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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 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.

dining white furn and curtains

modern indoor pool


white kids room



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.

Decorative Ceiling Molding with Modern decor

plush bedroom


traditional bath

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.

white oversized living


traditinal living



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.

white chandelier


white flhardwood

Retro Sofa eams rocker

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.

white hardwoods warmshabby chic bedroom bard doors

white hardwoods pink chair


white washed dining eames

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.

glam living


formal living

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!

Airy white kitchen

Easy white living


For more information on the all white trend 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!



modern bath



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.

australia bungalow living

muted palette living room big windows

twin beds

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.

solano beach living

shabby chic diiing

simple dining

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.

twin bed hermes

white turq bedroom

eames dining blue

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.

Bung Arch dig

Washed ceiling lilcas


rich fabric bedroom

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.

pamela living


patio swing

big windows living washed walls

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.

wood wall bedroom delaware

whimisical dining

round table dining blue chair


bath pop color flooring

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.

stripe stool kitchen


solid slab

white kitchen


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.

bath deep tub

laid back kitch

outdoor space

clean simplicity rules bedroom

big windwo bedroom laguna

rustic modern bedroom


For more information on the updated beach bungalow 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!

white washed walls





Black and White

The black and white color combination is simple and pure.  It can be whatever it wants to be, modern, traditional, or regal.  No other combination has stood the test of time more.  On a recent adventure to France we found ourselves immersed in a flood of black and white with a roaring 20’s vibe at a local jazz spot.  Black and white was used throughout the space in every room, but each room revealed a fresh take on this classic combination.  White chairs with black trim, each with its own cashmere striped wrap thrown over the back.  Glossy white columns and bold striped wall paper, wide striped curved ceilings, this place had it all to the last detail of wrapped toilet paper in black and white tissue.  Enamored by the ambiance we left with a burning desire for all things black and white.

Club Raye

Club Raye 2

To achieve a lighter brighter take on this look of a sea of black and white you must start first with the foundation color…white.  Starting with white will give your room a crisp clean look and from there you can add as much black to mix as you would like.  A black and white rug and throw pillows may be just enough.  If you want more of an impact, adding a stripe chair or sofa will create the perfect pop.  Another quick fix for adding this haute combo to your space is simply by adding black and white paint.  Horizontal and vertical stripes, painting the trim, or adding a border can give your space the wow factor you are looking for.

stripe chairs

horizontal stripe

horizon living

For a different perspective on the black and white combination, start with black as your base color.  While this bold use of color is very dramatic coincidentally it’s quite soothing.  Be adventurous and add a splash of stripe with a sofa in front of the black walls for a statement-making living room.  For a softer look add a white lamp and accessories to the black-draped walls mixed with muted bedding for a sexy bedroom.


modern living

bed 2

If you are lifetime lover of black and white and are certain of a time commitment to this color combo then why not be bold and make it more permanent.  Black and white flooring is tried and true and works well in any style of home.  Bold square tile flooring is classic and lays a base for black and white accents throughout the space in the traditional salon in the images below.  Or try creating an all-white space with black and white floor tiles for a fresh clean look.



If you are committed but not to the point of flooring, then adding curtains or blinds with a stripe or boarder can be just enough touch and yet still be flexible with the look of the rest of the room.

stripe curtain

stripe blinds

boarder curtains

boarder blinds

This classic color combo can take so many different directions that this post could go on and on.  The dosage of black and white that you can handle is entirely up to you.  Whether it’s a few pillows and accessories or complete overhaul of black and white.  The theme is always in fashion and always commands attention.  Have fun creating your black and white world.  Enjoy!

white black floors


For more information on black and white color trends 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!