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All About Contemporary Wine Cellar Design

contemporary wine cellar design

12 Oct All About Contemporary Wine Cellar Design

Custom wine cellars are built to store wines, while preserving their quality for extended periods of time. Not only do they protect the wine against bright light and temperature fluctuations, but also help maintain relative darkness and the right humidity levels.

Designing and building a custom wine cellar requires a certain amount of skill, experience and the right knowledge. This makes it necessary to hire the services of expert custom wine cellar designers with experience in the field. Here we take a look at different aspects about contemporary wine cellar design.

What Makes Contemporary Wine Cellar Design Special?

These custom designed wine cellars are elegant and tastefully designed. They provide an ideal environment and setting for storing wines, at the same time functioning as a comfortable venue to entertain guests. When it comes to contemporary wine cellar design, there are a number of different elements and installations you can integrate into it.

You can include features such as stained glass, lighting, wine barrel carvings, hand-painted murals, custom grill work etc. These are the things that make contemporary designs so special. Let’s take a closer look at some of these elements:

Custom artwork

When you are getting your wine cellar custom designed, you have the option to commission the kind of artwork you want. This could include anything from murals, paintings, custom wood carvings and more.

Stained glass

This is essentially coloured and cut glass that has been shaped into various patterns and designs. These are arranged like a mosaic in order to form a geometric design or image. Stained glass can be incorporated into various components of any custom wine cellar space including archways, glass rack openings, entryway doors and more. In fact, this coloured glass can also cast very stunning reflections on the walls of your custom wine cellar.

Reclaimed wine barrel floors

The flooring of your wine cellar becomes the backdrop for various other features in that space, making it important to choose the material carefully. Many people like the rustic and natural look of reclaimed wine barrel floors. The different variations you can choose from include stave, wine infusion, and cooperage.

The latter is the bottom and top part of the barrel and will have winery markings and stamps. Stave is the exterior part of the barrels and has very distinctive markings caused by removed metal hoops. Wine infusion is essentially the barrels’ inner part that has natural wine-stain markings.

As you can see, each of these variations has very specific features and unique characteristics. In combination, this type of flooring creates a very unique appearance and adds an old world charm to your wine cellar. In fact, old oak wine barrels can be used as a serving table or a complement table top. This lends a more cohesive look to the wine cellar design.


It’s important to have the right type of lighting systems in your cellar. Since its necessary to maintain the appropriate temperature in this space, consider using LED lighting. This produces very minimal heat and emits cool light.

Light emitting diodes are available in a number of colours and hues, allowing you to easily set the right mood in your wine cellar. Choose from a range of lighting fixtures such as classic chandeliers, recessed lighting, track lighting or wall sconces etc.

Features such as these can lend a very chic, contemporary look to your custom wine cellar. To find out about how Signature Cellars can help you design and build a wine storage solution that can help protect your investment and add value to your home, call us on 1300 570 636 or email

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
1300 570 636

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