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Upgrade your basement upside.

The basement renovation project is a hot one, often tackled by DIY homeowners. An often overlooked opportunity for these renovations is to look up.  The right ceiling can, er, elevate your DIY project to new levels.  Here are a few ideas from the pros at

1.  Natural Wooden Planks

Give your man of woman cave an upscale bar vide with polished wood planks, and light fixtures tucked inside support beams.

Photo: Zillow Digs home in Bellevue, WA

2. Painted Wooden Planks

All Aboard the shiplap train!  Compliment the surroundings with a monochromatic color scheme and your basement ceiling will make the whole space feel bright. And it’s fairly easy to add a visually seamless access panel in this type of ceiling.


Photo: Zillow Digs home in Minneapolis, MN

3. Traditional Coffered Ceiling

The beams in this basement’s coffered ceiling have just enough embellishment to make them seem like the architectural elements of a traditional coffered ceiling instead of structural solutions.

Photo: Zillow Digs home in Bethesda, MD

4. Exposed Wood Beams

And of course exposed wood beams add a rustic but contemporary architectural feature thereby capitalizing on the modern farmhouse trend so popular

Photo: Zillow Digs home in Shoreline, WA

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