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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.
Design ideas for a contemporary home bar in London.

Design ideas for a contemporary home bar in London.

Design ideas for a home bar in London.

Design ideas for a home bar in London.
the entirely same wall for behind the dining table - arooj_fatima83

Contemporary galley wet bar in Sussex with medium wood cabinets and beige floors.

Neil Macaninch Neil Mac Photo
Contemporary galley wet bar in Sussex with medium wood cabinets 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.

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

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

This is an example of a small urban single-wall home bar in Hampshire with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets and light hardwood flooring.

“The idea of the “three sisters” tea station was inspired by Chekhov’s famous play!” quips furniture designer Johnny Grey “For sisters read three cupboards seeking to find an identity in a modern world - but interpreted here as the difficulty of find space of all the storage needed – tea, coffee or a glass for an alcoholic beverage!” Below the cupboards is a hot and cold water dispenser, drinks fridge and work surface which provides space for serving anyone visiting for a sociable drink. Grey has cleverly mixed traditions in this piece. The rough oak barrel which houses a sink, and waste bin on the back of the door is reminiscent of an old wine barrel. It is made of solid English pippy oak with artisan metal bands commissioned from Paul Jobst. The “three sisters” cupboards echo a refined Chinese tea house. They are made from laminated oak bent round formers in three diameters, in gold leaf and hand painted finishes. LED lights are imbedded in the back for night time illumination. This reinforces the circular shape and adds an interesting shadow line.
Amazing design but I guess...very very expensive - woktum

Photo of a classic home bar in Other.

Photo of a classic home bar in Other.
Grey and white colour scheme - maryr6

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

Design ideas for a rural breakfast bar in West Midlands with freestanding cabinets, brown cabinets, wood worktops, red splashback, brick splashback, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.

Design ideas for a rural breakfast bar in West Midlands with freestanding cabinets, brown cabinets, wood worktops, red splashback, brick splashback, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Interior desigh - abbas_upete

Photo of a scandinavian home bar in London.

Photography | Simon Maxwell | https://simoncmaxwell.photoshelter.com Artwork | Kristjana Williams | www.kristjanaswilliams.com

This is an example of a contemporary home bar in Kent with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, black splashback and grey floors.

This is an example of a contemporary home bar in Kent with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, black splashback and grey floors.
island ideas. worktop - bespoketradekitchens

Inspiration for a contemporary home bar in London with light hardwood flooring.

The furniture in this stunning wine wall is enhanced with the subtle lighting.
Inspiration for a contemporary home bar in London with light hardwood flooring.
built in wine shelf and extra cabinets - leo_betthauser

Design ideas for a large classic single-wall home bar in Hertfordshire with beaded cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz worktops, grey splashback, ceramic flooring, grey floors and mirror splashback.

Design ideas for a large classic single-wall home bar in Hertfordshire with beaded cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz worktops, grey splashback, ceramic flooring, grey floors and mirror splashback.
We need this bar in our living room - isabella_allen83

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

Contemporary breakfast bar in Cardiff with white floors.

Hayley & Mark needed to create a space to spend time with family & friends. They also wanted to make the most of the amazing views. Hayley had strong views on what she wanted to achieve, we built several glass extensions which opened up the house & gave lots of options for socialising. We also renewed the patio areas which now allows the better use of the outside space. Architects - Kotsmuth-Williams Architects 'It's been an absolute pleasure working with Wayne, Gareth and the guys from Moore Construction. It started with a small job and I was so impressed with the quality of the work that they ended up redesigning my house and garden and spending the year with me! Two extensions, numerous door and window replacements and the hugest patio ever - a very happy customer who keeps adding work as we go along and nothing is too much trouble with Moore Construction.' Hayley Parsons OBE
C - luv everything in that pic - webuser_539963076

Design ideas for a contemporary home bar in London.

Will Pryce
Design ideas for a contemporary home bar in London.
staged drinks a good idea so can view all bottle - olwyn_godden

Contemporary home bar in London.

Graham Atkins-Hughes Photography Macdonald Wright, Architects & Interior Design http://macdonaldwright.com
L shape wall in kitchen - mistry0306

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

This is an example of a contemporary home bar in London.
Loving the outdoor bar with the underlighting. - larrylikesroses

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