In a nutshell, the “Steampunk” look combines industrial, Old West and sci-fi themes into a raw, unfinished kind of style that was first described in the 80s and was part of the dystopian design of the Mad Max films and other science fiction media of the time.Now, it appears the Steampunk movement is gaining … ah … steam again, and some of the style is seguing from fashion (picture vintage goggles, buckles and leather dusters) into interior design. Exposed piping and mechanical parts along with furnishings and fixtures that utilize natural materials are evocative of the Steampunk feel.Perhaps ironically, the quirky design often comes at a cost thanks to those natural unfinished materials, and so “Steampunk luxury” has become its own niche. For example, you can have Steampunk …
- 1. … in the Bathroom.
Lots of exposed piping and knobby hardware will go a long way, but something that’s ripped out of the Industrial Era and given a modern tweak really sets the mood. A well-worn look achieved with dark metals works well:
Actual steam not included.
- 2. … Storage.
Perhaps a steamer trunk, you might guess? A vintage trunk with a bunch of buckles, exposed nail heads and worn leather is definitely Steampunk. The Victorian style fits well here not only due to its look, but also because it evokes thoughts of stagecoaches, steam engines and tall-stack ships:
"Your grandma's hope chest is so Steampunk."
- 3. … in the Living Room.
Primary materials of the movement are leather and metals, but wood can be incorporated into the Steampunk look as well. Combining woods – particularly reclaimed woods – with metals and mechanical parts can take an industrial piece to the next level:
Pictured: Wood reclaimed from Thunderdome. ATGStores.com
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