20 “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Ways to Decorate with Rope

‘Knot’ just for sailing fanatics or decorating summer beach houses anymore, rope has found its way into homes of every style. Typically made from cotton or hemp that’s been braided or twisted, rope combines industrial functionality with a homegrown, natural look and feel. As an added bonus, it wears well and ages beautifully.

Whether used as dresser pulls or a stairway banister, rope can be simultaneously decorative and practical. The opportunities to use it in your home design are limited only by your imagination—or by your glue gun!

1. Rope-suspended bunkbeds

Rope Beds

Photo: thebumpercrop.wordpress.com

2. Rope Napkin Rings

Rope Napkin Ring

Photo: lovemaegen on flickr.com

3. Rope handrail

Rope Banister

Photo: housebeautiful.com

4. Rope doorstop

Rope Doorstop

Photo: rutlandcountrydesigns.co.uk

5. Rope spindles

Rope Spindles

Photo: c-designs.biz

6. Rope-framed mirror

Rope-lined mirror

Photo: thenateshow.com

7. Rope lamp shades

Rope Lamp Shade

Photo: infarrantlycreative.com

8. Rope chair

Rope Chair

Photo: bestdesignnews.com

9. Rope planter

Rope Planter

Photo: heartmainehome.blogspot.com

10. Rope-hung mirror

Rope Mirror Hanging

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

11. Rope drawer knobs

Knot Knob

Photo: dearemmeline.blogspot.com

12. Rope table lamp

Rope Table Lamp

Photo: theavarice.blogspot.com

13. Rope bowl

Rope Bowl

Photo: betterlivingthroughdesign.com

14. Rope dresser pulls

Rope Dresser Pulls

Photo: folkclothing.com

15. Rope wall

Rope Wall

Photo: the-brick-house.com

16. Rope Chandelier

Rope Chandelier

Photo: potterybarn.com

17. Rope end tables

Rope End Tables

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

18. Rope floor lamp

Rope Floor Lamp

Photo: decorpad.com

19. Rope-suspended shelves

Rope Shelf

Photo: lolina.com

and of course…

20. The hammock of your dreams!


Photo: hammockcompany.com

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