Bar Design Concepts


Build a bar that reflects the design of the entire house. For example, you may need a bar constructed of stainless steel in a high-tech home. Think of an average-size bar as a piece of furniture. However, a bar can become a room divider or the room's focal point, depending on its size, color and placement in a given room. Go over a lot of designs before deciding on a final plan.

Define the Bar Size

  • Figure out the floor space the bar will require. You can install the bar between the kitchen and living room, for example. By looking at how much space you will utilize, you can plan lighting, bar construction materials and special amenities. You may want to include a sink and plenty of storage beneath the counter if the bar is sizable.

Select Appropriate Colors

  • Color or finish is a matter of personal taste. You might want a mahogany bar with marble tiles on the counter, for example. If you like upscale, traditional furniture, you probably will want a bar that fits this type of décor. If the bar will be located in a basement media room, you might prefer a bar covered with red vinyl. The materials and finishes you use will need to harmonize with nearby sofas, cabinets and area rugs.

Create Outstanding Features

  • Figure out which part of the bar you will draw attention to. You can, for instance, install premade wooden posts that seemingly hold up the ceiling above the bar. Or you can add a custom mirror on a wall behind the bar to reflect the room in general. You might wish to install glass shelves over the mirror to reflect wine glasses and bottles on display. In many cases, you will want to create a bar that features outstanding stools. You can actually design the bar around stools you like.

Design Bar Lighting

  • Go over lighting choices. Adding recessed lights in the ceiling above the bar is a good choice because these lights take up little or no space. Installing lights that hang over the bar in some fashion make a nice statement, especially if the globes are brightly colored. You might use lights with bold blue globes hanging on dark brown metal rods. Other choices include a couple of small chandeliers over the bar or fixtures that are close to the ceiling.

Plan Bar Usage

  • Construct the bar to function well. Ask if you will need to add a sink or install electrical outlets. You can add either sliding doors or close-able doors over bar shelves. Ensure that the countertop of the bar is wide enough to serve as a dining space. If the bar will serve as a room divider, go over many possibilities for construction. You might add shelving to hold containers of plants or special art objects.

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