This Home Decor Trend Has Gone from Nautical to Mod, and I’m Here for Version 2.0

updated Aug 19, 2022
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Home decor trends tend to come and go in a cyclical fashion, so it’s always a nice surprise when a design trend comes back around. Rope accents have long been a hallmark of nautical-themed decor, which itself regularly goes in and out of style (but is always stylish, let’s be real).

Rope’s a popular material for a good reason: Rope accents are neutral, natural, and often practical and affordable. However, lately I’ve noticed a shift in the home accessories that feature rope. The latest crop of rope home accents have a decidedly modern edge to them — think less New England clam shack and more California casual — and I’m loving this sleek spin on a classic style. Check out these 10 home accessories, lighting pieces, and small furnishings, which all feature rope in a whole new light.

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1. Woven Rope Handcrafted Framed Wall Art

Intricately laid lengths of rope fill this 33” x 44” frame to create a sizable piece of abstract artwork that can be hung either vertically or horizontally. It would look fab hung over a headboard.

Buy: Woven Rope Handcrafted Framed Wall Art, $238.99 from Pottery Barn

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2. Marlin Side Table

Made with two tones of natural rope, this simple cylindrical side table is topped with glass for a sleek and modern look. Try one bedside or next to a sofa.

Buy: Marlin 14″ Rope Side Table, $599.00 from Pottery Barn

3. Conical Rope Table Lamp

I love how the classic rope-wrapped table lamp is reimagined with a mid-century-inspired silhouette. For an even more contemporary look, top it with a black shade!

Buy: Conical Rope Table Lamp, $139.00 from Scandinavian Designs

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4. Simon Dimmable Pendant

The dramatic shape of this angular shade is made from handwoven natural raffia rope, stretched over a metal frame. Hang one over your breakfast table or in an entryway. It even comes in a white rope finish, if you want a different look.

Buy: Simon Dimmable Pendant, $270.00 from Joss & Main

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5. Besa Solo Wide Knotted Rope Black Mini Pendant

Think of this knotted rope design as a rope-style pendant stripped down to the absolute basics. Paired with an exposed, Edison-style bulb, the light has an industrial look.

Buy: Besa Solo 2″ Wide Knotted Rope Black Mini Pendant, $220.50 from Lamps Plus

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6. Pascal Wide Light Natural Drum Coffee Table

This coffee table takes the popular stacked silhouette and renders it in hand-woven pandan rope. Depending on what you pair it with, it could go super-mod or more traditionally coastal.

Buy: Pascal 42″ Wide Light Natural Drum Coffee Table, $1,099.00 from Lamps Plus 

7. Clyde Centerpiece Footed Bowl

A footed terracotta bowl becomes a major statement piece, thanks to its five rope-wrapped handles. She’s a splurge, but she sure is pretty.

Buy: Clyde Centerpiece by Arteriors, $325.00 from Arteriors Home

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8. Pretti.Cool Door Stop

Pretti.Cool’s concrete door stop is an industrial-chic alternative to the classic rope knot doorstop. Choose from two finishes of terrazzo for the material of the stopper.

Buy: Pretti.Cool Door Stop, $120.00 from West Elm

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9. Plant Stand

Wrapped in tightly-coiled rope, this tripod plant stand is a thoroughly-modern way to display your plant babies. Fill an empty corner with one, or use it in a grouping of planters to give your natural vignette some height. This style comes in three sizes, too.

Buy: Bleached Woven Plant Stands, $62.00 from Magnolia Home

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10. Palimar Wall Mirror

This 3-foot diameter wall mirror is framed in a wide border of natural sisal rope — with nary a sailor’s knot in sight! It’d be great in a foyer or even over the sink in a powder room.

Buy: Palimar Wall Mirror, $267.00 from Afa Stores