sherril....I did a basement several years ago for a friend of mine. She didnt want a finish ceilling because she thought it would make it look like a cave. I drywalled up as far as I could, cutting the top edge crisp and clean. Later in the project we painted the ceiling and every pipe and wire that was exposed a very deep green, almost black. Green was the color she was working around. I gotta tell ya.....it looked awesome. Sort of an industrial look. If I did one for myself thats what I would do. Good luck and post pics.