HOW TO: STEAMPUNK YOUR INTERIORS
As a mixture of elegance and machinery, Steampunk is a celebration of the 19th-century innovation era, the industrial revolution and age of invention. This trend is the perfect winter look, embodying a mix of aviation, nautical, classical and industrial lofts: Steampunk is all about creating a tribute to history and industry, creating new from the old.
Here’s how to create the Steampunk look in your space:
Use refurbished, reused, salvaged furniture and antiques. Old furniture adds a special charm to any home. When creating a Steampunk interior design don’t go buying new furniture unless it’s made from salvaged materials or specific to Victorian or industrial ages. This includes furniture and décor pieces made from vintage leather, driftwood and old nautical fixtures, lanterns, raw timbers and wrought iron reinforcements.
Leather furniture, like sofas and chairs, are definitely a must for Steampunk admirers. It’s one of the most important materials, along with raw metals used to define this trend. Not only comfortable but elegant, this material increases the luxury level of your home and invites the Victorian element of Steampunk into the focal pieces. Use an old steamer trunk as a coffee table or any other suitcase to fill the empty space. Metals of copper or chrome are best suited to Steampunk décor and serve not only ornamentally, but functionally with table lamps, shelving, stools and hooks.
Add some details by exposing technical and mechanical features – aviation style décor and factory-esque features and antique items. Victorians had a passion for inventing new tools and gadgets. Even though many of them are not functional, you can use them as decorating items. Try installing wall art made of cogs, clockwork, copper piping or ladder bookcases.
Channel the era of Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Edison or H.G Wells and make sure your lighting is on point. Industrial factory pendant lights, eye-catching surveyors lamps, architectural desk lamps and decorative gadgets for discovery. Frame old world maps, position globes, old books, compasses and leave brick walls exposed.
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