vanities are often ideal for small bathrooms and powder rooms because they help make the small space feel larger. And if the bathroom is not heavily used (like a guest bathroom or powder room) you probably won’t be as worried about storage. If you are considering a floating vanity for your master bath, you will probably want one that allows for a double sink.

Can the Rest of the Bathroom Keep Up?

Floating vanities are one of the hottest trends in modern bathroom design right now. But they’re not something you can easily shoehorn into your existing bathroom design, unless your bathroom already happens to be quite modern. So, before you fall in love with a floating vanity, make sure the rest of your bathroom won’t be embarrassed by its cutting-edge style—or be sure you’re willing to do some major renovations.

Need Help Selecting a Bathroom Vanity?

If you need help choosing your bathroom vanity, come to Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We have plenty of top-quality bathroom cabinetry to choose from, including many floating vanities.

Simple Touches to Create an Inviting, Livable Kitchen

Tips for creating a kitchen people want to hang out in.

Simple Touches to Create an Inviting, Livable KitchenWith the rise of the open floor plan, kitchens have increasingly become viewed as a communal space for families and friends to gather, rather than a more private, utilitarian space just for cooking. This has led to an evolution in certain aspects of kitchen design. Many designers now seem to be moving away from kitchens that are dominated by massive walls of cabinets and appliances—which can look cold and uninviting—to more open and inviting designs.

Here are a few of the relatively simple touches that are now being used to support a more livable kitchen design.

More Furniture or Furniture-Like Features

Instead of assuming every dish or kitchen implement needs to fit into a built-in cabinet, designers are increasingly leaving space for homeowners to have their own hutch or cabinet in the kitchen. This can help add personality to the kitchen, and, in the case of heirloom furniture, a sense of family history. Even when standalone furniture is not included, designers may make a nod to it by including furniture-like details such as cabriole legs on an island or a built-in bookcase on the side of a cabinet.

Island Seating

Adding seating at an island or peninsula is another way of tapping into the kitchen furniture trend. It clearly designates the space as communal and invites people to sit and participate in the experience of creating a meal or enjoy casual dining.

Statement Lighting

Island or peninsula seating can be further enhanced with statement lighting such as pendants or a chandelier over the counter. This reinforces the idea that the designer has deliberately created an area for socializing in the kitchen that is distinct from the cooking areas.

Appliance Drawers

When creating an inviting kitchen where people will feel encouraged to sit and stay awhile, it is very important to have ample counter space. After all, you don’t want people to feel like they are in the way in the kitchen. By concealing small appliances in specially built drawers, you can open up a lot of counter space. Microwave drawers are especially popular now.

Glass-Front Cabinets

For those who love ample storage in the kitchen but want to avoid the possibility of a cold, uninviting wall of cabinetry, simply adding glass doors on a few of the cabinets can really help. The glass breaks up the expanse of cabinets and also reveals an inviting glimpse of the glassware or dishes inside, calling up thoughts of shared meals and companionship.

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If you are interested in upgrading your kitchen, come to Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We carry many brands of furniture-quality kitchen cabinetry that can be tailored to your specific needs.

Top 6 Must-Haves for a Luxury Bathroom Remodel

Visit Mission West Kitchen and Bath for the latest designer bathroom fixtures

Top 6 Must-Haves for a Luxury Bathroom RemodelAre you unhappy with your current master bathroom design? Maybe some of the fixtures and décor look a bit dated, or maybe the whole layout just doesn’t work for you. In any case, you deserve a better bathroom.

According to the 2016 Cost vs Value report from Remodeling magazine, homeowners in the Los Angeles area can expect to recoup 70 percent of the cost of an upscale bathroom remodeling project in increased home value. So don’t skimp on your materials, fixtures, and accessories! Instead, come to Mission West Kitchen and Bath for top-quality designer products for your project.

We have plenty of options for you to choose from when sourcing the following top 6 must-haves for a luxury bathroom remodel.

Double Vanity

Having your own space in the bathroom to primp and prep, rather than feeling rushed by a partner who needs the mirror and sink too, is essential to creating the relaxing atmosphere you want in your luxury bathroom.

Soaker Tub

A beautiful soaker tub will create a focal point in your bathroom. You may want to consider a tub that allows for a side-mount faucet so that you can recline at either end without getting jabbed by the faucet.

Spacious Shower

A separate shower is definitely a must-have for any luxury master bath. If you have enough space, you might consider a curbless shower that doesn’t need to be completely closed off by glass or walls. This will help the whole bathroom feel more spacious and luxurious.

Statement Lighting

Because luxury master baths can become quite sprawling, you need to choose your light fixtures carefully. You’ll want designer task lighting for the vanity area as well as practical lighting options for the room as a whole. But don’t forget that you can also use statement lighting such as pendants or a small chandelier in the center of the room or over the tub to create additional drama in the design.

Stylish Storage

Nothing is going to detract from the high-end look of your bathroom faster than having your toiletries spread out in plain view. While you might like to display a pretty perfume bottle, jar of cotton balls, or bundle of fluffy towels, most items should be hidden. Make sure you have plenty of storage in the vanity or in matching bathroom cabinetry.

High-Tech Toilet

Don’t let your toilet become an afterthought. It can be an important part of your design. Opt for a wall-hung toilet for a modern look or invest in pampering features such as a heated seat or built-in bidet.

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We invite you to stop by our showroom and browse our extensive selection of high-end fixtures and accessories for the bathroom.

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.

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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.