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How to Decorate Your Wine Cellar

I don't happen to be a connoisseur of fine wine but I've had clients who are. And many of them don't just enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, many of them are collectors and have incorporated wine cellars into their homes.

So if you're considering building a wine cellar or remodeling your home to include one, here are a few ideas to get you going and a few small tips that you might think about before finalizing your plans.

Some people think of a wine cellar more like they would a storage area. Obviously the wine needs to be kept in a private, quiet, cool place and left, as much as possible, undisturbed. But that's no reason not to decorate that space just as you would any other room in your home. Here a fancy wrought iron bar, which also covers some additional storage place, has been incorporated into the cellar, along with a beautiful work of art. If you're staging a home like this, you'd be removing the bulk of the wine, of course, but can you not see how this added decorative touch makes the whole cellar look both charming and inviting?

Now let's discuss the arrangement of the bottles. In the picture below you can see that the wine is stored in slots that run perpendicular to the wall. The top of the bottle is placed forward. In many respects you can store a lot of wine in this configuration. The downside, however, is that you have to pull each bottle out of its cubby hole to see the brand and year it was bottled. Therefore you must disturb the wine any time you need to see it.

However, the wine is stored parallel to the wall with all of the labels facing out. In this type of configuration, you don't have to disturb the bottles in any manner to see what it is. When you can see the label without removing the bottle from the rack, you have greater security safeguarding each and every bottle. The more a bottle is moved, the greater chance you have of dropping it and breaking it.

In the picture at the top and on the left, care has been taken to vary the placement design of the bottles. Space has been preserved to make it easy to do some wine tasting and even make it possible to invite guests into the space to taste your selection for a meal you will share together.

One of my newsletter subscribers, Leslie Ehrin of Leslie Ehrin Fine Art, offers fine art prints and glicee prints in the Tuscany theme for your cellar or home. Visit her website at: http://www.leslieehrinfineart.com/

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