Steampunk is not well known in terms of Interior design, even I know that.
Maybe thats why im even more inclined to it, while putting the light on DIY approach.
Victorian era was filled with remarkable house tools which were made just to make the life of the occupants much easier and comfortable.
Also, those inventions wouldnt be complete without industrial influence and details.
In all its essence, Steampunk household trend must be watched as a mixture between elegant Victorian interior accessories and strong industrial elements.
I will try to pass on some of mine view on Steampunk décor ideas and items.
~ Colors of your steamy residence…
Please allways go or at least reconsider of using some flat, neutral or muted colors on very start of rearranging your place. It will be much easier to fit in other combinations on it later on if you do so.
Dark green or red, cream colors, sepia, brown and inevitable black…
Also metallic colors should help in setting that first layer of changes.
~ Ok, now what?! Where to put my coat or ass and rest? Furniture might help…
Don’t be afraid to use or upcycle some old stuff. Refurbished furniture can be great addition to your place. What more, you dont have to polish it or go through troublesome restoration becouse steampunk allows those minor flaws. Its even desirable to have dents and scratches. Old furniture brings special charm to home.
Dont bother looking and spending time & money on new stuff, unless its done in Victorian style.
~ Expose Leather items…
Steampunk admirers cannot conceive their crib unless there is some (or many) leather items in it.
Not only it is comfortable but also can raise the “luxury” bar also. Nowadays there is many cheap leather-like materials like eco-skin or other materials that are close to real thing.
~ Use big unconventional items to fill out space.
What about that old steamer trunk on your attic? Bring it down or buy at nearest flea market or yard sale (if in your country that exist of course). Use that piece as living room table, kitchen storage etc.
Improvise in order to obtain best look, purpose and desired result. Suitcase can be perfect also.
~ Expose all antiques, oldie trinkets and barometers, telescopes, computers…
Still we have so much space to fill (please dont become hoarder ok?!), which can be easy and so much fun if you repurpose some not-so-obvious stuff.
Almoust every Victorian had a passion for inventing tools and gizmos of that era. Even if its not functional, give it a try and use as decorative stuff.
~ Dont forget about wood !
I dont know anyone that dislikes wood in their living space. Therefore dont skip this important part of household.
Massive is a sure shot but if you dont have it, use what you can and just glue or stick some cogs on it, it will work
Sometimes those details can even have some usefull purpose, not only decorative
~ Wallpapers are trademarks of this era…
If you don’t like this. try to paint something, like creatures from the books of Jules Verne, or mechanical contraptions from Time Machine.
Imagination is the not a limit, and you know that.
Whatever you do dont buy or use original.
~ Old books on metal pipe shelves…
Without this old, ragged tomes of knowledge (like your favourite cookbook ) you cant let anyone visit you and see your marvelous home. Victorians were well educated and that fact was even considered a part of life standards (which also came to life in Victorian era)
~ Chandelier perhaps?
Chandeliers are not my choice to be honest, no matter how inseparable they are from Steampunk décor. Still many steampunkers are considering it a must have in their home.
Im more into candles or wall outlets and light sources.
Oh yeah DO NOT under any circumpstances use any other light bulb except infamous ”Edison”.
*this piece is not bad, becouse it reminds me of Cthulhu lore..mmm yes
And please dont forget to park your vehicle infront of your living space, if you know what I mean.
P.S. I would love to give you some tips & trick in the second (next) volume, if I see any interest for this topic.
Bless you all my cog huggers