If you are dying to have a chic bar cart in your home but don't have the space, you can still create the same trendy look using open shelving without adding new furniture. Fill your shelves with practical barware and cute accessories and your beverage station will be just as stylish as the infamous bar cart.
Start With a Blank Slate
First, start with a blank slate by clearing everything out of the area where you will be creating your beverage station. Purchase your floating shelves and hang them according to the instructions.
IKEA has trendy and affordable open shelving with many different bracket options. These brackets are spray painted gold to coordinate with the rest of the decor.
Add Barware, Accessories and Decor
The key to styling open shelves is to take it slow. Start with the first shelf and work your way up. Make sure to focus on organizing the shelves in a way that works for your family. For example, use the first and most accessible shelf for something you use on a daily basis, like coffee or tea.
When you are happy with the way the first shelf looks, move to the second shelf. Add items such as serving plates, napkins and drinking glasses.
Finish off the third shelf with beautiful or decorative barware.
When styling shelves, particularly open shelving, play around with your barware, serving items and decor until you find an organizational method that is both stylish and functional.
Add Texture and Contrast
Adding artwork to your shelves will create a unique contrast to your arrangement, and adding fresh flowers or greenery is a great way to add pops of color.
Use Items of Varying Height
Mix taller and shorter items together for a cohesive look. Use baskets to add texture or a quirky beverage dispenser for a fun touch.
Details are important for creating the perfectly styled shelves. Baskets, trays, and catch-all bowls are great items to corral napkins, straws, mugs and more.
Enjoy Your Chic Styled Shelves
Stand back and admire your new chic bar cart alternative. You can easily change out the accessories and re-arrange your setup as seasons change. A hot chocolate or cider station would be great for the winter and a mimosa bar would be perfect for springtime brunches.