If you’re someone who enjoys the finer things in life, wine may be something you love to collect, drink, and taste. Many homeowners who enjoy wine and the elegance of wine culture choose to have a wine cellar installed in their basement. When you’re working with renovating a preexisting cellar, there are certain limitations to what you can do, but if you’re building a custom home, the sky’s the limit because you’re building the entire cellar from scratch. If you’re interested in building a wine cellar in your custom home, here are some of the most impactful and beautiful interior design choices you can make.
Rich Natural Woods
Remember, your custom home wine cellar is a sanctuary where you should feel peace and relaxation. A great way to set the ambiance in your space is to work with thick, rich, Canadian natural woods. Whether that means the walling, the flooring, the shelving, or the columns, there are hundreds of ways in which you can include gorgeous cherry, honey, or mahogany wood into your wine cellar. Not only is wood beautiful, but it’s also very durable, keeping your wine cellar looking amazing for decades to come.
A Nod To History
There is just so much history in every glass of wine, from importation to the artistry of the bottle and label, to the time in which it was aged. Give your custom home wine cellar a rich and compelling history by adding a nod to wine connoisseurs of yesteryear. Try designing your wine cellar like a 1920s speakeasy, a turn-of-the-century Parisian bar, or even choose to design it in the aesthetic of one of Ontario’s hundreds of historic wine vineyards. Wine is timeless; replicate that in the design of your wine cellar.
Any wine lover knows that ambiance can make or break a wine tasting experience. This is why choosing beautiful, soft, and ambient lighting is a must in your custom home wine cellar. Ditch fluorescent lighting that may be found in a regular basement or cellar, and instead choose lighting that speaks to you, your favourite wines, and the experience you’re trying to make. Create a welcoming, calming, and even romantic atmosphere with soft and subtle lighting. Choose warm bulbs, lanterns, soft and elegant chandeliers, and even candles in your wine cellar to create a haven for you to relax, drink wine, read, and visit friends.
Showcase Your Most Beloved Wines
If you have enough wine to fill a cellar, you’re likely to have a few favourite bottles that you’d like to showcase. Let your favourite (or most expensive) bottle of wine do the talking by showcasing it on a pedestal, on its own shelf, or even behind glass. Some homeowners with wine cellars choose to place the bottle on a small table, others decide to put it under a spotlight. However you choose to showcase your favourite wine, it’s a great way to show off the best parts of your collection and to really show that you know your stuff!
A Sitting Area
Every wine cellar needs a place to sit, drink, read, visit, and think. A sitting area in your custom home wine cellar can take many different shapes and sizes from a small upholstered bench tucked within the shelving to large armchairs in the middle of the room, or even a full dining table to have drinks and tapas with your friends. Seating in a wine cellar can be so versatile, allowing it to fit cohesively in any aesthetic from historical to ultra-modern, all you have to do is choose which type of seating feels most comfortable to you!
Surround Sound Speakers
Is there anything that goes better with a glass of your favourite wine than your favourite album or song? Enjoy a serene and homey environment in your custom home wine cellar when you choose to add Bluetooth surround sound speakers. Speakers can be hidden behind shelving or even behind art so they aren’t seen, but the quality of the audio will definitely be heard. Enjoy sitting with friends as classical music plays, listening to a podcast or audiobook while you’re relaxing alone, or even putting on some party music and dancing! It’s your custom wine cellar, your rules!
Warm Rugs And Textiles
Your custom home wine cellar should be a space where you can breathe, feel cozy and comfortable, and even settle down with a good book. A great way to encourage that kind of ambiance is to decorate your floors and sitting spaces with beautiful warm textiles. Wool throw blankets, faux fur rugs, textured pillows, soft blankets, and even a pair of fuzzy slippers can make your wine cellar feel all the more “you”! Spend cold Ottawa winters in the comfort of your own cozy clubhouse when you deck out your wine cellar in several cozy accents.
Who said shelving has to be plain, boring, and flat. Add personality, style, and even colour to your custom home wine cellar with creative shelving! Personalized and creative shelving could mean anything from colourful shelves to shelves with lighting, shelves behind glass, shelves with labels so every wine has its place, or maybe even fun and interesting wine-holder designs. If you have a lot of wine bottles, you’re going to need a lot of shelves, so why not create something beautiful and personalized with stylish shelves and shelving units!
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