If you love entertaining and having a good glass of wine (or your drink of choice), then a home bar could be the perfect addition to your home. You can make it really grand as part of a dining or living area, or tuck the bar into a nook or within your kitchen cabinetry. Either way, your home bar is a perfect place to go all out and wow your guests! Here are 5 ideas that we think are a must in all home bars:
1 | Storage
Starting with the most obvious part - it would not be a home bar if you didn't have a place to store all your bottles and glasses! It's important to know what you want on display, how you want to display it and what needs to be stored in a wine fridge. Consider the below ideas,
Open shelves are great for storing and showing off your favourite bottles and glasses
Bottle racks or slots where your bottles slide in horizontally are great for storing lots of bottles in a small space.
Racks for wine glasses fit perfectly onto the bottom of open shelves or overhead cupboards and allow you to hang wine glasses upside down - they look great and are very functional.
Drawers are perfect for additional glasses, bottles, cocktail shakers, straws, etc.
2 | Benchtop
A sturdy benchtop is a must in every home bar. Depending how much space you have and where the bar is located, the benchtop could just be a working zone or could become a seating area to gather with friends and enjoy your drinks! If space allows, you can also make it even more practical by including a sink so that you don't have to walk to your kitchen to get water or wash anything.
3 | Doors
Depending where your bar is located and how often you use it, you may want it to be a main feature in the room or you might prefer to hide it away when not in use. Bi-fold or pocket doors are perfect for this, particularly if your bar is in a transit zone as you don't want the door to be in the way when open. Another idea is to add glass doors - this way everything is still on display but your bottles and glasses are safe from dust.
4 | Task Lighting
Being a working zone, it is important that your home bar has enough task lighting. This could be downlights above the bench, LED strips integrated into the joinery or a wall light. Be creative with the light and make it a feature as well as functional. You can use LED strips to light up your bottles and glasses or select a wall light that becomes a focal point.
5 | WOW factor
Your home bar is the perfect spot to create some drama! Even if it is normally hidden behind doors, it's a great place to do something special that is revealed when the doors are open. Think colour and texture - mirror splashbacks, glass shelves, metal features, natural stone, a pop of colour, timber battens, VJ panels, tiles, etc! And don't forget to use light to enhance these features as mentioned in the point above.
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