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    Choosing colors, etc. - should you match throughout the house?

    This may be more appropriate for the house/home interior forum, but I thought I'd ask it here since it involves designing a new construction home with resale somewhat in mind...

    Do buyers prefer to see consistency throughout the house when it comes to choosing cabinets, countertops, flooring, etc? We have chosen the same dark wood cabinets for the kitchen, master bath, secondary baths, and laundry room. The same marble countertops for the master bath and both secondary baths, the same vinyl for the secondary baths and laundry room. Same hardwood and same carpet throughout the get the picture.

    In your opinion, does this make the house look too cookie cutter?

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    To me yes, change up the other bathrooms a little. You can stay neutral, but still be different. Some may think one bathroom is more "masculine" or "feminine".....keep in mind that your colors may tend to be gender specific. Not everyone likes dark cabinets...the kitchen is fine & maybe the master, but differ on the others. It may seem to a prospective resale buyer that the home has noe sense of style or identity....or cookie cutter. You obviously wrote this because you are uncertain....follow your instinct & change it up a bit. Buy some magazines & see what is neutral that appeals to you & go with it. Try Lowes or Home Depot...there magazine selections are pretty good. Good luck.

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    It's impossible to pick out something for a house that will appeal to everyone. The best you can do is try and appeal to the widest audience that you can. Keeping a certain consistancy seems to appeal to many folks. If you can find one of two key things to tie all the rooms together, it would give it is more "polished" look, IMO. Things like flooring and paint are the most obvious choices.

    Complimentary colors (either flooring or paint), done is neutral tones will give the house a nice flow. Going the extra mile and adding better quality light fixtures, cabinets, faucets, etc.... are also much more appealing than standard contractors grade products.

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    Continuity is often preferred and tends to make space feel more open. Baths and dining rooms can be more dramatic.

    Vinyl floor tiles in a bath strike me as inconsistent with marble counter tops, unless you are talking pre-fab cultured marble. It all depends on what's the norm for the price point in the area.

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    Thank you all for your comments. This is our first time doing new construction and definitely our first time in this price point ($296k base, our budget w/ upgrades is $345k), so we are really getting an education in what our standards should be.

    We actually prefer things to "go together" nicely and that's why we chose the same colors throughout for the cabinets, countertops, and flooring. I didn't really think about switching it up until our design center rep commented on how easy we were making it on her and how sometimes she will get a client that does a different cabinet in every room, etc. We all agreed that probably makes a house too choppy. But later I wondered if maybe in our naivete we were being TOO safe by not switching something up. That's why I wanted to get some opinions on here. :-)

    As for the vinyl...I thought hard about that one too. It would cost us about $1000 to upgrade the secondary baths and laundry room to the standard level 1 tile. If we only did the secondary baths in tile it would run us about $500. While I know that tile is probably "better", we actually liked the upgraded level 2 vinyl patterns (which come standard in our community). Also we like that vinyl is warmer on the feet and is easier to clean. However, considering that we are upgrading the hardwoods and carpet, I am a little concerned that vinyl will be considered inferior.


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