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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. ^_^