Originally Posted by dillonfickas
So I'm finishing my basement and there is duct work and electrical in ceiling, I don't want to do the traditional drop ceiling. Does anyone have any ideas? Something interesting, it's an old home, but refinished and looks great upstairs, trying to make the basement match.
I have the same dilemma to deal with in the future when i finish my basement. I have seen people paint the floor joists, ducts, wiring and plumbing all white. This may be a good look for a cottage theme. I however may paint mine black to make it all disappear and give the feeling of a larger room. I know it might sound crazy - black for a larger room - but it does have the effect of having everything above your head just disappear.
I have also seen that The Olive Garden uses black painted lattice in some areas. They also had the structure above the lattice painted black.
Do a google image search for 'Basement Ceiling' and I'm sure you will come up with other ideas.