These Painted Basement Ceiling Ideas Will Make You Ditch the Popcorn Look

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The basement can be a great place to do something fun and bold. It can house a man cave, a playroom, or even a home theater — and you can hone your decor skills in any of those zones with a painted basement ceiling. Do something classic and choose either black or white, or go bold with a moody hue.

Say goodbye to popcorn ceilings once and for all, and try one of these painted basement ceiling ideas instead.

1. Black

Basements can occasionally feel dark (even though this one Leanne Ford designed has great natural light), and you can lean into that darkness with a black ceiling. The color can actually trick the eye and open up the room. In this space, the floral wallpaper complements the rich shade, and the gold accents just work.

Get the look: Clare Blackest

2. Light Gray

Just like any other room of the house, the basement can be outfitted in monochromatic tones. And in this Chango & Co. space, the ceiling got a coat of light gray paint that meshes seamlessly with the dark furnishings. It really makes those lime green light fixtures pop.

Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Network Gray

3. Dark Teal or Navy

If you aren't ready to commit to a black ceiling but want to go dark, try a navy or deep teal hue. The rich shades will edge up any space and can work with multiple colorful tones. We love how Hayon Studio incorporated the vibrancy in this bold basement bar. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can replicate the look with yellow counter chairs and bright coral walls.

Get the look: Clare Deep Dive

4. White

This basement media room from Room for Tuesday inspires us to go deep with the wall color and bright on the ceilings. The mix of light and dark feels welcoming and so perfect for late-night lounging sessions.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball All White

5. Charcoal

Painting your basement ceiling with a color that completely contrasts the walls will really set things off. In this basement space, the white walls stand out against the charcoal ceiling. We also love this color in a more industrial space to elevate the look of exposed pipes and beams.

Get the look: Dunn-Edwards Sheet Metal


Hedy is a freelance lifestyle and entertainment writer for places including POPSUGAR, Eat This Not That, InStyle, and more. She devotes 99% of her time to snuggling with her cats, and 100% of her money to following Harry Styles around on tour. She's always on the lookout for another slice of New York pizza, and she's never met a Starbucks drink she doesn't like.

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