Designing a Home Bar
Home bars are making a comeback. However, they are much different today compared to the version your parents grew up around.
Today, home bars come in a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes, and are found both indoors and outdoors. They can be built, styled and decorated to suit a homeowner’s personal tastes and budget. And even when they’re not in active use, they can serve as fantastic storage space, as well as an aesthetically attractive addition to a home.
So where do you begin? During the planning stages, it’s important to first carefully think about the design you want and the space available, and work to combine these two factors together.
If you have a large area, for instance, yet you want to convey a cozy, intimate feeling, you may want to consider darker colors, perhaps including several smaller-sized tables, along with dim lighting. On the other hand, if you have a small space that you want to make feel larger, lighter, brighter colors and mirrors can help you achieve an illusion of space.
If you love to entertain and you have room to spare, buffet bars can be a great option. A long countertop with a sink strategically placed at one end helps to create an open and convenient food and drink prep area.
Here are some other ideas:
- Make the most out of your space by building a semi-circle or “L” shaped bar, featuring behind-the-bar shelving and above-and-below counter storage. Add style with a granite surface top and leather-wrapped bar stools.
- Install upper cabinets with glass panels to hold beer mugs, martini and wine glasses. To make the area feel less like a kitchen, work with your home remodelers in Phoenix to cleverly conceal bar-related appliances – like icemakers, wine coolers and dishwashers – behind full-panel cabinet doors.
- Mini wet bars are a great option when space is limited. Like regular wet bars, they often include upper and lower cabinetry for storage and above-counter electrical outlets. However, the under-counter refrigerator and bar top space are significantly smaller. With this in mind, many manufacturers today offer pull-out serving trays and storage-intensive cabinets to help.
Home bars can be customized to any house, big or small, and should reflect your own personal style. Most importantly, they key is to have fun with the space.
At Republic West Remodeling, our professional home remodelers in Phoenix can help you create the home bar of your dreams. Contact us today for details.