To really increase the ceiling height, the upper floors would have to be raised with a jack and brackets should be installed between the concrete walls of the basement and floor joists. Description from quufi.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images
This exposed basement ceiling was spray painted black due to the duct work and pipes to create a visually higher ceiling. This was a great idea when you're dealing with pipes and duct work and the end result is very sharp looking basement.