We are currently decorating our new living room, and one of the pieces I am most excited about putting together is our bar cart. A well styled bar cart add a lot of character to a room and over the years I have finally figured out how to style a bar cart so that it’s a statement piece. We have started to decorate our living space before, I always find a few items I like and then get distracted and the project is indefinitely halted. Not this time! I very excited to continue decorating (which is a key difference this time around) and putting together our bart cart. Here is how I’m styling it so it stands out in the best way -
First, you need to find an inspiration picture. I think it works best if you find one that reflects your personal style, and that also reflects the ratio between beverage items and non-beverage items that you are looking for.
Now you need to put together your favorite glasses. We received these as a wedding gift, and I love leaving them out on the cart because they have such a special memory.
Next, collect your bar tools. We love copper accents and have a copper mixing set, along with bottle opener. Personally, I think it looks best if your bar tools all match, and at least are made up of the same metal so they look like a cohesive set.
You also want to find a tray to place these items on. It adds a lot of cohesion so the top of the bar looks arranged, and not like you’ve just placed a lot of copper items on top. Also, if your bar tools are a different color than your cart it really makes them pop. I love this marble and wood one (and it’s from Target!)
Fourth and fifth, I love the look of “live” items. Peonies in a small vase look beautiful, and a bowl of lemons (they sell fake ones) adds a pop of color. If you opt for live ones, it is nice to have them on hand as a garnish. On that note, a bowl of limes works great too.
A stack of coffee table books is a great way to add some personality. Place the lemon bowl on top. I like to collect books that say something about what we are interested in, such as a collection of photos of the Cape, an anthology of Audrey Hepburn, or a Kate Spade style book.
Last but not least, add your favorite drinks and mixers. It doesn’t hurt if the labels aesthetically appealing. You could also add tea or coffee, or wine if that's more your style.
Do you have a bar cart? What have you done to personalize it? I’d love to hear!