You didn't have to grow up in a coastal community to appreciate the rustic and charming elements that rope can bring to the interior of a home. Rope can be used in so many different ways; you're not just limited to wrapping it around furniture.
If you've got a modern chandelier and haven't figured out how you're going to hang it — don't count rope out. It's the perfect opportunity to add interest and diversity to the room. Maybe you've got a narrow staircase and a railing would simply be too bulky; a thick rope draped on the wall can serve as a means to keep guests feeling safe and also creates a definite conversation piece.
Kids are always looking for ways to set their rooms apart from their friends - photo 3 above shows twin beds hung from the ceiling using heavy duty rope.
There's always those of us that are on the search for that one last accessory to really finish and add texture to a room — that accessory could be as simple as putting a ball of rope in an elegant round vase.
Images: 1. Charles de Lisle, 2. Thom Filicia, 3. Caldwell Flake, 4. Stephen Shubel, 5. via Belle Mason