Find Flooring That Anchors Your Style
New flooring in the wine cellar can dramatically change the look and feel. Equally important, is choosing the right material for effective wine storage
; an ideal system keeps temperatures from 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity around 50%. Proper flooring can help maintain these levels.
When working within Corona del Mar real estate, some appropriate materials
are sealed hardwood or natural stone; cork (a thermal and acoustic insulator); painted porcelain tiles in a wine motif; a mosaic of fine china, stained glass, or tile pieces; and rustic wine-barrel flooring
Choose the Right Racks for Your Collection
Racks are the bones of your wine cellar and the primary design element. From DIY cellar kits
to custom-made wine racks
, the configurations are extensive, so you may want to work with a designer. Racks depend on a wine cellar’s style, collection size, and available space, as well as future storage you may need as the wine collection grows.
Explore racks in metal, wood, and in different stain colors. In addition to rack design, an arched or glass cellar door can frame your treasured bottles in a more intriguing way.
Organize and Manage Your Inventory
When a few bottles blossom into a full-blown collection, it’s time to get organized. Keep track of your purchases on a spreadsheet, or use free wine apps
for more flexibility, such as listing wines to buy later or storing photos of favorite bottles. Catalog the inventory by varietal, year, or alphabetically by label.
Age any wines you don’t plan on drinking right away (a wine dealer can offer guidance on specific wines). If you coordinate vintages with special events, you’ll know which bottles will be ready to open for the next anniversary or holiday celebration.
Change the Mood with Wine-Cellar Lighting
A well-appointed wine cellar welcomes guests in a warm and inviting atmosphere. A chandelier hangs over a table, sconces throw patterns on a stone wall, a spotlight accents an oil painting, and display lighting highlights a collection’s rarest finds. Even a single light fixture can easily change the mood. If you’re looking for ideas, Vigilant
is a DIY wine cellar company that provides photo galleries and video
to inspire the perfect lighting.
Remember, constant direct light or heat can affect a wine’s flavor; using lower-watt bulbs or dimmer switches allows enough light for carrying out tasks while protecting your wines. Therefore, soft lighting is magical—and essential. Of course, when you leave the cellar, turn out the lights for complete darkness.