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 Design Proportions

 PHi

 

 "The Golden Rule"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Design Proportions and Guidelines

 

  We are always asked about the proportion of  component placement in various applications. 

 For example, how big should a ceiling medallion be in  reference to the chandelier,

 or how large should columns be.  

 

  There are natural proportions that one should adhere to, however like all design projects it is also a

  matter of taste.   Sometimes one looks at a presentation and says

  "I just can't put my finger on what is wrong", well this is because they have ignored the

   natural order of 1/3 to 2/3 ratio. 

 

 We will examine the natural order of the "Golden Rule" in the following article.  

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 What is the Golden Rule (PHi)

 

  PHi (1.618)

 The Ancient Greeks around 300 BC realized that there was a ratio that

 represented the natural proportions of both humans and art / architecture.  

 

 In simple terms, it is approximately a 1/3rd to 2/3rds ratio.

 This calculation is handy in sizing Medallions, dividing walls with wainscotting

 and Boiserie or dividing columns, cabinetry etc.

 

 

 

 Using the Golden Rule for Medallion Sizing

 

 

 Medallion and

 Expansion Ring

 

 

 

 

 

   

   PHi (1.618) is known as the golden rule

  Example:

  If your Chandelier has a diameter of 18" (45.7cm)

              take the 18" x 1.618 = 29" (73.6cm)

 

  The medallion diameter is in the correct proportions

  at 29" (73.6cm)

  Expansion Rings

 

  To enlarge an existing ceiling medallion or add to a new one,

  simply add a ceiling expansion ring to achieve the PHi ratio.

 

 

  Link to Expansion Rings

 

  

  Learn more click here=> learn about the history of the medallion

 

 

 

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