With the home improvement trend now truly taking hold, aspirational touches are seeing a marked rise in popularity, and for the wine connoisseur who loves to entertain, integrated wine storage is a no-brainer.
While working with a client to understand how they intuitively use a kitchen space helps to identify the best way to incorporate wine storage, for those keen to maintain a seamless aesthetic, hiding it behind closed doors is the answer. Equally making sure that is conveniently located so that the homeowners don’t need to move far to replenish drinks enhances the sociability of a space.
“A versatile island unit can hide so many essential elements and is the perfect place to integrate hidden wine storage,” says Mark Mills, managing director for Mereway Kitchens. “Keeping it out of sight, but close to hand – that way when entertaining, friends or family can take over the role of sommelier.”
For those with the luxury of space then working wine storage into a separate pantry solution keeps it hidden, but looks impressive when the doors are open.
Adding in some extra wine racks can also be a great way to maximise space.
Of course turning wine storage into a design statement is a guaranteed way to create a stylish focal point in a scheme. Rotpunkt’s Oak Line collection features a selection of tall storage options including a red wine storage solution with wooden racks and a sleek smoked glass door.
A showstopping solution are the impressive wine drawers from Masterclass Kitchens, which place wine storage front and centre of the central island unit. Available in widths from 500mm to 1000mm, they can hold from 8 to 18 bottles, and serve to enhance the unit visually as well as providing practical storage for both wine bottles and glasses.
For the client who loves to entertain, why not consider a clever piece of design that also creates a talking point? This ingenious revolving wine rack by Searle & Taylor also features hidden glass storage. It looks like a shelf for bottles at first glance, however with a single touch the unit revolves to reveal a separate rack for five wine glasses, and two strong magnets on either side ensure the shelf is kept aligned either way for a streamlined effect.