2 good color tips: 1. Use 3M painters' tape. 3M was about 5 times the cost of the generic (Ace Brand, in this case). I tried them both, and the 3M is worth the cost. The generic pulled the underlying paint and even some plaster off the wall. 2. I was afraid that the lowered crown moldings would make my ceiling look low, and had originally planned to fill in the space about them with some stenciling or wallpaper trim to bring the eye all the way up. After living with it, though, I realized the open space above the crown had the opposite effect as I had expected--because the top of the wall matches the ceiling, the ceiling sort of disappears, as if the walls never stop going up. 2 good color resources: 1. This book: Decorative Painting & Faux Finishes 2. Why, Apartment Therapy of course!