For serious wine enthusiasts, a trip to the wine cellar feels like a trip into another world. The wine cellar is where a newly-minted bottle of premium wine ages to perfection. It’s a place where that special craft wine waits for the perfect dinner party.
It’s also a place where serious investments accrue interest. Didn’t think about wine as an investment? You should. Some wine enthusiasts collect wine in the same way that coin collectors collect gold. And some vintage wines are worth as much as gold.
These count as just a few of the reasons why people love wine cellars. It’s also why wine collectors love to decorate them with the same care they would the formal dining room.
Maybe you’re one of them. If so, then uncork a bottle of your favorite vintage and settle in for a good read. Here are our seven tips for decorating your wine cellar in style.
- Lounge Area
A wine cellar can be utilitarian, meaning that it’s purely a place where you store your wine. In this type of wine cellar, your plans for drinking it probably include a separate location, filled with fluffy cushions with soft jazz playing in the background.
However, if your wine cellar is large enough, this lounge area can be a part of the cellar. Decorate this area with some overstuffed chairs, complete with side tables. Extend the theme by placing some cork coasters on the table.
- Wine-Themed Artwork
While your wine shelves will take up a great deal of your wall space, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for pieces that complement the theme. Here are a few ideas:
- Vintage travel posters that feature wine and food
- Artsy photos of wine bottles, glasses, etc.
- Paintings of wineries
- Plaster reliefs of grapes and grape leaves or of Bacchus, the god of wine
- A Credenza
A credenza gives you a place to store food and drinks if you have a get together in your wine cellar area. It also gives you a place to display some of your fancier wines.
Protect this piece by placing a wine-themed table runner across the top or create a table protector from used wine corks. Just gather together the wine corks and use a hot glue gun to stick them on the frame of your choice.
- Wine Barrel Table
A wine barrel placed on end becomes a cool table in your wine cellar. The rugged woods and the steel rings add a rustic, yet classic element to your wine cellar. If you need a bigger table, then consider adding a table top to the barrel.
- Wine Rack Chandelier
This feature counts as one of the coolest wine cellar accessories you’ll find. It’s both a wine rack and a chandelier. Different versions of this piece exist. Some just hold your favorite wine glasses.Others can accommodate both the wine glasses and your favorite bottles of wine.
Create a centerpiece out of it by hanging over the table you’ve put in the cellar or over the lounge area. The glasses and bottle reflect the soft light of the cellar, giving it a relaxed ambiance that fits the theme of the room without overpowering it.
- Brick Accents
Wine cellars in Europe usually have brick walls and floors, partly due to the durability and partly due to brick’s ability to keep temperatures cooler. If you want to add an Old World Element to your wine cellar decor, then consider adding brick or another kind of stone to the floors and walls.
Another thing to think about as you’re designing your brick is your stone alcove areas. Burrowing deep holes in the stone of your wine cellar’s walls gives you a place to store wine bottles. The advantage of these space is that they’re already insulated.
- Use the Space you Already Have
A wine cellar doesn’t have to be a whole room. It can be a stolen space that you’ve remade. Popular spots for wine cellars like these include the space under a stair case or a recessed nook by a built-in bookcase.
Most wine aficionados can’t imagine their homes without a wine cellar. These special nooks keep collectible wines at the right temperature and climate.
But the wine cellar can also be a place where you gather with friends to enjoy one another’s company and your excellent wines. As such, it’s a place that deserves to be decorated in grand style. These seven ideas are only the beginning. Your decorative style will surely evolve as your wine cellar does.