Hello, This is the first time I have posted a message here so be kind:). I have a number of friends that have used this site for help and I figured I would get it a whirl. I have been subscribing to Ffine homebuilding for the past 5 years and love the magazine and the info it provides. I am looking forward to this forum because of the interactive nature here. My latest project idea I want to share and looking for some design advice has to do with my kitchen and breakfast room area. The combined room size is approximately 11 by 25 feet with standard 8 foot ceilings. I am currently considering installing a wood T&G with a V-groove at each joint and staining it. Are there any design rules regarding ceiling height for this type of ceiling. I am concerned about the room being too dark after I do this work and looking for some advice here. There are only a couple of windows in this room. For lighting I am planning to install recessed lights.