Bar carts have been an entertaining essential for decades, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon. If you need a bit of styling help as you set up your own beverage station, turn to the 24 spaces below. And note that bar carts can look super chic styled without alcohol, too—their possibilities are truly endless.
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Rock the Rainbow
Kara Whitten transformed a basic wooden plant stand into a rainbow-colored masterpiece (which perfectly complements all of her peppy glassware). A little spray paint can go a long way in customizing a standard piece so that it bests suits a more vibrant lifestyle.
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Try Traditional Touches
Katherine Medlin adorned her bar with vintage accessories galore, which look stunning on her timeless brass rolling cart. Loving this setup? Go ahead and scour your local thrift stores and vintage boutiques for beautiful crystal coupes and a few silver trays to recreate this traditional look.
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Glam It Up
Danielle Gervino created an ultra feminine bar setup by sticking to rose tones (and yes, actual roses) and displaying a few fashion books for some extra oomph. Placing some festive paper straws directly inside the glasses you're storing on the cart makes it easy to get happy hour started.
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Lynzi Judish's bar cart is full of personality without sacrificing function. Her display features all of the entertaining essentials: a wide variety of liquor, colorful straws, go-to bar tools, and even a book of drink recipes.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Pay a nod to the styles of yesterday by styling antique—or just antique-looking—pieces to create a beautiful bar cart setup. Arlyn Hernandez tucked this rolling cart into an empty corner of her dining room, and the ornate brass mirror she hung above it pops perfectly against her moody blue walls.
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Bar carts are excellent additions to the porch or patio, too. Nicole Brzuchalski built her own and then styled it outside. What better way to usher in warm weather than with a refreshing drink in hand?
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Ursula Carmona peppered her bar cart with pretty plants that complement the brass frame wonderfully. In fact, when she isn't hosting, Carmona uses the piece as a plant cart specifically.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Candie Anderson also styled a themed bar cart, only her setup reflects her love of golf. Small trinkets and artful displays keep the result looking chic, not cluttered.
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Maxine Brady turned a cart meant for plant potting into a cheery outdoor beverage station with a bit of paint and some colorful glassware. This is the perfect reminder to think outside the box a bit if you're not seeing a traditional bar cart that speaks to you.
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Canisters of all shapes and sizes make for excellent bar cart accessories. Audrey Stowe used a few to hold candy and seasonal accents on her fall themed cart. On the bottom shelf, an ice bucket serves double duty stashing bar tools.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Celebrate MCM Style
We see a lot of metallic looking bar carts, but if your style leans more mid-century, don't forget to search for classic wooden pieces, like Erin Wheeler's. Keeping accent pieces light and bright allows the cart to do the talking.
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Think Outside the Box
Jen Pinkston gave a bland utility cart a fresh dose of life. With some spray paint and touches of leather, she totally transformed this office-like piece into a drink station that deserves to take center stage.
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Style, Style, Style
Rachael Bliefnick's styling proves that many different household objects can look stunning on a bar cart. Try a cake stand, some chic storage boxes, a few gorgeous candle holders, or all of the above.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Keep It Simple
You don't have to be into excessive amounts of color to have a gorgeous bar cart setup. Sazan Hendrix's space proves that sticking to traditional glassware will yield an ultra-sophisticated look.
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Struggling with how to make a bar cart nook feel a bit separate from the rest of your living room? Try painting an accent wall behind it! Jess Keys used a bold blue to bring her bar space to life.
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Kelly Larkin used her Serena and Lily bar cart in lieu of a console table, filling it with books and home accessories rather than glassware and bottles. Wicker and rattan carts are ideal for those whose style leans coastal; they immediately provide a natural touch.
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Stack It Up
Get nice and orderly. Chrissy Ward maximized her bar cart's storage potential and created an organized display by stacking wine racks on top of one another. And because they're lucite, the wine racks don't add any visual clutter.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Cara Newhart also made over a utility cart, turning a basic Target piece into a cute, color blocked creation. She also added a row of hooks to the side of the metal caddy, which make it easy to hang tea towels.
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Get Ready for Guests
If you don't drink, a bar cart can still come in handy—Jess Rey styled hers as a serving station in the dining room. She also appreciates the extra room for dishes (hello, free cabinet space!).
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Use Vertical Space
Think you space is too tiny for a bar cart? Think again! Kimberly Duran proves that no corner is too petite to fit a small cart, and if you need a bit more room, installing open shelving above the piece is a welcome solution.