How to Style Exposed Bar Shelving

    Classic white subway tile, open wood shelving, and pretty bar accessories? Entertaining just became a lot more stylish! A lot of grout and sawdust-filled weekends were dedicated to designing this space, laying tile, staining wood, and going to (count em!) three different stores to find the perfect black brackets.

   So needless to say, as soon as this bar area was finished in the basement, we couldn't wait to style it with a few pieces we had around the house. I'm sure this space will get a lot of use in the years to come between Packers games, movie nights, and Friday happy hours. 

   We hope to design a basement bar space down the road in our farmhouse too. For now, we'll just enjoy styling these shelves and toast to the future.

how to style exposed bar shelving |  la petite farmhouse



  • 1.  Pick three colors to use primarily when styling the shelves to keep the look consistent.  We wanted a very organic feeling look so we chose black, white, and wood (i'm calling wood a color!) paired with pops of metallic and natural greenery.
  • 2.  Choose bar accessories that are equal parts functional and pretty. A cocktail shaker or pitcher doesn't only look great sitting on a shelf, they're perfect for crafting delicious drinks!
  • 3. Bring the outside in with faux plants. We don't get a ton of natural light in our basement, so having a couple of faux succulent plants adds a fun pop of green and modernizes the space.
  • 4. Make a statement with art. One of my favorite Etsy search terms is "bar cart art". There are a ton of cocktail themed prints that add some personality to a space. Why don't you frame one with the instructions to making your favorite cocktail!
  • 5. Invest in a couple of great cocktail making books. Sure, you can whip up a basic gin and tonic or look up a recipe on your phone, but there's something so wonderful about flipping through a book and whipping something up with the ingredients you have on hand!
styling exposed bar shelving with subway tile and wood shelves | la petite farmhouse
styling exposed bar shelving with subway tile and copper moscow mule mugs

   One of our favorite things to do as a couple is to fix up a drink using unique ingredients or pairing (Kyle is a pro at this!). It's fun to have a dedicated space for entertaining! Cheers!