How to Style a Bar Cart

For years, I have tried to make our living room more welcoming for guests and family, and adding a bar cart might be precisely what we need.

My approach to styling the bar cart assumes we will use it, so I needed to leave space on the top shelf to mix drinks! As much as I would like it to look pretty all the time, this is a rare time when function is just as important as fashion!

Assortment of liquor bottles and elegant, textured glass tumblers on a gold bar cart, with soft-focus background.

Elevate Your Living Room Decor: A Guide to Styling a Bar Cart

A stylish bar cart with two shelves, decorated with flowers, glassware, and liquor bottles, in a room with beige walls.
This Pottery Barn bar cart was supposed to take four months to deliver. It arrived in less than a month!

In recent years, the bar cart has emerged as a stylish and functional addition to home decor, offering a perfect blend of form and function. I recently purchased the Pottery Barn Everson Antique Brass bar cart, and I’ve discovered the endless possibilities of styling this versatile piece in our living room.

Today, I am sharing my approach to styling a bar cart with the expectation of practical use while adding elegance to our space. Additionally, I’ll explore how to style a bar cart without alcohol, incorporating spring decor for a fresh and inviting look.

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The Bar Cart as a Stylish Statement Piece

Elegant bar cart with alcoholic beverages, decorative glasses, and floral arrangements in a cozy, well-lit room.

When I first set out to style our bar cart, I aimed to create a welcoming and inviting space for guests and family while showcasing our favorite spirits and cocktail essentials. (All I need to do is move the four gold-rimmed glasses below.) The Pottery Barn Everson Antique Brass bar cart provided the perfect foundation for achieving this balance of functionality and aesthetics.

Top Shelf Essentials

A cozy room corner featuring a lamp, a bottle of ketel one vodka, glasses, and white flowers in vases on a stylish glass table.

To ensure practicality for mixing drinks, I left ample space on the top shelf of the bar cart. Here, I placed a selection of floral decor to add a touch of freshness and elegance.

Alongside the floral arrangement, I included a glass and gold ice bucket, a martini shaker, and all the essential tools needed to mix drinks, such as jiggers, strainers, and muddlers.

I showcased our favorite spirits for vodka and tequila cocktails, making crafting delicious drinks easy for guests and families.

Bottom Shelf Elegance

A stylish bar cart with two shelves, decorated with flowers, glassware, and liquor bottles, in a room with beige walls.

On the bottom shelf of the bar cart, I focused on displaying elegant glassware and accessories. Two ice buckets and wine decanters added sophistication while a selection of cocktail glasses stood ready for use.

I also need to add a stack of cocktail napkins to complete the look, ensuring guests can enjoy their beverages with style and convenience.

My Favorite New Bar Cart Items

A home bar setup on a table displaying a vase of white flowers, cocktail-making equipment, and bottles of liquor including johnnie walker blue label.

I decided to add a few new items to our bar cart, and since they were gold accents, I needed them. Most everything I own is silver!

Lysenn Whiskey Glasses

These hand-blown glasses are gorgeous and are perfect for all drinks, including my boy’s favorites, Old Fashioneds.

A stylish bar cart with two shelves, decorated with flowers, glassware, and liquor bottles, in a room with beige walls.

Mud Pie Ice Bucket and Tongs

This hand-painted and hand-hammered ice bucket is elegant and practical. The stainless steel tongs are great, too.

A clear glass pitcher filled with a golden liquid, featuring a brass handle and a blurred background with bottles.

Gold Cocktail Shaker Set

This Gold Cocktail Shaker Set includes a measuring jigger, mixing spoon, and muddler. Perfect for home bar accessories and for making cocktails and even protein shakes

A golden cocktail shaker set on a glass tray, featuring a textured glass body and metallic top, with a jigger and a bar spoon beside it.

Highball Amber Galsses – 6 Pack

These 12oz Amber Glasses have vintage embossing and can be used for any beverage.

Four ornate golden glass tumblers on a metal tray, with a decanter in the background on a wooden table.

Styling a Bar Cart Without Alcohol: Embracing Spring Decor

A home setup on a bar cart displaying a vase of paper flowers, non-alcoholic drink items, and sparkling lemonade.

While alcohol can undoubtedly add to the allure of a bar cart, it’s entirely possible to style this versatile piece without spirits. With spring in full bloom, you can refresh your bar cart with seasonal decor, creating a vibrant and inviting space that celebrates the season’s beauty.

I love my cordless chargeable lamp on the top shelf of the bar cart!

Here are a few more ideas.

Functional Flourish

While the focus was on spring decor, your bar cart can remain functional and practical for everyday use. Place a selection of non-alcoholic beverages on the top shelf, such as sparkling water, lemonade, and iced tea, providing refreshment options for guests of all ages.

On the bottom shelf, display a collection of elegant glassware and serving trays, perfect for spring-inspired cocktails or mocktails during gatherings with friends and family.

Floral Finesse

To infuse our bar cart with the spirit of spring, stock the top shelf with an abundance of fresh flowers and greenery. A mix of colorful blooms, such as tulips, daffodils, and hydrangeas, added color and fragrance to the space.

I opted for a mix of ceramic vases and decorative pots to showcase the floral arrangements, adding visual interest and texture to the display.

Seasonal Accents

In addition to flowers, incorporate a variety of spring-themed accents throughout the bar cart. Decorative bird figurines, pastel-colored candles, and whimsical bunny statues can add a playful touch to the decor, evoking the charm and beauty of the season.

To tie the look together, add a few woven baskets filled with seasonal fruits, such as strawberries and lemons, to add a pop of color and freshness to the space.

Elevate Your Home Decor with a Stylish Bar Cart

A gold bar cart displaying a bottle of johnnie walker blue label, glass tumblers with a textured design, and decorative items in a home setting.

Whether styled with spirits or spring decor, a bar cart is a versatile and stylish addition to any living room or entertaining space. By carefully curating the cart’s contents and incorporating personal touches, you can create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere that reflects your unique style and hospitality.

The possibilities for styling a bar cart are endless, from elegant glassware and cocktail essentials to seasonal flowers and decorative accents. So why not elevate your home decor and create a stylish focal point with a beautifully styled bar cart?

With some creativity and imagination, you can transform this functional furniture into a stunning centerpiece that will impress guests and bring joy to your home for years.

A well-appointed bar cart with various liquor bottles, glassware, and floral decorations in a cozy room setting.

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  1. Beautiful! I have been wanting a bar cart for awhile and you have some great ideas here. Now I just have to decide where I can add a bar cart in my home.

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