I'm aware that plenty of people have exposed piping in their basements due to a lack of finishing. Its them + their sheets down there in the dark, so why would they invest in it ? This basement laundry room also had exposed pipes. But not for a lack of finishing. I LOVE this white pattern it has created over the machines above, and the awesome grid those little switchboards (?) created on the wall below. One, white pipes on a dark wall, the other, dark mechanics on a white wall. And again, less is more.