Drinks on You: Creating a Home Bar

Going to the pub has long been seen as somewhat of a tradition in Britain, and you can now bring this tradition into your very own home. If you are someone who likes to host guests frequently or isn’t immune to the odd pint of beer now and again, then a bar is the perfect home addition. After all, what better place is there to socialise with your nearest and dearest and enjoy a few drinks?

Sorry ladies… but when it comes to creating the perfect home bar it’s all about the masculine influences. If you go for feminine colours, styles or furniture pieces, then you will lose the true essence of British pubs. Perhaps you will emulate a contemporary bar – but most would agree that these are not places associated with comfort and thus do little to generate the relaxing yet jovial atmosphere you are attempting to achieve.

So, what sort of pieces should you be looking to incorporate in your home bar? You should keep the classic old school rich wood pieces and comfortable leather back chairs. Yet, you should make sure you add a dash of the modern, with pool tables often being the preferred choice for entertainment in the room.

To add some character to your bar space you should hunt down some old school posters. Vintage wall art is the easiest yet most effective way of bringing personality to any room. The great thing is you won’t have to spend much money either. You could even have your own wall plaque made. Think of a name for your home bar and get a plaque created featuring it. This quirky addition is unique and original and is thus assured to be complimented on by all of your guests.

And, what’s a bar without alcohol? Obviously you will need to stock up your home bar with beer, spirits and alike, nonetheless you should also see this a decoration opportunity too. There are so many different ways of storing alcohol. You can look for different types of alcohol dispensers, such as the Jagermeister one featured below. You may also want to consider using alcohol brand signs as a form of wall art as well. In addition to this, you can get creative and recycle your empty bottles too. Using a beer bottle as a candle holder is a great example of this. It looks great and is definitely original.

All things considered, you should never lose sight of the comfort factor either. A bar is a place of relaxation. It is often somewhere people go in order to wind down after a hard day’s work. Don’t sacrifice this comfort for style. Because if you do this, then you’ll actually lose the true feel of a British pub. Style and comfort go hand in hand. They work together because the snug factor is actually part of the interior design theme. The rustic edge and the warm colours will add to this because they create a warm and inviting ambiance. Get this blend right and you’re assured to have the perfect home bar.

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Published by in Interiors, on June 21st, 2013


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