Home bars have moved from the basement and the butler’s pantry right into kitchens, dining rooms, family rooms, entries and hallways. A wide range of materials from rustic reclaimed wood to glamorous mirrors change the look while the function remains the same: making stylish entertaining easy.
Here are ten of the cool examples that you can implement.
A sophisticated take on rustic marks this bar alcove off a home’s media room. The walls are covered in wood reclaimed from old beams. Black hexagonal tile connects the bar to the Spanish revival style seen elsewhere in the house, while leathered quartzite counters are warm yet elegant.
MODERN BUTLER’S PANTRY
This trend from last quarter is still going strong. Many of today’s home bars have replaced the traditional butler’s pantry (a cabinet-lined passageway between the kitchen and dining room). These are well-designed built-ins that can fit into any of the public spaces in a house.
DARK CABINETS AND BRASS HARDWARE
In the modern butler’s pantry trend, this color combination is growing in popularity just like it is in kitchens and bathrooms. Classy and modern at the same time, create timeless effect for the space.
If you are able to steal space from inside a wall, you can squeeze a recessed home bar into a spot you may not have thought of, such as a hallway or small alcove. The bulk of this bar is housed within the wall, with just a few inches intruding into the hallway.
FREESTANDING BAR / BARMOIRE
As you can see, a barmoire is an armoire outfitted to serve as a bar. And just like a freestanding cabinet you’d use for clothing, the doors close to conceal it all when it’s not in use.
The great thing about a home bar is you can slip in a favorite tile or wallcovering on the backsplash. There are only a few square feet to cover, so you can choose a tile that would otherwise be too big of a splurge. Here, a textured metallic tile marks the home bar.
These cabinet door inserts can add a flourish to a home bar’s facade. They introduce a different pattern and metallic finish to the overall design. If you’re going for more of a modern farmhouse look, you could opt for chicken-wire grilles.
SLIM DOWN VERSION
Take the classic bar design, complete with bar stools, and pare it right back. Suddenly, you have something super-elegant that can slide into even a small space.
BUILD INTO A PARTITION
Make use of a partition or strip of blank wall to carve out a recessed bar. This slinky design benefits from a mirrored back, which gives depth to its shallow shelves and bounces light around, too.
CONCEAL IN A CUPBOARD
Tuck your micro bar away in a kitchen cupboard. Choose neat pocket doors that will disappear to reveal its shelves, drinks and glasses and make the ‘bar’ easy to use.
The home bar is a unique feature that provides a space perfect for relaxing and enjoying gatherings with family and friends. Whatever your style or space dictates, home bar is absolutely the ultimate entertaining feature.