What are some alternatives to installing crown molding?

There are some attractive and economic alternatives to installing crown molding. A plain molding used with corner trim blocks, which are available in many styles, is one alternative. These blocks eliminate the need for angled cuts and offer visual interest to the corners of the room. Painting a horizontal strip at the wall’s edge where it meets the ceiling can give interest to the room without the cost and labor involved in installing crown molding. This can be painted in the same color as the room’s trim. Attaching a row of trim at the bottom of this paint strip will increase the effect and will mimic the appearance of more expensive crown molding.