Monday, February 4, 2013

Easily Steam It Up; Interior

When you hear the word Steampunk, you think mostly about clothing and literature, but I'd like to take a moment and talk about how much interior design can add to a Steampunk-y feeling. 

Visible pipes, leather furniture, dark wooden tables and chairs, ship parts; the possibilities are endless!
Picture: My two Victorian bicycle pillows and Mister B.

It's actually easier than you could think, to Steam up your room, house or apartment.

Remember; these are just advices and guidelines - the most important thing is that YOU add YOUR OWN style to it!
  • Richly colored drapes and carpets, such as deep red ones, are famous for adding a Oriental adventurous feeling to pretty much any room.
    Id you want it more Victorian like, you can go for romantic, old style Victorian colors as baby blue matched with yellow, or white lace drapes with tassels.
  • Lanterns in metal and/or glass fits in any Steampunk interior, and feels both classy, adventurous, urban and oriental. It's very easy to come by such lanterns (at least if you live in Sweden), and they look just as gorgeous hanging from the sealing as they do standing in a bookshelf or at a tabletop.
  • Wooden furniture, of course. I don't think I even need to explain it any further, right? Both dark wood and light wood works perfectly well, and it's just perfect if it's got old handles and   in metal
  • Boxes, Chests and barrels. They're both decorative, and you can store items in them. Jewelry and fabric and, of course, the maps you need for the next treasure hunt... When we're on that track anyway, you should really stack those treasure chests you found last week in the treasure room...
    (if you've got a huge steampunk-ish box, and live at home, you can keep items such as porcelain, cups, drinking glasses etc. in it you are saving on until you've got a home of your
  • Visible pipes. Old houses and apartments sometimes have heat pipes on the outside of the walls instead of inside them, and if you've got such a home; congratulations! You've got some real potential there to create an airship, submarine, water bound ship, a scientists lair or an inventors workshop out of that/those room/rooms! 
    If you've considered trying to cover them up with paint - do. not. do. it! Take the pipes as they are or, if you want to (or if they need it) shine them up and make them noticeable. Make them an accessory of your home. It's old, it's got history, and it should get the honor it deserves, right?
    Also, you can always use the pipes as hangers for coats, neckties, jewelry etc... unless they're too warm - in that case, then don't hang stuff on them. That can cause fires. So. Yeah.
  • Add maps, paintings, chandeliers, pillows, clocks! 

And that's all for today folks!
If you've got your own interior advice, make a comment below, and I'll put them in a post of their own. 

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