One level down from built-in designs and one level up from the drinks trolley is a liquor cabinet. These are still a larger piece of furniture to bring into the room, making a sizeable contribution to how you’re furnishing the space, but they don’t shout out what their function is, which helps them to stay under the radar.
Lots of drinks cabinets are taller, with an open base and then the storage section starting from about hip height. This is very much an Art Deco aesthetic. Stay on that luxury home bar theme by picking high-gloss, polished materials or lavish metallics like brass or copper cladding. Or, head down the more classic route by choosing wooden cabinets that could be mistaken for an antique.
With drinks cabinets, you can have either concealed doors or glass ones. Go for concealed if there isn’t too many other large pieces of furniture in the room, plenty of space and natural light, otherwise it can make the room feel hemmed-in and heavy.
Solid doors also keep the contents hidden, so they’re a good idea if you want your drinks collection to be out of sight. On the other hand, Glass will make a showcase out of your spirits, making them become a bit of a feature and adding another decorative dimension to your room’s design.
Another point regarding drinks cabinets is that there are purpose-built versions that, when opened, have hanging racks for wine glasses, indents for placing bottles and slim pull-out drawers for corkscrews and cocktail accessories. But you can also create a drinks cabinet using any style of cabinet, closet or dresser – it’s all about what you fill it with.