Look up to spectacular ceilings in a basement remodel

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Finishing a basement is an ideal way to expand your living space without expanding your house. Since your basement already has the basics of a room in place - walls, floor, ceiling - it doesn't take a lot of time, effort or money to turn that generally unused space into something functional and enjoyable for your family.

Home theater, workout room, family game room or a guest suite - all these basement ideas can be enhanced with the addition of a decorative ceiling. From the familiar to the breathtaking, there are many beautiful ceilings that not only add great style to basement designs, but make easy do-it-yourself projects that can be completed over a weekend. Find some great basement ideas in this gallery.

Stylish suspended ceiling panels

Contemporary suspended ceilings in 2-foot by 2-foot panels add dimensional interest with larger pattern areas that make the grid less conspicuous. They hide mechanicals and joists yet still provide easy access to everything above your ceiling when maintenance and repairs are needed. There is a wide range of texture and pattern options available, including raised or embossed panels. You can also paint 2-foot by 2-foot ceiling tiles to match your basement design. For media rooms or man caves, consider trendy black panels for a dramatic accent.

In basements where moisture can be an issue, look for tiles that are treated to inhibit or slow growth of mold and mildew. And if you have an existing 2-foot by 4-foot grid in place, it's easy to convert it to a square configuration using cross tees.

Ceiling planks

Cheery, warm and welcoming, wood-look ceiling planks add the texture and character of real wood to your basement design. With deep amber shades and scattered knots, knotty pine planks offer a rustic, relaxed charm to a basement space, while ceiling planks in a clear maple or light ash finish add a subtle hint of color and less graining for more modern decors.

Mesmerizing metal ceilings

Dazzling tin-look metal ceilings is a basement idea that adds a burst of excitement and upscale style to a home theater, billiards room or basement bar/lounge. Made of steel and aluminum and available in finishes like copper and brass, pressed metal tiles offer a vintage-chic glow that captures the ambiance of an era when style was hand-crafted.

Pressed metal ceilings are simple to install in a suspended grid system or they can be directly attached to ceiling joists or a drywall ceiling. This is one of the most luxurious looks in basement designs, yet the cost is very affordable.

Budget-friendly tin-look ceilings

Decorative tin-look tiles capture the dramatic look of a tin ceiling, yet cost a fraction of real metal. Tin-look tiles are easy to work with and easy to paint or finish. Try a custom finishing technique, like applying metallic paint for an antiquing effect or a color to complement your decor, for a one-of-a-kind look.

Coffered ceilings

Coffered ceilings date back to Greek and Roman architecture when granite ceilings where hollowed out in waffle-like patterns to reduce their weight. Today's coffered ceilings are strictly decorative but no less elegant in basement designs where they cast dramatic displays of shadow and light. You'll find lightweight coffered panels that easily fit into a standard suspension system.

Your basement ceiling can be so much more exciting than boring white drywall. With these basement ideas for ceilings, your family and friends will forget they're underground.