5.04.2012

Creative Ways to Use Rope in Your Home's Décor

It's turning into rope week here at Driven by Décor! Earlier in the week when I was searching online for a few more lights to add to my post on Nautical Rope Lighting Fixtures, I came across all sorts of creative ideas for using rope in home décor.  I'm talking some seriously cool stuff such as suspending beds from the ceiling with rope, as was done in this gorgeous bedroom designed by Caldwell Flake Interiors,
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as well as this one in the 2007 Coastal Living Idea House:
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Pottery Barn Kids took it one step further with rope-suspended bunk beds:
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While I love the look of these suspended beds, it's certainly not the most practical of designs.  For a similar look but a more practical application, I L-O-V-E this rope-suspended porch swing that Beth Webb Interiors used for the outdoor living space in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2008 Designer Showhouse:
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Another creative idea is to incorporate rope into the design of your stairway. This gorgeous staircase published in House Beautiful shows how Thom Filicia used heavy rope in place of a traditional railing.  I love how it is wrapped around a large cleat and tied in decorative knot at the bottom of the stairs!
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C Designs designed this unique staircase using rope and boat cleats in place of banisters
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while Ken Pursley designed this amazing staircase with rope in the rebuilding of a farmhouse, Belk Farm, in South Carolina:
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Hanging pendant lighting with thick rope adds texture and interest to fixtures that wouldn't look nearly as cool hung with a typical chain:
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Rope is also the perfect material to use for hanging a collection of lanterns:
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Pottery Barn In-store Display
Morgan of The Brick House came up with the creative idea of making a rope wall in order to create defined areas in a large warehouse space without sacrificing the open feel:
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Another creative use of rope is seen in Traditional Home's Alys Beach Designer Showhouse where hanging shelves were created using jute rope and driftwood:
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Restoration Hardware used a similar idea on a larger scale to make a creative display for pillows.  I love how they used a pair of antique pulleys at the top - I may just have to attempt to DIY this for shelving in our bedroom...
Restoration Hardware In-store Display
To incorporate rope into your home's décor on a much smaller scale, use Martha Stewart's example of a rope towel holder and mirror to create this look:
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or make it really simple and pick up a pair of Restoration Hardware's Dakota Rope Drapery Tiebacks:
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Which idea is your favorite??  Have a good weekend everyone (and best of luck to my Cincinnati peeps running in the Flying Pig Marathon this weekend!).
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13 comments:

  1. what incredibly creative ideas! I would love to have one of those extended beds in my house...talk about swinging to sleep every night...I don't think i'd ever want to wake up!

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    1. I'd love to hear from someone who has actually slept on one of those swinging beds - I don't know if it would be relaxing or nauseating :-)

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  2. Thanks for the collection. I'm pinning it.

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  3. Thank you for posting this. I saw the rope shelves at Restoration Hardware a few months ago and forgot to snap a pic. The shelves are mounted to the wall and the rope is just threaded through the corners. Brilliant.

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  4. Oops - I mistakenly deleted this comment from "Captain Will" since it went into my spam comments - He has some great points so I wanted to make sure it got posted:
    "To anyone who uses these (wonderful) ideas: Please make sure the connections are done by someone who knows what they are doing if you support people or weights overhead or precious posessions. Some of the knots shown are not safe. Use hardware of adequate strenth, and make sure any cieling connections go through the drywall and are firmly supported by the joists above! Note that at least one of the beds shown also has feet on the floor."

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  5. Hi Kris - I have been collecting images of rooms with ropes also - been thinking about doing a blogpost on it. You have some images the same - and a few that I hadn't seen before. nice post. You beat me to it!!!

    Thanks,

    Linda Leyble

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    1. Thanks Linda - I'd love to incorporate some of these ideas into my own home, wouldn't you?!

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  6. Love the use of ropes for decorating...where do you find the really thick roping...I've looked everywhere!?
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lowes and Home Depot have rope of varying thicknesses but if you want something thicker than they sell, google "climbing rope" and you'll find some. Also, a marine/boat supply store should have it.

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  7. Love this site, where can I buy the rope lamps!!!

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    1. If you go to the post on rope light fixtures (http://www.drivenbydecor.com/2012/05/nautical-rope-lighting-fixtures.html), there are clickable links for where you can by each of the fixtures.

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  8. Love this…I added rope to an IKEA pendant. Great texture.

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