Learning These 5 Facts Will Make You an Instant Expert on Tile Trim

Learning These 5 Facts Will Make You an Instant Expert on Tile Trim

If you are in the process of searching for tile trim then you likely have a lot of questions. Whether you want to add tile to your unique countertop or you want to use it on your kitchen floor to accent your incredible kitchen hardware, there are a number of factors to consider. Read on to learn about five of the most important facts you should know about tile trim. Then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our location for assistance finding the right tile trim.

  1. You can narrow down your options by choosing a style
  2. One of the biggest challenges when shopping for tile is narrowing down the options. With hundreds and even thousands of options, how can you easily find the trim that works for you? We advise that your first step should be to choose a style. That way, you can keep your search to that particular style, which narrows down your options.

    The style could be very specific, such as blue and gold mascarpone, or it can be more general, such as modern. The key is to have a very basic idea in mind of what you are looking for and to then narrow down your options based on that idea.

  3. You must consider what will work best for you
  4. There are so many tile trim options out there and you may end up falling in love with one, only to realize that it doesn’t actually work for you. This is why we recommend thinking about what you are really looking for in a tile trim first, and then looking for the right trim. Write down your general budget, your needs, and your wants. Once you are armed with this specific information, it will be much easier to find what you need.

  5. Trim isn’t your only option
  6. You cannot be fully versed on tile trim without understanding that it is just one of your options. There are many textural elements that can be incorporated into a tile wall or floor. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we can help not only with remodeling products but with design assistance too. Feel free to call us if you are interested in learning about alternatives to tile trim.

  7. You can incorporate other elements of the room
  8. One of the most interesting non-tile tile trim options is architectural molding. Do you have crown molding somewhere else in the room? Why not tie it in to the tile by using it as tile trim? This will not work in all cases but it can actually help save money as well as provide a uniform look for a room.

  9. Consider your corners
  10. If you are only using tile for a backsplash then you likely don’t have a corner to deal with. However, if you are using it on a floor or a different surface, then you will need to take special care to ensure that you’re choosing a tile that works on corners.

Do Not Remodel Your Kitchen Before Considering These 6 Factors

Do Not Remodel Your Kitchen Before Considering These 6 Factors

The fact of the matter is that the modern kitchen is often the hub of a home. As a result, it should come as no surprise that homeowners now spend more money remodeling their kitchens than they do on any other home improvement project. When a person completes a kitchen renovation, they can add serious value to their home – but only if the project is done correctly.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have provided everything from lighting to hardware for thousands of clients and we have learned a few things along the way. Read on to learn the six things we wish every homeowner would consider before remodeling their kitchen. Then stop by our showroom at 905 Mission Street or give us a call at 626-799-3503.

  1. You cannot plan too much
  2. According to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, the right amount of time to plan for a kitchen remodeling project is six months. They say that the amount of time spent planning should exceed the amount of time taken to actually construct the kitchen. Make sure you are studying the current kitchen and noting everything works and everything that doesn’t work – no matter how small.

  3. Think about your kitchen footprint
  4. The goal is to spend as little as possible while getting the best return possible. One of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your kitchen’s layout the same, but one of the biggest impacts a remodel project can have is if it does change the layout. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both options.

  5. You need storage more than you need space
  6. There is no way around it: Extra storage is always worth it. There are simple ways to add more storage, such as adding cabinetry that goes to the ceiling and using new innovative cabinets that pull out to offer total use of your kitchen’s corners.

  7. Lighting is much more important than you think
  8. The bottom line is that quality lighting can make or break a kitchen remodel. You want your lighting to help make your kitchen safer and more efficient, and to highlight the beautiful changes you are making.

  9. Low-quality is not a bargain
  10. It’s easy to get so caught up in price that you associate anything with a low cost as being a good bargain. Of course, when you really think about it, it is easy to see that this is not the case. Consider warranty lengths, maintenance costs, and other long-term costs before deciding on a bargain.

  11. Communicate with everyone working on the project
  12. Whether you are hiring the pros to remodel your kitchen or you’re doing it yourself, it is important that everyone working on the project is on the same page. We have seen so many problems resulting from poor communication that we must list this as one of the top six things to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

5 Things to Consider When Designing an Accessible Kitchen

5 Things to Consider When Designing an Accessible Kitchen

There are a dozen and one reasons that you, as a homeowner, may be considering an accessible kitchen. Whatever those reasons are, at Mission West Kitchen and Bath we want to ensure that the process is as simple as possible for you. That’s why we’ve compiled five things to consider as you plan your new kitchen. Keep reading to discover what they are and then stop by our location at 905 Mission Street or give us a call at 626-799-3503 if you have questions.

  1. Make countertops accessible

  2. Most kitchens are laid out with work zones in mind. This should be true of an accessible kitchen too. First, create work areas at the right height and accessibility. For example, if you are designing a kitchen to be used by a person in a wheelchair, then you would want a lower countertop and sink that allows them to wheel up and get to work. For elderly folks, you would likely want countertops with rounded edges to help prevent injury.

  3. Carefully consider storage

  4. You will need to carefully think about what items are regularly used in the kitchen and then make storage options that assure they are safely and easily accessible. You may do this by focusing on base cabinets with pull-outs, drawers, and roll-out shelves, or you can make higher shelves more accessible by adding pull-down features or electric-controlled shelves.

  5. Allow for easy appliance access

  6. As is true of countertops, your appliances (such as the fridge, range, and oven) should be easily accessible. This may require the adjustment of an oven mounted to the wall, or an addition of an under-counter oven that can be opened. A dishwasher with drawers would be easier than a conventional dishwasher, and certain fridges are better than others. You can visit our showroom to see options.

  7. Think about clearance around work spaces

  8. If you are designing for those with mobility issues to easily be in the kitchen, then you will also want to consider the clearance around doors, halls, etc. There should be plenty of room to maneuver in and out of the kitchen, its work zones, and any island or dining table contained within. The floor should also be a low-maintenance, slip-resistant option if you have elderly folks in the home.

  9. Choose the right handles, outlets, knobs, and control

  10. If you want to truly make life easier for a person who needs an accessible kitchen, then you will want to consider how everything is used. For example, handles are generally easier to grab onto compared to knobs. Touch-control faucets are easy to turn on and off, and the location of outlets and lighting controls should be accessible.

These are just a few of the things to think about when designing an accessible kitchen. Whether you are doing so in order to age into your home, or there is a person who needs these additions today, we are proud of the wide selection of bathroom appliances, fixtures, and more at Mission West Kitchen and Bath.

5 Tips to Help You Create the Organized and Uncluttered Bathroom You’ve Been Wishing For

5 Tips to Help You Create the Organized and Uncluttered Bathroom You’ve Been Wishing For

In most homes, the bathroom is the smallest room. When you also consider that many people use it throughout the day, and the long list of tools and products that are used there, it’s easy to understand why bathrooms sometimes become cluttered and disorganized. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we understand that the clutter can feel inevitable but today we are here to offer some practical tips to help you improve your bathroom.

  1. Get rid of what you don’t need
  2. The first step in a well-organized bathroom is to be honest about what you truly need. Are you really going to use that medication that expired three years ago? Do you need to store extra toilet paper and soap in the bathroom or can you free up that room by storing it elsewhere? The goal is to only keep what you actually use on a regular basis.

  3. Give everything its place
  4. As the saying goes, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” It is impossible a bathroom picked up if there are items that have no permanent home. Inevitably, you will just end up moving items form one counter to another over and over again. A new vanity can improve storage space by taking advantage of every spare inch. A new bathroom countertop can give you more room for storage accessories.

  5. Keep everything off the floor
  6. Bathroom floors are known for harboring moisture and dirt and when you add storage boxes or baskets to the mix, you could end up with mold or mildew. What you will certainly find is that your home is not a beautiful, organized space if you have anything stacked on the floor. Instead, put a small shelf in its place and put those items in a new home.

  7. Clean your shower / bath regularly
  8. The bottom line is that no matter how organized and uncluttered your bathroom is, if you have a dirty shower or bath it is going to make the bathroom look more cluttered. Choose a shower door that is clear and free from busy patterns to help continue the uncluttered look.

  9. Make use of hooks
  10. When it comes to getting rid of clutter and ensuring that everything in the bathroom has its place, nothing may be as helpful as a few wisely placed hooks. They can be a spot to put towels, they can hold a robe, or they can even be used to keep your hair dryer in its own place. You do not want your walls covered in hooks but a few here and there are a great organizational tool.

If you want to create a bathroom that is a true sanctuary, away from the uncluttered life you may live, then we welcome you to contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for help designing that perfect bathroom.

Back in Black and White: Learn How to Incorporate This Popular Trend

Back in Black and White: Learn How to Incorporate This Popular Trend

Color schemes may come and go but there at Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have seen the classic monochrome combo of black and white come back into fashion without ever having fallen out of fashion. Whether used in the bathroom, kitchen, or mud room, this is a great color combo and we have many kitchen appliances, bathroom countertops, and other products that can make or break this look for you.

Incorporating black and white into bathroom designs

If you’re interested in using black and white in the bathroom, but you want to ensure that the room still appears bright and inviting, then we recommend using wall-mounted cabinetry or floating vanities that offer a rustic look. You could use dark wood floors that offer a nice dark glossy look that goes perfectly with a white matte finish.

Other popular options are painting the doors or cabinets or even adding wainscoting. The key is to make sure that you have another accent color that can pop. Otherwise you run the risk of creating a bathroom that is overwhelming. In fact, some people decorate their bathroom in a different color scheme altogether but bring in a black and white element, such as a black tub with white tile, that pays homage to the black and white trend without committing to it entirely.

You don’t have to choose a bright accent color

The most common accent colors used with black and white color schemes are bright red, yellow, and blue. These can look great but we also love the look of a gray used as an accent color. It is great way to make the entire bathroom seem more put together and classic. Gray also fits in perfectly with the monochrome nature of black and white.

Don’t just add colors – add texture

One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make is to think only of the colors they will be adding. You actually want to be considering texture too. For example, glossy blacks and matte whites look great together. A matte black and glossy white can throw this trend on its head and provide a unique option. Play around with different texture options to see what pops for you.

Turn to us for help with all your kitchen and bathroom materials

No matter what type of room you are renovating or what your needs are, you will find the unique, superior quality products you need with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. In fact, this is exactly why we started our company: To give clients access to everything they need in one incredible showroom. Are you ready to see your options? Reach out to us at 626-799-3503 or stop by.

Learn How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Kitchen

Learn How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Kitchen

Appliances are one of the most important aspects of your kitchen yet many homeowners don’t know exactly what they should be looking for as they shop for them. Today we are going to go over some of the biggest appliances and what you should be looking for when shopping for them. Once you know what you are looking for, reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom to see some truly unique kitchen appliances and more.

Choosing the right cooktop

There are three main options for your cooktop: Gas, electric, or induction. There is no right answer – it is all personal – but keep in mind that it is not often you hear about a person who has a gas stove choosing to change it to an electric stove. If you cook often, think of efficiency. How much heat can you accept losing from the burner to the pan? If you choose gas you will lose about 40% but a flat induction cooktop results in the least amount of lost heat. It also brings a pot of water to boil faster than a gas stove – and certainly faster than an electric stove.

Choosing the right oven

If you want a truly high-performing oven then you want a convection oven, which works by circulating heat with a fan. It cooks food faster and more evenly. However, if you are a baker then you are likely to want the traditional oven type, though you may want a stacked or side by side option. We can go over the options and help you find the perfect choice for your needs.

Choosing the right refrigerator and freezer

There are three main issues to consider when choosing a fridge and freezer: Space, features, and budget. A freestanding model is going to slide into a space and stick out about six inches past counter depth. As far as quality goes, you can expect that the compressor is going to impact the performance. A single-compressor unit must work double time compared to a dual-compressor unit. It will cost more to get a dual-compressor option but it will keep food fresh longer and it can be more energy efficient.

There are also many styles available, such as French doors in which the fridge is on top and freezer drawer is on bottom, or the side-by-side options. The most expensive – but often ideal – choice is to have separate fridge and freezer units.

We can show you all your options so you can make the most informed decision

Choosing appliances is a big decision. You need to ensure that you are getting appliances that will work for your needs, fit within your kitchen configuration, and fit within your budget. The easiest way to ensure you are on track is to work with a company that specializes in kitchen appliances. Reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath to speak to an experienced design and appliance associate.

Know Your Options: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet

Know Your Options: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet

As you head out to find the perfect new bathroom fixtures for your remodel it is important to know what your options are. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are proud to have a wide range of kitchen faucets and other kitchen equipment. Read on to learn about some of the most common types of kitchen faucets and what the advantages are of each.

Is a pull-out faucet the best choice for your kitchen?

If you have limited space around your sink then an integrated adjustable pull-out sprayer may be a great option. First, it does not require the extra hole drilled that you would need for a side-spray. Second, if you have pots or pans that are too large to fill in your sink, you can use the pull-out faucet to fill them up from the countertop. Finally, if you have a wide single sink or you have several bowls for your sink, the pull-out feature ensures you can get to the entire area of your sink.

A pull-down faucet may be what you are looking for

Another popular option is the pull-down faucet. You can spot it by noting its high-arc style. Many designers feel that it gives a kitchen a professional yet majestic look. If you have a large sink then this is a great choice, but be careful if you have cabinets above your sink – you need to make sure everything will fit properly.

You may be best off with a dual-handle faucet

If you have a traditional kitchen and are not looking for any of the modern options, then a dual handle faucet may be your best bet. It allows you to control temperatures from two separate handles and gives you that classic look. One of the most popular of this style is the bridge style faucet in which there are decorative pipes above the sink or counter that actually connect the spout. Instead of keeping them out of the line of vision, decorators are using them as part of the décor.

Are you ready for the future? Then consider motion detecting faucets

If it’s been a few years since you looked at kitchen faucets then you are likely to be impressed with how much the technology has improved. Today there are motion activated faucets that do not require you to touch them at all. This is very helpful if you are messy and do not want to transfer the mess from your hands to the faucet. They can also help save water by turning off when not in use, and they can help prevent the spreading of germs.

Still not sure what faucet is right for you? The good news is that these are just a few of the options. If you are ready to learn more about the wide range of choices available then we encourage you to reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath and see our showroom for yourself.

The Options for a New Kitchen Island Are Nearly Endless

The Options for a New Kitchen Island Are Nearly Endless

There are so many options in kitchen countertops and islands that it can seem difficult to know where to start. If you are in need of quality items for your kitchen or bathroom remodel then you will be glad you found Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We pride ourselves on offering the best selection of the highest quality pieces. Keep reading to find out more and then reach out to us at 626-799-3503 or stop by to learn more.

Always stylish black kitchen islands are a great idea

Black never goes out of style and is a great option if you want modern-looking décor. It creates a cool, calm area that invites boldness and depth. While it is a neutral color, it also welcomes brighter colors to be used around it. For example, install a black island with countertops around it that are beautifully colored – or vice versa. No matter how you use it, it is likely that your black island will stay in style for years to come.

Add seating to your island

If you want to take your island up another notch, consider adding seating options. If you have the black island described above, you can add seating in black, or contrast it with white. You can choose a wood that looks luxurious next to the black island. Not only will seating look great but it of course adds an area for family and friends to become part of the food preparation at your next party or dinner.

Consider an espresso kitchen island

What better way to pay homage to your favorite morning pick me up than by investing in an espresso kitchen island? The rich red color is both glamorous and sophisticated, yet just bold enough to start conversation. The color also makes it easy to hide any blemishes that may appear as time goes on. This is a great choice for a busy, high-traffic kitchen.

Cherry is both popular and traditional

Another traditional, well accepted color is cherry. It can help make your kitchen mimic a simpler, more traditional design style. Many people love a cherry wood color because it offers the feeling of fullness as well as robustness. If you have wood pieces in your kitchen and they are of different colors, anchoring them with a cherry centerpiece is a great way to bring them together.

Do you need more ideas? Talk to our design experts

These are only a few of the many options available to you. If you are thinking of redoing your bathroom or kitchen the new cannot stress enough the help you will get by working with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. After working in this business for many years, we have access to the best products, materials, and appliances. We have answers for all your design and installation questions. Stop by today or give us a call at 626-799-3503 with your questions.

Ready to Run an AirBNB? Make Sure Your Bathroom is Up for the Challenge

Ready to Run an AirBNB? Make Sure Your Bathroom is Up for the Challenge

There are some really interesting ways for folks to make money these days, many of which don’t require them to leave the house. One popular example is Airbnb. Now people who live in desirable areas, like most cities in California, can rent out a room or their entire home or apartment for a tidy profit. However, if you are considering making this jump then we have a few tips for you – including making sure that your bathroom is updated.

Don’t put off bathroom renovations

One thing that homeowners often do is to decide to put off renovating their homes until they have started making money from the Airbnb. This is not recommended. Remember that as soon as you have your listing live and people start paying to stay at your home, they will start leaving reviews. If they have a terrible experience because the bathroom is old, outdated, and causes issues, those reviews will follow your Airbnb forever. It is much wisher to make the investment upfront so that your guests will have nothing but good things to say about it.

Work to create a luxury experience

When you are remodeling your home to get the best return on investment, it is all about the kitchen and bathroom. When you are remodeling your home to make future Airbnb guests happy, it is all about the bathroom. You want to create an experience that will make them fall in love with your home. A huge soaking tub that allows them to truly relax and rejuvenate can be a game changer. A beautiful bathroom vanity with plenty of room to put on makeup and get ready can be a huge selling point. Make sure to stock the bathroom with high-end toiletries too.

Adding a new bathroom could be well worth the cost

If you have a home with three bedrooms and a single bathroom, then there are many reasons that it may be worth it to add a second bathroom. First, when it comes time to sell your home, you will not only likely have more offers if it has a second bathroom, but there are certain homebuyers who will not even consider coming to your home and taking a look if it has three bedrooms with just a single bathroom.

Second, consider that of all the home remodeling projects you can do, adding a bathroom offers some of the best return on your investment. Consider finally that not only will it likely add to the total value of your home but it may allow you to charge more for your Airbnb. Once again, a family of four or five is not likely to want to stay in a spot with just a single bathroom.

These are just a few tips but remember that when it comes time to design your new bathroom, Mission West Kitchen and Bath is here to provide tips and to help you get the highest quality products on the market. Contact us at 626-799-3503 now to get started.

Move Over Stainless: There Are Many Sink Options Available for Your Kitchen Remodel

Move Over Stainless: There Are Many Sink Options Available for Your Kitchen Remodel

Stainless steel may be one of the most commonly used materials for kitchen sinks but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option or the best option. It’s certainly a classic look that is durable and goes great with a wide variety of decorating styles, but at Mission West Kitchen and Bath we believe it’s wise to look at all your options before making a decision. Take a look at the large variety of sink options and then stop by or reach out to us at 626-799-3503 to find the right option for your home.

Enameled cast iron sinks

You’ve likely seen this type of sink in your grandparent’s house. It’s coated in porcelain enamel and fired at a very high temperature, which makes it very hard and very durable. If you want a look that’s bright and glossy, then it may be a great option. You can also get a cast iron sink in a variety of colors.

Some of the advantages of this type of sink include the fact that it’s very durable, it’s easy to clean and maintain, it can last for decades so it’s a great investment, it takes longer to heat up but maintains that heat longer, it’s affordable, it has a beautiful finish, and it comes available in numerous colors. On the other hand, it’s also heavy and needs to be very solidly fixtured. Over time, the porcelain can chip away, which leaves the iron susceptible to rusting. Finally, it’s not compatible with most abrasive cleaners.

Composite sinks

Available in granite and quartz, a composite sink is made of resin that’s been mixed with another substance. As a result, they’re very durable and can offer the look of natural stone but in many sizes, shapes, and colors. The main advantages of this option are that composite sinks are immune to any type of household acid and it’s resistant to scratches, chips, and water spots. They’re also a great value for the money and are generally heat resistant, depending on the one you chose.

However, there are some downsides to this option. Most notably, they are porous, which mean that they’re sensitive to certain types of stains. They’re also only available in matte finishes and they do require daily maintenance, unlike many other types of sinks.

Copper sinks

These are very durable options and they can be the visual focal point of your kitchen. Remember that copper is essentially a living surface and it will develop a patina over time, which changes the color of the sink as time goes on. Depending on your viewpoint, this may be a negative or it could be a great advantage, as it does add character and charm. This is also a versatile option stylistically, and it’s naturally resistant to microbial growth.

On the other hand, copper sinks tend to be thinner, which means they can be more easily scratched than other options. They do require regular maintenance and many cleaning products, acids, and heat can affect the patina.

To learn more about these and other options, contact your local kitchen and bathroom design company Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503.