I'm currently in love with this basement profiled in the Boston Globe.
I really don't like accostic tiles ceilings, especially in a dark basement. And I've been warned not to drywall a basement ceiling -- in case you need access to the utilities in there later. So, what are my options?
I love the painted ceiling here. And the addition of the industrial pendent lights, white walls, big graphical elements, it's got this cool loft feel.
If my basement finishing project ever gets off the ground, this will be the picture I give the contractor and tell to just "do that."