The basement is a large room with plenty of potential living space for your family. Yet, the unfinished walls and ceiling make this part of the home less comfortable and inviting. With a little extra investment in the basement ceiling, you can make the downstairs more functional and attractive. In fact, there are multiple benefits to renovating the basement ceiling.

Create a Brighter, Sharper Looking Room

By hiring a remodeling team to renovate your basement ceiling, you’ll be able to give the room a sharper, more polished look. The ceiling can be covered with drywall or tiles in a light color which also reflects more light to brighten up the basement.

Define Different Areas of the Basement

Attractive finishes and trim can be used to define different areas of the basement from a living area to mini kitchen to dining area. A trayed ceiling offers an elegant touch that dresses up the basement, while simple painted ceilings can separate each section of the basement with different colors.

Stop Dust and Cobwebs from Building Up

If you feel like the basement ceiling is where a lot of dust and debris builds up only to fall on anyone who spends time downstairs, you can enclose it. Add a sturdy drywall or tiled ceiling to provide protection, while also finishing the space.

Increased Soundproofing in the Basement

Have the remodeling company install insulation or soundproofing while updating the ceiling to increase privacy in the basement. At Matrix Basement Systems, we use Arctic Suspended Ceiling by Rockfon which not only looks great but also offers increased sound absorption.

Options for Finishing Your Basement Ceiling

There are a surprising number of options for the basement ceiling from traditional drywall to stylish trim and beams. Let’s take a quick look at some of the styles available to homeowners:

Conventional Ceiling

A contemporary ceiling found in many homes and basements is simple plastered drywall painted white. It offers simplicity of design that serves as a backdrop to designer accents, such as light fixtures or window trim.

Suspended Ceiling

The suspended tile ceiling is a more affordable remodeling option that offers the best of both finished basement and a quicker installation. Today’s fiberboard and stone wool ceiling tiles are available in a wider range of shapes and styles than the old rectangular tiles with smatterings of black spots.


Many homeowners also prefer to take advantage of the exposed beams and ductwork to give their basements a more industrial look. Some opt to paint the basement beams and underside of the floorboards black or white to give it a finishing touch.

Rustic Beamed Ceiling

It’s also possible to keep the beams exposed and add drywall and plaster between them for a rustic ceiling. Some homeowners also opt to add false wood beams over plaster to create a rustic effect.

Tray Ceiling

A rectangular inset ceiling with framed sides can add a touch of elegance to dining rooms and living areas. This style may work better in basements with higher ceilings.

Coffered Ceiling

A more ornate but similarly elegant effect is possible with a coffered ceiling. Made with decorative beams these ceilings create squared patterns you can run across the entire ceiling or just use in some areas of the basement.

If you are thinking about remodeling your basement or want to update the basement ceiling, give Matrix Basement Systems a call. We’ll set up a free consultation with one of our remodeling experts right away. You can also fill out our online form to ask about a complimentary quote for any of our basement remodeling services today.