What is Steampunk Decor?

antique books

Let’s start at the basics, steampunk is defined as

A subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.


photo credit: Steampunk Workshop

I know what you are (probably) thinking. This isn’t my style. Just having a part of the word as “punk” my own first reaction was that sounds like a really niche design taste that doesn’t fit in with my aesthetic. The credit actually goes to my boyfriend for insisting the key elements actually are my type.  The common elements used in the steampunk design are salvaged metal and wood. Starting to sound more appealing? Thanks to the Fixer Upper phenomenon, a huge trend has been incorporating antique and salvaged finds into modern design. Do you love all the DIYs using wood and pipe? Hello, steampunk. The more I read about this design style and the appreciation for an older era the more I loved it.  My most loved pieces are my steamer trunk and my collection of antique books, adding steampunk decor works perfectly to really bring out the antique characteristics I cherish. The best part about steampunk? This is the DIYer’s DREAM.  Browsing through Etsy and seeing the intricate work people do is unbelievable.

Here are some of my favorite finds and ideas…

Steampunk wood and pipe shelves

This shelving unit from the FerraroArtDesign Etsy shop would work perfectly anywhere in your home.  The aesthetic is simple and brings in that wood and pipe design without going overboard and distracting from a classic style.

steampunk bookends

Steampunk bookends are completely customizable, get creative with those pipes (adult legos!) or check out Henry Lewis Home’s Etsy shop.

steampunk pendant light

Use this pendant light from Union Hill Iron Works over a kitchen counter or spice up a reading nook


Last but not least, if someone finds this lamp you will be my new favorite person.  I have been drooling over this picture and can’t seem to find it, what a stunning conversation piece.

Helpful resources and ideas to spur that DIY imagination: Steampunk Lamps and Lights for Interior Decor & Steampunk Workshop

Have you fallen in love with Steampunk decor too?


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