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Functional Calacatta Bar
Functional Calacatta Bar
Integrated Resources Group
This modern Calacatta bar was designed with functionality in mind. White oak sliding doors match the bar cabinetry and allow for bar to be entirely closed off so the room it resides in can be utilized for kid-friendly activities. Design by Lindsay Gerber Interiors Photography by Paul Dyer
Lower Levels
Lower Levels
Lark Interior Design
David Frechette
Inspiration for a transitional dark wood floor seated home bar remodel in Detroit with gray backsplash and gray countertops
Colinbrook Basement
Colinbrook Basement
CMH Builders, Inc.
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional single-wall wet bar remodel in Indianapolis with shaker cabinets
Spanish Oaks Bar
Spanish Oaks Bar
Martha O'Hara Interiors
Martha O'Hara Interiors, Interior Design & Photo Styling | Meg Mulloy, Photography | Please Note: All “related,” “similar,” and “sponsored” products tagged or listed by Houzz are not actual products pictured. They have not been approved by Martha O’Hara Interiors nor any of the professionals credited. For info about our work: design@oharainteriors.com
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Anthony Michael Interior Design, Ltd.
Michael Alan Kaskel
Home bar - contemporary single-wall dark wood floor home bar idea in Chicago with no sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, wood countertops, multicolored backsplash and brown countertops
The 1910 Row House
The 1910 Row House
Twelve Chairs Interiors
Transitional home bar photo in Boston
Spanish style, Palos Verdes Estates
Spanish style, Palos Verdes Estates
Melanie Giolitti Interior Design
Photography by John Lichtwarft
Inspiration for a large mediterranean concrete floor and multicolored floor wet bar remodel in Los Angeles with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, quartz countertops, beige backsplash, ceramic backsplash and beige countertops
{Z} Family Home, Lower Level bar
{Z} Family Home, Lower Level bar
Laura of Pembroke
Interior Design and home furnishings by Laura Sirpilla Bosworth, Laura of Pembroke, Inc Lighting and home furnishings available through Laura of Pembroke, 330-477-4455 or visit www.lauraofpembroke.com for details
Stratford II Residence
Stratford II Residence
Cornerstone Architects
Tre Dunham
Seated home bar - modern seated home bar idea in Austin
Traditional remodel with walnut island.
Traditional remodel with walnut island.
Custom Kitchens Inc
Bar with wine cooler. Crystal Cabinets, custom door painted bisque. Crazy Delicatus granite top. John Magor Photography
Elegant home bar photo in Richmond
Standing Out in a Crowd
Standing Out in a Crowd
Picture Perfect House
Picture Perfect House
Home bar - transitional galley brown floor home bar idea in Chicago with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, multicolored backsplash, wood backsplash and white countertops
Biltmore Custom Home
Biltmore Custom Home
Brycor Builders
Wet bar - contemporary single-wall medium tone wood floor and brown floor wet bar idea in Phoenix with an undermount sink, raised-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, gray backsplash, brick backsplash and beige countertops
Coldwater
Coldwater
JNO Construction and Design
Inspiration for a contemporary single-wall medium tone wood floor and brown floor wet bar remodel in Los Angeles with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white backsplash and white countertops
New Transitional Custom Home
New Transitional Custom Home
Webber Development & Construction
Rustic White Photography
Mid-sized transitional galley concrete floor and red floor seated home bar photo in Atlanta with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, gray cabinets, wood countertops, red backsplash, brick backsplash and brown countertops
Delray Noir
Delray Noir
Nikki Levy Interiors
This 22' bar is a show piece like none other. Oversized and dramatic, it creates drama as the epicenter of the home. The hidden cabinet behind the agate acrylic panel is a true piece of art.
Recent Project Examples
Recent Project Examples
Sharon L Cotton Designs
Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse single-wall medium tone wood floor wet bar remodel in Charlotte with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, granite countertops, white backsplash and ceramic backsplash
Hilltop Modern
Hilltop Modern
Element Custom Builders
Seated home bar - 1950s gray floor seated home bar idea in Denver with glass-front cabinets, dark wood cabinets, blue backsplash and black countertops
Wildwood Home Remodel
Wildwood Home Remodel
Liston Design Build
Small transitional single-wall medium tone wood floor and brown floor dry bar photo in St Louis with no sink, recessed-panel cabinets, gray cabinets, wood countertops, gray backsplash, ceramic backsplash and brown countertops
Lac Nord
Lac Nord
Colby Construction
Example of a beach style home bar design in Milwaukee

Everyone has their favorite spot to enjoy a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey. For some people, that spot is right in the comfort of their own home bar. In-home bars can act as a central hub for entertainment, and can easily bring with them the fun atmosphere of a tavern or cocktail lounge. When browsing photos for home bar ideas, ask yourself the following questions to make sure you create exactly what you want and need:

I want to build a home bar. Where do I start?

First, pick a location. Generally, people will build a basement bar or corner bar in an area near the kitchen or dining room. If you are limited in terms of available indoor space, an outdoor bar is an excellent option, especially during warmer seasons. Once you have secured a location, decide on what functionality you want to include in your space, such as sinks, storage and refrigeration. This will help you with the overall layout of your home bar design, and then you can start picking materials and finishes that will coordinate with the rest of the space.

Do I need a wet bar or portable bar?

Including a sink in the functionality of your new watering hole makes it a wet bar. Sinks are convenient for home bars if you choose a location far from your kitchen. Don’t need running water? You might think about going with one of the many portable home bar design ideas, which will enable you to conveniently turn any space in your house into a barroom or cantina. For portable options, try a fun bar cart.

What home bar furniture should I get?

Choose furniture that will coordinate well with the rest of your home’s decor. Seating and storage are essential to home bar designs, so look for bar stools and a liquor cabinet of some sort. If you are creating a freestanding station instead of using existing countertops, you will need a bar table, which are taller and shallower than regular dining tables. Check that your stool and table height work together before you finalize any home bar designs. Once you’ve found all of the right furniture pieces, you can implement your favorite decorative elements based on the home bar ideas that inspire you the most.

How should I decorate my home bar?

Accessorizing is the fun part of finalizing home bar designs. Find a theme that you want to incorporate — think about what you might see at your favorite pub or alehouse. There are infinite bar decorating ideas to choose from, but don’t stress too much about finding the right barware pieces, as these are easy to change out. Bottle openers, decanters, ice buckets, cocktail shakers and glassware are a few of the functional accessories to remember to pick up. Coasters, neon lights or signage are all great home bar ideas that will help you achieve the look you want, whether it’s a futuristic lounge or a historical saloon.


Last, but not least, don’t forget to stock up on your beverage of choice!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a home bar renovation or are building a designer home bar from scratch, Houzz has images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Nikki Levy Interiors and Twelve Chairs Interiors. Look through home bar pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a home bar design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful home bar photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.