Kitchen and Bath Backsplash Trends

Backsplash trends for kitchen and bath are always evolving.   While your backsplash is likely something you’ll be living with for a while, the thought of searching for the perfect style and material may seem daunting.  However, your decision may be achieved rather easily if you follow these few guidelines on what is hot right now.

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The biggest change in backsplash trends that the Jigsaw Design team is seeing is the height of the backsplash.  Tiles and slabs are soaring to new heights… sometimes even the ceiling.  This creates a work of art in your kitchen or bath for the perfect focal point.  The tiny kitchen in the images below appears much grander with the small square tiles all the way to ceiling, drawing the eye up.  The light monochromatic look also helps add size and focus to the room.  Secondly the blue glass backsplash in the kitchen with high ceilings serves two purposes, backsplash and art.  Clean, simple and homey, who would ever want to leave the kitchen?

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The Jigsaw Designers are seeing the Cararra Marble trend rise to near phenomenon levels.  Cararra has been resurrected for home interiors from its long history dating back as far as Ancient Rome.  The statue of David and even entire buildings like the Basilica of Massa and Harvard Medical School were constructed entirely of Cararra.  However on a much smaller scale than that, luxury bathrooms and kitchens are being adorned with Cararra or Cararra “like” marble on the backsplash, counter tops, table tops, bar tops as well as other areas of the home.  The look is gorgeous and luxurious and works well in many different styles as seen in the images below.  The rustic modern table pairs perfectly with the floor to ceiling marble backsplash, counters and shelves as well as the more traditional kitchen with farmhouse cup-pulls and French oven.

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A trend to watch is colored grout which is being used to add more interest and color instead of using additional colored tile. For a more lighthearted or whimsical look such colors as orange or turquoise can be a fun idea.  If you are looking to add some dimension but more understated, try dark grey grout with white subway tiles for a vintage feel.

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Over all the common thread in backsplash trends is a more neutral palette, more simplicity in design, tone on tone grout/tile combinations, timeless and cleaner looks.  Consider tiles that have been around for a long time and don’t really go out of style like subway tiles, Spanish tiles, Italian or French encaustic tiles.  If none of these genres tickle your fancy, then sticking with a neutral palette will seem fresher longer.

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Neutral Grey Tile

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We spend so much of our time in the kitchen.  Regardless of how much space we have, guest always congregate in the kitchen.  In addition, your bathroom should be your tranquil escape from the hectic world.  You might as well love the kitchen and bath you have by indulging yourself in the look you really want.

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For more information on backsplashes and resources visit the contact page on the Jigsaw Design Group website at www.jigsawdesigngroup.com.  Someone will quickly contact you with more information.  Please subscribe to the blog for more informative articles like these, and check out our Facebook page for more tips and images!  Be sure to ‘like us’ on Facebook!

Neutral Tile

White Back to Ceiling

 

The White House

A snow white room layered with white décor is stunning and displays confidence.  There are friends and foes in regards to this daring look, where some deem it as cold and lifeless, others would disagree.  While not only making a space appear larger it also is a good way to cover up architectural oddities making the eye flow from the pops of color and interesting shapes around the room instead of the imperfections.

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The All White House is also more flexible than you might think.  As we observed in the last blog in the Updated Beach Bungalow, the all-white look can fit nicely into most style categories;  french country chic, beach bungalow, modern, glam, and plantation to name it a few.   The look doesn’t have to feel staunch or stark, but actually comes across as inviting and calming.

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Floor to ceiling white creates a crisp canvas for you’re the pure white room.   Accent colors pop, artwork leaps off the walls and accessories make a statement with little effort.  So how do you select the right white for your space?  The Jigsaw Designers have a list of their favorite white paint to work with.  Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, and Behr’s Polar White are among the best.  Whites are either warm or cool, warm with it’s yellow undertones are more fitting for a traditional softer look, and cool white with more blue undertones are more stark  which are fitting for a more modern or Hollywood Glam style home.

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The perfect white doesn’t have to stop at the walls and trim.  White floors are the ideal way to complete this look.  White flooring can be accomplished many different ways depending on the style of your home, existing floors and budget.  Glossy resin finished concrete slabs for the modern home create a crisp look that is very fitting of the style.  Porcelain and white marble floors work perfectly in most styles from Hollywood Glam to The Traditionalist.  One trend we are seeing more of is painted hardwood floors in a variety of colors and patterns.  In white this look can fit into most style category across the board.  It can bring new life to older hardwoods with imperfections and transform the look of your home.

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Layering white on white creates the perfect back drop for colors to stand out.  Additionally, shapes have added movement, art is appreciated more easily, and the eye can flow about the room.  For a warmer look, try adding natural wood into a room like seen in the images below.  The bright white perfectly complements the natural wood giving way for the Rustic Modern look and farmhouse style to come into play.

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Layering whites in different fabrics and textures enhance the drama in a room as seen in the Hollywood Glam space below.  Even adding materials like glass, crystal, metallic or mirrors blend in perfectly into the white palette.  The textured rug, chiffon drapes, mirrored table and metallic pillows all being simple in design add high impact to this gorgeous room.

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The White House has no rules.  There is more freedom in this color palette that any other.  For as daring as the look appears, it’s certainly the most flexible in style and décor’.   Share with us how this look translated into your home, we love hearing from you!

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The Updated Beach Bungalow

The term ‘beach bungalow’ has grown to mean much more than what it did in its humble beginnings.  A small cottage of rustic materials surrounded by a veranda may still describe some, but no matter the size the Updated Beach Bungalow is big on personality and far from humble.

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Defining this shabby chic meets modern look is a difficult thing to put your finger on.  There are common threads that once pulled together just simply personify the chic beach house movement.  One trend across the board in this multifaceted style is large and sometimes floor to ceiling windows allowing the light to pour into the room.

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Another common denominator in this beach vibe is the emblematic white canvas.  Floor to ceiling white walls, white tiles and natural linens create a fresh atmosphere that is relaxed and comforting. A bold pop of color in this sea of white is crisp and adds interest to a room.  Even adding a black valance and throw is still light and bright as seen in the images below.

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Exposed vaulted ceilings dressed in white are reminiscent of the classic beach cottage.  Whether your ceiling is finished in bead board or crown molding, the key to capturing the bungalow look is all in the color white.  From there you can mix in earthy rugs and accessories, or keep a muted color palette like the soft lilac bedroom below for an ultra-feminine look.

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The basics are covered.  The rest is up to your style.  Whether you enjoy modern, Hollywood glam, or shabby chic, there is a place for your style in the updated beach bungalow.  The shabby chic slip cover can be mixed into a room with a more contemporary feeling as shown in the Malibu home in the images below.

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Rustic modern, the style de jour, has even crept into beach bungalow category.  That natural element plays perfectly into this timeless style with reclaimed wood walls, vanities, tables and floors.  The natural wood tones add warmth to the bungalow look and a touch of masculinity.

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Kitchen colors have brightened up in many style categories, especially in the bungalow style.  White cabinets with Carrera marble counter tops and back splashes are hot and on-trend.  At Jigsaw we are seeing a new direction with backsplashes in a single solid slab of material used instead of individual tiles.  If you are a tile fan as many are, then a rule to follow would be to stick to simple white tiles avoiding fussy patterns and multiple colors.  After you’ve muted your palette, then adding a fun stripe, nautical print, or solid pop of color to your chairs or curtains will liven up your kitchen.

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The updated beach bungalow is very open-minded.  It doesn’t require a beach or any specific furniture or accessories.  It’s about a feeling coupled with cleaner lines, bright whites and your personality.

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Coffee Table Trends-What’s Hot Right Now

The classic rectangle coffee table is quickly being passed over for newer and more updated shapes.  Current trends that are making waves include fresh new takes on round, square, mixed metal, and Lucite.  In this post we’ll explore some fun and exciting looks to freshen up your space.  Most rooms like the image of the white room with the black metal table consist of existing rectangular shapes from the sofa, rug, and even the room itself.  Therefore placing a more organic shape like round or kidney creates a better flow for the eye to follow.

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The round coffee table has become increasingly popular and can be found in so many varieties.  The Jigsaw Designers love mixing metal into a space for a touch of industrial modern.  The gold leaf Modern Glam table below is fresh and light enough to add into most any room.

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Carrera marble is the hottest look for kitchens and bathrooms renovations. Therefore this look is trending into the furniture market as well.  The marble makes a beautiful table top for coffee tables, and creates a look that is clean, bright and eye catching.  The mix of Carrera and the vintage look of the gold leaf legs in the image below are the perfect juxtaposition of modern and vintage.

Brass Marble Round

If you like the metal trend, but don’t want to love it for too long, CB2 designs a chrome and Carrera table that’s very affordable as seen pictured below.  Metal and wood styles nod to the industrial vibe that is still going strong, and the solid wood round or square tables will also fit nicely into the industrial modern look for a more organic feel.

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Industrial Round

Reclaimed Wood Round

We are also seeing a surge in tufted ottomans used as table again.  The beauty of a tufted ottoman is that you can recover as the trends in color and fabric change.  They have a timeless feel and have slightly more flexibility in their use.  In the images below, both the round tufted orange and the turquoise blue really pop in these rooms and give them added personality.

Turq Square Tufted

Orange Round Tufted

While Lucite is a strong material in many areas of design, the Lucite coffee table is sometimes the perfect addition to a room.  The square table below seems to float in the room’s monochromatic palate, not disturbing the serenity.   Furthermore, a Lucite table can complete a room and allow for the natural elements like light from a window or a rug to take center stage as shown in the second image of the round Lucite table.

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Square coffee tables have also become increasing popular like their relative square dining table.  The square table creates a perfect balance in sitting areas, and allows for better flow to the living area.  We love the white square table below for its intricate detail while being simple in shape and color.  It adds interest to a room with an artistic flair.

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Raffia Square

Smokey mirrors are being used on walls, dressers, dining tables and even coffee tables.  From clean and contemporary to antiqued and ornate this look is on the rise.

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Whether you are in search for a statement table with wow factor or an understated one for simplicity, we hope this post will inspire you in a fresh new direction.  For more information on smokey mirrors or Lucite check out our archives for previous blogs on these topics.

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Men’s Suiting Trend

There is something about men’s suiting that feels timeless.  The fabrics, colors, patterns and texture may vary, but they never venture far from the root of what they are.  Menswear has become an inspiration for women’s fashion over the last year and this rich tailored look has now made its way into home interiors in a fresh new way.  Suiting inspired design in masculine colors like charcoal, navy and tan are not just for the quintessential bachelor pad anymore, it is a very warm and cozy look for cohabitation and even the whole family to enjoy.  In this post we will explore some ways to implement this look into your home in a small dose or even a complete overhaul.

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One of our favorite interpretations of the menswear styles is expressed through pinstripes.  Great pinstripe wallpaper can fit so nicely into a guest bathroom for just a touch of this tailored look, or down a long hall way for high impact.  We love this sitting area in the images below with the clean lines of the chrome furniture popping off the dark charcoal striped paper.  This creates an understated yet elegant look.

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Want a quick pinstripe fix? Try recovering an old chair, stool or ottoman with Pinstripe fabric for instant style. Velvet is a great fabric for adding texture.  While it’s typically considered a feminine fabric it’s often found in men’s blazers and smoking jackets in darker colors.  We can’t get enough of this uber-cool navy pinstripe vintage chair with the brass framework.

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pinstripe chair

Classic to the core, houndstooth is showing up with a whimsical new approach in interior design.  Oversized patterned pillows and throw add a punch to a monochromatic room to drive this exciting trend home.  Command your court in a houndstooth Louis XIV chair, or simply sit pretty in Danish modern chairs covered with a touch of feminine pink to break up the masculinity.

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Texture plays the biggest role in the men’s suiting motif.  Flannel in trending in upholstery and bedding, and this timeless classic is soothing and cozy.  Pinstriped flannel or even soft grey are seen covering sofas, headboards and bedding like the images below.  Wool throws and pillows can add the perfect finishing touch to any room.  The Jigsaw Designers love draping a Hermes throw over a chair or sofa for a soft yet sophisticated touch.

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If you like the men’s suiting look but prefer to lighten up your space then seersucker is a great way to incorporate the menswear look.  Seersucker couches, chairs and bedding are fresh, light and surprisingly versatile.  Using the fabric on the walls instead of wallpaper adds a unique texture and interest to the room.

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The captivating menswear trend is an elegant look to bring into your home.  With accessories readily available this update can be done easily.  While being fresh and yet timeless your space will be cozy and tailored for the winter.

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Charcoal bedroom

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Custom Garage Elevators

Picture this…you are living in your dream home where you raised your kids.  You’ve spent a fortune making it just right.  Now that the kids are off to college you can start working on your car collection.  But first, where are you planning to store those precious beauties?  Jigsaw has your answer…subterranean garage.  Hidden away from the elements, the grand kids, in a temperature controlled environment in your current home.

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There are a handful of contractors that build these incredible lifts. Design companies like Cardok in the UK began creating luxury design lifts to fill the constant need for space for the wealthy in European cities. The typical lift will hold a 3 ton vehicle, and for a reference a Range Rover weighs about 2.7 tons.  Multi-level lifts are available for up to 3 vehicles that will support up to 10 tons.

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These companies pride themselves on leaving a small footprint in their engineering by taking up only slightly more space than the car itself. These custom lifts are minimal in design aesthetic to not be a complete eye-sore when they are exposed, and when the system is engaged they are virtually invisible.

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We’ve priced out a typical lift by an American made company that installs for car collectors and A-List celebrity homes.  A top of the line unit costs around $55,000 installed, but for customized units the cost runs significantly higher depending on the surroundings being matched.  Besides cars these lifts are used for boats, RV’s, food trucks, or anything your neighbors don’t want to look at 365 days a year.  The customization can be whatever you dream it to be, covered by a faux grass lawn, gravel rock driveway or tucked away in the basement of your home.

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The big question is always; will it add value to your home?  Well, most numbers show you will only get back about half on your investment, but this uber exclusive device will definitely set your property apart from the rest.

The next question is will it be safe.  Most of the car elevators are controlled by a remote and the units will only engage while the button is pressed.  There is also a kill switch and a backup generator in case the power trips.

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This unique indulgence is a car lover’s dream.  It is truly a luxury item most of the world will only fantasize about.  But, like they say, dreams can come true.

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