Take a utilitarian kitchen cart and spray paint it gold to create a festive and functional serving station. Give it a focal point in a room, large or small, with string lights and party decor, such as a banner with tassels.
Coordinate small extras with your existing black and gold palette. Interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., placed matches with black tips into small apothecary jars, and arranged them on a gold bar cart. She selected other entertaining essentials, such as straws, in gold as well. Even the champagne bottle’s gold seal fits into the look, and pops against the black and white modern art backdrop.
Add bubbly and metal accents for an instant update to a bar cart when entertaining. Here, interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., paired a foxtail fern in a gold pot with vintage-looking amber decanters. For height and an eclectic accent, she selected a larger decanter with a brass bug cap.
For a put-together look on the top shelf of a bar cart, group small items, such as syrups, succulents and a cocktail shaker, on a charger or tray. Then reuse holiday items, such as a Christmas card holder in the shape of glossy black nutcracker, to list beverage choices or give a seasonal greeting or welcome to guests.
Commit to the black and gold scheme in a major way with artwork, wallpaper or a quick update to your wall color. Then look for color-coordinated straws, like these black and gold ones that interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., used on her bar cart. Even with a black and gold palette, you can incorporate other colors. Joyner says she loves how refreshments have an element of style to them.
“Cake stands are a fun way to add height and layering,” says interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga. She then tied the red in the cake stand to the bottom level with Asian foo dog statues. For texture, use plants and glassware, like these vintage hobnob glasses. Don’t forget the greenery, either, with houseplants and low-maintenance plants, like the bird’s nest fern on the bottom level and a glass cloche terrarium with a succulent.
When choosing a bar cart, don't exclude a vintage version. "A found treasure always garners a second look and a chic set of marvelous midcentury highballs or dapper decanters will also be a nod to the glamorous retro ritual of cocktail hour," says Roxy Owens, founder of Society Social.
For flexibility in a small space, consider creating a bar from a cart or cabinet on wheels, as designer Leanne Ford did here: You can move it out of the way when you need the extra room. When styling your bar, “mix your bottles and glassware with special odds and ends that have meaning to you,” says Ford. “That will give the space some character and turn your bar into something special for you and your guests to enjoy.”
The black accent wall and pastel wall art provide the perfect backdrop for this vintage gold bar cart display. Designer Notes: "My bar cart was super easy to style. It's vintage and has just the perfect patina, so just about anything looks good on it," says designer Naomi Stein of Design Manifest. "It's the place where I stock my favorite mixers and showcase my vintage glasses and fancy plates. Fresh flowers are a must to add beautiful aroma and color. The finishing touch for me is the painting above. It's like the cherry to my bar-cart cocktail."
Blue-striped curtains adorn the windows in this decidedly masculine living room. The space features a leather Chesterfield sofa, comfy blue armchairs and cowhide ottomans. A vintage-style bar cart serves as an end table and a retro-style console cabinet stores electronics.
This country-style great room, seen from within the dining area, features a rustic round dining table as well as a rustic coffee table and bar cart. The space also includes a large, white sectional sofa that's placed in front of a wide picture window with floor-length green curtain.
This spacious living room takes a contemporary approach to country style and features a large white sectional sofa, floor-to-ceiling green curtains, a rustic square coffee table, a rustic bar cart and a hexagonal-pattern area rug.