Home bars are fun places to be. Nowadays, they are less often tucked away in the den but share the space of an open plan living room. A drinks bar should work well in a variety of social situations. Too much of strongly-stated a theme, like a sports bar for instance, will mean the area does not work if you want to hold a trendy cocktail party.
Indeed, many home bars need to have a useful function outside of party time at all. In modern homes, a breakfast bar will be a place for the kids to eat during the day but needs to switch into a party role at other times.
The ability of your bar to change jobs, like this, will come down to how you accessorise it. A bar can go into party mode by the simple addition of some suitable lighting, for example. However, you want you bar to work with the rest of the home, choose good quality barware so that you get the best out of it.
Make sure your bar is well stocked with glasses. There’s nothing worse than a social gathering at a home bar when the glasses run out. Install a glass store that allows you to see everything in one go, so that you can keep track on how many are in use.
A funky shelf unit with differently sized compartments is ideal for stowing a range of glassware. Keep a variety of tumblers, goblets, cocktail glasses, champagne flutes and shot glasses. Regularly used glasses can be stored upside down underneath a cabinet.
Make space for a glass jug, with a set of glasses, to serve water or juice. Set out your glasses, with different colors, behind the bar to make a great looking back drop
Barrels Of Fun.
Few things say ‘bar’ like a barrels, even if you don’t have any that hold drinks. A barrel themed bar is a trendy look that is a great deal of fun. Barrels make for superb occasional tables that you can set around the bar and they also double as drinks stores.
A half barrel makes for a great coffee table base. Alternatively, stuff one with ice to use as a chiller for beer bottles – ideal as a way of extending the bar area outside when you are holding a cook out. And for a great addition to your bar, wall mount a barrel faced clock as the perfect way of keeping track of time.
Drinks Stores With More.
If you don’t have room for a dedicated bar area in your home, but still want the fun and paraphernalia of barware, set your drinks store out like a miniature bar. Install your glasses store on the inside of double opening doors of a closet with a mirror on the back to make it seem larger.
Place your selection of bar bottles in front the mirror, ideally on glazed shelving, with some spotlights to add a touch of theater. A drinks cart is another simple way of getting a bar atmosphere going without a specialised room that serves the purpose.
Light Up Your Bar.
Install some colorful lighting around your bar to make it enter party mode. Cool blue LEDs are an on-trend idea that will suit contemporary living room bars. Use them around the bar area, or behind, under the shelves and in the refrigerator. For another fashionable look, use the bar itself as a light fitting which throws light onto the ceiling.
Don’t forget to keep your drinks cool. A pull-out refrigerator is ideal for kids’ drinks and bottled water. Use a glass fronted wine cooler, with pull out racks, to keep track on your champagne bottles. And no bar is complete without a stylish ice bucket on hand.
Don’t forget to add some signs to your collection of barware. Illuminated signs are great if you use your bar in multi-function mode, since you can turn them on and off. Old-fashioned signs create a bit of retro chic in a bar area, or why not simply use a sign that promotes your favored tipple? Cheers!