April 2nd, 2018

white painted cabinets are an important part of a modern farmhouse kitchen

Farmhouse kitchen style is more popular than ever. Because of TV make-over shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper, people are loving the look more than ever. You can thank Chip and Joanna Gaines for farmhouse kitchen — or blame them, if you’re not a fan. While this type of kitchen was a thing before their show got popular, Joanna’s signature decorating style is what everyone wants these days. Could it be a response to the minimalist trend?  Farmhouse kitchen style is traditional but…

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March 19th, 2018

Painted cabinetry is very versatile

Why has painted cabinetry become so popular? It’s because of its versatility. Painted cabinets can look modern or traditional, transitional or contemporary. Their look has been “current” for two decades and will still be in style for the foreseeable future. And its popularity continues to grow. In February 2018, Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, said: “Three years ago, 70 percent of cabinets were stained. Now 70 percent are painted.” Painted Cabinets…

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February 12th, 2018

Craig Allen Designs will work with you to create a gourmet kitchen

I don’t like kitchen design trends. I always caution my clients that their new kitchen is the one place where they want to stay away from trendy choices. I understand that they want their new kitchen to look hip and happening to show off. Yet, buyers’ remorse is a real thing, and no one wants the kitchen they’ve invested thousands of dollars in to be out of style in a few short years. It’s a delicate balance when making choices for a kitchen remodel. But I’m happy to work with you to…

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January 2nd, 2018

The selections you must make for a new kitchen can seem endless: hardware finish and type; stone, quartz or laminate countertops; lighting fixtures; appliances – gas, electric, or combination, stainless or colored finish; type of flooring; seating, etc. But I’d like to talk about one detail you may not have thought about. You’ve probably looked at lots of photos to get inspiration – on Houzz and in magazines, home makeover shows and cabinetry websites. Certain pictures of cabinetry…

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November 6th, 2017

kitchen layout

Interested in incorporating a farm-style kitchen in your home, but unsure where to start? Craig Allen Designs in Midland Park, NJ stimulates your imagination with five must-have aspects of any farm-style kitchen. Sink Many would argue that the sink is the focal point of any farm-style kitchen design. The classic farmhouse sink has a deep, wide basin that’s big and hefty, large enough to hold and rinse vegetables and other produce, pluck chickens and anything else that features in a full…

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