You can purchase moldings or raw lumber in either variety to trim out your home using different techniques. White oak is more exclusive but imparts a recognizable look of real craftsmanship. Red oak is the most common and the most affordable.
But in some cases, it's just too gaudy and pretentious.
You can get the same effect -- toned down for normal homes -- using ordinary oak cove molding.
Cove molding is only 3/4-inch-wide and has a pleasing inside curve that fits nicely in corners.
You can nail it to the perimeter of the ceiling just like crown molding, but the process is easier and faster.
It goes well with previously installed paneling or cedar on the walls.
Cove molding can also be used anywhere as a border or trim.