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Home Bar Ideas and Designs

A home bar is one of the ultimate indulgences for a homeowner. By no means essential but all the more satisfying for that very reason. Whether your home bar ideas would be having the boys round to watch the big match in a pub-style atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon, ‘going uptown’ to sip an espresso martini in your home cocktail bar in the loft, or hoping to recreate the vibe of an intimate speakeasy in your basement, a style home bar is a treat that’s guaranteed to lift your spirits. A place where you are always guaranteed a seat.

How big should my home bar be?


The ideal style of your home bar will depend on your lifestyle and entertaining habits as well as the amount of available space. If big groups come round regularly then you should consider dedicating a part of your living room or basement to a larger seating area – complete with a bar table, bar stools and wet bar section – to keep everyone suitably comfortable and merry. If TV is essential, check if there is a wall nearby that’s a big enough to mount it on without restricting anyone’s view. A key feature of home bar ideas is the storage – gleaming wine racks and low-lit glass shelves. Make sure you can afford these little delights after you have built the basic structure. Alternatively, if space is limited, a freestanding home cocktail bar would give you somewhere to prepare cocktails that is out of the way – in the corner of your dining room or under the stairwell for instance. Also, mirrored surfaces can help to create the illusion of space. Sketch the layout of the room in which you would like to place the bar and think about where all those bottles, cans and snacks are going to go. Then speak to either a home bar specialist about your home bar ideas, or to a joiner about adapting a vintage bookcase or creating something bespoke.

What style of home bar should I choose?


Try to play off the interior decor of the surrounding area. A kitsch Manhattan-inspired home cocktail bar will look out of place in a country cottage, for example. Similarly, a long white walnut home bar would jar against a bright red contemporary kitchen. That said, contrast might be something that you accentuate, not least through the choice of flooring, which would help to make your home bar stand out. Collect home bar ideas in an Ideabook, settle upon a theme and then discuss the design with your home bar specialist or joiner. Lighting sets the mood in bars, particularly late at night, so pay special attention to placement, intensity and how you want your guests to feel. Dim underbar lighting creates a warm, intimate atmosphere, while spotlights brighten and energise.

Which home bar accessories and facilities should I include?


This really does depend on how far you are willing to go. A home bar can replicate almost everything you see in your local, from running water and refrigerated wine cabinets to draught beer pumps and bespoke lighting and a sound systems. Again, the most important thing is to work with what’s there – available space and home decor. Is that black lizard effect leather flooring really going to go? How about the turquoise splashback? Do those flowers look out of place or will they help to soften up what’s fast becoming a man cave? There are several ways to make a home bar more visually interesting without spending big on fixtures and fittings. Select furniture that’s comfortable but also sparks interest, such as salvaged chairs or a second-hand leather sofa. Add a touch of glitz and glamour through your choice of glassware, drinks trolley, ice bucket, shaker and spirit bottles if you want the home cocktail bar look. Then scatter a few curios around the bar – ornaments, lamps, artwork, photos and travel mementos are great home bar ideas to get the conversation started.
This is an example of a contemporary galley breakfast bar in Surrey with wood worktops, no sink, open cabinets, medium wood cabinets and medium hardwood flooring.

Simon Firulo
This is an example of a contemporary galley breakfast bar in Surrey with wood worktops, no sink, open cabinets, medium wood cabinets and medium hardwood flooring.

Photo of an urban galley home bar in London with white splashback, metro tiled splashback, concrete flooring and grey floors.

Photo of an urban galley home bar in London with white splashback, metro tiled splashback, concrete flooring and grey floors.
like the wood in the bar but nothing else - mohamed_sadek97

Design ideas for a small contemporary wet bar in London.

Design ideas for a small contemporary wet bar in London.

Photo of a contemporary u-shaped breakfast bar in London with flat-panel cabinets, wood worktops, medium hardwood flooring and brown worktops.

Photo of a contemporary u-shaped breakfast bar in London with flat-panel cabinets, wood worktops, medium hardwood flooring and brown worktops.
Woodwork finishing and bar stools - bylewisco

Inspiration for a contemporary galley wet bar in Surrey with recessed-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, granite worktops and marble flooring.

Carlisle Bar Chairs from The Collection by Hill House are a luxe addition to this space © Hill House Interiors
Inspiration for a contemporary galley wet bar in Surrey with recessed-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, granite worktops and marble flooring.
glass. dark colours. bar table. - nicole_wong78

Inspiration for a small eclectic single-wall home bar in London with freestanding cabinets, black cabinets, wood worktops and black worktops.

Inspiration for a small eclectic single-wall home bar in London with freestanding cabinets, black cabinets, wood worktops and black worktops.

Inspiration for a contemporary galley wet bar in Oxfordshire with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, beige splashback, medium hardwood flooring and beige floors.

Inspiration for a contemporary galley wet bar in Oxfordshire with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, beige splashback, medium hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Keep it sleekThere’s nothing fussy or overdone about this banister. The slim black metal balustrades and handrail look elegant and understated, and create a lovely feature in the room. The sharp monochrome form created by the banister is replicated in the square shapes in the kitchen below, but the soft shades in the cookspace contrast with the black and white above to zone the area. - asimmondsuk

This is an example of a contemporary home bar in Cardiff.

Bar and cinema room
This is an example of a contemporary home bar in Cardiff.

Photo of a contemporary home bar in Surrey with multi-coloured floors.

Eleanor Baines Photography
Photo of a contemporary home bar in Surrey with multi-coloured floors.
Just bought one of these on Ebay. Going to replace the formica with a funk patterned wrapping paper and cover it with toughened glass. - georgina_o_neil

Photo of a contemporary single-wall wet bar in London with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, mirror splashback, grey floors and white worktops.

Tailored Living
Photo of a contemporary single-wall wet bar in London with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, mirror splashback, grey floors and white worktops.

Contemporary home bar in London.

© Gregory Davies 2014
Contemporary home bar in London.
too much?! could we take ot to a proper bar look?! - clm1974

Design ideas for a modern home bar in Other.

Design ideas for a modern home bar in Other.
MM - these are three features i would like in room, pool table, sofas in front of tele and small bar area - also like wooden floor - clm1974

Photo of a contemporary breakfast bar in Other with open cabinets and mirror splashback.

Photography by Sundeep Singh Osahn
Photo of a contemporary breakfast bar in Other with open cabinets and mirror splashback.
In love with the mirror splash backs and light up shelving! Creates a very classy modern design! - case62

Design ideas for a large contemporary single-wall home bar in Wiltshire with open cabinets, dark wood cabinets, wood worktops, ceramic flooring and brown worktops.

Bloomsbury encaustic tiles from Artisans of Devizes.
Design ideas for a large contemporary single-wall home bar in Wiltshire with open cabinets, dark wood cabinets, wood worktops, ceramic flooring and brown worktops.
Good idea for wine/glass storage - jenny5460

Design ideas for a classic u-shaped breakfast bar in London with wood worktops and medium hardwood flooring.

mjfstudio.com
Design ideas for a classic u-shaped breakfast bar in London with wood worktops and medium hardwood flooring.
bar area so that guests can pop their head around and ask for drinks - dotun_olaniyan

Design ideas for a small contemporary single-wall home bar in Berkshire with no sink, flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, mirror splashback, beige floors and white worktops.

Darren Chung Photography Ltd
Design ideas for a small contemporary single-wall home bar in Berkshire with no sink, flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, mirror splashback, beige floors and white worktops.

This is an example of a small contemporary bar cart in London with brown floors, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets and medium hardwood flooring.

This is an example of a small contemporary bar cart in London with brown floors, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets and medium hardwood flooring.

Photo of a classic home bar in Boston with blue cabinets, light hardwood flooring and white worktops.

Photographer: Greg Premru
Photo of a classic home bar in Boston with blue cabinets, light hardwood flooring and white worktops.

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