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    Install a corbel where your backsplash ends and wall begins for a polished look.

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    Polyurethane trim is the perfect surrogate for carved wood exterior door trim: It's more stable than wood and won't rot, warp, or crack, so paint holds up better. Shown: With basic tools and an afternoon's work, this four-piece kit caps an entryway with molding styles that date back to Roman times. $119; Focal Point

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    Vertical plank siding by James Hardie.

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    PVC shingles, milled with crisp details to mimic the real thing, mean less maintenance, and the Sherwin-Williams finish is covered by a 25-year warranty. Shown: Mystic Haze, one of 18 shades. $6.50 per square foot; NuCedar Mills

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    Adding decorative brackets is a lot easier when they're made from low-maintenance, lightweight polyurethane and require only a few screws and some construction adhesive to install. Shown: This chunky silhouette features an embossed wood grain that would fit right into a Craftsman home's porch or under its gable ends. $93; Fypon

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    Small-scale Early American molding helps this reworked kitchen appear larger. The cyma recta curve (concave at the outer edge and convex at the inner edge) where the crown meets the ceiling and simple beading makes this molding just enough of an accent for this bold-colored kitchen.

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    Made from plastic to look like ½-inch-thick slate, this crack-proof synthetic version costs about half as much as the real thing, and installation is faster, saving on labor. Can replace a roof that currently has asphalt shingles without the need for any additional structural support. Shown: The European blend uses a mix of gray to dark-violet shingles for a look commonly used around the 1840s. Starting at $2.85 per square foot; DaVinci Roofscapes

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    Bridge the gap between ceiling and upper cabinets with a handsome molding treatment. This built-up cornice is easy to DIY using paintable clear pine or poplar 1x6 boards. Shown: Primed pine board, about $1.50 per foot; lowes.com

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    The simple, elegant beading of this Federal style crown molding help a low-ceilinged room full of feminine neutral accents read as voluminous. The English-inspired style was popular after the American Revolution and into the early 19th century and characterized by its simple beads (small indented lines) and cavetto (concave) shapes.

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    Rubber profiles easily bend around curves, you can use traditional tools to install them, and they take paint and stain well. All of which makes them typically less expensive than using real wood. Shown: Rubber molding can be ordered to match any style; the repeating leaf pattern here suits a Victorian-era archway. $11 per linear foot; Flex Trim

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