Home + Garden: Summer Trend Forecast 2018

Did Spring even happen this year Philadelphia? Weather unpredictability seems to be a reoccurring motif for 2018, but we haven't let the lingering cold and rain stop our home and garden ideas for summer. Our forecast goals are inspired by the latest color, tech, and shopping trends we have seen from our friends, followers, and clients that we work with every day to help buy and sell real-estate in Philadelphia. 

The Golden Oasis

Summer usually means vacation for most families, a time to recharge and spend time with loved ones. In order to carry the feelings of tranquility and balance back home from the beach, we suggest trying to update your home's living area with muted neutrals or shell tones to give a sandy sanctuary feel. 

  Vestige  in Fishtown has beautiful sandy neutrals - everything from Ceramics to textiles

Vestige in Fishtown has beautiful sandy neutrals - everything from Ceramics to textiles

You can also add textures in neutral tones to create a wonderful, calming golden atmosphere. Most of these sandy neutrals can be added without a full facelift while neutralizing the color drama within the more trafficked areas of your home.


Colorful Doors

  532 Tasker Street  | 4 beds 2 baths in Dickinson Narrows

532 Tasker Street | 4 beds 2 baths in Dickinson Narrows

How many times have you read in a property description that the curb appeal starts at the door? It's time to say your final goodbye to the basic doors of the city and Hello to the bright and cheery welcoming ones. From traditional doors to gates, adding a pop of color to your front is always appreciated and most likely to end up on Instagram. Condo and apartment doors aren't left out here either, in fact, the color of your door can either lay the foundation for your home's pallet or completely keep guests on their toes. 

  2416 E Dauphin Street  | 4 Beds 2 Baths in Fishtown

2416 E Dauphin Street | 4 Beds 2 Baths in Fishtown

For example, the stunning red door at our 2416 E Dauphin Street warms you before you enter, while the contrast of 532 Tasker Street's door to the brick outside radiates style.  


Spa-style bathrooms

Staying in is the new going out, and what spa have you heard of that doesn't relax and rejuvenate you? This summer treat your bathroom like an at-home spa. The new year has brought a plethora of new apps enabling massage and nail tech professionals the ability to service their clients in their own homes. We're carrying this trend into the visual realm by pairing deep bathtubs with decorative floor tile to help create a dreamy spa-like aesthetic. Try pairing a hexagonal tile floor with a clean white subway tile for the walls like our 532 Tasker Street master bath. 

 532 Tasker Street

532 Tasker Street

You might find this part of the spa-style trend as more of a preference, but spicing up your shower head can give you a more spa-like ambiance. Try trading in a single spray head for a detached style for summer more flexibility and a stylish addition. For example the bathroom at 1026 Pine Street #7.

 1026 Pine Street Unit #7

1026 Pine Street Unit #7

Large, flat shower heads or rain shower heads spread the same amount of water from a typical single spray shower head over a larger surface area. As a result, effectively reducing the amount of water pressure hitting your body while imitating rainfall. Sounds relaxing right? 

 Detached head vs. Rain head 

Detached head vs. Rain head 

Mixing Metallics

Mixing metallics can fill your space with a warm glow or keep it cool and calm depending on how you pair them. For projects or rooms that need renovating this style tip can save you the headache of trying to match all your interior hardware. Matte metals are also a gorgeous alternative to neutralizing a hodgepodge of finishes – we love a good black light fixture thrown into the mix. 

 Mixed metals with black matte finishes vs. silver and gold dining pairs

Mixed metals with black matte finishes vs. silver and gold dining pairs

We also love applying this trend to our dinnerware or outside patio getup. Metallic hints in glass stems and silverware look great paired with ceramic dinnerware. Pretty plates and bowls in hand-crafted designs have become the table top trend of Pinterest with a 185% spike this season and we know a ton of great Makers to get some local, handmade ones. 

Patterned Plants

If you're not obsessed with houseplants, you probably have a hard time keeping them alive (like most of us). You don't have to be a floral expert if you want to blossom into something new this summer. Rather than using traditional home styling elements, try using vibrant, living plant patterns for your interior style heavy lifting. Prayer, Rattlesnake, and Begonia Maculata plants are all qualified for the job and can add rich accents that printers could only dream of matching. 

 Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant

Prayer Plants get their name for their unique habit of raising their leaves to an upright position at night. The leaves fold together like hands during prayer!

 Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant

The Rattlesnake Plant or also known as Calathea lancifolia is a popular pick for people wanting to achieve a tropical theme. 

 Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

It’s not surprising that the Begonia Maculata, a cute cane-like plant, get's its nickname Polka Dot – just check out those fancy leaves.

For smaller spaces or those limited in natural light, a single palm plant could be the solution you need to make sure this trend isn't over the top or dominating your space. A single palm leaf in a creative or clear vase adds a touch of green while keeping minimalist vibes. Not to say that this trend doesn't apply to our larger homes, adding a single palm to a desk or dense bookcase can lighten the décor and breathe life into objects that might otherwise sit stagnate for most of the year. 

We hope you enjoyed some of our favorite summer trends. Follow us on Instagram @PhillyHomeGirls to see more trend forecasts throughout the year and make sure to share your own!