Our painted basement ceiling. Why we chose to leave the joists and imperfections exposed and painted our basement ceiling black.
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?
Choosing between 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 would leave all of it and just paint right over it.
A regular ceiling would mean to cover all of that up with sheetrock.
In the end, we chose a Basement Ceiling Painted Black.
The Pro’s and Cons to a basement ceiling painted black
The pro’s to a painted basement ceiling 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 really unique! It isn’t something you see everyday.
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. Anyone upstairs can also hear whatever is happening below them. If sound is an issue for you, this may not be best.
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
To us, a painted basement ceiling is 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. The ceiling looks nice and it saved us money. Those are both wins to me.
We’ve even inspired a friend to paint his basement ceiling black. That basement looks awesome as well and they have had no regrets.
Leave me any questions you have below and I’ll try my best to answer them.
What Color To Paint Basement Ceiling: We used the 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.