My husband and I are going to use the many ducts, pipes, etc in our basement as part of the atmosphere. We're planning a bar, pool table, entertainment area with a rustic look, kind of like you'd find in an sports bar. I need ideas on what and how to paint the ceiling/ducts/pipes, etc, what to do with my walls (paneling or drywall) and floor. thanks
Stained concrete looks cool on the floor, and makes a nice durable surface. It is a DIY process if you want. It involves cleaning and etching the existing floor and application of stain/sealer.
Use a rented sprayer to paint the underside of the floor, the joists, and the ductwork. Clean all the metal surfaces thoroughly and prime them before painting. I think dark green looks pretty cool, as does black. I've seen track lighting installed on this type of job, and it looks great.