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How to Design a Stylish Home Bar

How to Design a Stylish Home Bar

Whether you’ve wanted a home bar for quite some time and you’re just now getting around to installing one, or this is a fresh idea that just seems to mesh with your new space, putting a stylish, sophisticated home bar into your space can be a fantastic way to elevate your home. 

Whether you have an abundance of space for it or you’re making the space you know you’ll need, a home bar is a great entertainment tool for bringing guests around and bringing people together. Here’s a little bit about how you can build the home bar of your dreams.

1. Make the Space

The very first step in many renovations that you need to pay attention to is simply making the space for whatever you want to build in your home. Whether it’s a home bar or a brand-new kitchen island, it’s important to make sure that you have the space available to start building and do whatever you need to make your space flow.

Plus, with something like a bar, you need to be able to navigate around it in order to use it properly. This means space is vital.

2. Go With a Consistent Aesthetic

There are plenty of different styles and aesthetics that you can utilize when building any cornerstone of the home, including a bar. One of the best ways to make your bar blend with the rest of your space is to help it flow with a consistent aesthetic.

Even if you enjoy a sleek, modernist look, you should consider what the rest of your space already has to offer before you start revolutionizing in only one area.

 How to Design a Stylish Home Bar

3. Get Creative

One of the best parts of decorating any new part of your space is the ability to creatively design things. Get creative with your choice of wood, your color scheme, and the organization of your bar tools. The possibilities are pretty much endless here, so you can let your imagination run wild as you pick out all of the details that go into it.

4. Serve It Up

In terms of slightly more specific tips when it comes to building out your bar, one of the best things you can try out is making a little bit of space for a serving station. Especially if you like to make batch cocktails and sangrias, serving up your drinks on tap can be a fun way to make things easy, stylish, and fun.

Of course, if you have a full bar or a wet bar, this might not make as much sense. But if you have a bar cart or a built-in bar, this can be a great way to make your features a bit more accessible.

5. Go for Levels

Speaking of making the most of your space, another great way to deck out a bar with shelving or even just a counter is to go for levels when it comes to stocking and organizing. 

Whether you decide to hang your glassware, keep your tools in a lower cabinet, or even create step shelving for some of the bottles you choose to keep on display, going for levels in your design can make things a bit more visually dynamic.

 How to Design a Stylish Home Bar

6. Go Small, If You Must

Of course, not everybody has the space for a full bar or wet bar in their house. However, as long as you are able to make a little bit of space, you can figure out how to make the most of it. If you have to go small, a bar cart is always an option. 

Not only does this give you the opportunity to design the space with purpose, but it’s also much better than going without something you’re excited to explore. If you have to go small, just be a bit more intentional about the decor you add.

7. Add Personal Touches

This tip can be applied to pretty much everything that you are designing in your house, but there are plenty of ways to make it specifically fit with the purposes of your brand-new home bar.

Every bar is different because every home is different. Whether you choose to go with a sleek color scheme, use glassware or tools that are special to you, or even add fun touches like a mirror behind the bar to open up space, getting a bit more personalized can make anything in your home feel a bit more like you.

Building a Stylish Home Bar

There are so many ways to create style when it comes to serving up drinks for your friends at every gathering you host. From getting a little bit creative to working with the space you have, your home bar is exactly what you make it.


Evelyn Long is the editor-in-chief of Renovated. Her work focuses on interior and architectural design and has been published by Build Magazine, the National Association of REALTORS and other online publications.