Beauty and Small Houses
I came across an interesting article tonight that stated there are three things that enhance creativity and that we automatically reach for, because without realizing it we consider them beautiful: things that are green because our minds associate them with lush crops and food sources, things that have the “golden rectangles” built in-that is a triangle that can be broken down repeatedly and appeals to the eye more than any other (5×8), and fractals. I immediately thought of tiny houses.
Tiny house pictures. They are generally always set in a green, lush landscape. I’ve laughed often that I love the scene even if I’d never live in the house. Or they are set in a beautiful, fractal garden. A bit wild, very geodesic to our minds’ eyes, even if we don’t recognize the relationship at first. And tiny houses themselves. The ones I’ve seen the most response to are often either a ratio of the ‘perfect’ 5×8 “golden rectangles” or close, either in their original shape or their breakdown. Does an 8×10 seem small but look perfect? It’s simply two golden rectangles set together. Or is your perfect floor plan more 8×12 with a bath and kitchen in the back, making the main floor area an 8×10? Back to the rectangles. Wall space adds to the visual appeal of these rectangles in small houses, and a well designed small house also often has smaller rectangles built in, too, like this.
Perhaps we’ve been reaching for the perfect design in more ways than we realized.