This week I started another project combining two classics: linen fabric and Greek key trim. I’m making window panels for my living room and I’ve been wanting this combo in there for some time after I realized with this project just how nice a strip of Greek key trim looks on the edge of a simple curtain.

greek key trim yardage

The application has been around forever and designers use it all the time because Greek key trim is a no fail way to add elegance to decor. The term “Greek key” is used to describe several iconic boxy twisting patterns. Historically, the motif is known as a “meander” which is a decorative pattern forming a continuous geometric line.  

greek key motifs

Let’s Greek key all the things! 

Like adding trim to window panels …

navy greek key trim traci zeller

greek key trim on curtains

panels with greek key trim

greek key trim curtains

greek key trim

traci zeller / amanda carol interiors / better homes & gardens / ballard designs / amy meier /schumacher blog / lonny 

Or displaying it with Rugs and Mirrors and Pillows and Walls!

greek key mirror pillow

greek key pillows

greek key rug

greek key trim on sofa

jonathan adler greek key wallpaper

rinfret ltd / source unknown / the zhush / emily gilbert photography / jonathan adler


Up for a DIY application? Use Sarah’s technique to map out this motif with ribbon. 

greek key sham pattern

Use O’verlays to jazz up a plain dresser with Greek key like Amanda.

amanda greek key dresser


Where to buy Greek key trim, tape, and ribbon? Try these: M & J Trimmings (my source); Samuel & Sons;; Craft Outlet; Designers Axess on Etsy; Tassel Outlet on Etsy; Buy Fabrics

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