It doesn’t matter if you prefer a glass of wine, a bottle of beer, or an upscale mocktail: A home bar is an integral part of a beautiful entertaining space. Not only is it a surefire way to stay hydrated—even if you just fill up on fizzy water—but it’ll also come in handy during dinner parties and laid-back soirées with your inner circle. Remember that just because a home bar highlights your libations doesn’t mean it has to sacrifice on style. In fact, it’s possible to create a space that looks as good as the delicious beverages you shake, stir, and pour there.
“A home bar is the perfect opportunity to create a little gem that’s inviting for cocktail hour,” shares Zuni Madera, design director at a New York-based firm called foley&cox. “From lacquered millwork to decorative furnishing, a home bar brings character and personality with layers of beautifully mixed decorative accessories such as accent art, fresh florals, decorative objects, and lighting.”
Before you create the perfect setup, you’ll want to consider a few factors. First up? Size. While some homes may be able to accommodate a larger piece, small space dwellers might need to downsize with a bar cart or some double-duty storage. You’ll also want to think about your home bar’s contents: elegant glassware might be proudly displayed on open shelves or glass-fronted cabinets, while bottles of liquor can be stowed away in a cabinet. And, of course, your home’s aesthetic will play a major role in the final product. To help spark inspiration, check out these stunning home bar ideas—and how to recreate them in your space. From bold pops of color to discreet designs, these setups are dressed to impress. Cheers!