Steampunk Home Decor

An amazing sub-genre movement of science fiction has brought to life Victorian era aesthetics in design for home decoration. Despite Steampunk being still rather new to the whole home decoration thing, it is slowly making its way into the world of interior design. So, if you want your future home to be unique but still take a breath away, then look no further. Steampunk home design may sound strange but it definitely won’t leave you indifferent.


How to Make Your Home Steampunk

When you say Steampunk, a lot of people don’t know what it even means and the concept around it, which is why this aesthetics isn’t as popular as it actually should be. Steampunk is a Victorian type of fashion with all the industrial and technological details of that time which adds the whole charm to the movement. So, if you really wish to do a makeover to your house or want to have some ideas for your future one, then these are the things you want to look out for.

1. Materials

Before you start decorating you need to make sure that the house is completely blank which actually the basis of Steampunk home décor is.  Depending on what kind of elements you want, they will create different atmosphere and the kind of background you have never imagined. The colors and elements matter quit a lot in Steampunk interior design but they depend on what kind of style you want.

For example, if you want to use steel, glass or marble, then it will make a modern style décor; if you want to use wood, copper and natural fabrics then it will have country kind of aesthetics; and, if you want to use recycled materials, they will make your home elegant and fashionable. And, when it comes to Steampunk, copper is a way to go as it is associated with 19th century the most. In fact, copper should stand out the most while you are decorating your home. That and the color turquoise with rust details can create quite wonderful atmosphere in your home and it can make a really good foundation for the rest of your decorating. 

2. Expose the Brick Wall

After adding copper, you may want to use brick wall too and even exposing it. You may see that it is pretty common in Scandinavia as well. Exposing the brick wall can add quite charm to your home and design, and it can even be used as a sort of natural background for the furniture. The materials that you want to use the most are copper, metal, bronze, and gold but don’t overdo it, it should be added in details and with taste so it has a balance.



3. Decorating Your Wall

There are a few ways that you can decorate your wall so it isn’t monotone. One way is to add gear wall clocks which is another important little piece of Steampunk. They are quite eye-catching so getting one definitely won’t be a mistake as it really adds a nice little touch to your home.
Another way is to use maps as your wallpaper. Because of a lot of rust and red colors that may be added, they can create quite an excess to it is a good idea to use a wallpaper. Adding maps as your wallpaper is a creative and unique way to add the elegance and complexity to your home.
Adding antique photos to your walls is also a great idea that adds charm to your home. It doesn’t have to be expensive either, you can use the old photos printed off the internet or it can be your old family photos.

If you are not quite a photo person then you can also use Victorian pattern wallpaper. It is also another great way to add Steampunk tone. If you happen to have some talents in painting then you can even paint your own. You can use inspiration from the books of Jules Verne or some mechanical installation that you can see in Time Machine.

One more quite nice and subtle way to decorate your wall is to frame some herbariums. Many may think it’s a strange suggestion but it can make entrance of your home stand out in a very charming way.



4. The Importance of Lighting

This is a very subtle detail but it’s one of the most important components when styling your home in a Steampunk way. Light can make a lot of difference in your home because it can bring out the details and the beauty of all the other decorations. There is nothing like light which can transform, soften and add power to every little decorative space. Steampunk decoration may appear rather gloomy because of the dark colors but addition of the artificial lighting adds the life to the entire beauty of it.

5. Furniture

Furniture is another important component of decorating any kind of home. But when it comes to Steampunk aesthetics, a good suggestion is to expose natural leather furniture. They are not only comfortable to sit on, but they add elegance to the home as well and they fit into the Steampunk style overall. It’s considered to be one of the most important pieces when it comes to Steampunk interior design. In fact, leather chairs and sofas are on the top of the list to have for Steampunk lovers.

6. Textural Contrast

You can make your home even more Steampunk-like if you add two different kinds of textures. For example, you can combine a difficult product such as leather and a soft one like a shoelace. Combining both manly and feminine components to the Steampunk home decoration is a part of the appeal.


Decorative & Unique Items You Can Add

1. Old Globes

One of the favorite items of Steampunk are, in fact, terrestrial globes. They are very popular in Steampunk aesthetics because they really give off the antique and vintage vibe which is great for the fans of the old.



2. Old Books

One more way to make your home even more Steampunk is to display old books around it. It is better to use the ones with hard covers but paperbacks are okay too, as long as they are old. You can even arrange old notebooks in a nice and aesthetic way to give off vintage vibe.

3. Old Trunk Table

If you are a creative soul and love to improvise, then making a nice little table out of an old trunk may sound like a nice suggestion. If you don’t have a table that will fit your overall steampunk décor, then try finding a steamer trunk or any kind of an old suitcase.



4. Old Victorian Sewing Table

A Victorian sewing table has a long history behind it and adding it to your home can really add to the whole Steampunk aesthetics you may reaching for. If you don’t already have one in your house, then try finding one in antique store. You definitely won’t regret it!

5. Tiny Jewelry Boxes Out of Wood

These tiny wooden jewelry boxes never go out of style! They can make a great impact on your decorations as they are very stylish and have that antique vibe. You can even buy some little metal pieces such as screws and glue them to the box and make it even more Steampunk-like.



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  • Jul 20, 2019
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