Cheers! 7 Creative Storage Solutions For Wine & Other Beverages
After a hard day's work many of us like to unwind, perhaps pour a fine glass of Merlot or Chardonnay, sink back into a warm bath for some “me time” or clink glasses with friends and loved ones during weekend socials.
However, most homes and apartments just don't have enough space for a wine cellar. Lucky for you interior designers are well aware of this fact.
That's why they employ a variety of creative ideas to make room for your favorite drinks. Whether it's the use of shelves, racks, cabinets or wine bars, there's a solution to every problem.
Here are seven of the best we've found.
1. Keep It Simple
This home adds a tiny space over the counter for wine and other alcoholic beverages.
It might not be much, but it is charming in its simplicity: bottles on top, glasses on the bottom. Zero clutter.
2. Atmosphere & Ambiance
Sometimes all you need is a little cabinet for storage, a surface on which to place some drinks, and a window for some added flair.
Together with the round table, chairs and chalkboard (which can be used to list menu items) this interior brings the bar atmosphere right into your home.
3. If You Got It, Flaunt It!
If you have room and want to show off your collection, why not advertise it proudly in a display case?
Here, asymmetry between the display's various shelf units (combined with some well-adjusted overhead lighting) creates a visual disparity between bright and dark, making our eyes dart back and forth from the glowing bottles to the ones left in shadow—a neat use of optics which draws our attention to the prized collection inside.
4. Classy & Contemporary
A bar complete with stools, long counter-top, sofa and billiards table.
What we have here isn't just a place to drink; it's a full entertainment center, a place to gather with friends, shoot some pool, socialize, and of course enjoy your favorite alcoholic elixir.
5. Understated & Elegant
A clean, contemporary interior deserves a clean, contemporary wine rack.
The bottles fit neatly on top of the metal enclosure while the glasses hang from below; having an extra level on the wine rack also opens up storage space for more of your favorite drinks.
And for some artistic flair the “departures board” gives the feel of being at an airport bar. How cool is that?
6. Lighting Is Everything
In a home of muted grays and meager furnishings, those bottles of alcohol in the display case stand out due to their bright back-lighting.
Sometimes that's all you need: good lighting.
7. Industrial Chic
Wine racks mounted to the ceiling free up ground space while also putting your favorite drinks within close reach. Here, you can simply grab a bottle of wine and put it on the dinner table located conveniently below.
The dark colouring of the metal framework complements the room's decor while the slim band of light on its underside brings some much-needed illumination to a dim interior. It also serves to add a touch of sophistication and class to an otherwise rudimentary wine rack.
Most of the examples we've seen are from small to mid-sized interiors. What they prove is that you don't need a large wine cellar or fridge to hold your alcoholic beverages, just some clever use of shelves, cabinets and racks.
So look to these homes for inspiration and maximize your drinking space while minimizing your storage anxieties.