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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Finishes For Your Wine Room

August 30th, 2017

A wine room won’t be completely finished until you’ve thrown in some frills and fancies. They don’t need to be extravagant and they certainly should not overpower your racking arrangement. On the contrary, their role is to enhance your wine racks to make your collection shine. Here our some of our choice recommendations for custom wine room finishes you should try out:

LED lighting elements

Lighting elements and/or fixtures

There’s no better way to highlight your wine bottles than with the right lighting elements. A LED Display Lighting system is perhaps the most popular option, but it’s not the only one. LED Downlights are also another alternative you can look into. This recessed lighting system is perfect for ceilings and/or archways. The you also have Fluorescent Slimlites which can do wonders for your stained glass applications. This type of lighting is usually utilized to backlight stained glass art on archways or etched lightbox ceilings.

Wine Tasting Tables and Peninsulas

Wine Tasting Tables and/or Peninsulas

Wine Tasting Tables serve more than just an aesthetic purpose in a wine room. These days, you will encounter so many styles and designs to these tasting tables, it’ll make your head spin. But in a good way! That’s because the trend these days is towards making these tables more functional. So instead of just your standard table, you get so much more such as extra storage for your bottles, glassware, and other wine accessories. If you have a relatively spacious wine room, a peninsula is even better. Just imagine how gorgeous your racking arrangement would look like with Wine Bottle Waterfall racks cascading into a peninsula. Moreover, you can also incorporate shelving into both the tables and peninsulas to accommodate wine boxes or crates.

Decorative moldings

Custom crown, base, and center seam moldings

We always mention custom moldings in most of our blog posts, especially our Tech Tuesdays. But what you guys may not be fully aware of is that there’s more to these moldings as well. You can actually have them customized to make them fancier. Decorative moldings are one of the best ways you can make your racking assembly come together and give it a dramatic finish. Note that these moldings help blend in those awkward gaps between the racks, walls, and flooring. They also help create consistency between and among different racking styles. With custom ones, you can make your racking assembly look even more built-in.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: A Parisienne Flavor To Your Wine Cellars

June 7th, 2017

Ahhh, Paris! Who doesn’t dream of going there? It’s one of those cities that’s a constant on the bucket list of almost anyone (except when you’re living there, of course!). People love the aura and charm of this city that you get it has inspired us in so many ways, from fashion to interior design and so much more. So why not bring a taste of Paris to your wine cellars as well? Here are some great style tips you can try out:

Dress your wine racks in rich stains and/or finishes

Rich, luxurious stained racks and glass-stained art

Deep, luxurious hues definitely exude a Parisienne vibe to them. Rich-colored stains such as Classic Mahogany and Dark Walnut are sure to be tres impressionnant! Add in some custom LED downlights to accentuate your bottles and create that quiet, romantic atmosphere. If you’re looking into purchasing new racking units, we recommend choosing a wood that has a variety of grain patterns and is receptive to staining and finishing, such as Redwood or Rustic Pine. The latter will be a very good option since the structurally sound knots of the wood will really give off a vintage appeal that says “Paris” with a capital “P.”

Incorporate more glass elements into your decor

Glass elements for that Parisienne flavor

Paris is a city that has been dubbed as the international capital of high fashion since the 19th century. It is home to a lot of famous fashion houses, Dior and Chanel, to name a few. Intricacy, delicacy, and attention to detail are some of the inherent qualities of Parisienne haute couture. Bring some of these qualities into your wine cellar in the form of glass accents. Showcase some your best stemware in display shelves instead of tucking them away. Invest in an elegant lighting fixture or two, preferably with glass elements. If you have the budget for it, do an Etched Lightbox wine cellar ceiling or replace some solid wood cabinets with glass panels.

Put in artistic touches wherever you can

Artistic touches spell P-A-R-I-S!

For centuries, Paris has attracted artists from around the world, who arrive in the city to educate themselves and to seek inspiration from its vast pool of artistic resources and galleries. Art is a huge, indispensable part of the culture of the city. You can recreate this artistic flavor in your wine cellar by paying attention to the smaller details within. For example, replace those simple cabinet hardware and drawer pulls with custom ones that have more intricate details. We particularly love those knobs and pulls with vine and grape cluster designs. Incorporate decorative wood trim, like in your crown and base moldings and panelings. Of course, it’s also highly recommended to invest in a really good piece of wine cellar art, specifically those depicting French vineyards and such. Les grandes pensées viennent du coeur!

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Bring Spring Into Your Wine Cellars

April 19th, 2017

Sunnier skies and occasional April showers are definitely indicators that Spring is here and will be here to stay. So why not bring Spring into your wine cellars as well! We have some pretty sweet decorating ideas we’d love to share with you. From your wine bottles down to your wine racks and tasting tables, it’s time to bloom and bring on the colors:

Bright and easy with recycled wine bottles!

 

Sourced from MidwestLiving.com

For sure, you’ll have lots of empty wine bottles lying about. Don’t chuck them out just yet because they will make for some fabulous decor for your wine cellar, as well as your dining, kitchen, and even the living area. Choose a couple of bottles that are transparent enough. To make it more fun, make sure they’re of different heights and/or sizes. Now with the help of some food coloring, fill those bottles with water tinted to match the colors of the blooms you’ll be putting into them. We recommend white blooms because you’ll be in for a nice surprise – the petals will take on the hues of the tinted water. You can certainly say that “Spring has sprung” in your home!

Stock up on succulents!

Succulent plants, or also known as just succulents, are actually “water storage” plants. These are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. While you do need to give them enough sunshine, succulents actually thrive well indoors. If your wine cellar has windows, you can definitely bring a little bit of Spring inside with these miniature green delights. We suggest putting them in tiny clay pots or if you want to be more creative, in DIY vases made from ceramic or tin. Succulents do not actually take too well to being grown in glass containers.

Go funky with wine box/crate displays!

Just as you’re going to have empty wine bottles, you’ll definitely have empty wine boxes or crates. Keep them and transform them into colorful accents in your home and wine cellar. These boxes or crates will make for great centerpieces, too. Line the insides properly so they won’t leak and fill them with soil and decorative stones. This will make it easy for you to arrange vibrant bouquets in them. You can also put in twigs and other decorative branches or even incorporate edible elements such as asparagus stalks, coriander, radishes, and more. Let your imagination guide you and bring in the shades of Spring as you go along!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Easy, Breezy Wine Storage At Home

March 22nd, 2017

So you don’t have the time, space, or (more often than not!), the budget for a formal wine cellar in your home. Details, details! You can still come up with a suitable storage for your wine bottles. If you guys can recall, we talked about “compact and clever” wine storage last week. Today, we’re going to share some concepts on an even smaller scale: easy, breezy wine storage at home:

In your library or home office…

Wine racks in your library or home office

You will be pleasantly surprised at how convenient a bottle storage space your library or home office can make. All you need to do is do a bit of clean-up by removing old, and/or unwanted books and other bric-a-bracs in the bookshelves or cabinets. Then purchase some small wine racks or if you want, some glassware storage as well and install them in the now empty spaces. Now you can have a glass of wine or two while at just an arm’s reach while reading a good book or while working from home.

In empty corner/s in your wall…

When space becomes an issue in properly storing your bottles, it’s time to discover the beauty of wall-mounted wine racks. These days, this type of racking unit comes in so many styles, including wine rails and pegs. Because they’re wall-mounted, they can be put up anywhere in your home, particularly those empty corners or stretches of space in the walls. Here’s a fun tip: mount them next to your television or home entertainment set-up if you have one. That way you get to really completely unwind, especially on weekends.

Under kitchen benches and islands…

Mount wine racks on empty walls or corners

Customizing your furniture to accommodate your wine bottles is one of the best ways to keep them safe and comfy while working around space issues. One of our favorites is this awesome DIY from a client who customized their kitchen window seat by using small wine racks as the base. Of course, you can also do the same with your kitchen islands, tabletops and countertops, and other similar furniture.

Do you have other easy, breezy wine storage concepts to share? We’d love to hear them! ^_^