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Wine Cellar Inspirations: A Guide To Designing Your Modern Wine Cellar

January 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our very first WCI Inspiration for 2018! Predictions for this year include the modernization of many more sectors in society. The thrust towards global modernization will certainly be going at full throttle. Naturally, on our part, we are also on board with that. Since last year, we’ve been promoting the shift towards modern wine cellar design. The response was wonderfully positive, so this year, we’re doubling our campaign efforts. Let’s start by sharing this guide to designing your modern wine cellar for 2018:

Modern Wine Cellars

Wine Cellar Inspirations: A Guide To Designing Your Modern Wine CellarThe minimalistic approach

Probably one of the best ways to identify a modern design is by the simple yet sleek lines, the understated style, and the clean and seamless transitions. All these apply to a modern wine cellar project as well. So when you start mapping out your design, go with the minimalistic approach. Do not aim for anything elaborate. For example, your racking assembly should be comrpised of well-crafted units and should come together in a smooth manner. Remove awkward gaps and crevices. For sharp curves and corners, carefully choose corner wine racks that can perfectly fit into then. This shouldn’t be a problem since nowadays, custom racking can get the job done.

Build some character into your wine cellar

While the design might be minimalistic, this doesn’t mean your wine cellar has to look dull and plain. That’s far from the concept of a modern wine cellar. You should also aim to build some character into the layout. You can do this by choosing uniquely styled racks. A good example wood be the Cable Racking System, Echelon Wave Wine Racks, And Acrylic Wine Racks. We also recently expanded our Wall-Mount Racks to include the Wall Wine Rack Series which is a very modern way to showcase one’s collection.

Incorporate glass elements and pops of color

Glass elements add a touch of class to any racking arrangement. When paired with metal wine racks, they really bring out that modern vibe. So putting in glass panels or entryways, some glass shelving and the like will really give your wine cellar that elegant but modern look. In addition, also try incorporating pops of color. Vibrant shades tastefully interspersed into metal and glass elements will turn your wine cellar into a show-stopper. A piece or two of wine cellar art should do the trick or a boldly painted tasting table or some wine cellar accessories. They will also make for terrific conversation starters.

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: “Wine Cellar Resolutions” For The New Year

December 27th, 2017

We all know how essential New Year’s resolutions are. They have taken on a mandatory status despite not really necessitating the same. But here at WCI, we’ve added our own little twist to these “resolutions.” We call them wine cellar resolutions because that’s exactly what we aim to improve each year. We’ve put together some of these, what we hope, useful wine cellar goals which can help YOU shape your ideal wine cellar for 2018.

 

Put more effort into the planning stages

If you want your dream wine cellar to really take shape this 2018, putting more effort into the planning stages is indispensable. So make it your target this year to be more meticulous about the details. Identify key elements firsthand, such as the location and size of your wine cellar. Research the factors that will come into play in shaping the function and form of your wine cellar. Examples of these factors would be the wood type for the wine racks, the bottle storage capacity, and bottle storage options. Compare and contrast various racking products, wine cooling units, and other accessories to secure the most suitable ones at the best price.

Prepare your budget but make allowances

Your budget is one of the greatest factors that can make or break the realization of your wine cellar goals. So one of the best resolutions you can have for 2018 is preparing your budget with a careful eye for possible contingencies. We have seen more than just a few projects hit some roadblocks along the way due to budget issues. But if you make it a point to make room for contingencies, you won’t be compromising the results you want to achieve.

Do not scrimp on any of the important elements of the project

Wine cellar construction involves a number of signficant elements. From deciding the location and size of the room down to the type of racking units, the wine cooling system, the insulation, and so on – each one deserves proper attention. If you want to really bring your ideal wine cellar to life, you should not scrimp on these key elements. And by scrimping, it doesn’t involve just the money to be spent but the time and attention to be given as well. You will need to work closely with your design consulant, listen to their opinions, but have your inputs as well. Wine cellar building is a process and it pays to never lose your focus and passion until the very last step is completed.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Top Picks For Holiday Wine Decor

November 15th, 2017

What’s your theme for this year’s holidays? Will it be the traditional red, white and green for a “holly, jolly Christmas?” Or will you go something modern and sophisticated? Or maybe you’d want to bring out a nostalgic flavor? Perhaps a touch of some retro fun will be good, too! There’s always something so special and exciting about planning for decor for the holidays. In our case, we’re all for wine-themed decor because after all, we can’t get enough of wine! So here are some of our top holiday wine decor picks that we hope you can use, too:

Holiday wine decor ideas

Candle-filled wine and champagne glasses

Don’t chuck out those old wine and champagne glasses just yet. They will definitely come in handy for your Christmas parties this year. Fill them with gorgeous scented candles! You can choose to fill the air with your favorite scents, like pine, cinnamon, or apple for a truly holiday flavor. You can also to opt for those artificial candles you can easily get at Walmart or Costco. Putting them in wine or champagne glasses will really tickle the fancy of your wine-loving guests. A note of caution, though! Make sure you use heat-tempered glassware and they don’t have hairline cracks on them. Otherwise, go for the artificial candle option.

Wine-inspired Christmas ornaments

Cork wreaths, centerpieces, and Christmas ornaments

If you don’t collect wine bottle corks, now’s the time to start doing so. You’ll be wonderfully surprised at how handy they can be for DIY Christmas decor. They are so easy to work with, too. A glue gun will suffice, unless you plan on using something with stronger adhesive properties. Creating Christmas wreaths with wine corks is such a fun project that allows you to explore your creativity. But that’s not all! You can also try other stuff, like making DIY coasters for your wineglasses, or even vases for your table. And of course, you can decorate these corks and make fancy Christmas ornaments out of them, too.

Light up your wine bottles!

Wine bottle lighting accessories

Now while you’re at it, don’t just get rid of your empty wine bottles as well. You can make some very holiday-ish decor out of them by filling them up with lights. There are LED bottle lights being sold in stores or can be bought online. Most of them are battery powered and rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry of the lights running out – literally. They will make for super attractive and festive holiday wine decor that even your non-wine guests will love. ^_^

 

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Compact Wine Storage Ideas To Love

October 18th, 2017

Having enough space for your wine collection doesn’t mean you have to have a big one. Compact storage can definitely do the job, especially when it’s designed for space-efficiency. You’d be surprised at how many clever concepts are available out there! Here are a few of our favorite compact wine storage solutions you’ll love:

The Dining Room Wine Rack

The Dining Room Wine Rack

If you have a spacious dining room, then you can bring your dining experience up a couple of notches with wine racking units. Install a wine tasting station right in the heart of your dining room and see the difference. You will love the convenience of popping open your favorite bottle right there and then. You will also draw more inspiration for delicious meals to match what you’re going to pour. We have lots of inspiring concepts you can check out in our photo galleries. Some of them are purely DIY projects from our creative clientele.

The Kitchen Wine Cellar

The Kitchen Wine Cellar

Now if the dining room isn’t the spot for your collection, why not try the kitchen. The kitchen can remarkably provide some very unique wine storage options. There are actually more than just a few spots you can transform to host your wine bottles. The cabinets and shelves are one of these. The kitchen island is another. And don’t forget the pantry! Some homeowners barely utilize their pantries and you’d be surprised at how perfect it can be for wine bottle storage.

The Wine Cellar Closet

The Wine Cellar Closet

This is possibly on the most popular compact wine storage solutions. We tend to take for granted these types of spaces in our home and either leave them unused or crammed with junk. The shoe closet, the coat closet, the broom closet – one of these can be transformed into a beautiful, custom wine cellar closet instead. We’ve actually lost count of the Tech Tuesdays and DIY Thursday blogs of clients who managed to create gorgeous wine cellars out of unused closet spaces. But what even delights us more is the number of bottles that can actually fit in them. Some of them even have enough room for wine boxes and crates.

Have you also managed to make compact wine storage work for you and your collection? We’d love to hear how you did it! Share your experience with us and help inspire others with their wine cellar goals. ^_^