finished basement in Upper Holland, PA.
Photo by John Welsh.
of this basement has an open layout, but this section of it is approximately 23x17 (the seating area shown is approximately 14x17).
basement tray lighting, up light, perhaps down the center of the room.
use lower basement ceiling areas for ductwork to install upward indirect lighting.
making a basement a place people want to hang out is good lighting. Here's another example of a well-planned ceiling layout. The tray ceiling in the middle is surrounded by lower areas that can conceal ductwork and piping. It also gave the builder a spot to install indirect lighting. Because the ceilings
ceilings in a basement are usually lower than elsewhere in the house, light reflected up off the ceiling — like the ambient lighting in this tray ceiling or the sconces on the wall — is better than light directed down.