Look Up to Inspirational Design

Today’s basement is so much more than just a space to store items or keep your washer and dryer. It can offer a whole new level to your home that is used for entertainment, relaxation, exercise, or even a home office.

full bar in finished basement

Modern basements have many purposes. This finished basement features a bar.

With so many design and material choices available, it’s an opportune time to make your modern basement ceiling unique. A renovation to your basement ceiling doesn’t have to be expensive. Today, you can refine the look of your space with a ceiling that is elegant at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

The Challenge

A common concern is the loss of space you could incur when choosing a new basement ceiling. When the minimum height of a residential ceiling can be as short at seven feet, there’s not always a lot of headway to work with.

Even if that is the case, there are a wide variety of modern trends you can follow to make your basement ceiling pop with style.

Read on to learn more about modern basement ceiling ideas for your home, including options for low-clearance.

Paint It

One of the easiest ways to spruce up a low-clearance basement ceiling (even in a space that isn’t finished or is partially finished) is with a coat of paint. Exposed metal beams, pipes, rafters and conduit are actually extremely popular and are on-trend in all sorts of homes around the world.

Modern basement ceilings that are exposed can be painted with chic creams, beiges, or shades of white. If your beams create squares, it’s easy to add paint to create a “box ceiling,” which emulates the appearance of crown molding.

Great for movies, you can even replicate a home-theater experience or that desired industrial look with black paint.

The best part? You’ll retain all of your vertical space.

A little paint goes a long way toward defining the rest of your design. Wood panel floors look stunning in a room with black paint, and earth-tone furnishings perfectly complement cream-colored ceilings. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Showcase Wooden Beams

Perhaps you have a finished basement ceiling you aren’t happy with, but underneath, you find beautiful wooden beams. You can use these supports as a focal point of your ceiling, and if you don’t have them already, they can also be installed.

A professional home improvement company can drywall your ceiling and paint it, while applying varnish to your wood beams to incorporate them into the new ceiling design. Add new lighting and you’ll have a new, updated look for your basement.

Choose Metals and Tin

Adding character to your basement ceiling is easy when you incorporate materials like corrugated metal, tin, or other recycled metal sheets.

These materials can be cut and installed to the exact specifications of your basement and they go great with other elements you may already have like heavy wood plank walls or wooden built-ins. Metals and tins are thin, yet strong enough to last, meaning you won’t lose valuable space and the ceiling will hold up over the years.

Use Coffered Beadboards or Wooden Planks

Beadboards and wooden planks are classic materials, and have become extremely desirable for basement ceilings.

Beadboard ceilings add new dynamics to your space and are often used to cover a plain or popcorn-finished basement ceiling.

Adjoined with slots that create a paneled appearance, it’s common that beadboard ceilings are installed and painted with bright colors for a beautiful look that often melds with painted beams or coffers.

Wooden planks are another modern trend for basement ceilings, and can be painted or left in their natural wood tone.

Add your unique designs with color contrasts, polishes, and lighting to make your basement the perfect place to relax and enjoy company.

Reinvigorate Your Basement Ceiling with Reliable Home Improvement

For more than 50 years, the team at Reliable Home Improvement have been working with Chicagoland residents to achieve their basement finishing and remodeling goals.

We can create a custom basement ceiling design for your home and will work with you to develop the basement you desire.

Contact us today to get started and receive more information about the personal level of service our expert builders provide.

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