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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Building Your Under Stairwell Wine Storage

September 9th, 2020

There are plenty of reasons why building a wine storage under the stairs is a good idea. Scratch that – it’s a fantastic idea! Allow us to walk you guys through some helpful tips for that stunning under stairwell transformation.

Appreciating curved corner racks…

That space beneath the stairwell is definitely not your straightforward four-walled room that can accommodate wine storage. So the trick is to see beyond those awkward curves and angles. Using the right racking units can do wonders. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much bottle storage that irregular space can hold. This is where you’ll appreciate the existence of curved corner wine racks. The racks can ease into those tricky spaces and help create a smooth transition your racking assembly. We offer curved corner racks both as a custom product and in our wine rack kits. That means you have the option to work with what suits your budget!

Building your under stairwell wine storage

Discovering the Wine Bottle Waterfall…

What better racking to accommodate uneven spaces than the Wine Bottle Waterfall? It is configured in such a way that the individual bottle storage goes down in a cascading fashion. When you stack the units together, this allows you to have your racking assembly in variable height configurations. It’s a terrific solution for wine storage beneath the stairs. In addition, you get to display your wine bottles in an eye-catching fashion. The Wine Bottle Waterfall is available with WCI’s wine rack kits, like the Vintner and Designer Series.

Metal wine racks for building storage under the stairs

Small wine racks, wine pegs and rails…

Lack of adequate space is almost always one of the main issues with under stairwell transformations. But this is actually where the fun is! Getting creating with your racking arrangement will lead to fulfilling results. So it’s time to expand your racking options and dig deeper into the details. Small wine racks come highly recommended for this kind of wine cellar project. Wall-mount metal racking is also a popular choice since it is very space-efficient. But another favorite of ours are the wine pegs and wine rails. They can be easily mounted anywhere and can really help maximize bottle storage capacity. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Wine Cellar Projects On A Budget

August 19th, 2020

Don’t be afraid to pursue your wine cellar dream just because you’re on a budget. There are lots of ways to create the wine storage you need and want. It’s all about careful planning, choosing the right products, and taking advantage of professional wine cellar services. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Stunning wine cellars on a budget

The initial consultation is key…

This is the very first step to realizing your wine cellar goals. Even if you are in a 50/50 situation as to whether you’d want to push through the project or not, the initial consultation is vital. Talking to a professional will help you iron out the essential details. Also, note that some companies offer free initial design consultation, like us here at WCI. We can provide you with a free 2D design of your future wine cellar. This gives you a much clearer vision of the things that need to be done to get the results you want. More importantly, it will help you anticipate the expenses and really work within your budget.

We can make it work when you’re on a budget!

Explore all your options beforehand…

These days, there are tons of racking products and other wine cellar accessories available in the market. Even with wine racks, you get so many options in terms of the type of wood, stains, and finishes. This is definitely good news if you are working with a less generous budget. Roll up your sleeves and dive into that sea of information. Check the materials and products being offered and compare them. For example, would metal wine racks cost less? Or should you do a combination of wood and metal units? What flooring is the least expensive yet durable? What wine cellar cooling system is the most cost-efficient? You have to exercise diligence and patience in exploring your options. When in doubt, never hesitate to ask for professional guidance. It will save you tons of money in the process!

Consider “second-hand” wine racks…

When we say “second-hand,” we don’t mean used wine racks or lesser quality ones. Here at WCI, we actually offer what we call “factory seconds.” What happens is that occasionally, a rack is manufactured with an extra knot in the wood or was stained the wrong color. It may also happen than the order was canceled halfway through production. Some products also get discontinued due to a lack of popularity. These wine racks are all very attractive and sturdy pieces of wood wine storage which are practically brand-new. They are very significantly marked down to move out at a quicker rate. Factory seconds can do wonders for your budget and even more for your wine cellar goals! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Makes A Good Wine Cellar

August 12th, 2020

A wine cellar project is certainly not a cheap one. If you’re looking into having a formal wine room, you need to work on the right budget for it. That’s not to say that you should rob a bank. It’s not all about how much money you’re going to put into it. There are other essential elements that need to be factored in. So what makes a good wine cellar anyway? Read on and find out!

A good wine cellar does not have to be very expensive!

Location is key…

Yes, you can actually build a wine cellar anywhere in your home. But if you want to be able to maintain it in the most cost-efficient way, location is absolutely key. The that you choose will have a future impact on the cost of maintaining your cellar.  A good wine cellar should be placed in the coolest and most humid place in your home. Note that the ideal wine storage conditions are at 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity. The closer you are to these conditions, the less expensive it will be. For one thing, a smaller size cooling unit will suffice for your wine storage needs. Think of how much you will be saving in terms of energy costs.

Get the right wine refrigeration unit...

Now let’s say you don’t have a basement to build your wine cellar in and the best location can’t come close to the ideal wine storage conditions. This happens in a lot of cases, especially homes with smaller spaces. You don’t need to go and buy the biggest or most expensive wine refrigeration unit to remedy is. What you need to is get the right one. That means taking into account key factors such as wine cellar size and bottle storage capacity, apart from location. There are lots of units being in sold in the market. Do not be hasty and consult a wine cellar design professional first.

Pay attention to minor details to build a good wine cellar

Mind the “small” details…

More often than not, people tend to forget the smaller details in a wine cellar project. This is a wrong move because these small details can make or break both the function and form of your wine cellar. Doors and entryways, flooring, and ceiling are some examples. A properly insulated wine cellar door can do wonders for maintaining ideal wine storage conditions. The same can be said for picking the most suitable material for the flooring. The ceilings, on the other hand, can really raise the aesthetic appeal of your wine cellar to greater heights. That’s why these small details should never be overlooked! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspiration: DIY Basement Wine Cellar Tips

July 15th, 2020

You can’t have a better time than now to start on that home wine cellar project. A basement wine cellar will probably be the most productive activity you can have this summer. If you’re planning to do a DIY project, it helps to gather as much knowledge as you can on how to construct your wine cellar to get the results you desire. That’s what we’re here for! We’ve put together some of these pro tips for you:

Tips for DIY basement wine cellar

Installing your studs…

The studs and soffits are instrumental to your basement wine cellar. But there are some details that you need to take into account before doing the installation. You’ll need to things a little differently with a new construction as opposed to a renovation. If it’s a new construction, you will need to stud the space to frame out your wine cellar. You usually start by sealing the concrete foundation walls prior to installing studs. Then, we recommend using either 2×4 or 2×6 construction. The 2×6 construction is used when you want to increase the insulation value in order to minimize cooling unit size and energy consumption.

Do it like a pro with our pro tips!

Installing your soffits…

Soffits are usually used to cover ducting, piping, or other obstructions. More often than not, lighting accessories are also installed in the soffit. For your DIY basement wine cellar, make sure the lighting in the soffit is placed at a good distance away. This is to ensure that it does not interfere with the finished racking and/or ducting depth, including depth of crown molding. That’s why it comes highly recommended to first ensure the final depth of your racking, including the crown molding. Also make sure to allow for the size of the ring on the light fixture as well. A rule of thumb is to leave a 1” gap from the front of the crown molding to the closest edge of the ring on the can light. We recommend using IC can lights so you can insulate around them.

Selecting your insulation & vapor barrier…

There are two common methods for wine cellar insulation and vapor barriers: spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts. You have to choose carefully, especially since you’re doing things DIY. Spray foam is normally more expensive. However, it will prevent the possibility of a puncture mark in your vapor barrier, like when you install your wine refrigeration unit. Ensure there are no air gaps between the insulation and drywall for either method. ^_^


Cleaning Tips: How To Clean Your Wine Cellar

March 4th, 2020

Keep your precious wine collection in the ideal environment. That means ensuring the right humidity and temperature levels in your wine cellar. But that’s not all. You also need to make sure that your wine storage is dust, critter, and mold-free. So we’re here to share these helpful cleaning tips:

Spring cleaning in your wine cellar!

Dusting your wine cellar…

Dusting might be the simplest cleaning task, but we have to emphasize how important it is. It’s all about removing unwanted particles from your wine racks, wine bottles, and other wine cellar furniture. The key to dusting is to do it as thoroughly as possible. For wine racks, shelves and cabinets, make sure to remove all the contents first. Also, take the time to dust down your wine bottles individually. If you have a large collection, you can ask a family member or friend to help out. You can also do the dusting in batches (like allotting time for it on weekends). In case you need to use a damp rag for stubborn dust particles, don’t forget to wipe off excess moisture before replacing the bottle on the rack.

Dusting and polishing wine racks

Polishing your wine racks…

Whether you have wood or metal wine racks or a combination of both, occasional polishing will help keep them in great shape. Unlike dusting, you only have to do this occasionally. You wouldn’t want to strip your wood wine racks of their natural colors. The same is true for the metal racking units. Make sure to select the right kind of polish for the material you have. Prior to the actual polishing, you need to make sure your racks are free of dust. Once the job is done, let the racks air-dry before replacing the bottles.

Spring cleaning includes wineglasses!

Washing your wine glasses…

Your wine glasses and other glassware should be cleaned immediately after use. For those that you don’t use often, you still have to observe proper upkeep. While you can use the dishwasher for this purpose, it’s not recommended for quality glassware. Washing by hand is the best way to prevent unnecessary damage. Hold your glasses by the stem while cleaning. Note that the top of the wine glass is more delicate than the bottom. Next, rinse the wine glasses with warm running water. Apply a small amount of soap to a sponge and scrub the glass inside and out. We recommend using a long-handled sponge, instead of putting your hand inside the wineglass.  Lastly, give your wineglasses a final rinse and dry. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Stains And Finishes You Need To Try Out

February 5th, 2020

We are a big fan of stains and finishes on wine racks and wine cellar furniture. But we also understand that it’s not for everyone. Some prefer the natural look on their wine racks. However, if you want to create a unique appearance to your wine cellar, stains and finishes can definitely give you the results you want. Just keep in mind that there are tons of options for you to try out. So don’t be afraid to explore! Here are some stains and finishes you should try out:

Unique stains and finishes for you to try out!

The Dusty Weathered Finish

The Dusty Weathered Finish option is the best choice when you want a timeworn look for your wood. The process is quite complicated, but the results are absolutely satisfying. The wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain. This is basically the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. The process has been proven to work particularly well with certain types of wood: pine, redwood and oak. The next step involves the application of a  custom topcoat. This results in the grayish-brown hues to complete a beautiful, weathered appearance to the wood. If you want a darker, even more dramatic effect, you can also try out the Dark Weathered Finish option.

The Distressed Finish is one-of-a-kind

The Distressed Finish

If you desire that vintage feel to your wine cellar, the Distressed Finish is the way to go. This finish actually requires quite a bit of work because of its unique properties. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. Then a dark coats is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches to highlight them. Last but not the least, a medium dark background coat is applied and finished off with a lacquer finish. The look reflected on the wood is very classic – definitely the “old-country” charm.

We absolutely love the Gray Wash stain

The Gray Wash Stain

Gray Wash stain is one of the newest additions to WCI’s stain offerings. This stain has been carefully tested over several months to bring you an attractive look that is both traditional and modern. It is quite similar to Whitewash in that it’s a semi-transparent stain. That means there is no texture that comes through. What you get is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. We highly recommend this beautiful and modern color. You can request samples of wood swatches to see what works best for you! ^_^




Creating Retro Vibes In Your Wine Cellar

February 3rd, 2020

It’s definitely a fine first week of February for wine cellar fans! We have lots in store for you guys – new racking products, wine cellar accessories, and other goodies. We’re also going to be showcasing more unique wine cellar designs – starting with today’s blog. It’s all about the retro vibes that you can bring to your wine cellar projects. It actually doesn’t take much, especially when it comes to the budget. So we’re pretty sure you will love these unconventional yet tasteful concepts:

Setting the mood with the right accents

When it comes to creating a retro mood, it is really all about choosing the right accents. We were quite lucky to have these terrific photos from a client who decided to go the retro route. The first thing you will immediately notice are the lighting elements. Lighting is indeed a clever way of setting up the ambiance that want in a certain space. That’s why restaurants and bars really invest in good lighting accessories. The concept is not that any different with wine cellars. As you can see here, vibrant lighting colors turned the room into something reminiscent of the air of a 1960’s diner. So go ahead and try stringing some colorful LED lights in your own wine cellar!

Another great accessory that can bring about these nostalgic touches would be choice pieces of wine cellar art and photographs. Artworks that depict scenes and other mementos of the past are one of the easiest ways to creat some retro vibes. The same is true with framed photographs. We suggest selecting artwork or photos of old vineyards, pubs, and the like. And if you want something customized, don’t forget that you can commission custom wine cellar art with us here at WCI.

Last but not the least, put up some old-fashioned decor! It’s time to scour those basements or attics for your parents (and grandparents!) well-kept treasures. Clean that turntable and put up those Beatles records! Bring out the bumper stickers, the  kitchen canisters, the beat-up suitcases and more. There might even be an old wall clock or bar stools somewhere. And don’t forget those funky photo frames and posters. There’s no need to spend those extra dollars to bring the retro vibes to your wine cellar. ^_^





Unique Modern Touches For Your Wine Cellar

January 20th, 2020

The start of 2020 marks a definite leaning towards the modern wine cellar trend. We anticipated that this would be the case. After all, the recent years had us working on lots of custom projects revolving around this theme. That’s why today, we’re going to be exploring even more options and sharing them with everyone. Let’s find out what unique modern touches would work best with your wine cellars:

Unique modern touches with cable racking

The Cable Wine Racking System

First up is one of the most minimalistic styles you can have for your racking assembly – the Cable Wine Racking system. For those who are not too familiar with this style, let’s go a bit more into details. A cable wine system is made out of stainless steel. This makes it perfect for high humidity environments as you don’t have to worry about it rusting out. There are strong cables are attached to wood panels above and below, making for super secure bottle storage. As for the styling the racks, this will definitely be an enjoyable experience. The wood panels can be created in a variety of woods, stains and lacquer. You can also go with a blended stain option if you desire something truly distinct for your racks.

Invisible racking with acrylic racks

Invisible Racking with Acrylic Racks

Get out of your comfort zone and try something other than wood or metal for your racking assembly. Our contemporary choice is the Acrylic Wine Rack. These transparent units will make your wine bottles seem like they’re floating in the air! WCI offers what we call as our Invisible Wine Cellar Series. This system takes large sections and parses them out like a riddling wine rack concept. The neck holders give the elegant appearance of floating wine bottles. Each wine bottle is securely held via the specialized wine slots. The result is a high end modern feel to your wine room. It certainly ranks high on our list of unique modern touches for wine cellar projects!

Steel & Rod series

The Steel Rod & Wood Series

Here is another up-and-coming trend when adding modern touches to your wine cellar. The Steel Rod & Wood Series is all about combining wood and steel wine racks. Check out this arrangement that our team installed for a client in North Carolina. The stainless steel rods were paired with elegant Grand Mahogany wood option. Note that this series also carries with it a bevy of wood, stain and finish options for endless design possibilities. ^_^

Design Options For Your Custom Wine Cellar Ceilings

January 13th, 2020

Happy Monday greetings, wine cellar buddies! Let’s talk about one of the more overlooked sections of a wine cellar project: the ceilings. More often than not, wine cellars tend to sport plain or standard ceiling designs. There is nothing wrong with this at all. In fact, if you have so much going on in your wine cellar, style-wise, it’s good to tone down on other areas. But you should also keep in mind that ceilings can bring great aesthetic impact to your wine cellar project. It’s just a matter of choosing the most suitable style. So let’s go over some design options that can take things to the next level:

Raised Panel Ceilings

The Raised Panel Ceiling

This is probably the simplest ceiling design you can have for your wine cellar. The straightforward and clean style is perfect with any wine cellar theme. It is pretty popular since it can really open up a wine room to give it a more spacious and airy feel. We love how the square or rectangular panels bring an understated elegance to the wine cellar. In addition, the curved raised panels can also be customized, such as where the wine racking arrangement incorporates curved corner racks. Want to add a bit of drama to your panelled ceiling? Try using wood case ends to create a decorative and unique soffit!

Raised Panel with No Soffit

The Raised Panel With No Soffit

Now let’s check out another version of the Raised Panel Ceilings – the Raised Panel with No Soffit. If you want to give your ceilings a certain edgy appearance, this is the design option to go for. As you can see from the image, the panels are more defined. They also showcase a lot more depth. You’ll also find that this type of ceiling works well with recessed lighting elements. We like how it adds great character to a wine cellar project while maintaining that clean and classy look.

Wine cellar ceilings with Light Boxes

Raised Panel with Light Boxes

Need something fancier for your wine cellar ceilings? Try out the Raised Panel with Light Boxes design. It is a beautiful and dramatic touch, while still properly illuminating your wine cellar. We recommend using this style for for bigger wine cellar projects with higher ceiling heights. The boxes will likely overwhelm smaller wine rooms. Here’s a fun style tip: try out the Coffered Ceiling in combination with the Light Boxes. ^_^


Mixing Traditional And Modern Styles In Your Wine Cellar

July 15th, 2019

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds in your wine cellar project? With the array of choices  offered here at WCI, this is 101% possible! If you’ve always wanted modern styles but still with some traditional touches, we can definitely get you that. The first thing you need to do is to get fully acquainted with the right wine racking products and accessories.

Mixing modern and traditional styles

Explore your racking options

Your wine racking assembly constitutes the largest part of your wine cellar. So this is a big point of consideration when you’re trying to mix it up for your wine cellar theme. Wooden wine racks offer that traditional feel that most people want. But in the recent years, there has been a slow but steady shift towards more contemporary themes. That’s why WCI started to introduce racking products that can reflect both styles. One of these is our Steel Rod & Wood series. This series combines wood and steel elements. The elegant stainless steel rods married to the beautiful Grand Mahogany wood exude a modern vibe with traditional touches.

Another great example is our Cable Racking System.  This racking system made out of stainless steel is perfect for high humidity environments. You don’t have to worry about the units rusting out. Strong cables are attached to wood panels above and below for strong security for your wine. The wood panels can be created in a variety of woods, stains and lacquer. You can even go with a uniquely created blended stain to go with the theme of your home. Our Vintner Series has embraced this racking system and now offers “kit” versions of the same. Check out the cable racking options at Vintner’s affordable price point here.

Explore your accents and decor options

The trimmings on your wine cellar project will also have a significant role to play in achieving a successful modern x traditional mix. You can transform a simple layout into something more edgy by adding the right accessories. Glass panels are a good example. Glass-enclosed projects are inherently elegant. But adding accents like some black metal trim will change the look considerably. Incorporating pops of color is another great concept. Nothing screams “modern” more than vibrant pops of color. A contemporary wine cellar art piece displayed in your archway is one way to do it. You can also try putting in bright lighting elements. Experiment with colored LED lighting accessories, just like what several of our clients did. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Creating Eco-Friendly Wine Cellars

May 1st, 2019

Earth Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean we should stop the “green” campaign. In fact, we should be doing it every day and in all aspects of everyday living. And yes, we definitely can do this with our wine cellars as well! WCI has been a long-standing advocate of creating eco-friendly wine cellars. That’s why we’ve been developing our products to embrace this cause. If you haven’t joined the green movement yet, it’s about time you should. WCI will help you out with these eco-friendly choices:

Cork flooring and tabletops

Cork flooring and tabletops

For those of you who are not familiar with this, cork is a natural and durable material that is highly recommended for wine cellar projects. This material is harvested with minimal impact on the environment. Cork is a rapidly renewable resource and perfect for wine cellar flooring and/or tabletops. Here at WCI we carry several cork flooring options. We have the Cork Traditional Wide Flooring in four different styles. We also have the Cork Deco Narrow Plank Flooring with six unique designs. As for the tabletops, we also carry three style choices: Cuero, Pedras, and Roca. Our Cork material in general features the JointShield moisture protection system and Microban. It is also fire resistant and thermally and acoustically insulated.

We are formaldehyde-free!

Formaldehyde-free wood products

Most of you might not be aware of this, but WCI wood products are all formaldehyde-free. Formaldehyde is quite a popular element in construction materials, including building wine cellars. But in a research conducted by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in California, formaldehyde has been found to be “carcinogenic to humans” or contains “cancer-inducing elements.”  Our cabinet-grade plywood for wine cellar and furniture purposes comes with the Timber Products CARB Certificate. This covers our wood products like Mahogany, Walnut, and Red Oak, among other varieties. This means the plywood we use in our business meets the California standards  for formaldehyde. That includes the federal standards emphasized in the “Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.”

We are SFI-certified!

SFI-Certified Redwood products

Here at WCI, our Redwood racks and other furniture are purchased under SFI guidelines. When wood products are SFI-certified, this means they have been harvested in an environmentally sound manner. By purchasing SFI-certified Redwood, you are contributing to the protection of the environment. Plus, Redwood is one of the top wood options for custom wine cellars. It has been proven to age gracefully, just like your wine bottles. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Casual And Cozy Feel To Your Wine Cellar

April 10th, 2019

Do you want your wine cellar to also be a spot for hanging out with family and friends? Like having a pre-dinner drink or two in an informal, low-key gathering? Or just having a place to chill and chat during a slow weekend. In that case, your wine cellar needs to have a welcoming ambiance. We’re talking about that casual and cozy feel that will really ease your guests into great convos. If that’s the atmosphere you’re aiming for, here are some concepts to try out:

Consider a wine tasting station

Consider putting a wine tasting station…

A tasting area in your wine cellar will make for a terrific spot to gather and talk. If you have a generous amount of space, also consider putting in a peninsula. You can combine this with Wine Bottle Waterfall racking units. Then, you can add some bar stools, just like in your kitchen island. But if you have a more compact space to work with, a tasting table will work. Check out our Wine Barrel Table as well as 108-Bottle Tasting Table from our Vintner Series. For medium-sized wine cellars, we recommend putting in a countertop. This can serve multiple purposes. You can use it as a prep station, a wet bar, as well as a place to serve some yummy tidbits.

Set a warm and inviting mood with lighting accents…

The right lighting accessories can really change the mood of your wine cellar. If you’re going for a warm and inviting atmosphere, low profile IC Can Downlights or recessed LED Downlights can give you that. They are eco-friendly and will help highlight your wine collection as well. If you have some stained glass or other similar decorative applications, then try some fluorescent slimlites. They will enhance the stained glass artwork and make the colors really pop. That will help set a happy and welcoming tone that your guests will love.

Set the mood with lighting accents

Choose muted and/or earthy palettes…

Since you want a casual and cozy aura, it’s best to stuck to muted or earthy shades in your wine cellar. For example, you can go for unstained wine racks or staining them with lighter colors. Our picks are our Light Danish Stain and Classic Mahogany Stain options. But we also recommend trying out the Whitewash and Opaque Stain. The “white” finish will give your wine cellar that warm, cottage-like feel. You can also go for the Gray Wash Stain which combines traditional and modern touches. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspiration: Some Of Our Favorite Wood X Stain Combos

March 20th, 2019

We’ve always emphasized on the significant role stains and finishes play on a wine cellar project. They can certainly help you achieve the them you want. Moreover, they can help refresh the look of an existing wine cellar. You don’t even have to do a complete renovation. Naturally, they also increase the aesthetic appeal of a wine room. So today, we’re going to be sharing some of our favorite wood and stain combos. There are plenty of styles to choose from, but in our books, these stand out the most:

All-Heart Redwood x Whitewash Stain

All-Heart Redwood x Whitewash Stain

All-Heart Redwood is one of the most popular wood choices for custom wine cellar projects. Unstained, this beautiful wood ranges in color from pink to reddish-brown. However, it is usually cinnamon in color. Now the Whitewash stain is one of our newer selections and gives a whitish cast to the wood. It is a versatile stain that complements the clean, open themes of modern decor. The effect is that of the seaside appeal of old New England. This wood and stain combo adds a gorgeous definitive texture to the wood. The beautiful grain pattern of All-Heart Redwood is emphasized wonderfully.

Rustic Pine x Midnight Black Stain

Rustic Pine x Midnight Black Stain

Rustic Pine is one of our absolute favorite wood options. In its unstained state, it comes with varying degrees of small, medium, or large knots. It sports a pale yellow, varying from deep yellow to reddish-brown. One of its outstanding features is its affordability and ability to retain stains and finishes really well. But with darker stains, the wood exudes a bold and modern vibe. And Midnight Black Stain does the job with a dramatic flourish! The jet-black stain is a dramatic departure from traditional woodworking finishes. Wine racks and furniture look absolutely stunning with this combo. Now if you want to increase the elegance factor, we also recommend adding a coat of lacquer to the wood.

Grand Mahogany x Light Danish Stain

Grand Mahogany x Light Danish Stain

Grand Mahogany is a superior hardwood that is extremely attractive even when unstained. With it’s uniform color, it has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. We totally love dressing up Grand Mahogany racks in Light Danish Stain. In contrast with racks stained with Midnight Black Stain, this gives off a warm and soft ambiance. Light Danish Stain exudes a golden hue which accentuates the tones and grains of all woods. This combo is best for those who want a clean and uncomplicated style for their wine cellar.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: “Luxurious” Looking Wine Cellars For Less

March 13th, 2019

Can you build a luxurious looking wine cellar without having to stretch that budget thin? The answer is a definite yes! When you have enough information on your options, you can get what you want for less. Here are some very useful tips on how to narrow down those choices. Your final picks will be those that can boost your wine cellar’s aesthetic appeal at a price you can afford:

Study your wood options!

Study the various wood options for your racks

Obviously, your wine racks will take center stage in the wine cellar, next to your collection. Since they will be on of the major focal points, they have to stand out. By standing out, we do not mean that they have to be flashy. On the contrary, your racks should exude quality and style to amplify the elegance factor. That’s why it’s necessary to choose the right wood option. Just because a certain type of wood costs more doesn’t mean you have to go for it. There will be other more reasonable alternatives. In fact, wood options for your racking units are very flexible. Naturally, you’ll have to learn the features of these wood types so you can compare and contrast them. For example, Rustic Pine is a more affordable wood option than Grand Mahogany. But Rustic Pine racks can look super luxurious, especially when stained with certain stains and finishes.

Throw in some glass and metal elements!

Throw in some glass and metal elements

Nothing says classy better than glass. That’s why glass panels, windows, and doors are a very common presence in both residential and commercial construction projects. Glass is a material that accentuates the natural beauty of other materials. Metal is a prime example of this. You can never go wrong with a glass x metal combo. Incorporating this into your wine cellar will really elevate its elegant aura. You can see this in a lot of our Tech Tuesday features. Metal wine racks are usually framed by glass panels in a stunning glass-enclosed storage.

Experiment with black metal trim!

Experiment with glass and black metal trim accents

This goes to show just how versatile a material glass is. You can also try experimenting with it for your wine cellar accents. This time, mix it up with black metal trim for a modern yet sophisticated look. For example, instead of the standard French Doors, use black metal to edge out these doors into small windows. Your wine cellar entryways will look more dramatic with the black metal trim. You can do the same with a transom or with a door with sidelights. ^_^

Wine Cellar Innovations: Putting A Vintage Flair On Your Wine Cellar

March 6th, 2019

No, you don’t need to undergo an expensive reno to give your wine cellar a different theme. There are ways to achieve a whole new look without dipping into your retirement savings. We’re going to talk about that today! More specifically, we’re going to show you guys how to put a vintage flair on your wine cellar. The vintage vibe is super popular and is a great way to give a standard wine room more character.

Change up your wine cellar flooring!

Change up your wine cellar flooring…

The principle is actually a lot similar to renovating a house. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, then just change up a certain section that will have a significant style impact. The flooring is certainly one of these sections. Notice how a lot of home renos start with the flooring. It’s pretty much the same with a wine cellar. You just have to be a little more meticulous with your choice of materials. Your flooring has to help out with maintaining the ideal storage conditions of the wine cellar. That way, you get to save on overall cost, especially with your wine refrigeration system. So we recommend going for our Vintage Wine Barrel flooring for that perfect vintage touch! It’s made from reclaimed wood components from wine barrels. Your flooring will be a unique work of art, with no two planks exactly alike.

Give your racks and furniture a brand-new finish…

Never underestimate the power of newly stained and/or finished wine racks! It’s like dressing them up in brand new clothing to give your wine cellar a totally fresh look. Since we’re going the vintage route, there are specific finishes that can achieve this for us. One of our favorites is the Dusty Weathered Finish. This will make your wood achieve a timeworn look. This works particularly well with pine, redwood and oak. If you want a solid, darker color to your wood, then try the Dark Weathered Finish. Another wonderful option would be the Distressed Finish. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. The result is something very classic, very “antique” and reminiscent of “old-country.”

Add or replace tabletops/countertops!

Add or replace your wine cellar tabletops/countertops…

If you don’t have a tabletop/countertop, then it’s time to add one. You can create a nice tasting or prep station in your wine cellar. It will also be a terrific spot to showcase your beautiful stemware. WCI also carries the Vintage Wine Barrel option for our tabletops and countertops. They will make for the perfect pairing with your Vintage Wine Barrel flooring. But you can also go for full length wood tabletops. Select from our stock wood options, as well as select hardwoods from our non-stock wood inventory. ^_^

Key Points To A Successful Home Wine Cellar Transformation

March 4th, 2019

A home wine cellar project can either be a hit or a miss. It’s especially the case with a DIY one. If you’re experienced enough, then things should proceed at a smoother pace. But if you’re a total newbie, then you might want to equip yourself with the essentials before plunging in. Otherwise, you would be spending your good money without getting the results you want. But fear not! A home wine cellar transformation is not rocket science. By knowing some of the key points during the planning stages, you can definitely make it a success:

A "before" shot of the client's wine cellar project

Here we have some great before-and-after snapshots of a client’s home wine cellar project. We will use these to go over the important details that you should properly take into consideration before getting started. Let’s start with the designated space in your home. Obviously, you would have already chosen the area in your home where the wine cellar will be built. You can actually do it anywhere – the basement, the garage, the kitchen, the dining area, or even the living room. If space is tight, you also have alternatives such as a closet or under stairwell transformation. You can also make use of an unused broom or coat closet. However, there is one key point you should never forget. You should be able to create the right environment for your wine bottles in your wine cellar. That being said, a wine cellar should be placed in the coolest and most humid place in your home. This is the ideal scenario. The closer you are to the 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity that your wine will need, the smaller size cooling unit you will need. This means that the overall maintenance cost will be much lower.The completed wine cellar with double displays

Now that your space is all prepped, the next task would be to choose materials for your flooring and ceiling. Our client went for contrasting wooden elements that worked very well with the racks and furniture. A coffered style ceiling is accented by beautiful lighting fixtures. It made the cellar look a lot more open. This is another important thing to keep in mind. Your flooring and ceiling design should work to make your wine cellar look more spacious. It’s especially so if you have a compact space. Also, don’t forget that the flooring helps with maintaining ideal wine storage conditions. So choose the right type of materials such as wood, cork, or tile. Once the structure is complete, you can have fun assembling your wine racks. Check out the unique double displays that our client chose for theirs! ^_^

“My wine cellar turned out beautifully!”

~Kevin B.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: How To Add A Twist To A Traditional Wine Cellar

February 27th, 2019

We are all for traditional wine cellars. You can’t go wrong if take the classic route with any design. But we also love mixing it up, especially when you can make a wine cellar really stand out. So adding a twist to the traditional theme is definitely the way to go. Here are some concepts to try out to add that twist to your wine cellar project:

Traditional wine storage with a twist!

Add some pops of color to your wine room…

Nothing sets a happy vibe better than some lively pops of color. A traditional wine cellar is the perfect canvass for it. For example, throw in some metal racking with bright solid colors with your wood wine racks. We recommend our STACT Aluminum Wine Racks. The panels come in ten beautiful finishes. Some examples are walnut, white oak, zebra wood, and gunmetal grey. But go for broke and try out the eccentric electric orange or bright citrus green for a totally eye-catching effect. Another terrific concept would be to add bright, colorful LED lighting accessories. This will work particularly well with glass-enclosed wine storage. Your wine cellar will have a modern feel to it, despite the traditional style.

Incorporate black metal trim!

Incorporate black metal trim accents…

In a recent blog, we talked about how black metal trim can bring a lot of character to any wine cellar design. Just imagine how those standard glass walls will look like with the added trim. It is definitely a gorgeous statement of separation and transparency. The black metal trim will bring about a slightly industrial touch to an otherwise purely traditional wine room. Plus, the durable metal framing will add more emphasis to the clearness of the glass. Peering into the cellar will be an even more exciting experience!

Gray Wash stain on racks

Try a “floating” look for your wine bottles…

Your traditional wine cellar will most likely sport the cork-forward bottle storage system. Of course, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved on. So here’s what we suggest: create a “floating” look for some of your wine bottles. You can achieve this in a number of ways. One would be by utilizing “floating” platforms, such as the ones in our Modern Wine Cellar Series. The metal supports wood installed within platforms, ranging from the ceiling to the floor. This gives the appearance of wine bottles being suspended in air. But our favorite is the Contemporary Cable Wine Racking System. It is incredibly sophisticated and space-efficient. Try this with Acrylic Wine Racks for a transparent look that is absolutely stunning! ^_^



Wine Cellar Inspirations: Giving Your Wine Cellar A Rustic Appeal

February 20th, 2019

The old country charm is a heavy favorite with custom wine cellar projects. Lots of our clients make requests to recreate this kind of ambiance. And it’s not just for residential wine cellars. A good number of our commercial projects also seek this kind of theme. So we’ve put together some useful tips to help you guys ace this one. Here’s how you can give your wine cellar that sought-after rustic appeal:

Create a modern, rustic space

Creating your modern, rustic space…

One of favorite things to do is combining traditional and modern style concepts. You may have noticed this, particularly from our Tech Tuesdays. We’ve done several projects with a modern rustic flavor. The key to achieving this look is actually quite simple. Stick to an open floor plan, modern furniture, and preserved and exposed natural architectural elements. The color scheme should also be as basic as possible, sticking to solid hues. Modern rustic exudes informal elegance which sets the benchmark for contemporary yet comfortable style.

Seek the right mix for your wood, stains and finishes!

Seeking the right mix for wood and stain/finish combo…

With a wine cellar, the marriage between your wood and stain or finish option is essential in achieving a rustic appeal. Rustic Pine is one of the top wood choices because it can bring about that natural, rustic architectural appearance. Even unstained, this wood will deliver that countryside look you’re going for. But it is particularly suited for weather finishes. Here, the intergrain matter is stripped down to approximate the appearance of wood that has been aged outside for decades. Also, when lacquer is added, the grain patterns become even more enhanced. But that’s not to say that you should limit yourself to this wood option. There are others that can also bring about that old country atmosphere. Redwood is definitely one of them. Knotty Alder is another. Our Swatch Simulator is a very handy tool on our website to help clients find the right match. Check it out and see how different woods work with our selection of stains and finishes.

Select the right wine cellar decor

Adding your wine cellar decor…

Naturally, you’ll have to complete your wine cellar design with some decorative accents. If you’re going that rustic vibe, emphasis should be made on nature-inspired textures. One good example would be to incorporate stone elements into your wine cellar. Warm and earthy colors should also be utilized, especially if you’re planning to pain your walls or ceilings. Re-purposed materials are also encouraged. An example of this would be re-purposing vintage wine barrels or crates. Not only will the decor look attractive, but they are also eco-friendly. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fancy But Affordable Add-Ons To Your Wine Cellar

February 6th, 2019

Feel like it’s time to refresh the look of your wine cellar? Well, you don’t need to spend a fortune on an all-out reno – especially if you don’t really need one. If you have a functional wine cellar, all it needs are some fancy but affordable add-ons. These will give more character and a fresh vibe to your wine cellar:

Tabletop or floor fountain

Invest in a tabletop or floor fountain

This is probably one of our favorite add-ons. Tabletop or floor fountains are quite underrated. They are absolutely attractive and reasonably priced. They can spice up the look of your wine cellar and are terrific conversation pieces. But that’s not all! A tabletop or floor fountain is also very functional. It helps maintain ideal wine storage conditions, particularly the humidity levels in your wine cellar. WCI has an assortment of these beautifully designed fountains. You can even upgrade some of them with an upgraded humidistat package at a packaged price.

108 Bottle Wine Tasting Table

Splurge on a wine tasting table

A wine tasting table doesn’t take up much space but has a lot to offer. For one, it can serve both as a tasting and prep area. For another, it can be a nice place to sit down and chill in your wine room. Throw in two or more chairs and you can carry on wine conversations with close friends all night long. There are lots of different tasting table designs to choose from. You can even have yours customized to your liking. One of our personal favorites is the 108 Bottle Tasting Table available with our Designer Series. It even allows for additional bottle storage below the table. You can customize the wood, stain and finish options to match the existing theme of your wine cellar. But if you prefer something more decorative, check out our Wine Barrel Table. These aged wine barrels have been used many times by wine makers. You can even have the glass tabletop etched for an upcharge!

Custom cabinetry

Change up or throw in some custom wood cabinetry

Custom wood cabinetry is wonderful both for storage and decoration. It’s the perfect spot for storing glassware, corkscrews, decanters, and other accessories. There are so many creative ways you can do this. For example, you can choose cabinets with a clear glass panel, hard carved doors, or mesh panels. If the budget will allow, you can also opt for 3-dimensional, architectural hand-carved wood panels. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Designing A Minimalist Wine Cellar

January 30th, 2019

We’ve been witnessing a notable increase in minimalist wine cellar designs over the last few years. That only goes to show that more people are preferring a contemporary design. So if you’re also a fan of this style, we’ve got some great tips for you. Here’s how you go about designing a minimalist wine cellar:

Steel and Rod Series

Stick to clean, simple and solid lines…

One of the biggest appeals of a minimalist style is that it’s simple but can put out a statement. When you translate it to a wine cellar project, it boils down to the racking assembly. Think of wine racks with clean and solid lines that can neatly wrap around stubborn corners. They should not appear cramped or cluttered. This is why metal wine racks are more preferable. But you can also do a wood and metal combo, like with WCI’s Steel and Rod Wine Cellar Series. The trick here is to make your wine cellar appear spacious – regardless of the size. Sharp but seamless transitions between racks is key.

Minimalist design for racking assembly

Focus on structure and color in your design…

The structure of your racking assembly will define whether or not it exudes a minimalist appeal. A racking arrangement that is busy with lots of accents here and there won’t cut it. For example, if you’re using wood moldings or panels, stick to a plain and solid design. Decorative applications should be avoided or used sparsely. Also, it’s recommended to utilize more glass elements. You can mix it up with the wooden materials to create structure with more character. As for colors, subtle shades are best. You can combine them with bold pops of color, like deep reds, oranges, blues, and so on. But be careful that the colorful elements do not overpower your wine racking design. Most of the time, these pops of color are incorporated into the lighting accessories. This makes it easier to make them just accentuate your wine racks.

Whitewashed racks

Carefully consider your racking styles…

As this is a minimalist wine cellar, you have to carefully consider your racking styles. It is recommended not to have too much variety to maintain simple and clean lines. A good example wood be a cable wine racking system. All the bottles are stored individually in a cork-forward manner. Concave and convex racking systems are also a unique way to accomplish this. While the racking flow sports a curvy silhouette, the straightforward design spells “minimalist.” We recommend acrylic material for this, such as with our popular Acrylic Cube Series.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Designing A Contemporary Wine Cellar

January 16th, 2019

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again (and again!) – contemporary wine cellars are the way to go. Last year was a particularly eventful one. We’ve featured a good number of wine cellar projects embracing a modern theme. Plus, we also launched several racking products geared towards creating modern, high-end looks. It will be no surprise that the trend will continue to rise from here. So if you’re one of those planning your wine cellar construction this year, read on! We put together some concepts on designing your contemporary wine cellar.

Wine racks in a unique layout

Choose wine racks with unique finishes…

Obviously, one of the focal points of your wine cellar will be your wine racks. In order to bring out an authentic modern vibe, the kind of finish for your racks will seal the deal. Wood wine racks are pretty much the standard fare. Some woods look lovely even when unstained. But they do not exude a contemporary appeal. With the help of stains and finishes, you can make this happen. Deep and dark shades, such as Midnight Black Stain, are a popular option. One example is black and granite with glass walls. This spells sleek and is the very definition of modern.  Also consider a clean, Whitewash stain option. Whitewash is a versatile finish that works well with open themes of modern decor.

Whitewash Stain on racks

Consider materials other than just wood…

Most people gravitate towards wood racking units. But for a contemporary wine cellar, other materials should be considered. Metal is definitely among them. We recommend trying out aluminum for this purpose. WCI carries  Aluminum Bottle Supports with Finished Panels that are perfect for the job. The finished panels give the supports a nice, sleek, and definitely modern touch. Glass is another material that should be on the list. Glass can give off both traditional and contemporary vibes, depending on how you use it. Pairing it with metal wine racks is one of the top choices. However, you can combine it with other elements, like acrylic, stone, and mirrors. And speaking of acrylic, this is another material worth trying out. It has the transparency of glass and the modern appeal of metal.

Cable racking system spells "modern"

Go for a minimalist design and layout…

A contemporary style is often characterized by stark lines, neutral elements, and bold colors. It focuses mostly on the basics of line, shape and form. Each element should work together and create balance. Nothing should stand out too much or overpower other elements. In a wine cellar, this translates to straightforward racking arrangements. Seamless transitions from the racks to the floor and/or ceiling are in order. The space should be utilized in such a way that it doesn’t appear cramped or busy. ^_^

Custom Wine Cellar With All The Bells And Whistles

January 7th, 2019

It’s a brand new year and definitely the best time for a fresh start. With us, that translates to staring your wine cellar projects from scratch. If you’re determined to achieve your wine cellar goals for 2019, then we’re sure that today’s blog will help you lots. This custom wine cellar has all the bells and whistles and should be the perfect inspiration:

Vintage Wine Barrel tabletops

The snaps of this completed wine room really dazzled us. From the racking assembly down to the accents and other details, it was just a dream. The usual two or three photos were not enough to do the project justice. So we decided to capture all the beautiful features of the wine room to share with you wine cellar fans. Let’s take the visual tour, starting with the luxuriously designed racking units. This is obviously a custom project, designed to accommodate all the whims of the client. So apart from bottle storage, custom cabinets were also created to host glassware and other accessories. These were further augmented by a Vintage Wine Barrel tabletop with adjustable shelves at the bottom. The shelves allowed for convenient case storage. You will notice from the first photo above that a half-height Quarter Round Shelf capped off the tabletop nicely. This gave the client even more room to display other knick-knacks:

Custom glass storage

Now check out the wine cellar door below. It’s just our standard full glass door, but accentuated with delicate glass etchings. Note that here at WCI, we offer a bevy of decorative applications for wine cellar entryways. We have lots of pre-made designs to choose from. But if you want something totally custom, we can definitely do that for you as well. Here you can see that apart from the cellar door, the accent wall mirror was also customized with painted grape clusters:

Etched glass door and painted glass mirror

Below are gorgeous shots of the racking assembly. This wine cellar also features a built-in Cigar Humidor. It’s a great addition to have, especially if you’re into collecting cigars or tobacco. WCI usually makes the humidor to the client’s specifications. The cabinet is kept to a certain degree of humidity, keeping your cigars in peak condition. Keep in mind that your wine cellar is already kept at a certain temperature and humidity level. The addition of a custom cigar humidor will help keep all of your investments safe and sound. Also, take a closer look at what’s above the humidor, slightly obscured by the intricate chandelier. It’s actually a WineZone Ductless Split wine refrigeration system! The Wood Grille Covers were also crafted from unstained All-Heart Redwood to match the racks:

Custom Cigar Humidor

Here are some more snaps of the other angles of this wine room. That wine cellar art in the archway is definitely a statement piece, don’t you think? The racking assembly also sports a full height Quarter Round Shelf, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, and a metal bar up top for the Red Oak Rolling ladder. This wine cellar certainly set the bar high and we’ve barely begun our 2019 journey. So don’t forget to bookmark our blog and expect more amazing things to come! *Cheers*

Wine cellar artwork

Archway with Open Diamond Cubes below


Wine Cellar Inspirations: “Must-Haves” For Your Custom Wine Cellar

January 2nd, 2019

Happy 2019, wine cellar fans! We have this super good feeling that this year will be very memorable for wine cellar projects. So if you’re planning to embark on one this year, we say go for it. And if you’re taking the custom route, here are some of the must-haves you should be eyeing:

Custom wine cellar art

A standout piece of wine cellar art…

If you must invest in something “extra” for your wine cellar, a choice piece of wine cellar art is the way to go. Even just one artwork can make a lasting impression. Our favorite are custom hand-painted paintings and murals. They can make your wine cellar look picture-perfect and bring gorgeous pops of color. But there are other materials you can try out, too. Mosaic Art is one very unique medium often used in archways or glass rack openings. Tumbled Stone is another beautiful material worth trying out. And one of our favorites is Stained Glass which can really enhance the ambiance of any wine cellar.

Custom cigar humidor

A custom crafted built-in Cigar Humidor…

It’s not much of a surprise that a lot of wine collectors are cigar collectors as well. If you’re on of them, then a built-in cigar humidor is a must-have addition to your wine cellar project. This customized cabinet is especially for holding your cigars, cigarettes, or pipe tobacco. Note that unlike standard cabinets, this one needs to maintain a certain degree of humidity to keep cigars in perfect condition. A custom wine cellar is usually built to maintain a certain temperature and humidity level. Pairing it with the cigar humidor is a smart way of ensuring your investments are kept safe.

Custom wine cellar door

A stunning, customized wine cellar door…

We’ve always maintained that wine cellar entryways should be carefully considered in a wine cellar project. It’s should even be more so with a custom construction. A beautifully designed door can do wonders, both in terms of function and aesthetic. This is why here at WCI, we have such a wide range of wine cellar door styles to choose from. From wood to glass to metal – we try our best to work with materials that will make your wine cellar door stand out. There are plenty of customization options to boot. These include wood, stain and finish options for wood doors; etched and painted glass for glass doors; and intricate designs for wrought iron gates. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Best Wine Cellar Designs For 2018 (Part 3)

December 26th, 2018

We’re down to our last installment for our best wine cellar designs for 2018! If you missed the first two parts, check them out here and here and let us know what you think. Now moving on, let’s begin the countdown for our last batch of wine cellar projects. These are the designs that round off our list:

Clear Alder Racks with Dark Weathered Stain

This was a custom project completed for a client in Powell’s Point NC. It’s a fairly large wine room, with a bottle capacity of over 2300. That alone is impressive, don’t you think? But the way the racking styles were mixed and matched is pretty amazing as well. These are all custom wine racks, carefully planned to accommodate the sharp and irregular corners of the designated space. See how the units fit perfectly. This built-in look for irregular spaces is always best achieved with custom racking products. Our favorite feature though, is the timeworn appearance of the wine racks. To achieve this aged look, a Dark Weathered finish was chosen. And instead of the standard wood options such as Redwood or Pine, the client chose Clear Alder.

Glenville Wine Cellars Debuts Steel & Wood Series

We launched our newest addition to the modern wine cellar series late this year: the Steel & Wood Series. We were fortunate enough to have our client Glenville Wine Cellars send us photos of their completed project. They wanted a clean and minimalist design for their wine storage. But they also wanted the wine cellar to retain some traditional touches. The Steel Rod and Wood Wine Cellar Series provided for the perfect solution to this design request. The racking units in this series combine wood and steel elements. The stainless steel rods are the epitome of understated elegance. Paired with the wood frames, the racking assembly still exudes a traditional appeal.

Modern Melange of Space and Style

This modern melange of space and style was designed for a client in Panama. The clean layout features our Modern Wine Cellar series, as well as our Vino Pins. As you can see from the photos, the Modern Wine Cellar racks were installed at the very center. This makes them a focal point of this wine cellar. The wooden platforms are done in Midnight Black Stain, complementing the Anodized Black finish on the Vino Pins. It’s definitely one of the best features of these modern racking units. They are fully customizable to suit your style or existing decor. With the flexible configurations of the racks, you also have options in storing your bottles. You can store them in the standard cork-forward manner. You can also opt for a label-forward storage. Whatever you choose, your bottles will look like they’re floating on air!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Best Wine Cellar Designs For 2018 (Part 2)

December 19th, 2018

It’s Wine Wednesday, wine cellar fans! But for us, it’s also Wine Cellar Wednesday. We’re back with part 2 of our best wine cellar designs countdown for 2018. These beautiful creations were real standouts this year. That’s why they deserve a second shot at the spotlight. Check them out and let us know which one gets your vote:

Dusty Weathered Finish Racks

The Charm of Dusty Weathered Finish Racks

This project is certainly eye-catching. The racking arrangement was tastefully designed to be both space-efficient and stylish. The wine cellar can host just under a thousand bottles in a variety of storage options. We especially liked the use of the custom island with the Mini Quarter Round Shelf Cabinet in the center of the room. Moreover, so as not to waste the bottle storage potential of the room, wine rack pegs were utilized. These are our Vino Pins from our Vintage View Series. But the outstanding element in this project is the stain and finish option used on the racks. Notice that wooden racks exude a rustic appeal laced with a contemporary charm. This is all thanks to the Dusty Weathered Finish applied on the racks. This finish option will give your wood a classic timeworn appearance that is very attractive.

Bold statements with Dark Walnut

Clean Lines & Bold Statements with Dark Walnut

This racking assembly with its clean lines and bold statements is an attention-grabber. The attractive features of this project rest on its racking arrangement and style. We love how the simple and clean lines of the racks make them come together in a seamless layout. Plus, thanks to the custom crown and base moldings, there are no awkward gaps between the racks and the flooring and ceiling. The racks are done up in Dark Walnut Stain to compensate for the pretty straightforward layout. The golden-brown stain option increases the natural colors of the wood. The end result is usually darker and bolder shades on the wood which is just stunning.

The Modern Wine Cellar Series

Our Modern Wine Cellar Series Take The Stage

2018 is definitely the year for modern-themed wine cellars. This project is one our best ones showcasing that contemporary charm. The unique racking style and vibrant lighting accessories really give it that modern vibe. When wine bottles are stored in these racks, they will give those bottles an ethereal, “floating” appearance. Notice how the units are installed within platforms in a floor-to-ceiling layout. The metal supports the wood components which is responsible for bringing a beautiful “floating” illusion.

We have one more batch to go before we end 2018 with a big bang – so don’t miss out! ^_^