Creating a Home Bar

Some people who are blessed with really incredible mid-century homes have themselves a built-in bar usually off the living and dining area. This was extremely important for entertaining guests throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Then it kind of faded out… It became tacky, poorly designed, and some might even say not useful. However, adding a home bar can be a great way to create something one-of-a-kind to your home that will definitely be utilized by guests and the owners. Especially if you already have one and just need to add some new tile or cabinet pulls to make it look classic again. Today’s post is going to focus on how to update an existing bar and also how to create your own little free-standing bar space.

Home Bar Inspiration:

Get creative with these smart built in bar designs and bar carts. Create the perfect spot in your home for entertaining.


The Beginner's Guide to Setting Up a Bar at Home


Personalized home coffee bar ideas


The home bar shown in the image above is stylish and eclectic, using bold colors to create this fun home wet bar.


How to Update:

1. Wall Sconce // 2. Hanging Mirror // 3. Black & Gold Wallpaper // 4. Blue Wallpaper // 5. Silver Pull // 6. Gold Pull // 7. Black Iron Pull // 8. Barware Set // 9. Burl Wood Tray // 10. Glassware // 11. Martini Glasses // 12. Acrylic Tray // 13. White Shell Tile // 14. Blue Moroccan Tile // 15. Black Mediterranean Tile 

If you’re not one of the lucky few with a built in bar in your home, it is so simple to create one. You only need a few key ingredients… a console table or bar cart, some lamps, vintage glasses, pretty artwork, and alcohol. Mixing vintage and modern pieces together is one of the best ways to design your home bar because you’re combining an older era with today’s generation.

Free Standing Bar Inspiration:

I think I just like it because of the bar cart & Brigitte Bardo photo ~ Sarah's Small & Stylish Brooklyn Apartment — House Tour


Midcentury modern inspired space with a bar cart below a gold mirror


Bar Cart - Antique & Modern


Art deco inspired wall paper and gold bar cart | Home Decor | Interior Design


See what we mean by mixing antiques with modern pieces creating a well organized eclectic look? Follow our guideline below to mix and match furniture and accessories!

Do It Yourself:

Large Bars:

1. Wall Mounted // 2. Rattan Credenza // 3. Antique Burl Wood Dry Bar // 4. Rattan Bar with Gold Feet

Rolling Bar Carts:

1. Acrylic and Gold Bar // 2. Boxy Acrylic Bar // 3. Round, Vintage-Inspired Bar // 4. Zella Bar Cart


1. Warner Table Lamp // 2. Alta Table Lamp // 3. Modern Bulb Table Lamp // 4. Golden Lotus Table Lamp

Wall Sconces:

1. White & Gold Adjustable Sconce // 2. Black Versailles Sconce // 3. White Cascading Sconce // 4. Aged Bronze Sconce


1. Bottom Heavy Glass // 2. Double Old Fashioned Glass // 3. Etched Glass // 4. Margarita Glass


1. Green Glass Decanter // 2. Crystal Decanter // 3. Whiskey Robot Decanter // 4. Sebastian Decanter


Looking to give your home some needed updates? Give us a call!  We would love to help you design your perfect abode.

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1 Comment

  1. D Linsky

    This is a wealth of information,and great ideas.I love the blending of old and new.


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