How To Style Your Bar Cart Shelf By Shelf
A bar cart is something I knew I needed to have in our house immediately. My goals were to paint the walls and own a bar cart. They’re so beautiful and really add a nostalgic touch to any space. Plus, having a bar cart gives you a reason to buy more cute knick-knacks, and who doesn’t want more of those?
I found the perfect bar cart before I really knew I wanted one. It was there in front of me one day at Target. It was the perfect color, size and price. Unfortunately by the time I was ready to buy this perfect bar cart, it was gone. I couldn’t even order it online.
After I mourned my loss, I started searching like crazy. I couldn’t find anything comparable until World Market saved the day. It was the right color and the right price. It was slightly smaller than I originally planned, but I was so happy to have finally found one that would work for my space.
The cart arrived within a week and came assembled. All I had to do was take it out of the box and love it. And, of course, style it!
Because the bar cart is a little on the small side, I knew regular sized liquor and wine bottles probably wouldn’t fit on the middle or bottom shelf, so I had to make room for those on the top. I also knew I wanted a tray that would add some depth and separation to whatever bottles I chose to put on it.
I got really lucky with the tray I found because it was the absolute perfect size and I loved that it was round so it would add another layer of interest to the rectangle shaped shelf.
Once I had the tray, I got an idea of how many bottles I could fit on it. I chose the vodka because I liked the color and shape of the bottle (and that’s my go-to when I have a cocktail) and the Pellegrino and blood orange carbonated drink because they add great color and act as great mixers or solo non-alcoholic drinks. The jager, more than anything, adds an interesting shape that helped to form tiers in the sizes of the bottles.
You absolutely can’t go wrong with adding paper straws to your bar cart. They’re super trendy, add color and serve a purpose. I didn’t have a vase with a wide enough mouth, so I thought a stemless wine glass would do the trick. I added the books for more color and texture. Plus, one of them is a book of skinny cocktail recipes.
I knew right away the wine bottles would go on the middle shelf, opposite of the liquor, because I wanted to make sure they were visible, but not have the alcohol directly lined up with one another. The trick here was to find bottles short enough to fit. Luckily, I already knew a brand with shorter, wider bottles called Oak Leaf.
Next to the wine, I placed four liquor glasses. The short, clear glasses made a nice contrast against the colored wine bottles, and of course I need practical glasses to serve drinks in.
I knew I wanted a plant on one of the shelves, so I added a faux succulent potted in white river rock and a mini white vase my Dad gave me, thanks pops!
I wanted to have some fun with this shelf and also add a pop of color. I knew I loved Sanpellegrino, so I got it in the pomegranate orange flavor. The fuchsia color is bright and vibrant and really balances out the six crystal wine glasses, also given to me by my Dad.
The trick to decorating your bar cart is to just really think about what purpose you want it to serve. Do you want it to hold drinks? Maybe plants? Or collectible items? Whatever you decide the cart’s purpose is, add fun details like books, vases, lamps or flowers. And don’t forget to balance neutrals with pops of color.
How did you style your bar cart?