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Summer Materials: Rope

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One of my favorite materials to incorporate in your home this season is rope.

A symbol of the sea and sunny days spent lounging on a gently rocking boat, it coveys a casual and rustic tone that can work in so many spaces. And rope details can stand on their own when summer fades or a beach house is closed up for the season.

Take a look at these inspirational home designs...

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A simple way to add railings to a stairwell. (via apartmenttherapy.com)

1 A simple way to add railings to a stairwell. (via apartmenttherapy.com)

This floor to ceiling room divider has a very Asian feel to it(remodeslista.com)

2 This floor to ceiling room divider has a very Asian feel to it(remodeslista.com)

And it looks so easy to achieve. (remodelista.com)

3 And it looks so easy to achieve. (remodelista.com)

These suspended beds would look great at a beach house. (coastalliving.com)

4 These suspended beds would look great at a beach house. (coastalliving.com)

The over-size spool makes the perfect end table. (countryliving.com)

5 The over-size spool makes the perfect end table. (countryliving.com)

Rustic without being kitschy. (myhomeideas.com)

6 Rustic without being kitschy. (myhomeideas.com)

A very subtle use of rope on the stool legs. Townhouse designed by Jonathan Berger

7 A very subtle use of rope on the stool legs. Townhouse designed by Jonathan Berger

It's easy to bring rope into your interior decorating (without going overboard). There is an endless supply of rope-inspired products on the market for any room in your house.

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This door stopped sure beats regular rubber when it comes to style. (wshome.com)

1 This door stopped sure beats regular rubber when it comes to style. (wshome.com)

The chicest way to hang-dry clothes. (remodelista.com)

2 The chicest way to hang-dry clothes. (remodelista.com)

These baskets would be great for storing towels by the pool. (potterybarn.com)

3 These baskets would be great for storing towels by the pool. (potterybarn.com)

A great way to bring rope into your kitchen or on the table. (potterybarn.com)

4 A great way to bring rope into your kitchen or on the table. (potterybarn.com)

Have breakfast in bed, or just lay out a few magazines on this nice woven tray. (potterybarn.com)

5 Have breakfast in bed, or just lay out a few magazines on this nice woven tray. (potterybarn.com)

If you have your own idea of how to use rope, use this weathered-looking bundle from Pottery Barn. (potterybarn.com)

6 If you have your own idea of how to use rope, use this weathered-looking bundle from Pottery Barn. (potterybarn.com)

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7 (potterybarn.com)

Get your life organized in style with this rope-backed board. (ballarddesigns.com)

8 Get your life organized in style with this rope-backed board. (ballarddesigns.com)

A cute rope accent on a curtain rod. (ballarddesigns.com)

9 A cute rope accent on a curtain rod. (ballarddesigns.com)

Which matches the tieback. (ballarddesigns.com)

10 Which matches the tieback. (ballarddesigns.com)

This is one unique knob. (remodelista.com)

11 This is one unique knob. (remodelista.com)

This mirror would be perfect over your entryway table. It has a sophisticated shape, with a more relaxed look with the rope.  (ballarddesigns.com)

12 This mirror would be perfect over your entryway table. It has a sophisticated shape, with a more relaxed look with the rope. (ballarddesigns.com)

A whimsical rope placemat. (urbanoutfitters.com)

13 A whimsical rope placemat. (urbanoutfitters.com)

(stairropes.com)

14 (stairropes.com)

You certainly won't be losing your keys with any of the following keyrings. (stairropes.com)

15 You certainly won't be losing your keys with any of the following keyrings. (stairropes.com)

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16 (stairropes.com)

Hold curtains in their place with this unique monkey-fist knot rope tieback. (stairropes.com)

17 Hold curtains in their place with this unique monkey-fist knot rope tieback. (stairropes.com)

(stairropes.com)

18 (stairropes.com)

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19 (stairropes.com)

Rope mats come in many different shapes and patterns. (theropedoctor.com)

20 Rope mats come in many different shapes and patterns. (theropedoctor.com)

(theropedoctor.com)

21 (theropedoctor.com)

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22 (theropedoctor.com)

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23 (theropedoctor.com)

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24 (theropedoctor.com)

Serve lunch on the patio with this tray. It keeps pesky bugs away from the food with its practical dome. 
(restorationhardware.com)

25 Serve lunch on the patio with this tray. It keeps pesky bugs away from the food with its practical dome. (restorationhardware.com)

For a curtain tieback a little more

26 For a curtain tieback a little more "old world" go for something like this piece from Restoration Hardware. (restorationhardware.com)

Add a trim of rope with this instant carpet edge binder.  (tools4flooring.com)

27 Add a trim of rope with this instant carpet edge binder. (tools4flooring.com)

These hooded baskets come in different sizes, so you can mix and match for your organizational needs. (ikea.com)

28 These hooded baskets come in different sizes, so you can mix and match for your organizational needs. (ikea.com)

Woven placemats will give a nice element of texture to a table setting. (ikea.com)

29 Woven placemats will give a nice element of texture to a table setting. (ikea.com)

You can wear your rope with this gorgeous necklace. 
(jcrew.com)

30 You can wear your rope with this gorgeous necklace. (jcrew.com)

(homedepot.com)

31 (homedepot.com)

Rope molding is a subtle, yet sophisticated was to add rope to your walls. (homedepot.com)

32 Rope molding is a subtle, yet sophisticated was to add rope to your walls. (homedepot.com)

Cozy up in the summer sun with this rope swing.(homedepot.com)

33 Cozy up in the summer sun with this rope swing.(homedepot.com)

Rope is used on a lot of summer totes, but I like this bag with it's ruched look. (anthropologie.com)

34 Rope is used on a lot of summer totes, but I like this bag with it's ruched look. (anthropologie.com)

A rope accented bar stool. (anthropologie.com)

35 A rope accented bar stool. (anthropologie.com)

I love the mix of metal with rope. (jaysonhomeandgarden.com)

36 I love the mix of metal with rope. (jaysonhomeandgarden.com)

The weaving on this door mat looks almost quilt-like. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

37 The weaving on this door mat looks almost quilt-like. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

This mat is very natural looking, but sophisticated at the same time. (horchow.com)

38 This mat is very natural looking, but sophisticated at the same time. (horchow.com)

The frayed edges make this mirror look like the sun. (horchow.com)

39 The frayed edges make this mirror look like the sun. (horchow.com)

Anyone would be happy taking a siesta outdoors with this great rope day bed. (pfeiferstudio.com)

40 Anyone would be happy taking a siesta outdoors with this great rope day bed. (pfeiferstudio.com)

The reverse design is pretty great as well. (jonathanadler.com)

41 The reverse design is pretty great as well. (jonathanadler.com)

This wallpaper design is so much fun. You won't even notice the rope detailing unless you look close. (jonathanadler.com)

42 This wallpaper design is so much fun. You won't even notice the rope detailing unless you look close. (jonathanadler.com)

And for a wallpaper a little more glamorous, the design comes with a metallic background. (jonathanadler.com)

43 And for a wallpaper a little more glamorous, the design comes with a metallic background. (jonathanadler.com)

A whimsical lamp perfect for a kids room. (serenaandlily.com)

44 A whimsical lamp perfect for a kids room. (serenaandlily.com)

Bring rope into the garden or use it as a centerpiece with this rectangular planter. (homedecorators.com)

45 Bring rope into the garden or use it as a centerpiece with this rectangular planter. (homedecorators.com)

These bright mats are made from rope used in lobster fishing. 
(mainefloatrope.com)

46 These bright mats are made from rope used in lobster fishing. (mainefloatrope.com)

Rope is also an material to work with to create your one-of-a-kind pieces...

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Braided Doormat. (marthastewart.com/269741/braided-doormat)

1 Braided Doormat. (marthastewart.com/269741/braided-doormat)

Hanging Dining Nook Pillows. (marthastewart.com/how-to/hanging-dining-nook-pillows)

2 Hanging Dining Nook Pillows. (marthastewart.com/how-to/hanging-dining-nook-pillows)

Rope Coasters. (marthastewart.com/272330/rope-coasters)

3 Rope Coasters. (marthastewart.com/272330/rope-coasters)

Knotted Napkin Rings. (marthastewart.com/266406/knotted-napkin-rings)

4 Knotted Napkin Rings. (marthastewart.com/266406/knotted-napkin-rings)

Rope Bookends. (marthastewart.com/271987/rope-bookends)

5 Rope Bookends. (marthastewart.com/271987/rope-bookends)

Rope Lamp. (marthastewart.com/273143/rope-lamp)

6 Rope Lamp. (marthastewart.com/273143/rope-lamp)

Rope-Seat Stools. (marthastewart.com/272890/rope-seat-stools)

7 Rope-Seat Stools. (marthastewart.com/272890/rope-seat-stools)

Rope-wrapped flower pot. (marthastewart.com/267060/rope-wrapped-cachepot)

8 Rope-wrapped flower pot. (marthastewart.com/267060/rope-wrapped-cachepot)

And if you need some help making knots...

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Comments (3)

  • Nice rope items - that stair railing is pretty cool looking and I'm sure it is anchored sturdily, I hope! I bought a couple of rope lamps at a thrift store years ago and I have yet to get new shades. It had one that was in good condition so I'm using that lamp and the other is in storage. Time to get it out! Thanks for your informative blogs and always with great pictures.

  • I just wanted to say thank you to Kevin Sharkey for using images of my doormats in his rope decor article.

  • nice article

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