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10 Ways to Decorate with Rope

by Amy Azzarito

We always have a bit of a rope obsession going on and when summer hits and thoughts turn to all things nautical, rope looms even larger as a decor accent. After all, nothing scream nautical quite like a piece of rope. Yesterday, Max delved into the history of nautical flags and continuing the nautical theme for the week, we’re looking at the best of ropes in our Sneak Peek homes. (And if you’d like to try your hand at making some rope accents for your own home see Best of DIY: Rope Projects.) –Amy

Image above: Dustin Glasscoe spent an hour making this wooden box for his Vermont kitchen out of 150 year-old wood and finished it with new rope from Lowes. See the full home tour of their Vermont farmhouse here.

Image above: Rope as a garland in textile artist Ashley Helvey’s apartment in Seattle. See all the photos of her home (filled with hand-built furniture!) here.

Image above: This Brooklyn apartment is filled with great little details like a rope handle on the spiral staircase. See all the full home tour here.

See more ideas for incorporating rope at home after the jump!

Image above: A hanging pot-rack made from rope and pipe hangs from the exposed beams in this Williamsburg, Brooklyn home is a lab for woodworker Jason Roskey’s designs. See all the photos here.

Image above: A rope rug in a Norwegian summer home. See the full home tour here.

Image above: Rope drawer pulls add a little nod to the nautical. These are called “monkey’s fist” knots and were found on eBay. See all the photos from this New York City home here.

Image above: The coat hook is made from an oar and sailor’s knot doorstop adds another little nautical touch. See the full home tour here. (And see how to make your own right here.)

Image above: In this New York City apartment, Rachel Krauskopf wanted to create a visual distinction between the dining area and the living room. She did so by grounding the space with a over-scale shade and hanging it with knotted room. See the full home tour of her New York City apartment here.

Image above: An acrylic coffee table with a little nautical twist in this Philadelphia home filled eclectic vintage finds. See the full home tour here.

Image above: This wall in Brooklyn is a homage to all things nautical. See the full home tour here.

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  • I love this look! I think it can be mixed in with non nautical elements too–although that is the go-to motif for rope. Beautifully selected shots.

    We recently started carrying the Knotted Rope Bowl designed by Harry Allen from the Areaware line in our shop and now I’m getting all kinds of display inspiration. Thanks.

  • I love all of these and I’m definitely checking out all those house tours. I think the oversized lampshade hung by rope is my favourite, but they’re all very inspiring!

  • Love the monkey fist knots and the painted doors they adorn. Can you please share the name of the pale grey paint used on those doors?? Thanks, Yvonne :)

  • Great selection, but how could you not mention the work of Orly Genger? She is an artist who works with rope in large-scale installations. She has an open-air installation in Madison Square Park (NYC) this summer. See it if you can, for the love of art and for inspiration.

  • I also believe Orly Genger has sparked this wonderful craze. Rope is decorative, organic, can be reclaimed and is nostalgic, it’s here to stay.

  • Great post…love rope…it reminds me of my grandad trying to teach me nautical knots when mooring his fishing boat!! The lampshade hanging on rope is my favourite, but I also love the idea of the rope drawer pull!! rustic chic….