interiors & styling

6 Ways to Style a Bar Cart

6 Ways to Style a Bar Cart - It has been a couple of months since I’ve shared a “6 Ways to Style” post and I’m back with a fun one! Don’t dismiss this post if you’re not into cocktails or don’t consume alcohol. This was actually requested by a reader who doesn’t drink. The question was “how do you style a bar cart without using alcohol?”… well- I’m sharing 6 ways to style your bar cart this spring! Some involve cocktail items, while others incorporate a fresh perspective on what a “bar cart” can actually hold. Click through for the post.

6 Ways to Style a Bar Cart - Everything in each vignette is shoppable… just click each item in the photo or use the links below each collage to find the source!


01: isaac portrait // 02: black modern table lamp // 03: bar cart

Usually I’m not much of a minimalist, but I really enjoy the simplicity of the vignette above! I think it’s the unique shapes paired together, striking art by my friend Josh, and the brass cart… these three items all have a lot of character on their own and when styled together- it really works well.


01: art display lamp // 02: clear bar cart // 03: faux monstera plant // 04: planter

You might remember Jacqueline’s clear acrylic bar cart styled for spring- it felt super glam to me and I had to include it in the roundup. If you’re not into entertaining or alcohol, try using the cart for books, plants, and art!


01: wall sconce // 02: abstract artwork // 03: maidenhair fern // 04: marble pedestal bowl // 05: rattan bar cart // 06: glass pitcher

Perhaps my favorite thing about the coastal option is the textural art… it has a coastal vibe without screaming “beach”. This is another option for those who don’t serve or consume alcohol. Think of it as a beverage cart or hydration station- sparkling water, a pitcher of still water, and fresh fruit would be perfect in guest suite or dining room.


01: geometric artwork // 02: brass floor lamp // 03: bar cart

This might be my favorite vignette from the entire post- ironically, it’s the least expensive bar cart! I really love the hunter green color, the leather handle detail, and simple shape. I’m also saving my money for that gorgeous floor lamp. It’s just so perfect!


01: floor lamp // 02: round wall mirror // 03: wood bar cart // 04: pedestal planter // 05: marble wine rack

My trick for making modern spaces seem warm & welcoming is the addition of wood. This natural wood bar cart feels soft and inviting, while maintaining a clean, modern shape.


01: vintage dog & cat portrait // 02: wall sconce // 03: floral arrangement // 04: brass tray // 05: large baskets // 06: industrial bar cart

Should I buy that dog artwork? I seriously considered not posting this one because selfishly, I want the entire thing (but mostly the art). Haha! If you’re styling a bar cart without booze and barware, think of it as a side table or console… books, baskets, trays, a floral arrangement, and plants are all things that make it feel well designed.

6 Ways to Style a Bar Cart - You could even devote a bar cart specifically toward one item or category- like plants. Remember my outdoor planting station that I also used for entertaining last summer? It works great for barware too.

6 Ways to Style a Bar Cart - All of this to say- a bar cart doesn’t have to be for a “bar”… it can truly hold whatever you’d like! The key is to think of where it will live in your home and what the space could use for function or form. If you’re interested in more “6 Ways to Style” posts, I’ll link some below…

You Might Also Like

  • Reply
    April 15, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Oh my gosh! Yes, buy the dog art; that is wonderful. I am loving that black modern lamp, but that brass floor lamp-wow! I actually thrifted a bar cart in need of some paint, and that green cart might be the perfect inspiration. I’m currently still trying to get my buffet styling just right; Sunday has made it a favorite perch.🐱 Happy Monday!

    • Reply
      April 15, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Isn’t that so pretty? I know I don’t need art right now and it’s a little more than I’d like to spend for something vintage, but it’s really speaking to me! I think that green color would be so great on a bar cart. Have a wonderful week, Peggi! xo

  • Reply
    April 15, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Yes! Buy the dog art!!!

    • Reply
      April 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      I feel like it’s calling to me!! You guys are good instigators. Haha!

  • Reply
    January 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    This is a beautifully curated blog post! So much great inspiration as I figure out how to style a non-alcoholic bar cart. Thank you!

    • Reply
      January 8, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks so much, Ayana! I’m so happy it was helpful. Have a great new year!

    Leave a Reply