A home bar summons the spirit of more genteel days – when mixology was an artform, and elegant entertaining was a common affair. Today, there’s no end to the number of roles a bar can play to add both function and a touch of glamour to your home. Keep it stocked with some staples and a dash of fun accessories, and you can serve up a soiree at a moment’s notice, indoors or out. Not sure how to pull off the perfect home bar? Here are some tips that will help you create a luxurious bar to suit any occasion.
Decide what you’ll use it for
Who says your home bar has to be for mixing martinis? If you do a lot of evening entertaining, then embrace it. But if not, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and have fun! A gourmet coffee and pastry station, a tea and sandwich cart, an artisan beer cart, an outdoor refreshment station, or a hot cocoa and dessert stand are just some of the ways a home bar can be a workhorse for any kind of party. The options are endless!
Choose the right furniture for your home bar
You may think that to assemble the perfect home bar, you must first have a bar cart. Not necessarily. It’s true; there are a ton of carts in every style that can be used to create a mobile home bar. If you love sophisticated glamour, a gold metallic and glass cart against a moody statement wall will help you pour on the vintage Hollywood vibe. But nothing says you can’t reimagine another piece of furniture as your home bar, instead. Does your home have more of an industrial look? Consider serving up a chic modern warehouse feel with a utility-style metal and rustic wood console table.
If you have wall space, reflect your bottles on a mirrored bar shelf hung over a wood and metal console table for a contemporary look. But don’t forget mobility – add casters if you want your bar to follow the party wherever it roams.
Add essentials and fun accessories
Every home bar needs the right essentials that support the overall function and design. To tie everything together, search for accessories in coordinating colors, like red and turquoise for a funky retro feel, or a mix of metallics for art deco glamour. Stock the shelves with colorful glasses in different sizes that are both beautiful and functional that suit your home bar’s purpose. Use trays for refreshments and a caddy for utensils so you can lift and serve, especially if your bar isn’t mobile.
To offset the coldness of all of that glass and metal, inject a touch of nature with a small bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit. And to ensure that your bar mingles well with your home’s design, sprinkle in a conversation-starting statement piece or a stack of small books that match your decor. And when the light gets low, crank up the ambiance with a few candles.
Today’s home bar can be as luxurious or as laid-back as you want. So let your imagination run wild, and you’ll soon have a portable party station that’ll bring any gathering up a notch.
The only question is, what time is the party?
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