The Ultimate Comprehensive Guide to Styling the Bar Cart

November 24th, 2020

Bar Carts are timeless decor pieces, whether you enjoy a quiet drink at the end of the day, are a cocktail connoisseur, drinks novice or entertain regularly. It is both a stylish statement piece and a functional storage solution for any home, plus the versatility is endless! 

Bar Carts were actually Tea Trolleys during the Victorian Era Prohibition Period and it was only after Prohibition in the 1950's that Bar Carts became an essential component of at-home entertaining and were at the centre of the daily cocktail hour. Today, the bar cart is all about personalisation — creating a station that is not only a practical home to all your essential bar tools, drinks & glassware but an opportunity to show off your design flare.

So how do you continue this timeless tradition by creating your own Bar Cart set-up at home?
In this article we share the essential components to creating a beautiful Bar Cart that boasts both functionality and style.

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SHOP BAR CARTS

Mason Drinks Trolley | Rattan
Mason Drinks Trolley | Rattan
Mason Drinks Trolley | Rattan

Mason Drinks Trolley | Rattan

$512.00
Leather Bar Cabinet  | Tan
Leather Bar Cabinet  | Tan
Leather Bar Cabinet  | Tan
Leather Bar Cabinet  | Tan
Leather Bar Cabinet  | Tan

Leather Bar Cabinet | Tan

$3,510.00
Crawford Bar Caddy
Crawford Bar Caddy
Crawford Bar Caddy
Crawford Bar Caddy
Crawford Bar Caddy

Crawford Bar Caddy

$840.00
  • Muddler
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Mixing Glass
  • Jigger & Measuring Cup
  • Strainer
  • Pour Spout
  • Bar Spoons
  • Citrus Peelers
  • Mixing Sticks
  • Small Paring Knife
Cocktail Muddler | Beechwood - Suzie Anderson Home
Cocktail Muddler | Beechwood - Suzie Anderson Home

Cocktail Muddler | Beechwood

$16.25
Hexagon Bar Decanter - Suzie Anderson Home
Hexagon Bar Decanter - Suzie Anderson Home

Hexagon Bar Decanter

$284.00
Carafe - Hexagon Bar IV - Suzie Anderson Home
Carafe - Hexagon Bar IV - Suzie Anderson Home
Carafe - Hexagon Bar IV - Suzie Anderson Home
Carafe - Hexagon Bar IV - Suzie Anderson Home

Carafe | Hexagon Bar IV

$227.00
Wine Magnum Celebration Decanter - Suzie Anderson Home
Wine Magnum Celebration Decanter - Suzie Anderson Home

Wine Magnum Celebration Decanter

$397.50
SHOP ALL BAR TOOLS

When it comes to Glassware, we recommend sticking to a similar design in different shapes and sizes for a streamlined look. Aim to showcase 4-6 Glasses and tailor according to what your favourite drinks are, such as a pair of whisky glasses, tumblers or stemless wine glasses.

Ambretta Champagne Glass - Suzie Anderson Home
Ambretta Champagne Glass - Suzie Anderson Home

Ambretta Champagne Glass

$15.00
Petoni Dots Tumbler | Golden Yellow - Suzie Anderson Home
Petoni Dots Tumbler | Golden Yellow - Suzie Anderson Home
Petoni Dots Tumbler | Golden Yellow - Suzie Anderson Home

Petoni Dots Tumbler | Golden Yellow

$37.50
Balloton Tumbler  | Amber - Suzie Anderson Home
Balloton Tumbler  | Amber - Suzie Anderson Home
Balloton Tumbler  | Amber - Suzie Anderson Home

Balloton Tumbler | Amber

$21.50
Elysee Stripe Stemless Wine Glass | 460ml - Suzie Anderson Home
Elysee Stripe Stemless Wine Glass | 460ml - Suzie Anderson Home

Elysee Stripe Stemless Wine Glass | 460ml

$17.25
SHOP ALL GLASSWARE

When it comes to selecting your Bar Cart accessories, choose a few key pieces that tie in with your overall decor theme, colour scheme, or accenting detail, such as Gold Rim Glass Detailing, Marble or Rattan materials or Vertical or Horizontal lines. If you have a two tier cart, utilise the lower tier to store your bar tools and glassware & use the top for a accessories such as Cocktail Recipe Books, napkins, coasters, vases, picture frames, decorative objects or candles. We recommend having a maximum of 3 of your favourite bottles of Alcohol on display and put away anything that looks out of place or cluttered in your storage cupboard. 

If you are sticking to a particular decor style, here are some accessory recommendations below:

Hamptons
: Ceramics, Mirrored objects, picture frames, elegant marble or silver trays and natural collected elements of coral, shells and driftwood.
Parisian: An array of leather books, porcelain figures and vases, silver or gold picture frames, crystal vases & decanters.
Classic Contemporary: Curated coffee table books, pretty mirrored or pewter trays, objet d'art, small decorative sculptures and mouth blown vases.
British Colonial: Natural and travel collected elements, Fresh Foliage or Palm Leaves, Magnifying glasses, Trophies, and wall-mounted botanical-framed specimens or prints.

Nut Bowl | Bar II - Suzie Anderson Home
Nut Bowl | Bar II - Suzie Anderson Home
Nut Bowl | Bar II - Suzie Anderson Home

Nut Bowl | Bar II

$204.50
Lancaster Hip Flask - Suzie Anderson Home
Lancaster Hip Flask - Suzie Anderson Home

Lancaster Hip Flask

$159.00
Liberty Valet Tray - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Valet Tray - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Valet Tray - Suzie Anderson Home

Liberty Valet Tray

$113.50
Square Tray Hammer Beaten | Antique Silver Finish - Suzie Anderson Home
Square Tray Hammer Beaten | Antique Silver Finish - Suzie Anderson Home

Square Tray Hammer Beaten | Antique Silver Finish

$172.50
SHOP ALL ACCESSORIES
Cocktails & Canapes - Suzie Anderson Home
Cocktails & Canapes - Suzie Anderson Home

Cocktails & Canapes

$24.99
Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky
Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky
Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky
Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky
Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky

Whisky Sommelier: A Journey Through the Culture of Whisky

$75.00
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails
The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails

The Artisanal Kitchen: Classic Cocktails

$24.99
Curious Bartender: An Odyssey to Malt Bourbon & Rye Whiskies
Curious Bartender: An Odyssey to Malt Bourbon & Rye Whiskies

Curious Bartender: An Odyssey to Malt Bourbon & Rye Whiskies

$45.00
An Entertaining Story, India Hicks
An Entertaining Story, India Hicks

An Entertaining Story, India Hicks

$99.00

Lighting is essential when it comes to shaping the mood of your design and there are also a few elements to keep in mind when matching your lighting with your decor style. To create ambience, relaxation and intimacy in your design, focus on including some low-level lighting options such as tea lights or pillar Candles for a warm glow. For a touch of luxury, focus on a embellished statement Candle with a beautiful design such as Cire Trudon Candles. To create an elegant, sophisticated look, include a Slender Nickel or Pewter Decorative Lamp Base with a neutral linen shade. If you have limited space, try a mounted Wall Sconce or place the bar cart under a Crystal Chandelier and watch the bar cart come to life.