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Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Your Guide to Best Home Bar Design

A home bar is far more than a place to have some drinks – it’s a social gathering spot, enjoyed by both you and your friends.

You might not have any idea where to start when it comes to designing your own home bar, so I’ve created a guide to answer your questions and help you plan/design your ideal home bar furniture choices and all!

Features

There are a lot of different features that come with today’s best home bars, so read through the following and decide if any of these are for you:

Flexible bar: these are normally smaller and have wheels on the bottom so they can be easily moved or stored away.

Wet bar: they feature a built-in sink so it’s easier to clean up your bar.

Built-in fridge: perfect for keeping your drinks in, so you don’t have to go back and forth from the main fridge.

Ice machine: again, no more back-and-forth between the kitchen fridge to ice up your drinks!

Draft system: just like the regular pubs, you can find home bars with built-in draft systems that allow you to have beer on tap.

Home Bar Furniture Styles

Just like any other kind of furniture, bar furniture can follow different interior design styles. Choose between these different bar sets that come with their own stools:

Home Bar SetModern: Trica Cheers Martini Home Bar Set

Home Bar FurnitureContemporary: Home Styles Furniture Steamer Ebony Folding Home Bar Set

Pulaski Home BarTraditional: Pulaski Edwardian Home Bar Set

Wooden Home BarTransitional: Pulaski Sixth Street Wooden Home Bar

Powell Home BarRustic: Powell Brandon Wooden Home Bar Set

Bar Furniture Sizes

Depending on how much room you have, there will be a bar that fits your living space.

Small (between 34 and 44 inches wide):

Home Wine BarHoward Miller Merlot Valley Wine and Spirits Console Home Bar

Modern Home BarTrica Citybar Home Bar & Champagne Swivel Stools Set

Wine Bar DesignHoward Miller Vintner Wine and Spirits Home Bar Console

Medium (between 60 and 65 inches wide):

Black Folding BarHome Styles Furniture Steamer Black Folding Home Bar

Wood Home BarPowell La Questa Wood Home Bar

Modern Home Bar DesignHoward Miller Syracuse Modern Home Bar

Large (between 75 and 80 inches wide):

Bar CabinetPowell Tuscan Pub Back Home Bar Cabinet

Classic Home BarPulaski Carlton Manor Classic Home Bar

Wrap Around Home BarHillsdale Large Cherry Home Wrap Around Home Bar

Bar Furniture: Outdoor Bar Sets

Who says you need a home bar on the inside only? With these summer months , there’s nothing more relaxing then enjoying a drink outside with your friends. Take a look at the following outdoor sets that will draw guests to your home in the summertime:

Patio Bar SetAlfresco Home Santa Barbara Outdoor Patio Bar Set

Tiki Bamboo Bar SetBamboo Tiki Bar with Roof

Outdoor Home BarTommy Bahama Wooden Java Outdoor Home Bar

Wicker Bar Set4D Concepts Wicker Bar Set

Outdoor Patio Bar SetAlfresco Home Sabbia Tiki Outdoor Patio Bar Set

Home Bar Design: Paint Colours

If you’re lucky enough to have a room dedicated to your home bar, you have the freedom to paint all the walls a great shade to match your bar.

Even if your home bar is off to the side of your kitchen, dining room, or living room, you can always paint an accent wall to separate the bar from the rest of your house.

I’ve put together a couple different colour combos using www.benjaminmoore.com‘s Personal Colour Viewer that would look distinguished in a home bar. I’ve also chosen different coloured bar stools that would go well with the wall paints.
Brown PaintGive your home bar a sophisticated look with a dark brown colour scheme. Since the colours are so rich, black, white, and silver bar furniture wouldn’t take attention away from the walls.

White Swivel Bar StoolHillsdale Kingstown White Swivel Bar Stool

Black PaintBlack, grey, and brown are very classic and traditional, but don’t be afraid to give them an updated spin with furnishings in bright purple or red.

High Bar StoolAmisco Kris 30″ High Upholstered Seat and Back with Armrest Swivel Bar Stool
Red PaintFor a hip, modern bar, why not try a shocking red wall colour? Chrome and black furniture really contrast with the red, making your home bar stand out.

Low Back Bar StoolEuro Style Agnes Round Low Back Bar Stool
Purple PaintA home bar with a soft purple wall colour gives off a contemporary vibe. Basic black furnishings with accents of brown or silver will compliment the gorgeous violet shade.

Backless Bar StoolRegal Boston 30″ Backless Bar Stool
Terra Cotta PaintTerra cotta walls really give a home bar some flavour! Warm browns, espressos, and even purples and greens work well with this shade and give your bar an exotic flair.

Wrought Iron Bar StoolGrace Classic Collection 30″ High Square Backless Wrought Iron Bar Stool

Home Bar Design: Décor
There are so many options when it comes to decorating your home bar. You can try to make it like a classic English pub & grill, or a cool downtown club. Take a look at the following décor pieces for your home bar:

Wine ArtLinon Vetro Di Oro Nicole Etienne Wine Bottles VII & VIII

It might seem like a cliché to have painting with bottles in your home bar, but this set of framed paintings is too beautiful to be considered cheesy.

Wine RackAA Importing Clock with Wine Rack

Dress up your traditional-style bar with a floor clock featuring a built-in wine rack. It adds style to your bar while storing your wine bottles.

Indoor WaterfallNapoleon Freestanding See Thru Indoor Waterfall

This modern piece not only adds ambience to your home bar, it actually attracts airborne particles and helps clean the air!

Leather CoastersPiel Leather Coasters

No matter what style your bar is following, a solid set of leather coasters are a necessity. They will last longer than paper or wooden coasters and are rather stylish at the same time.

Glass Pendant LightELK Lighting Vesta Orange Glass Pendant Light

You can hang these lights above each barstool, behind the bar counter, or even create a centerpiece by hanging them from the center of the ceiling. They give off a softer, dimmer glow than other lights, so they’re ideal for a bar setting.

Here are a few final tips concerning your home bar’s décor:

If you were thinking about adding a rug to create some style in your bar, you might want to think again. Since people will be carrying drinks around, there’s always a possibility of a spill, and you don’t want to ruin your new rug.

Since you will most likely have to assemble your home bar yourself, you might want to get a friend or family member to help you out if you’re not confident in your assembling skills. It’s an important piece of furniture to put together correctly, so take your time and always ask for help if you need it.

If you have children, consider finding a home bar with locking cabinets, or just buy a lock to put on yourself, just in case they try to open the doors and get to your bottles or glasses.

Now you are all set with the right home bar furniture for your home bar design!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva