I am often asked to consult with my buyers when it comes to new construction purchases. From coordinating the “kitchen cabinet color with the granite and tile backsplash”, to helping choose stains for hardwood flooring, and matching wall color, I am often adding my two cents. I think I have a pretty good eye for what is hip and in vogue in terms of the Philadelphia condo buyer.
One thing I find interesting, is the overwhelming substitution buyers are making in favor of hardwood flooring in their bathrooms and kitchens, in lieu of traditional tile flooring. The diminished role that tile flooring plays in the design of many Rittenhouse Square condos, is evened out by the increased use of tile on bathroom walls. Not just surrounding the tub or shower stall, but we are seeing it’s increased use on bathroom walls, and of course, kitchen backsplash areas (the space between the upper and lower cabinet).
Another trend I like, is the increased use of textures, and natural materials on surfaces throughout the home, like a kitchen island area, or again, as a substitute for the traditional tile backsplash. A number of "green" items have made a popular entrance into the Philadelphia market, most noticeably at the Winne Building, with the help of Greenable Philadelphia. Hip, and green, some of these products are a perfect fit for a new Old City loft, or Society Hill condo.
Think about stepping out of the box when planning your next Philadelphia condominium. Mix your textures, in otherwise uncommon areas of your new home, and you might find yourself living the life many of us just dream of. Your condo should be representative of your individual taste and style, and go ahead….live a little!Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106