Lots of possibilities with a steampunk theme. It's just hard to dial it back so it's not over-done.
You could eliminate the steps and incorporate some decorative metal grates on the face of the stage
Or some expanded metal grating along the entire front of the stage (after eliminating the curve). It could sit over some "dirty" faux finish.
Or instead of wrapping the carpet down the face of the stage, you could faux-finish the face to have a metal look like this ceiling, complete with faux rivets (but without the stencil work).
I thought the faux ductwork was pretty cool in this pic. Not sure if that could be incorporated in a smaller scale on the face of the stage somehow. Maybe it elbows out of the soffit and runs down each side of the screen, disappears into the top of the stage and pops back out to run along the face of the stage.
Ignore everything in the middle of this pic, but I thought the curved floor to ceiling bracket on the left edge of the photo was neat. That might look cool coming out from the face of the false wall, "bolted" to the floor of the stage.
More cool bracket work
Bonus points if you can find somewhere in the room for this guyEdited by Spaceman - 10/2/13 at 7:52pm