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Home Trend: Custom Home Bars

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A custom home bar can elevate your home into refined luxury. Entertaining guests becomes more fun when you show off your personality and set the stage for conversations with your favorite cocktails. Designing and installing a custom home bar is just as exciting and creative as you can transform your home into a hub of relaxation and entertainment. I’ve had the privilege of working on numerous home bar projects, so if you need ideas, browse my projects page for inspiration.

Location and Layout

Finding the right place for your home bar is one of the most important logistical aspects when creating your custom home bar setup. Placing your home bar in an area where you plan on entertaining is a good rule of thumb, whether that be in a living room, dining room, or even basement. Making sure your space is accessible is what will help make hosting go smoothly. Additionally, the layout and functionality of your home bar will play a role in the design of your home bar. Consider the shape of your bar, such as a classic linear bar or an L or U-shaped bar, as well as seating options when generating home bar ideas. Bar stools or high-top chairs can be a great way to add style and personality to your home bar area.

Stylish Storage

Thinking about storage options is also important in designing a home bar. You will need a place to store your favorite alcohol, bar tools, and equipment. Having a combination of closed and open shelving allows your favorite spirits, mixers, and glassware to be on display while hiding other, more functional, supplies.

Home Bar: Finishes and Materials

Selecting suitable finishes and materials for a custom home bar is crucial. They define the overall look and feel, setting the tone for the entire space. Premium materials and finishes not only contribute to the aesthetics but also ensure durability. I enjoy collaborating with Amuneal, a bespoke furniture and architectural metalwork company, to create home bars specializing in function and design.

Keeping Cool

Adding a fridge in your home bar can be a game changer to ensure your spirits and wine are properly chilled and conveniently located. This addition to your space can make entertaining hassle-free and eliminate lengthy trips to the kitchen. A well-placed refrigerator can also give immediate access to ingredients, ice, and refreshments. This enhances the overall experience of hosting and enjoying drinks at home.

Home Bar: Personality

Lastly, when designing a custom home bar, it’s important to understand that this space is custom to you and your home. It is necessary to infuse your personality throughout the area. A dark and moody color palette can be the perfect touch of elegance. Or a bold and daring warm-toned oasis can be what’s right for you. Choosing a look that’s an extension of you is precisely the type of playfulness a home bar needs.

If you want to embrace the epitome of elegance right at home, reach out today.