The next time youâ€™re at a dinner party and thereâ€™s a sudden lag in the conversation, stoke the fire by asking everyone to define â€˜steampunk.â€™ Chances are, there will be a delightful variation in definitions, underlining the fact that itâ€™s a hard style to define with any authority. Is it Victorian? Is it Sci-Fi? Or is it rather turn-of-the-century industrial?
Whatever your definition, itâ€™s a concept thatâ€™s much easier to identify than to define. This week, weâ€™ve identified some stylish pieces that give a firm nod to the steampunk look, yet are modern and practical enough for everyday.
With its Victorian-era look and feel, the Luxe Fainting Couch from Urban Outfitters is a good place to start. Its rich dandelion color is also complementary of darker coordinating pieces. $649 Urban Outfitters.
The timelessness of Persian rugs means that they also speak â€˜steampunk.â€™ $79.99 from IKEA.
The oversized Oliver Leather Ottoman from Pottery Barn is by no means cheap ($899), but look at itâ€”itâ€™s a tank and youâ€™d have forever. Plunk a tray on top and it also doubles as a great coffee table.
If one indisputable thing can be said about steampunk, itâ€™s that gears and sprockets are its lifeblood. Pair open-gear clocks like these from Amazon as wall dÃ©cor. $25 and $39.99, respectively.
Itâ€™s a (faux) painted map of the Old World!Â $124.99 from Overstock.
These dark green velvet pillows are lush, yet sternâ€”just like that steampunk barista at Starbucks youâ€™ve been pining for. 2 for $25.49 from Overstock.
I do declareâ€”this piranha does appear to be of the man-eating variety. Perch it on a shelf as both a study in nature and as a reminder to be careful where you swim. $39 from Evolution.