Every home needs a “hang out” area — the place where you can go to relax, unwind, and catch up with friends. One option for the perfect place to hang out, especially for beer and wine drinkers, is a home bar.
Also called a wet bar, this feature of a space is all about convenience. Why should you have to walk all the way upstairs from the basement to grab a drink or make popcorn? By adding a built-in bar with cabinets, countertops, refrigerator, microwave, and sink, everything you need for a refreshing drink or snack is within reach.
If you could build your ultimate home bar, what would it look like? What elements are must-haves? For ideas and inspiration, check out what some of the most popular home bars include below.
A home bar doesn’t have to be minimal or simple. It can be elaborate, depending on the design features you choose. For example, this large bar area not only had loads of cabinet storage and countertops, it also had a unique tin foil ceiling, stacked stone backsplash, wooden columns, and glass-front cabinets. These design choices give it a high-end cocktail bar vibe. It’s truly a beauty.
We love this example of a home bar we remodeled because it doesn’t even look like it’s in a house. You could take this and put it in any upscale sports bar and it would fit right in. The warm, earthy colors help create a masculine look and feel. And the curved countertop with leather seating plus the large flatscreen TV make it the perfect place for having a drink while watching the hometown team with some friends.
Less is More
Sometimes the minimal approach is the right approach, especially if you’re going for a modern design esthetic. This basement home bar has just the right amount of cabinets and countertop space, a deep sink, flatscreen TV, and full-size refrigerator. Throw in a couple of seats and a long table, and you’ve got yourself a contemporary bar area.
Do you prefer the cozy, rustic look? You’ll love this basement bar design, featuring a beautiful brick wall and large peninsula covered in rustic planks. The masculine open shelving paired with the unique door and dark brown shades of wood all come together to make this any homeowner’s haven. After sitting down and cracking open a cold one, you won’t want to get up.
There’s nothing like the look of dark, stained wood. For many people, it’s the perfect choice when creating a home bar. This example not only features a beautiful wood used for the cabinets, shelving and trim, but for the countertops, too. It’s a cozy yet masculine vibe that truly makes you feel like you’re sitting in a bar across town — not in your home.
To replicate any of these examples, think about decor elements that make them unique. Popular trends for home bars include:
- Stone (or faux stone) backsplashes or full accent walls
- Open shelving
- Exposed brick
- Rustic wood paneled walls and accents
- Wooden beams
Any of these elements can take a traditional home bar to a whole new level, giving you the look you’re envisioning while impressing guests. If you’re making the effort to build a home bar, why not make it the best it can be? Don’t cut corners — make your vision a reality.
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