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 



Shoam Thomas

Designer and Art Director working for local Portland, Oregon businesses, shops and well known companies with a focusing on food, fashion, drinks and retail.