One of my favorite pieces in our home is our bar cart. It’s a piece that I always thought cool adults had when I was in college and in my early 20’s well now I guess I finally made it and I’m a “cool adult”. Although, I love it’s a constant struggle because I want to style with pretty non-functional items where my bourbon collecting husband wants to display all of his bottles. I wanted to share some tips I’ve found for how to style a functional bar cart.
How To Style A Functional Bar Cart
Step 1: Add A Tray and Larger Decor Items
By adding a blue circle tray this helped the bar cart go from a bunch of bottles crowding the bottom of the cart to a more stylized organized look. I wanted a round tray to balance the harsh edges of the cart and luckily, scored this one at HomeGoods on clearance for $8.
Next, I added a decanter with pheasant feathers on the right to add some height to be visually appealing. Lastly, I used a glass cylinder and filled with faux lemons. Our kitchen is lemon themed so this brought the bar cart in with the kitchen space.
Step 2: Add some rare/favorite bottles outside of the tray
By pulling a few bottles out of the tray this adds more balance to bottom. Plus Jared’s collection is getting so big that it’s hard to fit everything in the tray. This would also look great with some really pretty wine bottles or special occasion champagne bottles.
Step 3: Add the rest of the bottles to the tray
Next, I added in the “daily drinkers” as Jared likes to them call them. These are everyday bottles and bottles that are great for cocktails.
You’ll notice that one of the bottles in the back is in a special box. I kept this one inside the tray because I didn’t want the feathers to get lose and wanted to balance the bottom out.
Step 4: Cocktail Details
This is where some of my items come into play. I absolutely love these cocktail shakers so these are showcased up top along with some glass tonic bottles. Not only are the tonic waters, pretty but also functional.
As I was thinking about it I wanted it to be like cocktails on top, bourbon on the bottom for some functionality.
Step 5: Tools and Napkins
Next, I added in some fun napkins and cocktail tools. I just placed the strainer, jigger, etc. in a tall mason jar. I already had this around the house and keeps them all neat and together.
The final touch is some fun colored bottles. I added a green seersucker gin and pink bottled cosmo. I love the fun color it added to the top of the cart and continues that cocktail theme.
A Close Up Look:
I love how this looks because before when it was all the bottles just sitting it drove me crazy. Now it’s stylized but still very much functional which is exactly what you want in a bar cart.
And in case you were worried about my wine…we have a wine fridge that’s why I only have a few items on here.