If you look forward to wine o’clock every evening, why not turn a spot in your home into a stunning wine room or wine cellar? You don’t need a large wine cave or hundreds of thousands of dollars to build one. All you need is a small area like a closet, pantry or corner to create your very own small wine cellar. Here’s how to emulate the most chic wine cellars out there.
Turn a section of your cabinets into a wine cellar by adding shelving backed with a mirror to expand and lighten the space. Glass doors add a high-end feel to your new wine cellar. Image: Interior ID
The secret to a successful wine room is climate control
Wine is delicate and doesn’t do well with big temperature and humidity fluctuations. The most important facet in your collection of wine room ideas is how you’re going to keep your wine in good shape.
It’s all about keeping the temperature and humidity level in wine cellars from changing too much. The ideal temperature is 55 degrees F, give or take 3 to 5 degrees.
You have two options to maintain the optimal temperature and humidity in your wine cellar:
Invest in a good wine refrigerator, cooler or cooling system
Choose a cool, dry, dark spot for your wine cellar, away from windows or exterior walls, where the wine doesn’t experience exterior temperature changes
Once you’ve got that sorted, it’s time to create a space that’s well-organized and inviting. Some things you may want to add to your wine room include:
Wine racks, shelving or custom cabinets
A wine glass caddy
A bar table and stools or some armchairs for serving and lounging
Good lighting that serves as task lighting and ambiance
Barware like corkscrews, glass decanters and other accessories
A small wine refrigerator for champagne or fragile aged wine
Homeowners converted a closet into an elegant wine room complete with ambient lighting, custom shelving and a wine refrigerator. Image: Perry Custom Homes
Now it’s time for the inspiration. Check out these small wine room ideas that rival the most amazing wine cellars around. Cheers!
Wine room ideas for under the stairs
An inexpensive wire grid rack and some shelving can turn the unused space under a stairwell into a small, inexpensive wine cellar. To add resale value, invest in a glass door. Images: Zooi Designs
Glass doors and lighting add a design touch to your wine room. Image: Volansky Studio
Walnut veneer pegboard and stainless steel rods create a contemporary wine room under the stairs. Image: Genuwine Cellars
One of the most unique wine room ideas features the industrial-style use of wood crates fitted with an iron grid and backlit with warm golden light. Image: Beyond Beige
Turn a closet or pantry into a stunning wine cellar
A closet was converted into a wine room. Part of the drywall was replaced with glass to display the wine collection. Image: DCI Construction
Two pantries that were converted into a wine room. In the first case, the door was removed and the alcove finished with decorative tile. In the other example, a wine shelf was fitted inside the pantry. Images: Chairma Design Group and Mark Lewis Interior Design
Choose contemporary shelves or unusual wine racks that make a statement
Backlit floating ledges are the perfect wine storage system since wine bottles need to rest on their sides to keep the corks moist. Image: Made Studio
Wall-mounted wine racks make use of the vertical wall space that often goes unused. Image: SES Design Group
A wall-mounted rack against a cool, stone wall is all you need to create a simple wine cellar. Image: Atwood Custom Home
Mount floor-to-ceiling vertical wine holders on a hallway or basement wall to create an instant wine room. Image: Creative Design Construction
A store-bought wine shelf is given a custom look with red LED backlighting. Image: Brayer Design
Work a wine cellar into your kitchen
The latest design trend for wine cellars (and even refrigerators) is glass doors and glass enclosures. Image: Cell Art
This wine cellar has a state-of-the-art wine cooling system. But you can recreate the look at home, minus the cooling system, for a chic wine room. Image: Vintage Cellars
Designers added a commercial wine cooler into this contemporary kitchen. Image: Flynn Architect
With fall and the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to create a small wine room of your own. A well-planned one is the perfect place to gather with friends and collect your favorite wines for years of enjoyment.