Yet crown molding is not for every style of home, and it certainly can be overused and misused. Any house aiming for a modern look should not have crown. Plus, you need to keep the rest of the house commensurate with the crown molding. In short, you want to avoid having elaborate, stacked crown molding in a plain, flat house with no other ornamentation. It just would not fit. At the same time, simply adding crown molding does not give your home instant classic style. Classically styled homes not only have crown molding, but they also have wainscot, baseboards, bulls-eyes, and other types of trim.
The most popular mode of crown molding installation is to mount it at a 45-degree angle at the point where the ceiling and the walls meet. If there happens to be a ragged edge of paint between the wall and the ceiling, the crown molding effectively hides it.