6 Bar Cart Styling Solutions That Always Work

published Aug 18, 2018
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You’re probably aware that bar carts are the de rigueur piece of furniture right now, but if you’ve been wondering how to actually style them, we’ve got your answers right here. Styles can range from minimalist to overly bedecked with all manner of fanciful liqueurs and glassware, so let our guide below show you the plentiful options available.

Take a page from Sabrina Tan of Gypsy Tan and outfit your bar cart with decidedly unexpected pieces. She chose to use the upper shelf as a makeshift coffee station, complete with a one-cup machine and mugs. Then, she decorated the rest of her cart with succulents, a vintage telephone, and a pedestal cake stand (decorated with more succulents, of course!)

For a non-traditional take on the term “bar cart,” try using yours for a different reason entirely. This simplistic black metal bar cart from Interior StyLESS houses two stacks of Scandi design magazines, potted greenery in varying sizes, and a beautiful glass light that anchors the cart and actually looks more like an objet d’art.

If you’re short on space but don’t want to sacrifice style, take a page from Jenny Tran‘s book. Taking advantage of the more compact, round—yet tall—shape of this bar cart, she was able to fit her taller bottles of alcohol on the bottom shelf, leaving room up top for accoutrements such as mixers, straws, candles, and even fresh citrus for garnish.

If you’ve got the space, this lucite bar cart from Texas-based design duo Willa Clarke checks all the boxes. In addition to being large enough to house your entire entertaining collection, its clear framework doesn’t overwhelm. The designers paired it against a wide-striped black and white corner wall, complete with a large picture of Brigitte Bardot.