A wine cellar is a place at home where people store their favourite wine bottles and alcoholic beverages. The tradition of having a wine cellar is very old and it is estimated that it originated with the royal families who stored barrels of wines at a time. Obviously, this meant that they needed huge spaces to store the barrels. The tradition has been carried forward today and one still finds people who have wine cellars in their homes. Now just because these are storage areas for alcohol does not mean that they cannot be a part of the overall house décor. There is a lot that one can do to make this space as attractive and appealing as any other part of the house.
The love for wine has an incredible pleasure associated with it. “In vino Veritas” is a Latin phrase which means
in wine there is truth. There are a lot of factors that go into making the perfect wine cellar. Some of these are, space, temperature, material used, etc. However, the first impression that one gets after seeing the wine cellar is what makes all the difference. The wine cellar should be visually appealing and attractive and should also be mantained at a cool temperature.
A wine cellar is normally a dedicated room in a house where the owners store their bottles of wine. Since the wine needs to be kept under the right conditions people prefer to house the wine cellars in the basement of the house where the temperature would be cool and the sunlight would not cause the room to heat up. Most people make use of wood to decorate the modern wine cellar, but there are various other styles that one can use as well. There are some other interesting ideas that one can explore as well. If one does not need a lot of space for storing alcohol in the house, then it does not make sense to dedicate an entire room for this purpose. In such cases a part of the kitchen can be converted into a wine storage space. This section can be done up in a completely different design to highlight that it is separate from the rest of the kitchen. One idea is to create a glass partition and make racks made of steel to hold the bottles. Another idea is to use different colored tiles in this section like gray or even black and use wooden racks for keeping the wine bottles. In many cases, a wine rack is constructed in the center of the dining room to serve the double purpose of becoming an attraction in the room and storing the bottles.
An array of wine racks is one good example of keeping a modern wine cellar. At homify you can find various designs, patterns, accessories, colors, and other specifics for the perfect modern wine cellar. These modern ideas are easy to implement and maintain. Talking and consulting with professional designers and interior decorators on the homify platform is also a good option. One can also find such ideas in the different home styling magazines and even an imaginative wine cellar comes out to be pretty well.
Building a wine cellar in your home is not a big deal. It only requires a creative head and availability of resources. Keep in mind the fact that you need ample space to house the bottles, which can be determined by understanding the consumption pattern of your family. The other thing to be kept in mind is temperature. You should have the facility of temperature control wherever the alcohol is stored. In order to build a wine cellar you can use different types of material like stainless steel, wood, glass and even dark metal. This would depend on the design and the idea you have decided upon for your wine cellar. Some people have also made use of stone tiles to create a wine cellar in their basement.
The walls may be made of stone, bricks, wood or decorated with tiles. To keep the temperature and humidity low in the cellar, one should prefer normal brick walls and keep it simple. In case the wine cellar is a part of another room the walls can be decorated in the same theme or style as the room. However, making use of material that heats up easily should be avoided. Stone floors are considered the most ideal for the modern wine cellar. It serves several purposes such as keeping the temperature down, being skid free and also making the transfer of wine boxes or caskets easy. When a heavy load is brought in the person carrying heavy boxes is less likely to skid or slip on a stone floor. It also does not allow humidity in and in case the wine cellar has been made in the basement, stone floor would be ideal from the point of view of maintenance.
A modern wine cellar can be decorated with many styles and accessories. For the wine connoisseur, keeping a wine collection in itself is a decoration and something to boast about. However, keeping and decorating the cellar with wine glasses and openers along with beautiful furniture is a good idea, although one that is traditionally not followed. The wooden racks add a beautiful feel to the cellar and subtle lighting will enhance the ultimate experience of tasting wine. The choice of bright or dim lights depends on individual preferences. Similarly the choice of furniture and the counter for the wine cellar depends on the choice and preference of the house owner. Keeping a collection of bar tools, glasses and other accessories increases the look of the cellar. One has the option of turning the entire area into a full fledged bar within the house or create a small niche where wine can be enjoyed with friends and family.
Some objects that can be used for decorating this space can be framed pictures of wine bottles or alcohol bottles, posters of famous alcohol brands or manufacturers, pictures of bar tools and assorted items usually associated with drinking or bars. Another quirky idea for decorating the room can be to make use of empty alcohol bottles and string them together. These can be hung on an empty wall in the cellar and lights can be placed above this or even inside the bottles. It would create an amazing effect.
Keep some modern wine glasses and trays to serve it. Use modern design barrels, a heavy wood door and classy wooden furniture to add to the charm of the wine cellar. One can construct cabinets against the wall of the modern wine cellar to house chinaware or glassware. If required small chairs or a small seating arrangement can be organized for wine tasting sessions. Apart from this, the only accessory needed is wine holders in different shapes and sizes to store the wine bottles. A false ceiling can be a good addition to the cellar that can offer soft lighting throughout the room.
The wine cellar can be designed in various styles, depending on your taste and preferences. Here are some easy to design options.
Rustic wine cellar style
The rustic cellar style will have the arched ceilings and doorways that give a vintage basement look to the wine cellar. The designs are made with dark wood and stone to give it a rustic look. Leaving the walls unfinished without paint will only make it look more appealing. That is why exposed brick work in wine cellars is very popular. The wine holders or cabinets can be in tones of dark wood without any varnish to add a natural flair. The design of the wine holders can differ. They can be straight or arched or with a crisscrossed pattern.
Minimalist wine cellar style
To make a minimalistic wine cellar, the minimal use of the accessories to decorate the cellar does the trick. Making space for mostly wine keeps it simple and easy. These designs look awesome and are ideal for a cosy setting. The focus of this design is to highlight the wine that is stored in the cellar. As the name suggests, furniture inside the cellar would be minimum so it is most likely that home owners who follow this theme would do away with any seating arrangement inside the wine cellar and only focus on storage. Floor to ceiling wine holders are common in dark wood or other materials. A separate section, built into the wall, can be made for holding glasses and bottle openers in the wine cellar.
Eclectic cellar style
The eclectic wine cellar becomes a combination of anything that brightens the wine cellar. Modern racks to store the wine and wine coolers add convenience to the cellar. The bar accessories, furniture and other storage look classy with vibrant colours and modern styling. As the name itself suggests, this design is out of the ordinary and unconventional. Homeowners who follow this theme of design may well go with garish or bright color for their wine cellars instead of sticking to the use of wooden fixtures. The wine holders can be built into the wall and made from coloured glass rather than from wood or made from stainless steel. They can even be a large stand in the middle of the dining room and along with being a storage space for wine, become a showpiece piece themselves.