Home bars are as different and varied as the people who own them. Some are eclectic and eye-catching while others are clean and contemporary. They can be large or small; located in basements, garages, or backyards; and reflect the owners' personalities and preferences. So what does it take to make a great home bar?
The best home bars have at least a few of these essential features. Look and learn:
#1. A Unifying Theme - I know what you're thinking--a theme, really? What kind of a theme are we talking about? Something like..."
#2. Great Lighting - Lighting is key. You can use it in all kinds of ways to create different moods. Natural light is amazing, but fixtures can be totally unique and a great way to create accents in even the simplest of spaces. And adding some lights-under-the-cabinet action is a great finishing touch.
A pub-style home bar with very cool lighting fixtures from refinedguy.com
A home bar incorporating light into cabinet space and under counters,
shows how light adds a warm glow from apcconcept.com
#3. Draft Beer! - Beer on tap tastes better and it's super cool, especially if you like to throw parties or keg your home brew.
A draft beer station is like a home brewer's trophy case.
Okay, so maybe a keg of beer is a little much for you, this one is a MUST have:
#4. A Beverage Fridge - No matter what your drink of choice leaving the bar for a cold beverage is a downer!
#5 Cool stools - Bar stools aren't just a place to rest your rump--use them to embellish your bar. Again you don't have to go crazy, but have fun with them!
Retired kegs turned Into very cool bar stools
#6 Glass racks - It may seem inconsequential, but a hanging glass rack can turn even the smallest space into a very cool home bar. Plus, they keep your counter space clear and really complete the home bar feel.
A Tiny Classy Home Bar
#7 Entertainment - An activity is a fun addition to any home bar. Whether it is a big screen TV to watch the game, a poker table, or even just a couple of board games or tavern puzzles--having something to do is a great icebreaker and makes for a great time!
Something to do or something to watch makes a home bar complete,
So there you have it--our list of essential features to include to make your home bar great!
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