Steampunk. Industrial. Real Trends Within Art and Home Decor

by | May 16, 2018

While trends in home decorating fade or increase over time, the use of Steampunk and industrial themes within home decor seem to be growing in popularity. If you’re a fan of one of these styles, you don’t have to completely convert all your furnishings to Steampunk or industrial in order to be on-trend. You can incorporate elements of Steampunk or industrial into your living space to celebrate your love for either genre. If you like both trends, why not group them both within a living space in an exciting new way?

Industrial Art

Industrial design in home decor features elements of raw materials, such as wood, brick or metal as well as bare elements. Piping and ductwork are also exposed in industrial design to highlight the feeling of a space once used for manufacturing.  Industrial takes design down to a minimum and uses sparse furnishings and neutral tones. For example, in a living room, couches are often in a mid-century modern style, without the overstuffed, over pillowed couches of the early 2000s. In the kitchen, metal tables or metal chairs complement the industrial style of home decor. Photographs used in industrial trends can really highlight design features within an industrial room, such as the photographs found here. Many artists have also chosen to use early technology from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as art, such as Nikki Smith’s rendering of an 1889 computer patent. Industrial design themes can range from farmhouse primitive to architectural metal, which leaves a lot of room to explore and personalize this home decor style.

The Style of Steampunk

Steampunk, while not the same genre as industrial, incorporates some of the same elements. Trends within the Steampunk genre have existed in one form or another since the at least the 1980s. Steampunk envisions both futuristic concepts and concepts from the Victorian period, which can translate into an American West motif as well, depending on your preferences. Steampunk design allows you to imagine your space however you like, since the future is uncertain; as old gears, gaslights, and steam engines are transformed in the future with fantasy-elements. Lighting elements in the Steampunk tradition are brass or copper, with exposed bulbs. Couches in the Steampunk tradition can be overstuffed and leather, with large chairs or chaise lounges within the living room as well. Other elements of Steampunk could include anime, horseshoes and pocket watches or early flight design in art or materials. Some examples of Steampunk design as art can be found here.

Do Both Work Together?

Incorporating elements of both industrial and Steampunk within a single room would not be difficult to do, as both Steampunk and industrial design offer bare elements of manufacturing and early design plans into home decor. You could choose to design your space with metal tables and include gears or timepieces as part of the overall design, for example, which would give your room a dual industrial Steampunk design. Or you could use leather overstuffed couches with fantastical art combined with exposed brick and pipes and architectural lamps.

However, you choose to incorporate industrial design or Steampunk design into your living space, the relative freedom within these two genres allows for maximum creativity.

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