Wine storage and display can be a very personal choice and stylistic expression. With wine bottles varying in look, shape, and of course year– they can add a beautifully stylish element to any interior. Whether or not you’re outfitting an entire wine cellar, or putting up a simple wine rack we’ve got 10 tips for making it uniquely yours.
1. Enclose your collection. Obviously, this one is a given if you’re a wine-o. Giving your wine the correct humidity and temperature helps tremendously when they’re all secluded behind a “wall” of some sort. Utilizing clear glass to encase a section of your extended wall can still keep the space looking clean and open while creating a contemporary twist.
2. Make it a focal point. Whether or not it is in a cellar, you can still create a display that’s classically beautiful and functional and keep it as a focal point. Point them into a room that’s without a television or any other distraction. Create interest with lighting and a pop of color. In the above case, it is neutrals against greys and blacks– but the wine still manages to be front and center.
3. Carve out a little space. If you don’t consider yourself much of a wine connoisseur, but still want to have easy access for dinner parties and entertaining– create a built in that goes right along seamlessly with the rest of your furniture. Whether it’s at the top, bottom, or down the side doesn’t matter as long as it’s right where you want it.
4. Think outside of the built in. Go bold with a splash of paint and some chevron styled bookshelves to keep your bottles in place. Ikea is a great resource for inexpensive shelves that are modular and come in many colors.
5. Go alternative. Instead of built in bookcases, what about wine cases? Backlighting can be effective in display with a bar right in between. Keeping things dim and dark for the most part is important for the wine, but at times of entertainment the look is unparalleled.
6. Wine storage as division. Creating a simple shelf that is used as a demising wall with a frosted panel on one side will still filter light through and make for a simple decorative element that’s also functional.
7. Match Materials to your home. Look to your already built home for cues and details that can be replicated. Elements such as wrought iron can be crafted into a custom piece that stores just the right amount and fits in the allotted amount of space.
8. Make a statement. If you’re in the market for something totally custom, go for broke and create whatever your mind can dream up. Plexiglas and blue lighting? Wine stored in tubes mixed with natural stone? Gothic arches? Why not?! If wine is your passion and within your budget, dream up your ideal storage space and take it from there.
9. Make it float. Using pegs that are metal or wood will allow you to play an almost tetris-like design game with your vino. Attaching it to a backed piece of wood keeps from drilling into the wall too many times and also provides a nice backdrop for a geometric shape or guide.
10. Go Rustic. Use a pallet for some inspirational ways to upcycle the commonly used item. Create holes just large enough and you’ve got the perfect DIY piece that can be displayed proudly.