How to style a drinks trolley, according to Instagrammers

Serve your tipples on wheels (Photo: Sam Gavrilovic)

With increasing restrictions around the country and more of us spending time at home, drinks trolleys are a popular way of serving your tipples in style.

Primark’s re-designed bar cart was a hit with shoppers when it returned to stores this year, and there are many options available.

Popular retailers include B&M, Made and Oliver Bonas. A drinks trolley can set you back anywhere between £30 to £500.

But once you’ve got your hands on one, how do you go about styling it?

Three Instagrammers share their tips to perfect your trolley at home.

Consider your space

Sam’s cocktail setup at home (Photo: Sam Gavrilovic)

Sam Gavrilovic, 47, who posts interior shots on her Instagram, suggests you should first ponder the space you have available.

She explains: ‘There are few things to consider before buying your new drinks trolley.’

‘One of the most important is to choose the size that doesn’t take up too much space in your room, but still allows you to serve your favourite drinks in style.’

Frame the drinks trolley

Sam opted for a drinks trolley from furniture shop Graham and Green. She recommends framing the trolley with greenery and fun wall art:

We love the flamingo stirrer (Photo: Sam Gavrilovic)

‘I displayed this stunning Jonathan Adler puzzle as wall art and it’s been the talking point of this little corner ever since.’

‘I paired it up with a hanging spider plant above the trolley and this lush fiddle leaf fig plant to one side, which has softened and framed the corner nicely.’

The Jonathan Adler puzzle proudly on display (Photo: Sam Gavrilovic)

Find statement glassware

Sam also proposes you invest in statement glassware for the trolley.

‘You don’t need to break the bank to get your hands on beautiful glassware. Vintage and charity shops can be a great source of inspiration.’

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Our crystal glasses were a wedding present, the blue decanter is from Oliver Bonas and the clear decanter is a vintage piece from my father in law’s collection.’

Decorate with drinks accessories

Finally, Sam adds: ‘Style it with drink making accessories and have fun adding little touches.’

‘When styling any corner of your home, make sure to always make it your own.’

Decide on a theme

Dawn’s stylish drinks trolley, featuring light-up bottles (Photo: Dawn Walsh)

Dawn Walsh, 59, a retired lecturer is renovating a Victorian house on the Isle of Portland in Dorset and shares her progress on Instagram.

She says: ‘Styling my vintage Bar cart is so much fun and something I really enjoy. I always decide on a theme when changing up the decor, I find that seasonal or occasional decor such as Christmas or Halloween is often the ideal place to start.’

‘Alternatively, I use a particular drink or cocktail as inspiration. However, why stop at drinks? A drinks trolley can be set up for afternoon tea or to serve dessert’

Use props

Dawn proposes adding props to style a bar cart as they add personality to the look.

Hello, leopard head vase (Photo: Dawn Walsh)

‘I am constantly looking for pieces to add to my collection and love to search vintage shops and online auction sites for unusual barware pieces such as cocktail shakers and ice buckets,’ she explains.

Examples of her favourite props include vintage Babycham glasses, a brass cobra and gold pineapples from a local vintage market.

Add a pop of colour

Dawn adds a pop of colour with a Christmas display (Photo: Dawn Walsh)

Adding colour is possible in many different ways.

Dawn says: ‘I like to add brightly coloured bottles and glassware. Fruit is another excellent addition. I also find that including lights or candles enhance the overall impact, as can the backdrop to the trolley.’

Think luxe

Esther’s drinks trolley, complete with candles (Photo: @waitingforflorence)

Esther Hamilton-Dick, 46, is renovating her Edwardian home and shares her progress on Instagram.

She favours ‘thinking luxe’ when putting together the cart.

‘Display your prettiest glasses and your best bottles, plus any lovely accessories which complement the look, such as cocktail shakers, ornaments, candlesticks, and feathers,’ she comments.

Less is more

Esther adds: ‘Don’t try to cram everything on to the trolley. Add a mixture of glasses, bottles and ornaments. Leave the mundane stuff in the cupboard.’

Add seasonal foliage

Foliage will make your drinks trolley come to life. Esther recommends: ‘Take a trip to the park or the garden with a pair of scissors and cut some holly, ivy, fresh berries, or even use herbs like rosemary which smell great.’

‘You might need to refresh these after a couple of weeks as they start to wilt but it’s worthwhile.’

Now you’re ready to set up your drinks trolley at home.

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