What is Steampunk Decor?

by megan
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Love dark palettes and heavy metals (the decorating style, not the music…or maybe the music, who knows)? Steampunk decor is right up your alley. But before you start hunting for oversized gears to put on your wall, read below to find out how to incorporate steampunk industrial decor into your home.

Steampunk Decor 101:

A little warmer than Industrial Decor, and a little more metallic than Rustic Decor, Steampunk Decor is all about incorporating Victorian style and technology into your home decorations. If you love tin ceilings and have a fascination with the inner mechanisms of things, you’ll love adding steampunk furniture and decor to your home.

Color Palettes:

The color profile for steampunk room decor is predominantly dark and can vary from cool to warm, depending on your preference. Coppers, browns, and blacks are heavily featured. Here are a few colors that fit the bill.


Key Features of Steampunk Home Decor:

Steampunk features the use of metals and a warm, brown color palette. Most rooms are dark but with a warm tone that balances out the use of metallic objects. A dark version of Victorian decor, with heavy use of steamer trunks, copper, and bronze decorations.

Floors are usually left bare or painted in a muted tone, and walls are painted in eggshell or matte finishes or using wood where possible

Things to Keep in Mind:

Unless you want to look like a mad scientist from the 1800s, you’ll want to go light on the decorations of cogs and wheels when planning your room or even creating steampunk diy decor projects. This decorating style is best used as a warm variation of Industrial decorating.

Tools You’ll Need for Steampunk DIY Decor Projects:

  • Sand Paper or a Power Sander – For getting off the lacquer or sheen on wood floors, cabinets, and furniture
  • Wood Stain – Dark wood or gray woods are best for this decorating style
  • Miter saws – If you’re going to build your own furniture or remodel a thrift store find, a basic miter saw is your best bet for getting started. Later on, you can upgrade to a compound miter saw, which is AMAZING. (Mine is known as “Big Sexy”)
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint – You’ll go through a lot of this

A Few Favorite Steampunk Decorating Ideas:

The Steampunk Home
Steampunk Tendencies
Steampunk Tendencies
Trying to Balance the Madness

Get Started with These Steampunk Room Decor Accessories:

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Similar Styles: Industrial | Rustic | Primitive | Victorian

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