Do you have a basement that is a little run down and cramped with junk? Why not utilize your basement and create a recreation room or maybe an extra bedroom for your guests. Doing up a basement to convert it into a living space will no doubt take some effort, but the results are well worth it. Most basements have low ceilings with exposed ductwork that give the basement a shabby and dungeon like look. But with the right ceiling design and a good paint job, all these obstructions can be concealed.
Most homeowners pay a lot of attention in choosing wall paint, furniture placement and general layout while remodeling a basement. But even after planning and executing all these details, if you forget about doing up the ceiling, your remodeling work is going to be incomplete. For a stylish basement makeover, you need to pay close attention to remodeling the ceiling as well. And there is no reason why it cannot be done on a shoe string budget. Do the ceiling remodeling yourself, enlisting the help of your spouse or close friends, and cut down on labor cost. There are many DIY basement options that even a novice at home improvement can do. Here we will run you through some DIY basement ceiling ideas.
DIY Basement Ceiling Ideas
Since most basements have a low ceiling and the height of the room is less than that of conventional rooms, any interior decoration should make the basement look spacious and airy. Basement ceilings should give an illusion of grandeur that goes with the rest of the décor.
Say Yes to Paint
One of the best DIY basement ceiling options that you can employ is to paint the ceiling in a dark paint color. It is a good cost-effective way to conceal exposed ductwork or pipes that run along the ceiling. This idea works well if you are converting the basement into an entertainment room or recreation room. A dark color like charcoal or chocolate works really well. Choose spray paint to coat the ceiling and don’t forget to paint the exposed pipes as well. You can even use black paint color to give a very industrial vibe to the space.
Add Decorative Wood Beams
If you are looking to add architectural flair to your basement, then a good option would be to install narrow wooden beams across the ceiling. If you have a plain dry wall ceiling without exposed ductwork running through it, then this ceiling idea is just perfect for your basement. Decorative wooden beams can be bought from specialty home improvement stores and they are easy to install too. Before installing the wooden beams, stain or paint them in the same color as the rest of the wood trimmings to give the space a cohesive look.
Install Laminate Planks
Rectangular laminate planks can also be installed over the ceiling to give the basement a clean and structured look. Laminate planks are available in a wide variety of textures and colors and they are excellent for a minimalistic décor. If your basement is dark (as most basements are) go for pristine white colored laminate planks or eggshell blue colored laminate planks. If you would rather go for a more country décor, then you can pick pre-finished laminate planks in wood finishes. They are quite easy to install although the project can be time-consuming.
You can also use decorative trims for ceiling installation in a myriad of textures, colors and finishes to suit your home décor. Conventional ceilings like tray ceiling and drop ceilings are also great options for a basement, although they are best left to professionals for installation.
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