I didn’t realize there were so many innovative and modern ideas for decorating with rope! I always thought rope decor looked dated and nautical – but I was so wrong.
While working on my rope side table, I had a line from Horrible Bosses 2 stuck in my head: “otherwise we’re going to string him up by his pretty little neck with the roughest, coarsest piece of rope we’ve got in our rope inventory“. Here’s a terrible quality clip of the scene:
Handy Hubs didn’t really appreciate why I thought that line was hilarious – or why I’d bust into an old prospector accent anytime I so much as looked at a piece of rope – but, unfortunately for him, we still have some rope left in our rope inventory, so I won’t be retiring the bit anytime soon. Here’s a short-list of my 20 favorite modern ideas for decorating with rope – innovative ideas to buy, borrow, or make!
This mid-century inspired rope room divider, from The Brick House, is THE best of these 20 modern ideas for decorating with rope.
|The Brick House|
On a similarly epic scale, this rope ceiling caught my eye:
The Wrap Bench from cb2 is gorgeous – of course I’m smitten with the mid-century lines. I know there’s a sad, broken bench languishing in a thrift store somewhere, just begging for a DIY rope seat.
This rope headboard, from Better Homes & Gardens, would also make for a really easy – if a little time consuming – DIY project. The idea would be equally pretty as a chair seat or shelf on a table.
|Better Homes & Gardens|
This Shades of Light rope and wood table has major DIY potential and at first I was considering a similar design for my table, but the boat cleats were a bit pricey. While cleat shopping, though, I spotted some white metal boat cleats that I keep thinking would make great wall hooks…
|Shades of Light|
These tables boast colourful rope, which makes me love them all the more. It took me a lot of searching to find more of the exact width of rope I was sent for my challenge, so I’m now very familiar with every gauge, material, and colour of rope available within 100km. I know of some super cheery stuff that would be perfect for making something similar (or you could make some fabric twine).
I have seen quite a few DIY rope shelves online, but this one by Burkatron is perfect: simple, modern, white – it’s beautiful.
I honestly wouldn’t have looked twice at the Palecek Strings Attached Lounge Chair until I spotted it recovered in a bold blue starburst print, in an issue of HGVT magazine. Now I’ve been casually keeping my eye out for some kind of rattan chair to modify for this same look – how pretty would it be on the deck?
If you find yourself saying, “but none of the furniture pieces you’ve shown use enough rope,” then perhaps this DIY jute wrapped vanity from The Gathered Home might tickle your fancy. It only required about 1500 feet of rope…
|The Gathered Home|
The vanity above is actually a clever Anthropologie knock-off, and I think that this Rope Lace Tiara Chair from Urban Outfitters has similar DIY potential. Wrapping the design in rope could really update – and perhaps make somewhat less scalding on hot summer days – those dated metal patio furniture sets that practically burn a design onto the back of your thighs.
I have seen a few thick rope railings but this one, featured in House Beautiful, takes the cake because it’s so chunky and makes a real statement. I also love it paired with the other textural elements.
Speaking of railings, I keep thinking that there’s potential here for a railing or furniture hack…
|The New York Times|
This bold and colourful kitchen, spotted on the DIY Network, boasts custom rope pendant lights – with great DIY potential! You’ll have to peel your eyes away from that stunning ceiling, for just a second!
Emily Henderson created this cool and mod DIY coat rack, using a bit of rope to secure the centre. It’s wondrously easy to make (I’m talking minutes!), and if I had the floor space, I’d whip one up in a hurry. This is probably the most subtle of these modern ideas for decorating with rope.
For a dose of rope on a smaller scale, this DIY rope basket from Alice and Lois is easy to make (no sew!) but looks chic.
|Alice and Lois|
This hanging planter is a perfect way to also use up some wood scraps.
I’ve seen rope wrapped around a lot of vessels and shapes – from tin cans to tires – but I love the look of rope wrapped around a gleaming glass vase the best. It’s pretty, but rustic.
|Better Homes & Gardens|
So what do you think of these modern ideas for decorating with rope? Are you sold?