Steampunk style incorporates elements of the Victorian era with an emphasis on the industrial. If you love the elegance of a bygone era but want to be a bit more edgy, steampunk home decor may be right for you. Unique but stylish, steampunk definitely carries a coolness factor; it is warm, strong and luxurious.
How can you streampunk your home?
The nice thing about steampunk style is that you can get very creative with it, incorporating found pieces or even accessories that you make yourself. Here are some general guidelines for the steampunk home decor.
Muted and neutral colors: Browns and sepia feature prominently in steampunk interior design, but black, dark red and dark green are also used. These colors can give an old world feel, as though you just stepped into a historic photograph. In fact, the steampunk trend was started through the embrace of alternative history fiction.
Exposed brick: Bring a turn of the century industrial feel to your walls through the design element of exposed brick. If the structure of your home does not allow for natural brick exposure, you can achieve the look through wallpaper, paint or a interior brick facade. To learn more about exposed brick walls, click here.
Gadgets and gears: Ever see the movie Wild Wild West staring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Salma Hyek and others? It is an adaptation that runs with the idea of steampunk gadgetry. Decorate your walls with gears, rusty or sleek, build your own accessories from found objects or pick up a ready made gear clock. This is one of the areas of DIY home decor where you really can have some fun.
Refurbished and old world furniture: Antique furniture will add authenticity and charm to your home decor. Scour shops for signature pieces you can incorporate into your home. Leather furniture is key here, increasing both the authenticity and the luxury of a room. Using an old steam trunk as a living room table can anchor the look and provide storage.
Steampunk accessories: Look to decorate with old-looking maps, a terrestrial or world globe, art prints (especially illustrations taken from an old book), technical drawings, manual typewriters, air pressure gauges arranged on a wall or a shelf, or pillows with sepia prints.