Looking to add a wine cellar to your home? There are many ways to create, design, and complete a wine cellar, and it can be difficult to decipher where and how to start. Let us help you with our tips & tricks for creating a space for the wine lovers in your home.
Things to Consider
Before building or even designing your wine cellar, you must first understand the best location in your home to put your cellar. Temperature and lighting are the two most important factors to consider when choosing a location for your cellar.
According to Wine Spectator, the ideal temperature for your wine cellar room is between 45 and 65 degrees and the humidity level should be between 50% and 80%. These are key to protecting your wine. Additionally, dark spaces are best for your wine cellar, as direct sunlight causes a chemical reaction in the wine that affects both how it tastes and smells.
As a result, some of the best wine storage areas include basements, pantries, closets, and drawers. The good news is that there are some unique ways to create your perfect wine cellar in all these places, so let’s take a look.
Basement wine cellar
Basements tend to be cooler than the rest of the home, which makes them ideal for wine cellars. Because consistent temperatures and proper humidity levels are a must, the basement must be finished in order to install a wine cellar. Unfinished basements are too risky in these regards and can cause your wine to go bad. Once your basement has proper flooring, insulation, and temperature control, you can then begin installing your coolers & wine racks and designing the wine cellar of your dreams.
Kitchen wine cellar
The convenience of a wine cellar in your kitchen may be too good to pass on. It’s important to remember to keep your wine away from direct sunlight and have temperature control functions available. If building a wine cellar in the kitchen, use a pantry space. This space will be a great size and won’t take up any more of your kitchen space. If a pantry isn’t available to you, you can consider using your kitchen island, a cabinet, or even get your own wine sliding drawers.
Design is key
After deciding where to build your wine cellar, it’s time to design it to perfection. Durable flooring is essential for your wine cellar, one that can handle spills and dropped glasses and bottles because we all know accidents happen. Hardwood, cork, and tile are great options, and concrete is suitable for basements as long as it’s sealed to keep away moisture.
Make your cellar a statement piece and separate it from its area with a pop of color. An accent wall is a simple way to incorporate it into your home’s design, while making it stand out. Dark colors are optimal as they can simulate the cellar feel, even in a bright space.
Want to take your wine cellar to the next level? Add a tasting table. A kitchen island or small counter space, filled with glasses and all the wine materials you need, will add to the luxuriousness of your cellar and will certainly impress your guests.
There are countless ways to add a wine cellar to your home. Whether you want a subtle drawer or a grand room with a tasting table, the addition gives you the opportunity to add a personal touch to your home.
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