Greek Key for Today

The Greek Key motif is one of those enduring design elements that is every bit as relevant and contemporary today as it was in ancient times, when it adorned pottery, mosaic tile work, and architectural friezes.

Even if you didn’t know what it was called, there is no doubt you’ve seen Greek Key countless times, in a variety of contexts. I have a welcome mat on my front porch with a simple black Greek Key border.

Greek Key Doormat


The ubiquitous “best cup of coffee in New York” coffee cup also features the motif.

We Are Happy to Serve You Cup

Photo Source


his classical geometric design can add a tailored, architectural feel to an interior space. The Greek Key is often seen as a border or trim, but also appears in a repeated/tiled fashion in area rugs, wallpapers and the like. If you dig the Greek Key like I do, then check out these contemporary incarnations of the motif in items for the home.

Trina Turk Greek Key Hook Rug


Hook Rug by Trina Turk. Available in Turquoise (shown), Black, Pink and Lime Green.

Williams-Sonoma Greek Key Bedding

Bedding from Williams-Sonoma

Jonathan Adler Greek Key Dinnerware

Jonathan Adler China.


Greek Key Trim

Trim, available from Etsy seller LACEtrims.


Trina Turk Greek Key Pillow

Pillow by Trina Turk, available in multiple colors and sizes.


Golden Greek Key Mirror

Golden Greek Key Mirror, available at Neiman Marcus.


Schumacher Wallcovering

Schumacher Wallcovering, shown in Mink.


If you like the Greek Key motif, but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your home, a great site to check out is You can view all items tagged with Greek Key, as well as an ideabook dedicated to the motif. Here is one that got me jazzed. I love how the motif is repeated in the top, middle, and lower parts of the room to create a harmonious design – and how can you not love the bright yellow accents on a backdrop of black and white!

Greek Key Bedroom

Designer: Tracy Murdock. Photo Source

Posted in

Kelly Rogers


  1. deCamville Design on March 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I’ve always loved the Greek Key too! Nice blog!

Leave a Reply