One of the design trends that I’ve recently embraced is steampunk. Several months ago, a fellow designer told me that it fit with my design aesthetic so I decided to do a little digging. The term itself scared me a little since I had visions of something quite different. Little did I realize that I had already embraced some of its major design elements.

If you like any of these items you may have already embraced steampunk too!

  • Weathered and reclaimed woods
  • Edison light bulbs
  • Galvanized steel and rustic forged metals
  • Gears and pulleys, copper rivets and aged maps

 

The elements don’t stop here because this trend embraces the era when steam-powered machinery put the industrial revolution in motion. One might think that these elements would date your home, but take a look and you will see that it’s hip and will survive the test of time.

Furniture manufacturers Kincaid and Hammary, both of which are owned by La-Z-Boy, have embraced this look too. Galvanized gears and factory pulley carts transformed into cocktail and end tables are just the beginning. Hall chests with rustic and distressed finishes are big on their list too. One of my favorites is a printer’s cabinet that can be purposed to a lot of different spaces and uses in your home.

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