I spend a lot of time in my unfinished basement. Over the years we've done some things to make the area more cozy and welcoming, without spending much money on the flood-prone cave. First, we hosted a painting party and created murals. Next, I pieced together carpet remnants to soften and brighten the floor.
Last week, I rented an airless paint sprayer, tarped everything in the basement, and sprayed 18 gallons of taupe paint onto the joists and ductwork. The result is an exponentially brighter atmosphere without the starkness of a plain white. Instead of being lost in shadow, light now washes over the area.
It was definitely worth an achy neck and sore arms.