Even if the way we drink it and appreciate it has changed, humanity’s love of wine has been constant. We’ve included wine in our lives in many different respects across the ages, and across cultures. It’s interwoven in our literature, our visual art, our music, and even in our faith traditions.
This being the case, a love of wine also reflects our values, covering the gamut of human experience. So, how do we wine lovers reflect our relationship with wine outwardly in our décor? Well, let’s take a look at a few ideas on how to do that.
When it comes to an appreciation of comfort and style that wine culture represents, atmosphere and aesthetics are vital. Beyond the enjoyment of the glass of wine itself, choosing the right art is a great starting point to creating the right atmosphere.
Along with the right lighting, a painting, a photograph, or even a piece of sculpture helps to anchor the space and communicate comfort and a sense of indulgence. This is true in our kitchens where meals are made, in dining areas where meals are eaten along with a cheeky glass of Cab Sav, or even in the bathtub where we unwind from the stresses of the day with a glass of Pinot Gris.
Wine-themed prints, or prints that evoke a wine-drinking culture can make all the difference. This is particularly true with vintage Art Nouveau prints that suggest the atmospheres of French cafes and after hours clubs in the Montmartre quarter of Paris where deep thoughts and conversations are had, and epicurean delights are indulged.
Think about the work of great artists like Gustav Klimt, Henri Toulousse-Lautrec, Théophile Steinlen, Alphonse Mucha, and their contemporaries. Their stylized and feminine figures connect with the world of the senses. What better aesthetics are there than that to go with your glass of wine during a meal, in the preparation of one, or just ‘cuz?
A very common material associated with wine is cork. The production of cork is primarily designed for the wine industry. But, there are a great many surfacing products that are also associated with cork production. This includes lines of very practical, durable, and supremely attractive flooring. Using cork surfaces in the spaces where you’re looking to create a wine lover’s sanctuary can certainly include cork floors, particularly those that demonstrate the shapes and patterns of actual wine corks in each plank.
Even without that specific look, cork floors of any sort connect your space with a proud tradition that is managed in a similar way to the traditional wine industry; product materials harvested by hand, and with great respect to the plants involved. In the case of cork production, this specifically means the cork oak that remains undamaged when its bark is removed on a strict nine-year cycle for the production of genuine Portuguese cork (Portugal: cork production central!). That earthy quality lends itself very well to a cozy, and laid back space to appreciate a bottle of wine with friends and family.
But, even if you’re not looking to resurface your flooring, wine accessories like corks can make for some easy, simple, and stylish additions. Cork sculptures, wall hangings made from wine corks, and wine cork coasters or floor mats are all viable accessories to a wine lover’s space. And if you really love wine, you’ll have plenty of corks around as raw materials!
And then of course there are bottles that have an iconic association to wine drinking and appreciation. Wine bottle candles and lanterns may be the most obvious option for this, but they don’t have to be hackneyed additions to a space when they’re in a creative context. Wine bottle-shaped light fixtures, vases, and even bottles as wall hangings can help you and others connect with the importance of wine in your life by tapping into the instantly recognizable shape of a wine bottle.
Furniture and storage
Furniture style, placement, and storage capacity plays a huge part in the overall visual effects in a space, no matter what style you’re trying to capture. In this case, it might be a good idea to think about which interior design tradition you’re looking to create when it comes to your appreciation for a full-bodied glass of vino.
Above, I focused on Art Nouveau with its Parisian connections that also play into a sophisticated wine-drinking tradition. But there are all kinds of ways to choose your furniture for a space where wine-drinking is an important activity. And various pieces of furniture or even a single piece in a designated zone in a larger space can provide an anchor to that tradition.
Whatever interior design avenue interests you the most, think about comfortable seating, plenty of counter space, and the right kind of cabinetry for your wine glasses. Think about the pieces of furniture that will best support your storage of wine itself; floor wine racks, wine storage on the walls, even converted closets or cabinets that serve as wine cellars off of a kitchen or dining room space. In this, whatever interior design approach appeals to you the most, thinking about how you interact within a space is equally important to how the visual effects come off.
Simple and sophisticated pleasures
Wine represents all kinds of social and cultural traditions and connections in our lives. If wine is important to you, then it makes sense to reflect that in your spaces. Your home is about your comfort, your sense of security, your values, and your overall enjoyment of life itself. Surrounding yourself with the things that represent them is what creating a sense of belonging and identity at home is all about.
Wine in your life
What part does wine play when it comes to your aesthetic and personal values? Why is it important to you to connect with them? In what ways have you adapted your spaces to accommodate your love of food and drink? Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.