Incorporating a bar into your home can allow you to have friends over to celebrate in style. The design of your bar can be formal or contemporary, and the project can be completed by yourself. However, it is imperative that the bar complements the living space where it will be used. Here are some tips on how to create a bar area in your home.
1. Choose the right shaped bar for the surroundings
Consider an L-shaped home bar, which can be positioned to connect to two walls via a 45-degree angle, with the length of each side adapted to fit the size of the room. The area underneath the bar can be used to store drinks, or bar-tending equipment, and the top of the bar can be made from a number of different materials. Your choice of material will depend on your budget, but a marble or granite bar-top surface can add a touch of sophistication to any living area, and is easy to clean and maintain. A bar made from wood is more traditional and can compliment the color scheme of the rest of the room. You will also be able to customize the area further by added special lighting, a footrest, stalls, or bead board, or create a lift gate so you can enter from behind the bar, creating a flexible design.
2. Mix and match
Consider combining bar and tabletop accessories from a number of different sources, such as using a mix of materials like ceramics, and brass, which will make the bar area look rich and curated. A large bowl can store ice cubes and sodas, whilst a marble skull or decorative pot can make the bar look more interesting and provide a good conversation-starter. Bamboo or a large indoor plant can be placed in a vase on the bar to add color and outside influences. A small portable refrigerator can be stored underneath the bar to store cold drinks for your guests.
3. Be practical
A bar made from lightweight woods of fiberboard, with hinging on the sides and roller casters can create a portable mini bar which can be easily stored, handy if you have limited space. This way you will be able to roll the portable bar from room to room and enjoy drinks in the living room, kitchen or outside patio area, the latter of which can be used to host barbecues in the summer.
The bar has a 22-foot long marble countertop, white antique bricks lining the walls and a liquor and barware display in rosewood. 70-year-old wood reclaimed from barns lines the ceiling. The bar renovation cost $350,000.
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