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The top kitchen and bath trends for 2012


    (MoneyWatch) Home renovation projects can be stressful, but one of the fun parts is picking out finishes. A new vanity in the bathroom, different countertops in the kitchen or a fresh coat of paint can make your old house feel like a brand new home.

    With more people staying put due to low home values and a stagnant real estate market, home renovations are on the rise. If you're planning a kitchen or bath renovation this year, keep in mind these top trends, courtesy the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

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