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Embrace brick walls instead of drywalling over them. A red accent wall adds the appearance of depth to this basement and feels bold and cheerful in contrast with the simple black and white scheme.

white unfinished basement ceiling and light grey walls (fireplace is not a good idea for a playroom)

Love the pop of orange ! Refreshing way to handle a basement apartment - white walls, white ceilings, brightly painted pipes as minimal art.

from Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Updates for a Better Laundry Room

I Love this Idea! Not those colors.... but the curtains to hide crummy walls... ceiling paint idea.. :) basement laundry room - seal floor, paint walls & ceiling white, use curtains to hide ugly unfinished walls. basements are just a fairy tale here in Florida, but I adore this regardless.

from The Family Handyman

Tips for Better Drywall Taping

Whether you're finishing a basement, repairing a damaged wall, or hanging drywall in a new house, these taping tips will help you make smooth, invisible seams, even at inside corners. Find simple tricks for fast, flawless drywall finishing at http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Wall---Ceiling/Drywall-Taping/tips-for-better-drywall-taping

Basement wall idea. For basement wall with odd bumpout due to utility (heating) units. Great idea to add vertical molding to look like pillars.