Tile with the look of wood

Design Center 015It can be difficult to choose between tile and wood flooring. Wood feels warm and inviting, and the look works with both traditional and modern homes. For many people, wood will always be their first choice. It may have been the flooring they grew up with, or the way wood works in a space fits their taste and style.

Others prefer tile. Particularly in our hot Arizona climate, tile makes a home feel cooler and is more comfortable for pets in the summer. Maintenance for tile – with the grout sealed – is easy. Little wet kid feet coming in from the pool or pet paws don’t damage tile, and a damp mop makes it look like new again.

One recent entry to the market combines some of the look of wood with the durability and ease of tile: rectangular tiles designed to look like wood. Minimal grout or grout in a similar tone can give you all of the benefits of tile while still appealing to the wood lovers.

The photo above shows just one finish available in this new tile. Others mimic the rich browns of cherry or walnut flooring and all provide enough variation to keep the same organic style you have with wood flooring.

For an opportunity to see the wide choice of colors and finishes in this tile, why not visit the Fulton Design Center this Thursday September 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our browse night?

For more information, visit our website at: http://www.fultonhomes.com/design-center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fulton Homes Design Online – Wood Flooring

walnutWood flooring has been a preferred choice for many people for generations, and the popularity of wood floors is again increasing.

It’s no wonder; with its elegance and reflective glow, hardwood floors make every home look classically beautiful.

Fulton Homes Design Online allows you to preview your hardwood choices. This photo shows walnut hardwood. The dark tone and tonal variation provides a rich complement to the lighter glazed. Mixing woods creates a space that is more informal and eclectic.

birchPerhaps you prefer a lighter wood. Take a look at this birch wood flooring. It has a gentle honey tone that provides a flexible base for any combination of colors. Some people like to put lighter woods in bedrooms and upper halls as even bright colorful children’s rooms work well with it.

Hardwoods vary in terms of hardness, variation, color and tone. Each type has its own unique grain. You also have to choose between engineered floors or solid wood floors. The best option for you depends upon your expectations and goals from the perspective of maintenance and durability as well as style factors.

bambooA surface that is growing in popularity is bamboo. Although it is one of the most sustainable natural surfaces, growth and processing steps ensure that bamboo is a sturdy option. Notice that it has a stranded look, which is typical for this choice.


You may want to start your exploring with Fulton Homes Design Online. Be sure to watch the two videos provided on Hardwood floors. The first explains the difference between engineered and solid floors and outlines other product characteristics. The second, the Hardwood Disclosure Video, helps explain how to maintain wood flooring.

It’s worth the time to review these before your Design Center appointment, because these videos can answer some of your questions. Then once you sit down for your appointment at the Fulton Homes Design Center, your designer can help you make your final decisions. And the end result? A beautiful floor designed to last.


Wood floors add classic style

Whether you’re drawn to the strong face of a hand-scraped wood in a traditional oak finish or the more contemporary feel of dark rich ebony, wood flooring makes a statement in a home. This inviting light maple works anywhere, but is particularly apt for a nursery or children’s room. Its bright versatility makes it the perfect foil for children’s furnishings in pastels or bright colors. Also, as a child grows, it can handle the changes in décor over time.

Wood sends a message of luxury and permanence. It can complement a kitchen with an old world styling while remaining durable enough to handle spills when wiped up fairly quickly. Wood is also a soft flooring surface, which means that it doesn’t wear out your feet at the end of a long day.

Today’s wood options are much more versatile and durable than they used to be. Plank widths, wood tones, and special features such as hand scraping, beveled edges, and strong finishes make wood a virtually permanent flooring option.

Wood flooring can be chosen to contrast with your cabinetry or furniture. This allows you to enjoy a wood-filled home without worrying about matching the stains. A kitchen with painted cabinets and wood flooring provides an old-fashioned look that is as inviting as yesterday.

When choosing your wood flooring, take the time to look at a variety of options. The photo on the right shows the Fulton Home’s Design Center wood flooring selection. Take a look at your possibilities on the floor so that you see them from the right angle. A number of our models also show several wood flooring options.

When you choose wood flooring, your home will be a joy to live in and have a higher resale value when it is time to sell. Consider investing in wood flooring for one or two rooms, or even your entire home.