The Greek Key: 10 Trendy Uses for This Classic Design Motif

If you didn’t know the Greek key motif before, you’re now sure to recognize this geometric pattern in a wealth of home design applications.

  1. Floor Fashion

    Floor Fashion

    Capture the elegance of ancient Greece in this wooden floor border from Pavex Parquet. Made of oak and amazakoue wood (other woods are available), this border so nicely complements a herringbone parquet floor. Pricing starts at $13.40 per linear foot.

  2. Stunning Stencils

    Stunning Stencils

    For the ultimate DIY project in wall design, try this updated Athena Greek key stencil pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils. The single overlay stencil measures 24 by 35 inches. Usable as an all-over pattern or border design, the stencil introduces instant elegance. Price is $39.95.

  3. Mirror, Mirror

    Mirror, Mirror

    This golden Greek key mirror from Horchow puts an unusual spin on a traditional motif. The round frame, measuring 40 inches in diameter, is constructed of polyurethane and has a muted gold finish. Price is $295.

  4. Make It a Mantel

    Make It a Mantel

    This fantastic mantel from Horchow uses the Greek key design in a subtle but effective way. Rather than draw focus itself, the pattern adds to the overall intricacy of the whole pieces. The mantel comes as one unit, and the price is $975.

  5. Carved Intricacy

    Carved Intricacy

    This carved Greek key wood molding from Campbell Moulding adds just the right amount of architectural detail to any room. The solid wood pieces can be used as chair rail or border moldings. Single pieces measure 3 1/16" x 8'. Pricing starts at $54.40 per piece.

  6. Set the Table

    Set the Table

    The dramatic blue Greek key border design makes a bold statement on this dinnerware set designed by Jonathan Adler. Constructed of porcelain with real platinum accents, the four-piece place setting is priced at $50.

  7. Outstanding Overlays

    Outstanding Overlays

    The folks at O'verlays have come up with lightweight fretwork that attaches to the front of basic dressers and drawers, adding a dash of design flair. Different sizes are available, and pricing starts at $4.50 per foot.

  8. Modern Mosaic

    Modern Mosaic

    This multicolored mosaic tile listello, made of Lapis Lazuli by De Mairo, is a rich accent that would bring richness to any room. No color combo makes you think of Greece more than white and blue.

  9. Versatile Accent

    Versatile Accent

    This Greek key accent rug from Ballard Designs can be used indoors or out. Constructed of 100% polypropylene and offered in a range of fashionable colors, the rug is fade-resistant and can be washed with mild soap and water (or rinsed with a garden hose). Prices range from $7.99 to $14.99.

  10. Wow with Wallpaper

    Wow with Wallpaper

    This opulent Insignia pattern wallpaper from the Jewel Box collection by York Wallcoverings features an all-over, mid-scale Greek key design highlighted by pearled metallic ink. The pattern is offered in a range of neutral hues—ecru, eggshell, sand and graphite to name a few. Price is $53.99 per roll.

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