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Pretty patterns love: Greek key

greek key patternHello my dear readers! Over the last few weeks, or even months, I’ve grown to literally love pattern. Inspired by a series of my favorite Sarah Richardson shows, I started to appreciate the importance of prints and patterns in interior design. Skilled application of patterns can have such an enormous impact on the design! Sarah Richardson is a real master when it comes to choosing and combining fabrics with different motives. I used to think of patterns as an addition, the final touch, whereas Sarah very often uses prints as a jumping off point for her styling. My fascination with the whole world of pretty patterns has brought me to a decision to start a separate column called Pretty patterns.

For today’s post I’ve chosen Greek key, a very geometric pattern with long tradition. The use of Greek key brings elegance and sophistication into any room. I used to know this pattern in combination with a lot of golden elements, in interiors that were too traditional and too overdone and definitely not my taste. It turns out, however, that Greek key can be used in a modern way, without loosing its elegance.

Look at the many possible ways to use Greek key pattern in an interior. I think that Greek key is most widely used on pillows and bed duvet covers. I like how it combines with other patterns, including floral motives. As you can see from the pictures I have chosen for this post, Greek key can be applied in interiors which are successfully styled in so many different ways!

greek key pattern in interior design (2)The pink headboard in the 2nd picture looks very interesting thanks to this geometric pattern. Dark blue ribbon sewn or glued on the fabric makes a big difference in the overall look of the room. See how this Greek key patterns contrast with the Ikat print on the pillow and abstract art on the wall. The pattern is then repeated on the carpet to make a visual connection and unify the design. greek key pattern in interior design (1) I love Greek key patterned carpets! The design is simple, yet very impressive. It really helps to ground the room and provides balance for more abstract decorative elements.  greek key pattern in interior design (1) Greek key adornments on the furniture make the pieces look more sophisticated. Used in moderation, however, keep the design from looking too overdone. Look at the desk with a pink DIY Greek key pattern. What a lovely (and simple) idea to give some color and pattern punch to otherwise white surface. You can find instructions on how to do this project on Dwellings by Devore blog.greek key pattern in interior design (2) //photo credits: Greek key pattern on pillows and covers 1, 2, 3, 4; Greek key pattern on carpets 1, 2, 3, 4; Greek key pattern on upholstery 1, 2, 3, 4; Greek key pattern on furniture 1, 2, 3, 4)

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