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Tasteful and Timeless: Greek Key

Tasteful and Timeless: Greek Key

Above left: Nancy Corzine bench upholstered in Jennifer Robbins Textiles Right: Nuevo Estilo


The Greek key design, unsurprisingly, can be traced back to ancient Greece. The simple, geometric pattern was used in architecture and on pottery. Today, the decorative motif, which represents eternity and unity, is a mainstay in interior design. Matouk's new bespoke bedding pattern, "Adelphi," is a fresh reinterpretation of the traditional Greek key motif, while the "Acadia" incorporate a more traditional treatment. The pattern can be found all over the house, on everything from moldings and curtain trim to furniture and and wallpaper.


Cristi Holcombe, an Atlanta-based designer and design coordinator on HGTV's "Elbow Room" knows the trick to successfully mixing patterns is to juxtapose a naturalistic design with a geometric, like the Greek key.


Brooklyn-based firm CWB Architects hung a brass Greek key mirror over the limestone fireplace in this family room, which is echoed in the angular base of the round stool. In the room on the left, Little Rock-based interior designer, Tobi Fairley, uses a brass cocktail table with Greek key fretwork atop a rug with an orderly but curvilinear trefoil pattern.


This colorful, pattern-filled living room in Weston, Mass., designed by Boston-based interior designer Rachel Reider.


In both of these bedrooms, a bold Greek key pattern is used on white window treatments. On the left, New York City-based designer Lindsey Coral Harper chose a simplified version on a Roman shade, while Atlanta-based designer Courtney Giles used a more fanciful, deconstructed style of the Greek key in this black and white bedroom.


A minimalist white bedroom by Boston area firm Hart Associates Architects, gets a shot of black pattern on the wall behind the bed.


Get the Look

1. Trimmings by Mary McDonald for Schumacher  2. Adelphi Bespoke Bedding by Matouk  3. Bronze Mirror  4. Table Lamp by Kathy Ireland  5. Tissue Box Cover  6. Mizner Tray  7. Chen Console by Arteriors Home  8. Arcadia Throw by Matouk  9. Circe Bench by Currey & Co. 10. Rug by Jonathan Adler  11. Conrad Cocktail Table by Worlds Away