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The return of the drinks trolley
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The return of the drinks trolley

As the evenings close in, inviting friends over for drinks and dinner can seem much more appealing than having to face the unpredictable elements on the way into town to your favourite restaurant. Although it may seem to belong in a bygone era, the drinks trolley has made a comeback and tailoring one to blend with your interior style can be an art in itself.

Retro glamour with a modern touch

The popularity of the drinks trolley means it can be quite an investment, but you can still grab yourself a bargain if you are willing to look around vintage sales. If you are prepared to give a piece a little TLC, there is a real opportunity to put your own stamp on it. You could get a new piece of glass cut, opt for a chic marble effect or give it a new lease of life with some new wheels.

Consider colour, pattern and texture

A cohesive collection of objects will ensure your drinks trolley never looks cluttered; however, you can still mix and match. Juxtapose elegant glassware with modern brightly-coloured glasses, or antique pieces with brightly-coloured straws, stirrers and napkins. Think eclectic but coordinated.

Group objects together by category, only displaying your favourite and most useful pieces, and ensure that everything has a place. That fancy blender might look impressive but if it is not useful, you don't need it.

You can have a little more fun during special occasions by introducing themed touches. Find some ghoulish ice cube trays for Halloween, cinnamon sticks for Christmas or colourful umbrellas for the summer.

Spirited design

Many beverages come in beautifully-designed bottles, but don't worry if your favourite drink comes in a bottle that doesn't fit your ideal aesthetic. Scour vintage shops and you are likely to find some beautiful decanters that fit your style much better.

Final flourishes

Focusing on incorporating useful pieces doesn't mean you can't have fun with your design. Experiment with adding a vase of fresh flowers or even a small stack of cocktail recipe books. You could make some personalised coasters or hang a piece of art on the wall above to really tie your drinks trolley into your space.


When you are not entertaining, your drinks trolley can easily be transformed into something more useful in everyday life. Using your trolley to store your glassware will ensure nothing gets broken and give you an extra surface to use as a telephone table or to house a collection of magazines or your favourite lamp.


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