If you consider yourself the ‘Hostess with the Mostess’ and love to entertain your friends and family; the perfect addition to your house would be a home bar. Whether large or small, every home can incorporate a bar area in to their kitchen, dining room, games room or lounge. Unlike common conceptions, your bar does not need to replicate the dingy and tasteless seventies concoctions but instead can be a stylish addition to your home.
The first decision to consider when creating a home bar is where to locate it. The space needs to be accessible, relatively spacious and in an area where your guests often sit or congregate for drinks. If you have space available why not purchase a free standing bar in coordinating wood to your other furniture. Instead of the dated designs, choose a minimalist and sophisticated box shaped bar with hidden away storage.
Or, opt for a bar in a novel and unique material such as steel, frosted glass or plastic. Ensure the style you choose complements the design scheme already in place within the room to avoid it dominating the space. Your bar, however, does not necessarily need to be freestanding or able to be stood behind. A home bar can work equally well fitted to a wall, wall unit or on casters so can be wheeled away when not required. Why not fit a floating or suspended shelf at the appropriate height or purchase a small bar table which can fit snugly in to the corner of the room.
Once you are happy with your surface the key to all good bars is the lighting, accessories and most importantly drink! The area should be tasteful yet fun and embrace the entertainment function of the unit. If your bar is a permanent feature, suspend a chic and stylish ceiling light or table lamps above to illuminate the bar. If appropriate, add to this some down-lighters below any shelves within the unit to make a feature of the alcohol and glasses within. On the whole, to avoid creating a bar resembling Blackpool illuminations, avoid coloured and novelty lights to keep the finish clean, modern and simple. If you do however, want to add some character to the area why not purchase some vintage bar signs or advertisements to hang artistically behind the bar.
To add some detail and style to your bar accessories why not decant your spirits into a set of matching brushed steel or glass bottles. Furthermore, get creative and add a hand painted design to your glass collection to incorporate them into your room’s design scheme. Or, purchase beads, charms and ribbons that coordinate with your scheme to make fetching glass charms to give your drinks the extra special finish. During the festive season why not purchase small baubles and other Christmas decorations to make personalised glass charms for your guests. You could even use glass paint to scribe their names on to each glass…although somewhat time consuming these little touches ensure your guests feel welcome, special and well looked after.
Whether permanent or mobile a bar is a fun and useful addition to your home and a centre piece when entertaining. Take the time to personalise your bar and it’s accessories to make the unit a talking piece and perfect hostess accessory.