Decorate your home according to the golden ratio

The golden ratio may seem mathematical, but if implemented correctly, it brings a lot of aesthetics into your own four walls. With these tips, you can decorate your home harmoniously.

If you want to decorate your home in a harmonious and appealing way, it is useful to rely on the magic of mathematics. While this may at first seem to go against the aesthetic sensibility, design principles like the golden ratio are indispensable when it comes to creating harmony. In this article, myHOMEBOOK author and interior designer Odett Schumann explains exactly what it looks like when furnishing and what the golden ratio really is.

What is the golden ratio?

Formally, the golden ratio is based on a purely mathematical understanding, namely the principle of how proportions relate to each other. In theory, this could not be further from an aesthetic feeling. But: For a route that consists of two parts, the smaller route is related to the larger one, as this is for the entire route length. The result is an asymmetrical relationship with a slightly offset center, which the human eye perceives as pleasant and to some extent also natural. This is because we already “know” this aesthetic system of proportions from nature and from our own body.

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The golden section way in home decor

Even in ancient Greece, scientists were deeply concerned with the golden ratio and saw it as part of a new understanding of the world. Later in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, the special proportion system was again treated in more detail.

In the 20th century, the famous architect and painter Le Corbusier also devoted himself to the golden ratio and its significance for architecture. He then developed his own length measurement system based on average human measurements. And then the golden ratio gradually found its way into art, architecture and interior design as an ideal of aesthetic proportions and proportions. Especially in the latter area, the golden ratio has proven to be a proven method of decorating your home harmoniously.

Harmonious decor in the right relationship

Instead of always lining up symmetrically, which can quickly seem static and uncomfortable, the golden ratio helps bring more life to the space. Properly arranged, furniture and accessories create a mood whose proportional proportions may seem unbalanced in theory, but in practice trigger a tremendous sense of well-being.

A living room wall with the golden ratio
The ubiquity of the golden ratio: both the design of the wall corresponds to the ratio 3: 5 and the arrangement in front of it. The floor lamp and armchair form a triangle across the sideboard and form a green plant.Photo: iStock / alvarez

Want an example? The long wall of a living room should be equipped with a high shelving system and a flat sideboard next to it. In order for this arrangement to appear harmonious, it helps to visualize the relationship in advance. For this, you mentally form the shape of a right-angled triangle with a short and a long leg. So if the total length of the wall is about 5 meters, divide it by 5 and then multiply it by 3. So the width of the shelf can be about 3 meters and the width of the sideboard 2 meters.

Decorate with the golden cut

An arrangement of vase, picture and stack of books
Accessories can also be playfully arranged in a harmonious structurePhoto: iStock / Irina Kononova

A group of accessories can also be arranged much more easily using the golden section. For one is often overwhelmed by a harmonious arrangement of vases, picture frames and Co. and decides arbitrarily based on gut feeling. What then usually pops up is a chaotic but above all troubled-looking hodgepodge.

However, it is easier as follows: For example, if you have a large picture, you place it as a base on the sideboard or alternatively on the floor. A medium-sized plant is placed in front of it, flushing to the left or right, and a smaller ground light next to it. An event in the sense the golden ratio is ready. And even though such a structure is well thought out, it still seems to have been placed at random.

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