Decorating your home bar: Top tips for a sleek and modern look

Home bar

Most modern homes nowadays have a home bar in them. While the late pandemic might have a contributing hand, home bars have been in vogue for a long time. The revolution in the restaurant industry has accelerated the culture of eating out, indeed, but house parties have not gone entirely out of style. When people hang out with friends and family, they want a designated space in the house where they can sit, chill, and gulp down a few shots.

If you have the blueprints to your home bar ready, this might be the right time for you to get a few tips on how to decorate your home bar right. Below are five simple yet impactful tips.

Choosing a style

Choosing a style for your bar might be the most challenging task of decorating a home bar. Some people want a style that matches their existing interior, while others go for a pop of colour or a style that stands out from the rest of the house.

If you’re looking for sleek simplicity, choosing lighter colours such as beige or white might be the best option for you. For darker shades, go for bottle green, navy blue, or black, with a hint of gold. Choose furniture and accessories that complement the overall colour scheme.

If you are looking for a pop of colour, try bright red, orange, or neon colours. Choose minimal and simple accessories to maintain balance.

Designing the shelves

Shelving units don’t only hold the bottles, but they also add to the overall design of the bar. Some people like to keep the shelves simple while others go all out and create a show-stopper look.

The size of the shelves depends largely on the space you allocate for the bar. Wall shelves are the most common type when it comes to home bars. The colours of the shelves can match your interior or have contrasting colours. If you’re looking for something minimal, you can hide the shelves behind bi-fold doors, much like a closet. If you have limited space, you can also consider a freestanding shelf that you can move around as required.

If you want your shelves to stand out, have them custom-made to your preferences. Don’t forget to stock them to complete the look.

You can choose between marble, wood, or metal-finish shelves. Marble can make the look sleek and minimal; wood can give it a rustic, boho look; and metal finishes can add sophistication if matched well with the rest of the colours.

Picking bar stools for your home bar

Needless to say, there is no home bar without trendy and chic bar stools or counter stools. Various furniture manufacturers across the country offer both sophisticated and minimal stools that complement the design of your bar. While looks matter, comfort should be the primary criteria while choosing the stools. You can opt for stools with or without backs. Fabric upholstery has a better chance of lasting longer than leather ones. However, the latter is easier to wash and maintain.

If you have an outdoor bar, you can choose stools built with nylon or rattan and can withstand heavy outdoor usage and weather shifts.

The price range for the stools varies depending on the size and materials used.

Picking the right accessories for your home bar

The list of accessories for your home bar depends on your taste and preferences. While some people choose only the basics, some go above and beyond and add extravagant accessories such as bar scented candles to their bars.

Choosing the right type of glassware can enhance the aesthetics of your home bar. There are various types of glassware other than the basic wine and shot glasses, such as beer glasses, champagne flutes, cocktail glasses, flasks, and decanters. You can also add mule mugs and rock glasses to your collection.

For the ones wishing to give their bars a premium feel, you can choose to have your name or initials branded on the glasses and decanters. Look for shops that have this service. You can also buy them in sets.

Adding Aesthetics

Now that you have the basics of your bar in place, time to add a touch of aesthetics to it. As mentioned earlier, the color of the bar can be adjusted to match your taste. You can enhance the look by painting the shelves a rich color, such as black, red, gold, or silver – while keeping the rest of the design in mind.

Adding good quality ceiling lamps can also add to the overall beauty. Pendant lamps are very popular for home bars. Warm and soft lighting can make it look like an actual pub or bar. You can also get creative and make your own lighting to wow your guests.

If you’re a fan of pop art or retro pictures, get a few framed and hang them on the walls. Retro posters or fun bar signs can also be great options. Whatever you add, keep the style coherent. Pop art posters might clash with a sleek and minimal look, whereas, a simple digital painting might seem out of place in a posh home bar.

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