The Fibonacci sequence exhibits a certain numerical pattern that is used describe an amazing variety of phenomena, in mathematics and science, art and nature. It closely resembles the golden ratio phi = 1.618. We at Fibonacci LLC like to use this ratio to determine proportions that we unconsciously feel are pleasing to the eye. Architects have used this equation for centuries and Leonardo Da Vinci is considered to have used it in his artworks.
Oftentimes, tile showers will have a decorative stripe that runs horizontally. Designers will always tell you to put this accent strip in around “shoulder height” Why at this height? It’s common for homes to have 8-foot tall ceiling heights. If we multiply 8 ft x 0.618 it comes out to almost exactly 5 ft.- which just happens to be shoulder height.
One of the most important tools in a woodworkers design arsenal is the Fibonacci Sequence. It is the ratio that balances the long sides of rectangles, with the short side of rectangles. The golden rectangle is a proportion (or ratio) found in nature, in the solar system, and even in your own body. It is believed that when this natural proportion is designed into a piece of art (or woodworking project), that the resulting design is perceived as balanced or pleasing.
Many don’t realize how much proportion plays a part in interior design. From the kitchen to the bedroom to the office, if you aren’t designing with the right proportions in mind, your whole space is going to be awkward and impractical.
Odds are you’ve heard about the 10-30-60 Rule when it comes to choosing a color pallet. What you may not know, however, is that those calculations aren’t arbitrary. They’re based off the ratio of 1:1.618. The 10-30-60 Rule is not all that the ratio has to offer in terms of color. New research has found that colors separated by a ratio of 1:1.61 on the light spectrum are often found to be aesthetically pleasing together.
Every time you view a building with evenly spaced columns, that’s a nod to the ratio and it’s tenure with the ancient greeks. Every time you look at a home with a peaked and sloped roof that allows for winter snows to easily fall off, that’s also thanks to the ratios calculations. Next time you take a walk around your neighborhood, see how many examples of phi you can see. We think you’ll be surprised how many there are.