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I am creating an interior doorway and want to make a paneling on the throughway. It's 20" wide and 84" tall.

any tips on designing the heights of the panels? i.e. one panel of 36", 12" and 36".... or 48" and 36" . Looking for something pleasing to the eye-maybe using the golden ratio.

A panel w/ dimensions of 50" over 30" with an extra base of 5" is one combination.
 

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You are asking about the "Golden Rectangle"

The basic relationship is based on a multiplier of 1.616 or so.

So if your bottom panel is 36", center is 22" , and top is 14"

14 X 1.616 = about 22

22 X 1.616= about 36

Here is a link to a calculator

http://www.blocklayer.com/GoldenRatio.aspx

It is amazing how certain rectangles just look right with eachother and others don't. This ratio usually is a great yard stick to tweak them to a pleasing ratio.
 

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You are asking about the "Golden Rectangle"

The basic relationship is based on a multiplier of 1.616 or so.

So if your bottom panel is 36", center is 22" , and top is 14"

14 X 1.616 = about 22

22 X 1.616= about 36

Here is a link to a calculator

http://www.blocklayer.com/GoldenRatio.aspx

It is amazing how certain rectangles just look right with eachother and others don't. This ratio usually is a great yard stick to tweak them to a pleasing ratio.
Nice link. :thumbsup:
 

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God's honest truth;

I knew you would like it.:thumbsup::laughing:

How did i know that? Lottery ticket day?:whistling
I'm far more predictable
than the lottery. :laughing:
 

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Maker of fine kindling
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I'm far more predictable
than the lottery. :laughing:
Point well taken.:laughing:

So you think I should invest that dollar somewhere else then?:whistling
 

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Does the ratio apply to elliptical shapes, as well? I.e., semi-major axis is 1.6x longer than the semi-minor? I drew one up on Sketch-up, and it looked fine, but could it look better (at least according to the ancients)?
 

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Does the ratio apply to elliptical shapes, as well? I.e., semi-major axis is 1.6x longer than the semi-minor? I drew one up on Sketch-up, and it looked fine, but could it look better (at least according to the ancients)?
Good question.:thumbsup:

I dunno the answer though :laughing:

Let us know what you think after you play with it for a while.
 

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Google is a friend of mine...

It seems the ratio applies to all sorts of shapes, including rectangles, triangles (2 sides at 1.6, the base at 1.0), pentagons, and ellipses.



If it was good enough for Fibonacci, it's good enough for me :thumbup:.
 

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I found this as well: http://goldenratiocalculator.com/ the link has a sidebar 'gadget'.

I'll take pictures after the work is done-using it as a base for dimensions in trim work and also for an eliptical detail layout in the hardwood floor. As Gus said, it's a good starting point and then I've been tweaking it to suit my taste (part of the problem w/ lack of experience...my 'taste' is growing).
 
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