Coffered ceilings, on the other hand, are very similar in technical terms to suspended ceilings, but differ from them in being decorated with ornate recessed panels, offering a more corporate appearance, ideal for those who plan to turn their basement into a home office or formal study. The drawback of plain old suspended ceilings, on the other hand, lies in the industrial look they tend to give a room, which can be great if you're into Manhattan-style architecture and not-so-great if your house has been designed to look like a Tuscan villa. For practical purposes, they're great, as one can quickly access any wires pipes they conceal by snapping away segments of the ceiling. Most building codes require at least 90 inches of headroom for a finished basement, so in the event that your basement has a low ceiling, you have two options - either dig up the floor, or go for drywall.
If you're using your basement as an area to entertain guests in or as guest rooms, it's likely you'll want a more traditional type of ceiling. Using a lovely ceiling fan as your focal point will both look nice and keep the air in the basement moving. If your basement is large enough, you may want to add more than one fan. Another idea when decorating the ceiling in a more formal basement is to hang nice chandeliers from the ceiling.
Another reason to buy that can of paint is the fact that a colored ceiling softens the sharp contrast offered by your walls. For most people, walking into a room with dark red walls topped with an intensely white ceiling can be almost shocking! It isn't comfortable and cozy at all. To solve this problem, opt for a ceiling color that blends better with your wall color. If you have walls done in shades of jade, why not select a ceiling in ivory or beige? It's a softer hue that complements rather than contrasts with your walls.
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