Get a bar cart and be cool

2015-04-29 09:24

A HOT decorating trend, the bar cart is inspired by TV dramas such as Mad Men, Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire­.

Sophisticated yet quirky, practical and always ready to party, bar carts are a great way to show off your finest glassware and bar accessories­, and are the ideal addition to any party or cocktail hour for easy access when entertaining.

The joy of a bar cart is that it can be moved anywhere. The dining room is often the most popular choice, since it’s where you often entertain, but the kitchen is a common option as well.

Regardless of its permanent home, be sure the trolley’s style, colour and overall design blends well with the surrounding space.

Rolling bar carts are fun, so don’t be afraid to buy (or build) one that has a quirky character. Try out a bright colour or one made from an interesting material such as bamboo, rustic wood or metal accents.

For the classic bar-cart look, try glass or gold, or go modern with acrylic.

The amount you can store on your cart depends on its size. A small unit will probably only be able to store a few bottles or some wine and glasses. If you have the space, you can turn it into a full bar, complete with wine rack, decanter, cooler, beer mugs, ice bucket and snacks.

Even though it’s called a bar cart, that doesn’t mean you have to use it to store alcohol. If you need kitchen storage space, it can be used to stash spare dishes or even act as a small kitchen island and extra work space.

You can even use it as a side table. There is something grown-up and fun about the resurrection of the cocktail hour, so look out for a bar cart or get creative and make your own.

- www.thebereed.co.za

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