Use a sprayer to paint the exposed ductwork, pipes, and cables white to match white-painted concrete-block walls. Painting the unfinished ceiling white brightens the basement and is a particularly good choice for a laundry room, where the focus is on cleanliness. Painting is also the least expensive option for basements with ceilings too low to accommodate a drop ceiling.
Now we're talkin'. Basically unfinished but still very cool. Painted floor, cinder block painted white, curtains for walls and exposed lighting. Has a French country house vibe going. For more basement ideas check out www.ifinishedmybasement.com