Although many people have never heard of it, the steampunk style was very popular several years ago in the world of fashion and accessories. Steampunk is experiencing a resurgence, not in fashion, but in interior design – the way living spaces are being decorated. This design theme that originated in the 19th century when writers like Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, K.W. Jeter, and A.C. Doyle were creating their marks in history. It was K.W. Jeter, one of the renounced science fiction writers of the time, who coined the term ‘steampunk design.’

What Is Steampunk?

Steampunk combines the old with the new. Take an outdated item and surround with the latest inventions and you’ll see the steampunk aesthetic. The trend is a mixture of Victorian Era decor and industrial elements. 

How to create the steampunk look

  • Use Sepia tones: Brown, sepia, cream, black, dark red, and dark green.
  • Refurbished Furniture:  use old furniture; do not buy new
  • Exposed Brick walls: induces the industrial feeling
  • Old maps:  used as wallpaper or framed
  • Exposed metal: exposed rods on lampshades, retro corsets made with ornate metal for light bulbs, bare pipelines running through the room, etc.
  • Whimsical decorating items: old steamer trunks in your living room design or acquire a miniature time machine from the movie of the namesake
  • Focus on Wall Art: blending of industrial design elements such as elaborate clocks, cogs, metal pieces, corsets, etc. combined with the fine artistry of the Victorian era.

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