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Tile: The Perfect Family-Friendly Bathroom Flooring

Mission Tile West has durable and beautiful bathroom tile for your family. Family bathrooms can really take a beating, especially if your entire family is sharing just one or two bathrooms. In addition to the general abuse kids subject their environment to, you’re going to need protection against water and steam from all those hot baths and showers. Fortunately, tile flooring is the perfect solution. It’s durable enough for your family while still looking beautiful enough for a magazine spread on those rare occasions you get all the kids’ bath toys and novelty toothbrushes put away.To...

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Tile is Like…

4 surprising and inspiring tile similes Tile is an incredibly versatile material that lends itself to just about any design plan. It’s hard to capture the excitement of working with quality designer tile in words, but these 4 similes about tile make a fair approximation!Tile is Like… …Paint made of light Field tile (solid color tiles used to create a “field” of color) provides an excellent way to bring color to virtually any room. When used as wall tile, field tile is kind of like painting a wall, only better. The glossy, reflective nature of tile—and especially the translucent...

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Are Tile Countertops Back in Style?

Many homeowners are embracing tile countertops with no risk of a dated look. For a number of years, tile countertops were one of those design elements that just made you think “1950s.” There was a marked shift away from tile countertops in the kitchen and in the bath, and for many years everyone wanted stone countertops—or at least materials that mimicked the look of stone.However, more recently tile countertops have begun enjoying a bit of a revival, especially in the kitchen. Turns out, tile countertops could be a great choice if you’re looking for an easy DIY countertop update...

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From Gutted to Glam: Tile Makes 1930s Bathroom Remodel a Success

Bathroom tile from Mission Tile West was integral in creating the 1930s look. When designer Madeline Stuart was tasked with restoring the formerly glamorous 1930s Spanish Revival home of Broadway and Hollywood dancer Ann Miller, she didn’t have a lot to work with in the bathroom department. In fact, she had just one original item to guide her in restoring two large bathrooms back to period-appropriate style: a nickel-plated shower door frame decorated with a diamond pattern.Using this one element as inspiration, Stuart and Mission Tile West worked together to create a stunning and unique...

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The Evolution of the Kitchen Backsplash

Great and not-so-great moments from the history of kitchen backsplash design. The first kitchen backsplashes were functional, not decorative. They were designed to protect the walls from splatters of water, grease, tomato sauce, and other cooking and cleaning mishaps. Therefore, they tended to be quite small—often just 4 inches tall. In some homes, they were only found behind the sink and stove areas, as this was where the most protection is needed. Backsplashes Get Bigger The first big change in the world of kitchen backsplash design was to begin viewing the backsplash as a decorative as well...

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