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Real Estate

4 ways to add luxury to your home

comp:000052107146:0000000f49:7ff8 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <p class="follow"><a href="http://facebook.com/zillow" target="_blank">Follow Zillow on Facebook</a></p> <p>Ever walk through a design center, flip through a home remodeling magazine or scroll through a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank">home improvement website</a> and think “Why can’t that be my house?” Not everyone is as gifted as <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/cousins-on-call/show/index.html" target="_blank">“Cousins on Call”</a> or <a href="http://www.bravotv.com/million-dollar-decorators" target="_blank">“Million Dollar Decorator,”</a> but knowing what to focus on can go a long way!</p> <p>Here are four places to start.</p> <h3>Inlays, trays and molding</h3> <div id="attachment_131511" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 510px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-home-offices-5064777707/"><img class="size-full wp-image-131511" alt="Crown molding" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/Crown-molding-c25438-e1376688524370.jpg" width="500" height="333" pagespeed_url_hash="2103589607"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Alder-and-Tweed-boards/" target="_blank">Alder &amp; Tweed</a></p></div> <p>They don’t call it “crown” molding for nothing. Make your walls look like royalty. Simple molding can add character to any space and highlight specific features in a room. A tray ceiling can make any standard room stand out, and adding inlays on doors can make any entrance grand.</p> <h3>Paint it up</h3> <div id="attachment_131512" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 510px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-dining-rooms-1980799259/"><img class="size-full wp-image-131512" alt="Painted dining room" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/Painted-dining-room-088bdc-e1376689014141.jpg" width="500" height="334" pagespeed_url_hash="2022117889"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Derrick-Architecture-boards/" target="_blank">Christopher Derrick</a></p></div> <p>A simple paint job can go a long way, but a bad paint job can end up causing a huge headache. You may toy with the idea of becoming the next Picasso and feeling “one” with your paintbrush, but that doesn&#8217;t mean that your paintbrush feels the same way about you. Don&#8217;t give your walls the short end of the deal. Spend the additional money and hire a professional for the best look possible.</p> <h3>Custom and convenience</h3> <div id="attachment_131513" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 510px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-closets-5109586669/"><img class="size-full wp-image-131513" alt="Custom closet" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/Custom-closet-59e37c-e1376689663198.jpg" width="500" height="397" pagespeed_url_hash="948509343"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/CBI-Design-boards/" target="_blank">CBI Design Professionals</a></p></div> <p>From custom closets to custom kitchens, anything and everything that’s made-to-order will immediately put the home in “glam” status — not to mention add convenience, organization and extra space.</p> <h3>Time to shine</h3> <div id="attachment_131520" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 510px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-master-bedrooms-5129516270/"><img class="size-full wp-image-131520" alt="Master bedroom" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/Master-bedroom-a11ef2-e1376690757879.jpg" width="500" height="333" pagespeed_url_hash="4104582971"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/D-for-Design-boards/" target="_blank">D for Design</a></p></div> <p>A little sparkle can go a long way. Silky drapes, cashmere throws and metallic pillows can add both a whimsical and romantic vibe that will transform any dull home into a luxurious space. In addition, new, shiny fixtures can add a sense of &#8220;wealth&#8221; to any average old item.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-08-14/5-ways-to-refresh-your-living-space-on-a-budget/" target="_blank">5 Ways to Refresh Your Living Space on a Budget</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-08-02/get-this-look-black-and-white-chic/" target="_blank">Get This Look: Black &amp; White Chic</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-07-25/famous-chefs-tom-douglas-ethan-stowells-dream-home-kitchens/" target="_blank">Chefs Tom Douglas &amp; Ethan Stowell&#8217;s Dream Kitchens</a></li> </ul> <p><em><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/114122124930941751393/posts?rel=author" target="_blank">Samantha (Sam) DeBianchi </a>is a Realtor and founder of <a href="http://www.debianchirealestate.com/">DeBianchi Real Estate</a>. Her expert real estate advice and straightforward approach can be seen and heard on FOX Business. Always keeping it REAL, you can follow Sam online on <a href="https://twitter.com/SamDeBianchi">Twitter </a>and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DeBianchiRealEstate">Facebook</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> </div>
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