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A lighter ceiling color is ok, but tinting it with the wall color can soften the look while still providing reflective light.
The lighting in your wine cellar should be both functional and decorative and should provide ample light for reading wine labels without exposing your wine to excessive heat and ultraviolet light. Putting all of your cellar lighting on wall switches with dimmers will give you the flexibility to raise and lower light levels for the appropriate task. Switch timers or motion detectors are a great feature and will prevent the lights from being left on inadvertently.
Recessed Cans: Ceiling-mounted, recessed cans are the best solution for wine cellar lighting. They are unobtrusive, and their specialized fixtures allow you to aim the light to areas where it is most needed.
Track Lighting: Track lighting can be used as an alternative or in addition to recessed cans. Track lights are flexible and provide good light. As with recessed cans, make sure all tracks are at least 18" off your walls so as to avoid contact with the wine racking.
Wall Sconces: Wall sconces are attractive and shed indirect, diffuse light throughout your cellar. Wall space in wine cellars is often at a premium and may limit the use of sconces.
Chandeliers: Chandeliers are a lighting option for clients seeking a more elegant look in their wine cellar. If you are considering a chandelier, make sure that your fixture can be hung high enough or in a location that avoids foot traffic areas.
Display Lighting: Properly installed display accent lighting can be the crowning touch for your wine cellar. We recommend using low-voltage lighting systems that offer fixture location flexibility. Accent lighting works great in arch tops, high-reveal and vertical displays, and cabinets.
Most wine cellars use either ceramic tile or stone work on the floor. All are functional. The choice should hinge on the look you are trying to achieve in the wine room. Earth tones always look good and allow the eyes to travel away from the floor and to the wine.
Wooden Floors: Wooden floors are a great design element in a wine cellar. They look great and will hold up well to the extreme cellar conditions. Use only a rot resistant hardwood like mahogany and be sure to leave a gap between the floor and the wall to allow for expansion of the floor material. The gap can be easily concealed with the baseboard molding after the wine racking is installed.
Stonework: Stonework can be a great addition to walls. Filling the void corners of the wine cellar with stone columns provides an old-world appearance.
Furnishings: Tasting tables, stools and benches are all great decorative and functional additions to any wine cellar.
Vaulted ceilings and wood ceilings are other optional design elements that can add a unique look to your finished home wine cellar. Vigilant ceiling and wall paneling are perfect finishing touches. Both toungue & groove and bead board are available in our Shaker Maple and Chestnut finishes.
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