Sleek Entertainment Center

Corsica Model at Ironwood Crossing 014Do you like the idea of an entertainment center, but haven’t seen the right look for your home yet? Well, check out this one from the Fulton Homes Corsica Model at Ironwood Crossings. The cabinet style and finish coordinate with the kitchen while the more substantial floating shelves create a look that’s perfect for any living space.

You can use the door-fronted cabinets to hold DVDs, cable boxes, game equipment or anything else that supports your entertainment viewing. Out of sight when not in use but available easily when wanted, this space works for the busiest families.

The shelves could hold books with the help of bookends, or favorite accessories. Shelf size can be set to fit even the largest HDTV and the floating shelves’ absence of hanging brackets keeps the look sleek and contemporary – a fitting complement to the television itself.

To encourage the sense that this space is different from the rest of the room, a dark maroon accent color pulls all of the elements together. The brushed nickel pulls – matching those in the kitchen – combine with sparkly silver accessories to bring a welcome touch of brightness to the arrangement.

If you had a wall like this in your living or family room, how would you decorate and accessorize it? For more ideas, visit Ironwood Crossing and check out this model. Or visit the Fulton Design Center on one of our browse evenings – the first and third Thursdays of the month from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Design Center: Lighting

Lighting at the Fulton Design Center

Lighting at the Fulton Design Center

Most people pay particular attention to the light over their dining room table. Yes, that’s important, but you don’t want to ignore the power of lighting in every room.

With our hot summers, ceiling fans have a place throughout the house. From a cooling breeze over the family room sofa to a breath of fresh air in the kitchen dining area, fans reduce energy bills over the summer by allowing you to feel comfortable at a higher ambient temperature. Bedrooms also benefit from ceiling fans making the nights feel cooler than they really are.

Some lighting options at the Fulton Design Center

Some lighting options at the Fulton Design Center

Above your kitchen island, pendant lights provide both additional task lighting and an opportunity to showcase your style. The Fulton Design Center provides an inviting collection of styles and colors, including traditional looks that complement your dining chandelier. The photo on the right demonstrates how your chandelier can reflect your island pendants. This approach – having the pendant light mirror the dining chandelier but turned upside down – suits the function of each light while maintaining style consistency.

Perhaps you prefer a delightful contemporary glass shade? Fulton offers those at the Design Center in an inviting range of colors and shapes. Whether you would enjoy a vivid pop of red over your island or soft clear amber – these choices and more can be yours. Check the top photo toward the right for a few of your options.

While you’re exploring your kitchen’s lighting, remember to add ceiling spotlights to provide additional ambient light as well as under-counter task lighting to ease meal preparation.

Lighting has an important and often underrated impact on the look and feel of your home. Enjoy the many options available to you at the Fulton Design Center- helping to create a home that is totally yours and completely lovely.

Design Center: Pot filler

4 Pot Filler Design Center 016Would you appreciate never having to haul a heavy pot of water between your sink and range again? If you enjoy pastas, soups and stews, you may find that a pot filler reduces back strain, prep time and makes meal preparation that much easier.

Even your largest pasta pot will fit under this faucet. Its hinged design means that you can push it out of the way when you don’t need it and grab it easily when you do. Whether you use it to fill large pots or just add water to your saute pan to slow down the cooking, this pot filler will save steps.

By adding metallic tiles to the backsplash, this pot filler is well integrated into the kitchen’s design. The structure allows you to pour water as needed for any pot or pan on your stove.

Are you not sure how much you would use this? Try an experiment. Put a post-it note above your stove and jot a check for every time you fill a pot, pan or kettle with water from the sink before you bring it to your range. You may be surprised at how often you could save yourself the steps if you could access water right at your stove. Now, multiply that by 52 – and don’t forget to factor in holidays, parties and family gatherings which will only add to the sink-to-stove trips. And don’t forget that all those trips include hauling heavy pots filled with water around!

Well, is it worth it for you? A pot filler may be one of your smartest kitchen features!

Design Center: Using the Kitchen Vignettes

Design Center 016What do you like about this kitchen vignette from the Fulton Design Center? Let’s take a look at just some of the decisions this vignette can help you with when planning your own kitchen.

Stainless or cabinet doors on some appliances? Would you rather have your refrigerator with doors that match your cabinets like this one, or do you want the pop of stainless? You have a good opportunity to see this look, and can check out other vignettes that have stainless refrigerator doors. Also, this is a built-in refrigerator. Open the doors and see if the space would work for your family. Do you like this look better than a stand-alone?

Matching or contrasting island cabinetry? This island shows the same cabinet style – a good design decision – while demonstrating a darker warmer tone for the stain. Are you drawn to this look or would you rather have an island that matches the rest of your kitchen’s cabinets? Even if these aren’t the cabinets you would choose, you can get a good sense of the approach by walking through this kitchen.

Lower drawers or doors or both? More home cooks today have discovered the joy of large lower cabinet drawers. These can hold pots and pans, table linens, and other kitchen staples without the cook bending over and digging through a cabinet to find something.

Cabinet design characteristics: Do you want this staggered profile for the tops of your cabinets or an even approach? Would you prefer more or less crown molding – or maybe no crown molding?

Whatever decisions you need to make for your kitchen, the Fulton Design Center vignettes can help you when designing your own Fulton Home kitchen. So open doors and drawers, walk around and through, turn knobs and faucets and get a feel for what each vignette offers. This experience will help you make educated choices for yourself and your home.

Design Center: Backsplashes

 Backsplash in a Fulton Design Center kitchen vignette.

Backsplash in a Fulton Design Center kitchen vignette.

This backsplash links the cabinets and countertops, highlights the range through a focal-point approach in the tile design, and increases the easy maintenance of the kitchen. The overall design of the inviting horizontal rectangles takes this kitchen into the range of something special. Your backsplash is the art in your kitchen – one place where you can declare your taste with an eye-catching visual.

Would you like the warmth of stone on your backsplash? Perhaps you lean toward the traditional and might select a high-gloss subway tile. This approach, once considered retro, has developed into a high-style choice for kitchens and baths. Maybe you want something modern to add color. Then you may be inclined to choose glass tile in vivid shades and tones. No matter your choice, how about adding some embossed metal tiles to bring in the bling?

With its inviting and extensive selection of tiles, listelles, which are pre-designed rows of tile or stone, materials, colors and textures, your backsplash is one of the best ways to define yourself and your style in your kitchen.

16 Tile Display Design Center 037Use your cabinet and countertop choices as a starting place. Do you want a backsplash that blends in with your selections or something with a strong contrast? You might want to experiment with the Fulton Homes Kitchen Designer on our website to give you some ideas. Then visit our Fulton Design Center kitchen vignettes to see some of the choices our designers made. Once you see some of the possibilities, you can create a backsplash that suits your style and taste. The relatively small square footage of your backsplash allows you to develop the look of your dreams without a severe hit to your budget.

For insight into your many backsplash options, why don’t you visit the Fulton Design Center on one of our browse nights? We’re open the first and third Thursday evenings of every month to allow you to explore at your own pace.

Design Center: Appliances

Fulton Design Center kitchen vignette

Fulton Design Center kitchen vignette

Dream of a Viking gas range like the one in the above photo? While you’re looking, check out the Viking 30: Built In Warming Drawer, 24″ Undercounter Beverage Center, 24″ Undercounter Dual Zone Wine Cellar. Viking also has refrigerators and microwaves, not to mention range hoods, dishwashers and this gorgeous range in 15 other colors. Viking can help you create an outstanding kitchen.

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 12.29.33 PMOr perhaps the Bertazzoni Heritage Series 36″ Gas Range Package in Burgundy cream or black, like the one on the left, seems like the ideal focal point for your new kitchen. You might also consider the Bertazzoni gas cooktop. Both Viking and Bertazzoni have generations of history for quality and functionality designed for the avid in-home chef.

Have you been thinking along the lines of a set of kitchen appliances that have the value-added capability of GE? Then take a look at our gas and electric appliance packages featuring GE, GE Profile, and GE Monogram.

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 12.29.47 PMAvailable in stainless or black, GE appliances have a history ofstyle and quality in ranges, cooktops, ovens, hoods, refrigerators and more.

How about adding in a double wall oven? Holidays and baking eases when you have two ovens to work with in your planning.

GE makes both electric and gas models for their kitchen appliances that use gas. Notice the easy-clean approach of this cooktop’s design. These appliances have been designed to make your life easier in the kitchen.

Visit the Fulton Design Center on one of our browse nights – every first and third Thursday evening of every month – to see the broad selection of appliances and appliance packages available for your new, ideal Fulton Home kitchen.

Design Center: Kitchen Plans

Kitchen 1 (1)Do you have a vision for your perfect kitchen? Perhaps you’ve visited friends with beautiful kitchens, selected some of your favorites from magazines and Pinterest, or just pictured the kitchen you would love to work in every day.

Well, you can do more than just dream of that kitchen; you can create it at the Fulton Design Center. With literally thousands of combinations of cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, faucets, lighting and backsplashes, your kitchen plan can come to life.

Cabinets Design Center 032Start by selecting your cabinets. With your choice of woods, styles and stains or paint, and your other options such as glass doors on upper cabinets, you are only limited by your imagination.

Countertops are a good second Design Center 014selection. Do you want granite or quartz? Light or dark, or maybe a gold with streaks of brown or black? Choose your favorite, using the sample of your cabinet choice to help narrow your decision.

Flooring comes as a natural next step, and you want to make sure the choice meshes well with your other selections. Enjoy the rich selection of tile available, possibly choosing one that reflects the tones of your countertop.

You might also take a look at the exciting new option of tile that patterns itself after wood, providing the warmth of that look while also including the low maintenance advantages of tile.

Consider a backsplash that adds a dash of daring to your kitchen space; one that you will enjoy looking at every time you fix a meal in the dream kitchen you planned for yourself. For more ideas, visit the Fulton Homes Pinterest board “Kitchens”.

Make a Fulton Home Yours: The Fulton Design Center

Graphic Design Center 013 (1)Can you visualize the home of your dreams? Are you ready to create it? The Fulton Design Center contains everything you need to make your home particularly and uniquely yours.

Start by selecting various architectural features such as different moldings and trim for your home. Look into some built in cabinets to make your life easier. Take the time to choose the perfect cabinets, countertops, flooring and appliances to create your dream kitchen. Now take a few more minutes to add a backsplash that turns your kitchen into an eye-catcher.

Carpet Design Center 057Do you prefer carpeting, hardwood or tile flooring? You will discover a rich selection in every category. And with every choice, you know that Fulton Homes looks for quality, value and integrity from its suppliers and installers, working to ensure that you are happy with the results.

Design Center 026In the master bath, add a large shower or a shower and tub. Choose your vanity, countertop and flooring to meet your goal of a luxurious space for you to enjoy every day in your new home. Once again you have your choice of a wealth of reliable and appealing products. And pay attention to the extra features such as an option that gives you a place for your hairdryer or curling iron in the panel in front of the sink, normally a wasted area.

Tile Display Design Center 024 (1)The Fulton Design Center is designed for you as a place to create reality to match your dreams – dreams of the perfect home for you and your family, this year and for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Fulton Home Yours: Bathroom Design Online

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.15.52 PMIs this the master bath of your dreams? The rich espresso cabinetry, the daring finish on the vanities and shower surround? What about the oil-rubbed bronze choice for faucets, mirror frame and shower trim?

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.16.10 PMHere’s the surprise. This really is a dream bathroom, created through the Fulton Homes bathroom design tool on the Fulton website. This is just one of hundreds of choices you can make while experimenting with what your dream bathroom will entail. Do you want a tub and shower – that layout is available to experiment with, or maybe you want tile on the walls or lighter flooring.

Why not try out every choice? It just takes seconds to select another option, and you can save your favorites on your personal Fulton Homes account. Here’s a second approach to the same bathroom, with a lighter and cooler palette and using brushed nickel instead of oil-rubbed bronze.

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.17.02 PMHere’s another bathroom created on the website. Notice that the details below the image give you the specifics for each product you chose, down to the paint color. Just print your favorite or favorites out and bring them to the Fulton Design Center to help you as you move from imagination to reality – making your bathroom match the one you dream about.

Why not experiment? Visit here to create your own look!

Make a Fulton Home Yours – Kitchen Design Online

Fulton Design Center Kitchen Vignette

Fulton Design Center Kitchen Vignette

Is this your dream kitchen? Maybe – but what if you would rather have a more traditional cabinet style, a lighter wood, and a more dramatic range hood.

But maybe you’re not sure. You have an appointment at the Fulton Design Center next week, but you are still debating about the look you want in your kitchen.

Well, you’re in luck. With Fulton Homes Design Online program for kitchens, you can take a look at many styles and tones of cabinets, different countertops, flooring, lighting, backsplashes, appliances and even paint. Thinking about lighter cabinetry – try it out here. Are the black appliances too dark against the cabinets you like, switch to stainless steel – you can always switch back if you prefer.

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.11.39 PMSave your favorites so you can go back and review them later. Fulton lets you create your own account to collect your ideas.

The best part is your ability to try just one little change to see which way you like your kitchen best. Thinking about staggered cabinets but you’re not sure? Try your kitchen both ways to see which appeals to you the most. Dark cabinets can look good with dark countertops, but you might find a golden tone works best for the kitchen you want.

No, Fulton doesn’t offer every choice here that you have at the Fulton Design Center – it would take you forever to narrow everything down online with the incredible mix of options available. But this does give you a tool to figure out what you want as an overall look. Print out your favorite and bring it with you to your design appointment. Then focus on selecting just the perfect options to make your kitchen as unique as you are.

Why not experiment? Visit http://www.fultonhomes.com/kbchanger/changer to create your own look!