How To Style Your Home Bar
The bar is often the hub of a party, so it’s important that it looks the part. Whether you transform your console into a drinks station or mix martinis from a brass cart, here are 8 ideas for a stylish home bar.
Topped with a vibrant table lamp and fresh floral arrangement, a classic brass drinks cart invites guests to admire this room’s striking artwork.
This bar cabinet from Susur Lee’s Toronto restaurant, Lee, looks just as beautiful open as it does closed. To achieve a similar look, hunt down an antique Chinoiserie-style bureau and stock it with a selection of unique and colorful spirits.
Chef Rodney Bowers’ handsome drinks cabinet is topped with bowls of seasonal nuts, and fitted with functional, super-deep drawers. “Wineglasses fit perfectly in here and won’t break,” he explains.
Turning a console into a drinks station is a great option for small spaces. Here, a pretty tray keeps a cocktail shaker, carafe and seltzer bottle in one place, leaving plenty of room for setting up glassware.
An antique demi-lune table makes an ideal spot to display crystal decanters filled with your favorite aged spirits. Set against a striking red wall clustered with vintage trays, this Victorian space calls to mind a 19th century cocktail party.
If you live in a climate that permits outdoor entertaining (lucky you!), why not take your cue from Colette van den Thillart, who arranged rosy spirits and fresh greenery on an airy glass dining table.
An antique Biedermeier dresser is reimagined as a bar in Toronto designer Tommy Smythe’s living room. Placing accents and artwork around the tray helps the display blend in with the rest of the space.
Stocked with everything you need for a satisfying nightcap, a round, two-tiered bar cart is a perfect addition to a library, study or den. “The only thing missing here is cigars,” jokes designer Natalie Hodgins.
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