Top 3 Considerations for your Wine Room 

Sarah De Angelis, owner and principal designer of Magpie Interiors, says that when you consider all the great wines the Okanagan has to offer, there’s a certain expectation of area residents to have a wine room in their home.

She offers tips and considerations when adding a wine room into your home, which fall into three categories: Physical Space; Suiting Your Tastes; and Temperature Control.

Physical Space

“For the most part, you can create a wine room out of any space—if you have a big closet that doesn’t get a lot of use, it can easily be transformed into a wine room,” De Angelis says.

She suggests determining where you want people to gather most during parties and design your wine room within that main entertainment space.

And to help gauge the size of room you want or need, Paradise Estates’ wine room holds roughly 300 bottles of wine.

Suiting Your Tastes 

Style within a wine room can be subjective, which makes each space a unique and interesting showpiece of the homeowner’s personality. Finish selections, lighting, amount of storage, and type of wines kept in the room are all up to you and your designer to determine.

Sites like Pinterest and Houzz are great resources to put together some ideas because there are so many options out there,” De Angelis says.

De Angelis says wine room finish selections tend to sway towards natural materials like wood for wall cladding, and stone for wall or floor tiles. But it is your space to create, so do your research!

To create a luxurious mood, appropriate lighting is essential. Some examples De Angelis chose to use in Paradise Estates include in-floor lighting to illuminate the wall-mounted racks, as well as under-cabinet lighting, and under-mount lights on the floating shelves, too.

“[The variety] really allows you to control the lighting levels, highlight your wine collection, and create a nice atmosphere,” De Angelis says.

Temperature Control

“When building a wine room, you want to have a good cooling system to keep the temperature consistent,” De Angelis says. “Temperature control is your key thing.”

The suggested standard temperature to keep a wine room between is 12-15°C (55-59°F).

“You can add wine fridges rather than cooling the whole room,” she suggests, “but you can go a step up in luxury when you have a completely chilled room, which is what we have at Paradise Estates.”

If the room doesn’t make your whites cool enough to serve, take a bottle of white out of the wine room before guests arrive and chill it even more in your fridge before serving.

And, if wine is not your only love, it’s never faux pas to mix alcohol types when stocking up your wine room, De Angelis assures. “Definitely, people like to keep their vodkas, gins, and even scotches a little bit cooler.” 

“We design these houses to be entertaining spaces,” De Angelis says. “Homes where people can invite their families and friends to spend time with them in the Okanagan and enjoy time together; the wine room definitely lends itself to that and helps create that entertaining space.”