I am loving the bar cart trend that made a comeback a few years ago. I had been on the lookout for the perfect bar cart for about a year before finding this one! I just recently styled it this last weekend and am so happy with the finished product. Here are 10 tips for styling a bar cart to give you a few ideas:
1. Search for the perfect cart: I found this one online at HSN and painted it silver to better match my living room. This particular one is sold out but there are similar options at Society Social and affordable ones at Target. Another idea would be to look at antique stores for older bar carts that can be refinished.
2. Organize: Use trays to divide the areas of your bar cart into sections.
3. Stock with the essentials: While my bar cart is more decorative than it is practical, some ideas of items to keep on hand are an ice bucket, bottle opener, cork screw, shaker, jigger, and strainer. There are also many types of glassware to potentially store on your bar cart.
4. Something old & something new: I love the mix of modern items with older pieces such as the crystal decanter and clock that I have on mine. These crystal items were my grandma’s but there are many great pieces like these at antique stores.
5. Accessorize: Use bar tools, books, pretty bottles and decanters, glassware, flowers, coasters, and napkins to accessorize. The sky’s the limit! Many of the accessories on my bar cart were from Marshalls and Home Goods.
6. Color scheme: Having consistent colors throughout a bar cart create a more cohesive look. Not all of your favorite alcohols are going to come in bottles you love, but this is the perfect opportunity to use a pretty decanter that does match the color scheme of your bar cart.
7. Add art: A cute piece of art makes the perfect addition to a bar cart. I love the one pictured above from Evelyn Henson.
8. Alcohol mix: When hosting a party, have your basics stocked. This includes whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum. Also load up on some yummy mixers!
9. DIY bar cart: There are many options as to what to use as your bar display. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cart. Other cute options are shelves, either freestanding or ones hung on the wall, and trays with legs.
10. Change it up: Not a big alcohol drinker? Not a problem. Bar carts also make great storage! They can be used in an office or living room for books and other desk accessories. Another idea is to create a pretty bathroom display for towels, candles, and soaps. Or use your barcart for all of the above!
What other ideas do you have for styling a bar cart?