Bathroom Trends for 2013

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Although what people do in the bathroom may not change much over the decades, the fashion of fixtures and finishes changes almost every year.

For 2013 bathroom trends are looking to be a mix of natural elements and contemporary lines with a dash of color to lift the spirits, according to the blog BoldSky.

Culminating into a truly luxurious bathing experience, here are the emerging bathroom trends for 2013 that we know you will want to try this coming year.

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U.S. Homes Got Larger in 2011

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Home sizes in the United States got larger last year, rising to an average of 2,480 square feet, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The finding contradicts the presumed trend toward smaller dwellings that has supposedly taken hold in recent years.

Among the other findings:

  • 87% of new homes completed last year had at least 3 bedrooms.
  • The average sales price of new single-family homes sold was $267,900. The average sales price was $272,900 in 2010, $270,900 in 2009 and $292,600 ...
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NAHB Reveals The Hottest Design Trends

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The home building industry celebrated New Homes Month in April by unveiling the hottest design trends that will be seen in new homes in 2012 and 2013. New home buyers will be able to take advantage of emerging market trends that incorporate creative use of materials, layouts and features that provide maximum utility and beauty while being cost-conscious at the same time.

“Despite the ongoing challenging economy, home builders are still delivering new homes with exceptional design elements that serve the ...

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Defining Your Space

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floors.jpgBuyers want a smaller house, according to a designer featured in the Chicago Tribune. Many defining features have made their way down the price ladder from custom homes to semicustom and production homes.

Here are some tips for defining spaces:

Start at the Top

For a minimal investment, ceiling details set rooms apart. Decorative ceiling tiles and planks, or even a faux treatment with paint textures and stencils, add interest and definition. The ceiling is ...

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Bye-Bye Big Kitchens

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It’s not just the size of the new American home that’s shrinking — down to 2,377 square feet last year from 2,438 square feet the year before. According to NAHB, the stuff that goes in it is shrinking, too.

It makes sense that a smaller home with a smaller kitchen is going to need smaller appliances.

“If you go down to a 18-inch range instead of one 24 inches, to a 33-inch refrigerator from a 36-inch one, and to an 18-inch dishwasher ...

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