I'm putting up a coffered ceiling in my 12' x 14' dining room. There are 1/2 " birch plywood panels on the ceiling of each coffer. The opening is 4' 3" x 3' 5". I'm trying to figure out how to orient the grain of these panels.
If I orient the grain with the long side of the room (what my instincts tell me I should do) I will have to use one 4' x 8' sheet per panel, which I really don't want to do. I can get two panels per sheet if I run the grain across the shorter side of the room. Crown molding will hide the 1 1/2" gap on each side making each panel 4' x 3' 5".
I have read that orienting the grain parallel to the shorter side of the room makes a rectangular room appear larger and squarer. Also, we have hardwood floors in the adjacent kitchen that run parallel to the 12' walls.
So that's my dilemma. Should the grain run parallel to the 14' wall or the 12 footer?