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Beverage Stations: Latest Kitchen Trend

Beverage station built into this latest kitchen remodel by T.W. Ellis

If you’ve read any articles about the top kitchen design trends for 2024, you’ve likely seen something new: the beverage station. While the idea itself is not new, the beverage station has been in many houses for years, it is quickly becoming a household standard.

So, if you’re wondering what a beverage station is and why you should include one in your kitchen design, this article is for you!

What is a beverage station?

A beverage station is a small space, typically in the kitchen, devoted to your favorite beverage, usually coffee, beer, or wine. This space usually has either cabinets or shelving where glassware is stored and displayed. It will also have a prep space where you can play bartender or barista.

Components of a beverage station

While the beverage station should be a space personalized to your needs, there are a couple of components that should be included. They are:

  • Counter space – Whether your area is for coffee or whisky, your beverage station needs to have enough counter space to allow you to prepare your drinks. 
  • Storage – You want to include cabinetry or shelving to store things like glasses, stirrers, cocktail shakers, wine stoppers, and so forth.
  • Refrigerator – If your beverage station is a place for beer, wine, or cocktails, a small refrigerator is a great idea. You can hold your drinks and mixers inside, where they are easy and convenient to access.
  • Lighting– Including overhead task lighting, which will create ambiance and allow you to see while preparing a drink, is a must-have.
  • Statement pieces and personalized decor – Including eye-catching materials like an intricate backsplash or a cool live-edge wood slab for counters or shelves will make your space look more exciting and personalized. You should also display collectible barware, like those souvenir shot glasses you have hidden away, or other decorative and meaningful items related to your drink of choice. 

How to design your beverage station

A beverage station with glass front doors and a counter space

You have so many options when it comes to designing your beverage station. Many homeowners keep the space simple and have the same cabinetry, countertops, and backsplash as the rest of the kitchen. This will make the station blend in with the rest of the kitchen but still provide functionality.

Another option is to make the beverage station its own unique spot. You would include colors and textures that compliment the rest of your kitchen but are different. For example, if you have an all-white kitchen, your beverage station could have a coastal theme with light blue lower cabinets, blue glass tiles used as a backsplash, and wooden floating shelves. Basically, you can use this space as an opportunity to let your personality shine!

Not just for the kitchen

Sorry to throw a curveball in your plans, but if your kitchen does not have the space to include a beverage station, you can create one in a different part of your home. These stand-alone spaces work well in living rooms, dens, and even the master bedroom.

Want to include a beverage station in your next home renovation? We are here to help! Give us a call to get the project started.

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