The steampunk style is not one of the most well known in terms of interior design. Maybe that’s because many of us don’t even know which are the basic details that define this concept. When I say steampunk, I remember about the Victorian era, with all the inventions back then, but the meaning of this word would be incomplete without the industrial details.
In essence, this trend is a mixture between elegant Victorian interior accessories and the strength of industrial elements. Maybe you remember about Joben Bistro, that beautiful pub from Romania. It’s an inspiration for us.
So, give your home a steampunk look with these awesome décor ideas and items!
The Best Ways To Adopt The Steampunk Style In Your Home
1. Use muted neutral colors
Brown, sepia, cream, black, dark red, and dark green, these are the most common colors used to describe this style. Choose one of them according to the room, or combine them if you want. Also, metallic colors should work.
2. Don’t be afraid to use refurbished furniture
It’s a fact that old furniture adds a special charm to any home. If you want to create a steampunk interior design don’t even think about buying new furniture, unless it’s specific to Victorian age.
3. Add an industrial touch with exposed bricks
Another idea will be to induce an industrial feeling by showcasing exposed brick walls. If the structure of the building doesn’t allow you to do that, use wallpaper.
4. Decorate with old maps
Create awesome wall murals using old maps, or just frame some of them and hang them on your walls. Another idea is to decorate the lampshades with maps. The older, the better! You’ll love the result!
5. Buy a terrestrial globe (in case you don’t have one already)
Make sure it’s old and very used. It would be one of the most popular items in the house, and kids would love to spin it over and over again.
6. Expose leather items or furniture
Leather sofa and chairs are definitely a must for steampunk admirers. It’s one of the most important materials used to define this trend. Not only comfortable but also elegant, this material increases the luxury level of your home.
7. Classy hats will bring elegance and style
Top hats or bowler hats can be used to impress your guests. Because they are symbols of the Victorian era, they will easily become a part of your steampunk decor.
8. Victorian sewing tables
A Victorian sewing table always has a history and that’s why it will easily become a new source of inspiration for your visitors. If you don’t have such a beautiful item in your home, try the antique stores.
9. Decorate your walls with gear wall clocks
Gears are important items of the steampunk culture, so don’t forget about them. Let your imagination run wild! A gear wall clock will certainly make a statement, but you can also use them to create and display industrial art pieces.
10. Use an old steamer trunk as a living room table
Sometimes you must improvise in order to obtain the desired result. If you don’t have a proper table for this kind of interior design, use a steamer trunk or any other suitcase to fill the empty space.
11. Use exposed framed herbariums
Sometimes we do our best to properly decorate the rooms of our house, but we forget about the entrance. Your hallway would never look more beautiful and sophisticated without those framed herbariums.
12. Decorate with sepia pictures
Create an antique effect by using sepia photos to decorate your walls. It’s your choice whether you use old pictures with your family, or with other places around the world.
13. Add some details by exposing technical and anatomical drawings
These kinds of sketches are highly representative for this trend. If you happen to have something like that among your personal things or you’re an engineer, don’t hesitate to use them.
14. Expose antique items like barometers, telescopes or typewriters
Victorians had a passion for inventing new tools and gadgets, and the best part is the fact that you can still find them in antique shops. Even though many of them are not functional, you can use them as decorating items.
15. Try textural contrast
You can create a steampunk interior décor if you manage to combine a hard material (leather) and a soft one, like lace. So, part of the appeal of steampunk is the juxtaposition of traditionally feminine and masculine elements.
16. Expose a Victorian dress, or canes, or helmets on the wall
Maybe some of you will consider this a creepy idea, but I think it’s worth a chance. Canes or helmets are also a good choice, and they are certainly easier to find in antique shops.
17. Don’ t forget about small wood jewelry boxes
Walk up to your local hardware store and buy some small metal pieces like gears, or screws or anything else that could be glued to the wooden box. You won’t regret this!
18. Use wallpapers with a Victorian pattern
If you don’t really like those, and you happen to be a talented painter, try something new: paint some creatures in the books of Jules Verne, or some mechanical installations you remember from Time Machine.
19. Display old books
Old books are a must in this case! Hard covered books are usually used, but paperbacks are also welcomed. Old notebooks with leather covers will also make a statement if they are tastefully arranged.
20. Create a metal pipe bookshelf
Industrial all the way, even when we talk about ideas to display your books! Steel pipes are elementary in industrial design and quite easy to handle. Here we have a special article about how you can recycle steel pipes. Have a look!
21. Add a chandelier
Light fixtures are always important. Through light, you can easily emphasize the interior design of the room and even the furniture. If you have high ceilings, use a chandelier. Bring a little luxury and comfort!
Images from Pinterest and Restoration Hardware.Thanks!
22. Make Your Walls Look Metallic
This isn’t the easiest tip on the list, but painting your walls to look metallic with gray and rust paints is the perfect way to give your bedroom or office a steampunk vibe. You can even go a step further and put up metal tiles on the wall or install metal panels. Metal walls are formidable and can easily be transformed to fit whatever steampunk vibe you are going for, such as this submarine look featured in Renee Bedroom Magazine.
23. Steampunk Your Photo Frames
Chances are you have a photo frame or two sitting on your bedside table. You can be creative and use old gears and pieces of metal to decorate your photo frames to fit in with your steampunk aesthetic, or you can also buy already designed steampunk photo frames like this one featured on The Purple Creative. Whichever you choose, your photos will fit in flawlessly with your steampunk decor.
24. Keep A Few Old Bottles
Nothing says steampunk quite like a few bottles with a cork in the top! These are easy to decorate yourself, you will just need to purchase a few old chemistry bottles and paint them, or these types of old bottles are also available for sale in multiple stores. For ideas on how to create your own steampunk bottles, visit this article featured on Steemit.
25. Hang Lightbulbs
Even if you can’t install a chandelier in your home, you can still add a touch of steampunk decor with a string of lightbulbs. It’s easiest to hang these over your bed, or maybe in a reading nook such as in this example by DIY Home, but you could also make these lightbulbs a nifty addition to your steampunk bathroom set up by wrapping them around your mirror.
26. Acquire A Ship Wheel
A ship wheel is a very simple decoration that can really transform the look and feel of the room. You can hang it on the wall, or even just lean it up against some furniture for a unique steampunk vibe. And it doesn’t necessarily have to just be a ship wheel, you can easily get creative and turn the wheel into a piece of furniture as they did in Gold Mountain Gallery.
27. Build A Metal Ceiling Fan
Metal fan blades are an iconic symbol of the steampunk style. Metal can be difficult, and dangerous, to work with, so don’t be afraid to take a regular ceiling fan and use metallic and rust paints to make it look metal. Or you could also purchase an antique metal fan and repurpose it somewhere in your home like this metal fan chandelier featured in Tramthuy.
28. Feature Steampunk Musical Instruments
Musical instruments are another mainstay of the steampunk decor. If you already own steampunk looking instruments, then this will be easy for you as all you need to do is create fancy mounts to store your instrument when you aren’t playing. For those that don’t own any instruments, there are many ways to create your own steampunk musical instrument decorations such as this cello built by Artfully Musing.
29. Consider A Copper Sink
Putting a copper sink into your bathroom or kitchen is no easy feat, but it can go a long way towards creating the steampunk vibe you are looking for. Take it a step further and install some beautiful copper piping as well for decoration like this one featured in Home Crux and you’ll have your bathroom looking full steampunk in no time at all!
30. Incorporate An Octopus Into Your Decor
There are several animals that are commonly depicted in steampunk decor, but none are more famous than the octopus. Because this animal has eight limbs, it can be easy to use an octopus decoration as a chandelier, hat rack, or you can simply hang it on the wall. For an idea of what an octopus chandelier would look like, visit Romawiki.
Overall, steampunk decor is truly a unique style that can take any room in your house to the next level when it comes to both elegance and originality. As you can see in this list, with just a few tips you can quickly and simply transform your home with steampunk decor. Whether you choose to redo just one room or your entire house in the steampunk style, you will love your new living space and enjoy showing it off to all of your friends!