25 of our favorite modern wine cellar design ideas to get you inspired

Just because you love old world wines, doesn’t mean you’re obligated to design a wine cellar that looks centuries old (although we love a wine cave, too). With the right materials, finishes and styling, a custom wine room can take on the style of any home and its owners.


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Use your wine collection as your main design element. A modern wine cellar design creates a fresh canvas to let your wines shine. A simple steel racking system like the one in our Pearl District custom home wine bar project is exactly what you need.

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Keep your material list high end, but minimal. Sticking to three or four materials maximum is an easy way to achieve a polished look.

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Make your bottles sparkle. Use cove lighting or clean fixtures to highlight your bottles without distracting.

 
One of the keys to a modern wine cellar design? Let your wine collection shine by using your bottles as the central design element.

One of the keys to a modern wine cellar design? Let your wine collection shine by using your bottles as the central design element.

 
 

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If you store glassware in your wine room, keep it clean and classic. If you have multiple styles of glassware, or you’re a collector, create small display groupings and avoid extra flourishes.

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Ban clutter. Keep your bottles organized and surfaces clean.

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Glass doors, like the ones shown below from our Northwest wine room project are the fastest way to create a stunning, yet minimal entryway for your wine room while still keeping the area temperature and humidity controlled to protect your wines.

 
We often use glass doors to create a protected, but visually seamless entryway for a modern wine cellar.

We often use glass doors to create a protected, but visually seamless entryway for a modern wine cellar.

 
 

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Use simple edge trim on shelving for a modern look.

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Your furniture and accessories don’t need to be wine-themed. A beautiful chair, a piece of art, or a focal wall make a great addition to your wine display.  Just stick with a single statement piece to keep the modern feel.

 
Minimal and airy tables and pillows in a matching hue lend a laid-back vibe to this modern wine cellar design. We also love the floor to ceiling treatment to create one long visual line, which makes a small space feel expansive.

Minimal and airy tables and pillows in a matching hue lend a laid-back vibe to this modern wine cellar design. We also love the floor to ceiling treatment to create one long visual line, which makes a small space feel expansive.

 
 

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You can go dark, or light, but you want to keep your color palette minimal in any modern wine cellar design.

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Choose a single, bold accent color and add pops of it throughout.

 
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Go without hardware for an ultra-modern look.

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Include some hidden storage so you can keep things like extra glassware out of site. 


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Modern doesn’t mean boring. Adding one or two unexpected flourishes in your materials, like the gorgeous tiling shown below from our Gusty Farm custom wine room project can create that “wow” factor while staying sleek.  

 
It’s okay to be daring when it comes to modern wine cellar design. This Art Deco inspired tiled wall treatment makes a big statement in an otherwise sleek wine room.

It’s okay to be daring when it comes to modern wine cellar design. This Art Deco inspired tiled wall treatment makes a big statement in an otherwise sleek wine room.

 
 

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Choose a racking system that places bottles horizontally. It’s how wine bottles should be properly stored to keep corks moist, and showing foil caps and corks creates cleaner lines than displaying labels.

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Extend your flooring into your wine room. Creating a seamless visual line from the adjacent room makes the space seem larger. 

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While design trends come and go, classic materials like glass, steel, and marble will never go out of style. 

 
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Working with a small space? Create a zone by matching your ceiling treatment to your flooring.

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Keep furniture geometric and airy, and accessories minimal.

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Use concealed back lighting on shelving to create drama without adding bulky fixtures. 

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Leave room. Not only does building in extra storage space allow your collection to grow, but not filling every single shelf and rack creates a more modern, less cluttered look. 

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Go boxy. Keeping the shape of your wine room rectangular means clean lines forever. 

 
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Cable shelving systems provide secure storage with less bulk.

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Keep a low profile with a bump out. Tucking a narrow wine storage and display space into a wall is a great way to keep the flow of an open floor plan.

 
A bump out is a great way to keep an open floor plan while adding a modern wine cellar display.

A bump out is a great way to keep an open floor plan while adding a modern wine cellar display.

 
 

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Floating shelves provide storage while still feeling light. 

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Want to mix styles? A single statement piece, like a luxe chandelier is a great way to bring in a traditional design element for a high style look. Learn more about mixing traditional and modern interior design styles.


INTERESTED IN CREATING YOUR OWN Modern wine CELLAR OR ROOM?ALL OF OUR PROJECTS BEGIN WITH A FREE DESIGN CONSULTATION AND ARE:

  • Fully customizable for your space, style and collection

  • Handcrafted with wood and high-quality finishes sourced directly from Northwest suppliers

  • Designed with the protection of your wine collection in mind 



Sommi Wine Cellars Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Sommi Wine Cellars Awarded Best of Houzz 2019

We're honored to have been awarded a “Best in Service” award out of more than 2.1 million home building, remodeling and design professionals on Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. 

Working with our clients to go from a concept to a full build out, and creating and customizing their dream wine storage solutions is hands down our favorite part of this business. Last year alone, we had the pleasure of creating custom built-in wine storage for an estate near Park City, Utah, a custom Credenza wine cellar for a traditional home in Virginia, a gorgeous corner wine bar for a condo in Portland’s Pearl District, and a wine cave for the historic Wilcox Mansion. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019. A big thanks to our clients and partners, and to the Houzz community for recognizing our work with this award. Cheers! 

A Historic Portland Mansion Gets a Wine Cave Upgrade

When banker and self-made tycoon Theodore Wilcox commissioned his family’s Southwest Portland home of 12,000+ square feet with the famous Whidden & Lewis architecture firm in 1893, he spared no expense. Eleven bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, mahogany paneled walls and seven fireplaces surrounded by onyx and marble create a sense of grandeur that sets in the second you step inside.

But the building, which has stood the test of time with very few modifications, did skimp on one hallmark of luxury in our humble opinion — the wine cave. It was our pleasure to correct this small oversight by adding an underground wine cellar to the property’s basement when it was acquired by new owners last year. 

When working with a historic property like this one — it’s on the National Register of Historic Places — it’s important to respect the space and not modify any walls or materials of historic significance. Thankfully, the brick and stone basement already provided the perfect location for wine storage without the need for additional refrigeration. We added a custom bar top made from one of the property’s original doors (set under glass to protect it), lower shelves custom made from reclaimed barn wood, top wine racks by STACT, and some very dramatic lighting, for a truly one-of-a-kind wine storage system for this one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece. 

Before becoming business offices for the current owners, the mansion was home to broadcast country radio station KWJJ in the 1950s, Soviet military suppliers during WWII, and a school of music and dance in the intervening years. With such a storied past, it’s no surprise that the building is rumored to be haunted by spirits a little more supernatural than the bottles of Oregon Pinot Noir from Domaine Serene we tucked into the basement during our build. As long as they don’t drink the wine, we don’t think the new owners will mind.  


Interested in creating your own custom home wine cave, cellar or room?

All of our projects begin with a free design consultation and are:

  • Fully customizable for your space, style and collection

  • Handcrafted with wood and high-quality finishes sourced directly from Northwest suppliers

  • Designed with the protection of your wine collection in mind