Seems like sci-fi is making waves in the world of home decor. Steampunk interior design is an edgy and unique style that you’ve got to check out!
The “steampunk” trend, where sci-fi meets home decor, is starting to make a big impact in the world of interior design! I was first introduced to steampunk style one Thanksgiving when one of my guy cousins was showing me different sci-fi and anime art that featured steampunk style clothing. I definitely thought it was unique and interesting. If you’re unfamiliar with steampunk, according to Urban Dictionary, it is defined as “a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” My personal take on steampunk style decor is that it looks like a mix between Victorian Gothic and rustic industrial. It’s a unique style that seems to be implanting itself into the minds of not just sci-fi fans, but also daring and adventurous interior designers!
So friends, let’s be daring and explore this sci-fi inspired style. In order to really grasp and embrace steampunk, you have to understand the two components that truly make up its style. Back tracking to what I said earlier, steampunk is simply one part Victorian Gothic the other part rustic industrial. With this in mind, let’s begin our adventure by first getting to the core of Victorian Gothic and industrial styles and how they influence steampunk style decor!
For starters, “Victorian Gothic decor is all about drama and elegance. This style is not for the faint of heart—it is all about making a statement.” There’s something very dark, mysterious, and intriguing about Victorian Gothic style that I find both interesting and a little ominous. We can see those same dark, ominous qualities in steampunk interior design with the use of dark colors, leathers, black metalwork, and intricately detailed home accessories. Industrial interior design, on the other hand, is very much defined by its use of metals, woods, and rustic touches. We can clearly see the use of metals, woods, and other various mechanical, rustic finishes throughout steampunk room decor!
Now that we understand the basics of steampunk style, we can proceed with learning how to “steampunk-ify” our homes! Here are my steampunk decor ideas:
1. Incorporate Old, Gothic Touches
Now I’m sure some of you're wondering what ‘incorporating old, Gothic touches’ looks like. For home decor, it can mean anything from using sepia photos to displaying vintage books. Another thing you can do is decorate with old maps! Take, for instance, the picture below. How awesome is that wall that’s covered with a giant old map? These small accessory touches are totally fitting with steampunk interior design and can make a huge impact in the overall character and feel of your home’s decor.
2. When in Doubt, Use an Old Steamer Trunk
This is a super easy tip that you can painlessly incorporate into your living room! Something about old steamer trunks easily translates to instant steampunk style. Hit up your local flea market or furniture store to begin your hunt for an authentic looking steamer trunk. What’s great about using old steamer trunks as tables is that they not only function as a working surface, but they also provide storage. So that’s a triple win right there—steampunk style achieved, working table surface, and fantastic storage! Additional tip: if you're having a hard time finding an old steamer trunk, you can always make one! Take a settee, old trunk of your own, or even create a box and make your own!
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3. Appreciate Exposed Mechanical Structures
I know this tip sounds fairly weird, so let me explain! What I mean is to be open to displaying gear wall clocks or other mechanically structured items. Embrace rusted metals, unfinished structured woods, and exposed brick in your home decor. A practical way of doing this is to purchase or make art that utilizes these materials. A great steampunk decor DIY idea is to create a faux brick wall or utilize dark gray wall colors to mimic the look of steel covered walls. You can also mimic the look of gears. Think about what it would be like to live inside an old clock! That’s a great place to start for inspiration!
4. Use Dark and Muted Colors
I think this is one of the most important tips when it comes to steampunk style! If you look at most steampunk things, you’ll probably notice there isn’t much variety in the colors other than neutral brown shades, black, gray, and white. Of course you’ll see small accents or pops of deep blues, reds, and mustard yellows, but if you are trying to replicate steampunk style in your home decor, don’t incorporate blush pinks, lime greens, or bright tangerine oranges. Keep the colors muted, dark, and ominous! Think about the game Bioshock Infinite. That one totally encapsulates the whole steampunk style, and you can find some great inspiration from there!
Well there you go, friends! That’s my roundabout of steampunk style. If you ever feel like trying something new with your home's decor, be sure to try this unique, edgy style! It can be so fun to try to incorporate, and the possibilities are nearly endless!
What are your steampunk home decor ideas? Do you dig steampunk style? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! If you loved this post and your inner sci-fi fan has been satisfied, make sure to share this post with all your friends and loved ones. Thanks for reading! ‘Til next time, friends!
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