Here is our experience with a painted basement ceiling and leaving the joists and imperfections exposed.
If you’re considering and open basement ceiling here are some photos for you to take a look at.
Painted Basement Ceiling
Our basement remodel has been a labor of love if there ever was one. We first pulled everything out and completely gutted it – removing every wall and every stud and every piece of flooring – more than 2 years ago.
Slowly, we’ve put in the time and money to make it what we envisioned from the very beginning. Ever since my husband bought this house over 12 years ago.
One issue to address, among many, was the ceiling. What we had needed to come down, so what should we put in its place?
A conventional ceiling, or an open ceiling?
The open ceiling would mean leaving everything uncovered, the joists, the wires, the piping and every other imperfection.
We chose an open painted ceiling.
Pro’s and Cons
The pro’s to leaving it open are first and foremost cost. It’s significantly much less money than a traditional ceiling and it takes less time as well.
Also, it makes low ceilings feel taller. Plus, they just look unique.
The con’s are that you’re eliminating a noise barrier. You can certainly hear more foot steps and voices downstairs now than you could before.
The other con is that you may just really dislike having a dark ceiling in your basement or it may not flow with the design idea you had in mind.
Sunday is a big fan.
Why We Love It
For us, it’s a really nice look. We like the industrial feel and it’s something you don’t see every day. The ceilings almost just disappear and contrary to popular belief, it does not make the basement feel darker or smaller at all.
Honestly, it was hard to envision this at the beginning.
My husband was a big advocate for trying it but I was really nervous. In the end, I’m really happy we did it.
We’ve even inspired a friend to paint his basement ceiling and his looks awesome as well.
Leave me any questions you have below and I’ll try my best to answer them.
Ceiling Paint Color: Deep Onyx (paint was applied with a sprayer)
Wall Paint Color: Behr Stonington Gray
Flooring: Life Proof in Choice Oak
Lighting: LED Can Lights
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Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.