Nothing says fun like a home bar. From intimate dinner parties to full-blown banquettes, it provides a space to gather and enjoy conversation. For luxury buyers who plan to frequently entertain friends and family, this is a lifestyle amenity that is worth getting excited over. If you’re considering adding a watering hole to your home, here are a few tips to help design the perfect bar.
Identify the Details
First, you’ll have to determine where the home bar will work best. Pick a space that doesn’t interrupt the flow when you’re playing host and is large enough to meet your needs. Consider seating, storage, as well as equipment that will be needed, and try to incorporate it into or nearby your entertaining areas.
Think about the atmosphere and décor of your favorite bars or restaurants. Try to pinpoint what it is that you love about them or, next time you’re there, make note of the ambience and how it can be replicated with your home bar.
Tailor to your tastes
The style of the bar should be both consistent with your home’s aesthetic and a reflection of what you enjoy drinking. Is this going to be an Art Deco style bar where you’re serving up Manhattan’s or will it be a rustic vibe with craft beers on tap? If you’re an enthusiastic mixologist, make sure you’ll have all the accoutrement to shake, muddle, and stir the latest concoction.
As the epicenter of entertainment, there’s an element of showmanship that needs to be taken into account. It’s all in the details, like a mirrored backsplash or moody lighting that sets the tone. There should be a sense of cohesion, from the finishes and the upholstery to the bottles being displayed and how the glasses are stored.