DIY Greek Key Trim Curtains

The master bedroom slash office has been my pet project for the past month. It’s still far from done, but I’ve changed more in the last month than I have in the past year. It’s gratifying to get something done, right?

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I’ve had plain white IKEA curtains up since we moved in. When we moved into this house (which has LOTS of windows), I just went with white curtains everywhere because 1) They’re cheap at IKEA, 2) I didn’t have to think about it too much, and 3) White goes with everything. White does get a little bland though, especially in this room where I don’t have anything up on the walls yet. So I decided to glam up the curtains a little bit with Greek key trim, inspired by this image from Pinterest.

Did you know that Greek key trim is expensive? Especially the 3″ wide trim I was looking at, especially enough to do 4 curtain panels? Then, I found this awesome post by Bethany at Dwellings by Devore and I found my solution! She simply ordered a few yards of Premier Prints’ Towers fabric, which has a Greek key-inspired pattern on it. She cut the fabric into strips, folded over the raw edges, and sewed them to the edges of her curtains. Genius!

I ordered 3 yards of navy Premier Prints fabric from Fabric.com (at just $8 a yard) and did just that. Tadaa!

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The office area, which previously looked like this (with my newly refinished desk):

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Now looks like this:

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(I still need to put the closet door back on the wall to the right; please disregard that for now!)

The bland wall on this side of the room is livened up a little by the graphic trim, though much still remains to be done…

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A headboard, for example, would be nice. (Psst, instructions for building the DIY king-size bed frame are here).

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There’s a lot of projects coming up here. I’m switching out the small lamps for larger scale ones (another DIY), and I’m bringing in more navy accents to pick up on the curtain trim and that blue pillow. I’ve also ordered the fabric for the headboard…just need some time to make it now…

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And some art or other decorative element above the bed. But definitely something simple. I like the spare, serene feeling in here and don’t want to lose it.

What do you think of my little budget Greek key trim update? An easy way to bring a graphic element into a room, right?

P.S. My love affair with navy blue shows no signs of abating…

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4 Comments on DIY Greek Key Trim Curtains

  1. Corey @ Tinysidekick
    January 29, 2014 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    What a great detail. I love Ikea curtains too. They are so easy to spruce up. You did a beautiful job. Don’t forget to link up at The Makers! We loved your desk last week and would love to have you back!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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  2. Alexis @ Persia Lou
    January 31, 2014 at 11:33 pm (4 years ago)

    That is so smart to use fabric rather than the expensive trim. It is such a luxe look. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers. 🙂

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  3. Laura @ The Turquoise Home
    February 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I love how the trim adds so much to the simple IKEA curtains. I do love sprucing them up a little! And how smart to use fabric. I’m featuring you tomorrow morning at Work it Wednesday! I’d love for you to come by and grab a feature button if you’d like!

    xo, Laura @ The Turquoise Home

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    • Camilla
      February 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Laura!

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