Raising The Bar And Wine Cellar To New Heights
North American Precis Syndicate
The best bar around could be the one in your own home. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—When you’re looking for a great place to unwind with
friends, as more and more Americans are discovering, few spots can beat your
own home bar or wine cellar.
What’s Cool In Wine Cellars
A recent survey of home decorators, designers and fabricators found four
facts and trends to consider when you want to install your own bar.
1. What are the new technologies for bars and wine cellars? The majority
of designers brought up LED lighting, flexible lighting, appliance lighting
and the addition of more lighting displays. “Bars and wine cellars will
trend toward backlighting in the future with the increasing prevalence of LED
lighting,” according to Paul Menninger, owner of Capitol Granite. “The
options for LED come with reduced costs, longer life and lower heat
2. What materials or appliances are trending? The hottest materials today
include ultracompact surfacing—more commonly
known as “thin” tile. These surfaces have the advantage of stain
resistance and durability—you can have a marble look, for instance,
without having to worry about stains. Mixed textures were also a common
answer. These are spaces designed to “stand out.”
3. What trends do you anticipate for the future? Designers and fabricators
anticipate the use of more glass, unique surface materials such as porcelain
countertops, or looks such as a mitered drop edge. Cheryl Clendenon,
owner of InDetail Design, states, “I would
say unique wine storage in unusual places—we have proposed one in a
large foyer. Sounds odd but it will be part of a built-in area with a bench
and the wine will become drinkable art! Also, more clients want wine
“Clients tend to want a bar or wine cellar that is a conversation
piece,” states Krista Lake, owner of Signature Interior Expressions. “They
like for their bar/wine cellar to have a unique look that stands out from the
rest of the home.”
“The products we feel are currently trending are wine barrel and winepress
furniture,” states Brad Burns, partner/owner of Cutting Edge
Countertops. That may help explain the appeal of Blanco’s new Empressa faucet collection, which coordinates bar and
kitchen sink faucet styles with a vintage winepress-inspired handle shape.
4. What colors are in for bars and wine cellars? Mostly whites and grays,
automotive and industrial finishes. “Whites and grays with dark-colored
woods contrasting in the wine cellars, like walnut and cherry,” are
popular, adds Menninger. What’s working, he said, is contrasting light
and dark colors for entertaining spaces. For example, the Empressa
faucet ranges from contemporary polished chrome or stainless, to more
traditional polished nickel and even oil-rubbed bronze.
The award-winning design team at Blanco foresaw the fusion of old-world
influences and contemporary style in today’s kitchens and bars.
Traditional finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze are making a comeback, even as
modern design is surpassing traditional. The result is a transitional look
with one foot in the familiar past and another in the functional present. It
can be the best of both worlds.
For further facts about faucets, go to www.blancoamerica.com.
“When you’re looking for a
great place to unwind with friends, as more and more Americans are
discovering, few spots can beat your own home bar or wine cellar. http://bit.ly/2JGXgqb”
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