Okay so before I go on I should clarify that my bar cart is not really a cart, it’s a shelving unit, but let’s just roll with it kay? (ha, see what I did there?) Annnd it’s also not just a bar cart, it’s a coffee cart as well. I decided to implement the two together because realistically I just don’t have a lot of kitchen space for my my coffee items, but I’m considering just stashing them somewhere and making the space solely a bar area. So for that reason I’ll only be touching on the bar aspect on this post. You can find most of the products I used and some similar ones to the ones I couldn’t find throughout this post in case any of you are interested.
If you keep up with me on IG then you’re aware how much I adore styling shelves, so styling this was incredibly fun. Before I even moved and started to plan everything out I knew I had to have a bar cart. It just adds such a distinctive touch to any area you decide to put it in, and what’s even better is it can go wherever you please, the dining room, by the kitchen, in your living room, heck put it in your room if you want. Point is, a bar cart will look good just about anywhere.
Styling a bar cart can be a lot of fun since there’s many items you can use to put it all together while still adding your personal touch, and I’m here to help you figure out which those are. So pour yourself some wine (it’s only right) and let’s get right to it!
1) L I Q U O R B O T T L E S
I’m sure you guessed it, the number one must have item in a bar cart is of course, the booze. Otherwise it’ll just be a cart full of pretty things. You can go to your local ABC and shop around for pretty looking bottles that catch your eye. But what if you want to get your bar cart together soon and don’t want to splurge on a lot of alcohol? Because realistically you need anywhere from 6-10 bottles or more (depending on the size of your cart) for the look to come together. In that case, if you want to expand your collection quicker but just can’t afford to, you can ask friends and family members to save any empty alcohol bottles so you can reuse them, and the best part is not only are you helping your wallet, but the environment as well. It’s a win win!
You can add a tray underneath the bottles to organize and corral them together, or under any other group of items you may have. I added a tray underneath my matcha making items, and I plan to put one underneath the bottles but I’m still currently on the hunt for one.
2) G L A S S W A R E
Not everyone decides to put glassware on their bar carts, but I personally believe it’s a must. Not just for accessibility but it adds style, dimension and symmetry to the whole thing. You can find beautiful and affordable glassware just about anywhere. One of my favorite ways to do this is by scouting around some thrift shops. Not only will you find some insanely cheap options but they will be completely unique, making your bar cart stand apart.
4) P L A N T S + F L O W E R S
Do you know what a vignette is? It’s basically a small grouping of aesthetically pleasing objects that “tell a story”. Every vignette should include plants or flowers to liven up the space. You can use anything from flowers, to real or faux plants. The location of my bar cart is nowhere near a window so my choice was a ZZ plant since they can tolerate little to no light. If you’d like a real plant and the area your bar cart is in has no light you can opt for that one, a snake plant, some golden pothos, or a staghorn fern. The options are endless, just Google best low-light indoor plants.
5) C O C K T A I L I N G R E D I E N T S
I love adding ingredients to my bar cart. Not just for accessibility but they add such a simple touch while simultaneously adding pops of color. I keep lemons, limes and often times oranges stocked in a wired basket. Other ingredients you could use are sparkling waters, cocktail bitters or liqueurs/syrups.
6) B A R W A R E
My favorite touch on my bar cart is the barware marble set. Its elegant and makes the whole “bar” look come together. Other barware items you could opt for are decanters, coasters, cocktail shakers, and pitchers or wine coolers. I grouped all of my barware items for symmetry, but you can pretty much put them where you like.
7) D E C O R A T I V E O B J E C T S
Decorative objects are a must, as they will add a touch of your personality. This could be anything from books to a vase, a decorative bowl, or your favorite cocktail making books. I went with some salt cellars.
SOME TIPS & TRICKS
-Start with an empty bar cart. Try finding a spot for all your biggest items first like bottles and barware and work your way around those with smaller items. Move things around until you feel happy with the end result and if you feel stuck you can always seek inspiration from IG or Pinterest. I’m gonna be honest, I’m still not 100% feeling mine so I’ll be moving and changing things around until I’m happy.
-Style with the seasons. You can transform your cart with some easy changes to adhere to the changing seasons. For example, during Halloween or Thanksgiving time you can add some pumpkins here and there, perhaps some roses or heart shaped candies close to Valentine’s day or Christmas décor during the holidays.
-If your cart is against a wall add some art to add visual interest and dimension. You can either hang them up or lean them against the wall. I’m considering adding a mirror since I have so much art around my apartment already, but for now I hung up a few prints so the space wasn’t empty. Another idea is to add shelves, the more space to work with the merrier!
The most important tip of all is to have fun with it! You can literally add just about any personal touch and it will look fantastic, serving as the perfect space to entertain both yourself and your guests.
I really hope that this helps any of you interested in styling a bar cart. I’ll be doing a separate post with all of my favorite bar cart + accessories finds as well to help you get started.
Now go sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself a drink, its always 5 o’clock somewhere!
Until next time my friend!