What's Your Wine Cellar Design Style?
Not sure which design style to choose for your in-home wine cellar? Should you go with an old world decor, an ultra modern flair, or a style that's somewhere in between?
If you love a lot of interior design styles, it can be tough to settle on the perfect style for your cellar. But you can't afford to choose the wrong style. That's because installing a wine storage room in your home can be a costly affair. The last thing you want to do is to remodel it right away because you're unhappy with the finished product. Not only is that expensive, but it will also be a chore to temporarily relocate all of your wine bottles in the process.
The good news is you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll ask you questions to help you discover your favorite wine cellar style. Let's get started.
What is your favorite room in your home?
Everyone has a favorite room in their home, whether it's a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or closet. Figure out which room in your home is your favorite place to be, and ask yourself why. Is it clutter-free? Is it vibrant? Is it cozy? Is it unique and artistic?
The answer to this question can give you a clue about what style you should choose for your in-home cellar. If you hate clutter, you may need to opt for a design that neatly organizes your bottles in a way that's visually appealing. If you're drawn to the unique, you may be open to different and more abstract interior design styles for your cellar.
What colors do you prefer?
You can incorporate your favorite interior design colors into your wine cellar. There are no rules. Go with the colors that bring you joy. For some who prefer simplicity and minimalism, that may be white or a light gray. But if you feel more comfortable with color, you may prefer a wine cellar that features bold colors like red, black, and even green.
What clothes do you like to wear?
This may seem like a silly question, but it's one of the most revealing questions you'll answer. The types of clothes that you like to wear, including style, color, and fabric, can help you identify what you may be drawn to in a cellar design. So take a look at your closet. Do you notice one specific color that you have in abundance? Warms, cools, neutrals? The most repeated colors in your closet can be the perfect starting point for your interior design style.
How do you plan to use your wine cellar?
Will your wine cellar be strictly for storage? Or will it double as an entertainment space? The function of your cellar will also influence your design style. And remember that a storage cellar can be very stylish, too. Wine cellars are no longer basement-only spaces. Many homeowners have turned their wine storage rooms into beautiful self-contained display cases under stairs or along one wall in a prominent living space.
Do you have inspiration photos of wine cellars you love?
If you've been saving photos of your favorite wine cellars, copy them onto one page. (You can do this for free online using a tool like Canva.) This is a virtual mood. Seeing all of your inspiration photos at once will help you identify similarities in the photos, such as room color, flooring, racking style, and more.
When it comes to furniture, what style resonates the most with you?
Do you love curved lines and fine details, as you'd find in a European castle? Or are you more at home with straight, clean lines that give off a modern coolness?
If your wine cellar is large enough, you may choose to include furniture, such as a tasting table, bar stools, and decorative elements for bottle display. Understanding your top furniture choices will help you identify your favorite style.
More tips to help you find your wine cellar design style
Now that you’ve answered those questions, here are a few tips to help you uncover your style and then design the cellar of your dreams.
Head to Pinterest
Pinterest is a visual search engine that allows you to save your searches as "pins." You can search for key terms like "wine cellar room" or "wine storage" to uncover thousands of wine cellar designs that make your heart sing. In the process, you’ll also find thousands of designs that you definitely don't love. Finding both is great because, with each search and save, you get closer to your perfect wine cellar.
To properly use Pinterest, set up an account for free. And then set up a "board" for your wine cellar inspiration. On Pinterest, a board is a collection of saved pins. On your board, you can save thousands of pins, but you don't really need to save beyond 100. By the 100th pin, you should notice a specific style that you're drawn to time and time again.
Make note of unique elements in your pins. These elements can help you finally find your unique style. Your images may suggest a love for contemporary but, as much as you adore the style, there is something about it that doesn't feel “right” or “complete.” However, after looking at your pins, you see that you also love luxe elements, which can be elegant, lavish, and metallic. By combining the two together, contemporary with a twist of luxe, you may find the right mix for your perfect wine cellar.
Set a deadline
It's easy to get lost on Pinterest because it's an almost endless stream of inspiration. For this reason, you should give yourself a deadline of one week to find wine cellar design inspiration on Pinterest. Of course, you're not limited to one week, but remember that the longer you take in gathering mode, the longer it will take to build your dream cellar.
Don't just stick to Pinterest
You can also find inspiration on other decor sites, such as Houzz. Houzz is a popular interior design website that offers wine cellar inspiration images that you may not be able to find on Pinterest. It’s definitely worth checking out, too.
Alternatively, you can go “old school” and look through magazines. Or you can search YouTube for "wine cellar tour" to find additional inspiration for your space.
Check out the most popular wine cellar interior design styles
Here's a look at most commonly used design styles for wine cellars:
Modern works well for cellars of all sizes, from wine walls to full-on tasting rooms. The modern style uses glass, clean lines, and contemporary racks to create a sleek finish.
Do you like glass doors and walls paired with marble flooring? Modern may be a good place to start.
A traditional wine cellar can be rustic or old world. It uses lots of natural elements, such as dark woods or stones (on both the floor and ceiling) to create a cozy, cavernous vibe.
Do you like the look of stone floors, curved ceilings, rich woods, and wine barrels? You may love the traditional/old world wine cellar style.
Transition blends the old and the new. It may include woods and stones, but in a lighter tone which makes the room feel fresh and open. It's brighter than traditional and earthier when compared to modern.
Do you like lighter finishes on your floors and walls? Transitional may be the answer.
Still not sure which wine cellar interior design style to choose?
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