5 Helpful Tips for Styling a Bar Cart

cheers sign on bar cart

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I want to create an at-home bar so badly, mostly because I love the way beautifully styled bar carts look. They can be so photographable.

I can thank Pinterest for that. As of late, my feed has been chock-full of cocktail recipes and bar carts/accessories, probably because of the holidays. Something about a pretty cocktail makes me swoon, so I created a board just for drinks and bar items.

Super Helpful Tips for Bar Cart Styling
I saw a ton of guides out there for styling a bar cart, and many of them share what accessories you need on your cart (like coasters or shot glasses). That’s fine, but I wanted some solid tips for styling and bar-cart-buying.

So I scoured several guides and highlighted below my favorite tips from across the web. I hope you also find them helpful!

Tip #1 from Style Me Pretty
Add a simple vase of fresh flowers or a bowl of citrus. They render an element of life that’s oh-so-necessary. Simple vessels of tulips, peonies or ranunculus provide maximum dramatic effect with minimal effort.”

For example—

Bar cart with mirror leaning against wall

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Psst…use faux items to save some money. The limes photographed above are fake! But they’re still pretty, right?

Tip# 2 from Camille Styles
“Consider investing in the actual cart. A good one will last you a lifetime! And from my experience, get one on wheels. Though it’ll likely live in one room in your home, it’s nice to be able to move it to a different space when entertaining.”

For example—

Bar cart with wheels

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Tip #3 from The Fashionlish
“Add art work about the cart to create a focal point.” 

For example—

geometric art above bar cart

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I think mirrors work here, too, like the image in Tip #1.

Tip #4 from Guest of a Guest
“Using trays help organize your bar cart to designate different sections. They’re also the best way of incorporating more color and detail.”

For example—

mirrored tray with bar items

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Tip #5 from House of Harper
“If it isn’t convenient for you to your cart/table dressed as a bar, make use of the piece as an accent table when the party is over, and style it with a lamp, books, and your favorite knick-knacks.”

For example—

Bar cart used as side table next to couch

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You could do double duty full time here. I’m short on space, so using one piece for a bar cart and a side table is brilliant.

Bonus Tips! Bar Accessories on Sale
I came across the items below while searching the interwebs for bar cart ideas. Each of these look like they’re on post-holiday sale, and I want to share these awesome deals with you before they’re gone! (I’m particularly in love with the gold cocktail shaker and glasses set.)

Copper Bar Tools
$4.97-$6.99 from WEST ELM 

Copper Bar Tools

Frosted Martini Glassware
$24.00 (set of four) from POTTERY BARN

Martini glasses

Cubed Whiskey Stones
$15 from SHOPPE

Whiskey stones on plate

whiskey stones in a glass with whiskey

whiskey stones with monogrammed bag

Gold Cocktail Shaker and Glasses Set
$24.99 from NEIMAN MARCUS 

Gold cocktail shaker

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Gold cocktail glass

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Faux Marble Coasters
$8.98 from TARGET (saw these in-store for around $5)

Stacked marble coasters

Got any great bar cart ideas or how-tos?
Leave me a comment to share them with us!


3 thoughts on “5 Helpful Tips for Styling a Bar Cart

  1. Those are very helpful tips! I’m just trying to figure out how to style a bar cart I just got. I’ve having a hard time making it functional rather than just pretty, but that’s okay.

    • So glad you like the tips! They were some of my favorite from around the web. I’m like you–beauty over functionality. Drives my husband crazy. 🙂 I’d love to see pics once you have your bar cart set up!

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