Costumes aren’t just great for Halloween, you can use your favorite nerd passions to influence you style at any time of the year, and not just where your clothes are concerned. Steampunk style especially isn’t tied to any particular time of year and is well-defined and diverse enough to work for a wide range of applications. One of the best things about neo-Victorian style is that it’s a mode rather than a recurring theme (like someone obsessed with batman for example), meaning that it’s more about the type of thing rather than the specific object itself. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to take your passion for Steampunk fashion and apply it to interior design.
Extraneous Pipes – example
Pipes are used to conduct liquids and steam, and have a definite industrial-era vibe to them. Use metal piping decoratively by taking it out of its hiding place under your cabinets and your walls and install them to run inside your rooms as desired to achieve a steam-powered type of look. If you use functional pipes be sure to avoid placing hot water pipes anywhere that you’re liable to touch. Steampunk is awesome, but burns are not.
Perhaps the most recognizable and iconic steampunk staple is clockwork mechanisms. While that does mean hanging up clocks for the purpose of telling time, it often appears even more in the form of clockwork motors. These don’t need to be functional of course, but they can come in a variety of forms. Mechanically driven robot creatures, machines that perform (or look like they perform) household tasks, or even just a series of clockwork mechanisms with no discernible purpose beyond their inherent aesthetic value.
Gears and old Machines
Continuing along with the clockwork theme, you’ll want to include some gears. The difference here is that they don’t need to be intermeshed with other gears, or arranged in ay functional manner. Besides clockworks any machines that actually did exist in the Victorian era are desirable. As far as things that are actually available to the average consumer are concerned you might try a pedal powered sewing machine, or any old-timey stuff you might find at a local antique shop.
Steampunk doesn’t have an official color scheme in the sense that you’re not allowed to use any certain colors, however there is a general theme that you’ll want to include. The browns, grays, golds, and reds or leather, steel, brass, and copper are very much tied to the genre. That doesn’t mean that you can’t include other colors, after all this is all about self-expression, but those previously mentioned colors should be considered requisite for inclusion as well. Luckily they’re largely neutral and won’t limit your choices significantly as far as other, brighter colors are concerned.
Article by Marie Sumner
Marie Sumner is a self-expressionistic, dress-up enthusiast who likes to write about fashion. She’s currently writing for wholesalehalloweencostumes.com which offers a variety of costumes and accessories. Follow her on Twitter