Home Bar Interior Design Tips for 2024 | The How-to Guide

Home Bar Interior Design Tips for 2024 | The How-to Guide

Suzie Anderson | Owner of Suzie Anderson Home Suzie Anderson | Owner of Suzie Anderson Home
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Creating a stylish home bar has grown in popularity, as the enjoyment of entertaining at home continues to grow.

Whether you're a fan of mixology or simply enjoy hosting gatherings, a well-designed home bar can provide an enjoyable alternative to going out.

In this week's journal, we will explore various ideas and design considerations to help you create the perfect at-home bar experience.


The Layout and Design

Built-In Wet Bar:

A built-in wet bar is a fantastic option for those who have the space and want a fully equipped bar area.

Here are some design considerations to keep in mind:

  • Location: Choose a convenient location near areas like the kitchen, dining room, outdoor entertainment space, patio, or basement.

  • Plumbing: Ensure that plumbing is easily accessible for the sink.

  • Countertops: Opt for durable and stylish materials such as granite, marble, or quartz.

  • Cabinetry: Install cabinets above and below the countertop for storage and consider glass-front cabinets to showcase glassware.

  • Lighting: Use pendant lights or under-cabinet lighting to create a pleasant ambiance.

  • Seating: If space permits, include a bar counter with stools for comfortable seating.

  • Appliances: Incorporate appliances like a mini fridge, wine cooler, and dishwasher for added convenience.

  • Flooring: protect against spillage with durable flooring options like an indoor-outdoor rug, or vinyl flooring.  

Home Bar Wet Bar

Photo Source: Tays and Co Design Studio

A Dry Bar:

A dry bar is an excellent choice for those with space constraints or where adding plumbing is not feasible.

Here are some design considerations for a dry bar:

  • Storage: Focus on storage solutions for bottles, glassware, and accessories since a sink is not included.

  • Display: Consider open shelving or a wine rack as a focal point to showcase your collection.

  • Countertop Space: Ensure you have ample space for mixing and preparing drinks.

  • Backsplash: Add a stylish backsplash that complements the overall aesthetic of the bar.

  • Accessories: Stock your dry bar with essential bar tools, accessories, and items like an ice bucket or wine coolers.

Dry Bar Home Bar

Photo Source: Jilco Kitchen and Bar

Free-Standing Bar with Bar Cart:

A bar cart offers versatility and mobility, making it a popular choice. If you want a step-by-step guide for setting up your bar cart, you can read our journal here

Here are some points to consider when incorporating a bar cart into your home:

  • Bar Cart Selection: Choose a bar cart that matches your decor style. Options include bar carts or trolleys made from rattan, chrome, leather, wood, glass, or metal.

  • Organization: Use the top shelf for frequently used bottles and tools, and the bottom shelf for additional storage, accessories, cocktail books, and more. 

  • Styling: Personalize your bar cart with decorative items like a vase, books, living energy, something loved, and something with lustre.

  • Mobility: We recommend selecting a bar cart with wheels for easy movement between different areas of your home.

  • Accessories: Equip your bar cart with essential bar tools, glasses, and an ice bucket.

Rattan Bar Cart

Photo Source: Matthew Caughy

Essential Bar Tools and Accessories

At Home Bar Tools

  • Muddler
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Mixing Glass
  • Jigger & Measuring Cup
  • Strainer
  • Pour Spout
  • Bar Spoons
  • Citrus Peelers
  • Mixing Sticks
  • Small Paring Knife

Tays and Co Design Studio

Photo Source: Tays and Co Design Studio

At Home Bar Accessories

  • Carafe
  • Ice Bucket
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Whisky / Gin Rocks
  • Jigger & Measuring Cup
  • Mandolin
  • Decanter
  • Wine Saver
  • Cocktail Picks
  • Glass Droppers


When it comes to glassware, aim for a streamlined look by sticking to a similar design in different shapes and sizes. Showcase 4-6 glasses tailored to your favorite drinks, such as whisky glasses, tumblers, or stemless wine glasses.

Barware Tools and Accessories

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

Light for Home Bar

Photo Source: Via Houzz

At Home Bar Lighting

Proper lighting is essential for creating the right ambiance in your home bar.

Consider the following lighting ideas:

  • Pendant Lights: Hang stylish pendant lights above the bar area for both illumination and aesthetic appeal.

  • LED Strip Lights: Install LED strip lights under shelves or counters to add a modern touch and create different moods.

  • Backlit Shelves: Showcase your glassware collection with backlit shelves, adding sophistication to the bar's appearance.

  • Track Lighting: Use track lighting to highlight specific areas like the bar counter, display shelves, or artwork on the walls.

  • Cabinet Lighting: Illuminate glass-front cabinets or liquor storage areas with cabinet lighting, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  • A chandelier or Statement Light Fixture: Make a statement with a chandelier or unique light fixture that complements your home's overall theme.

  • Table Lamps: Place small table lamps strategically on the bar counter or nearby tables for a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

  • Candlelight: Utilize flameless LED candles to add a warm and classic glow to your home bar.

  • Dimmer Switches: Install dimmer switches for flexibility in adjusting the brightness of the lights, allowing you to set the mood for different occasions.

Home Bar Lighting

Photo Source: Granite State Cabinetry

Home Bar Furniture

If you are setting up a complete entertaining area, selecting the right furniture is crucial for a functional and stylish home bar.

Consider the following furniture ideas:

  • Bar Counter: Choose a well-designed bar counter that provides ample space for mixing drinks and serving.

  • Bar Stools: Select comfortable and stylish bar stools that complement the overall aesthetic of your home bar.

  • Shelving Units: Install shelves or display cabinets to showcase your glassware collection and barware.

  • Wine Rack: Incorporate a wine rack if you're a wine enthusiast, either as a standalone piece or integrated into the shelving.

  • Bar Cart: Opt for a versatile and movable bar cart that adds style and functionality to your home bar.

  • Back Bar Hutch: Consider adding a back bar hutch with glass doors to display glassware, decanters, and other decorative items.

  • Built-in Lounge Seating: If space permits, create a cosy seating area adjacent to the bar, such as a built-in banquette seat for a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

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Proper Professional Home Bar

Accessories: Loved, Lustre, Living.

Adding personal touches and decorative elements can elevate the overall look and feel of your home bar.

Consider the following ideas:

  • Artwork: Hang artwork or prints that reflect your personal taste and create a focal point in the bar area.

  • Mirrors: Install mirrors to create the illusion of a larger space and add lustre and depth to the bar area.

  • Living energy: Add greenery with potted plants or fresh flowers to bring a touch of nature to the space.

  • Coasters and Napkins: Use stylish coasters and napkins that match the theme or color scheme of your home bar.

  • Cocktail Books: Display a collection of cocktail recipe books for both inspiration and decoration.

  • Bar Accessories: Showcase your bar tools, cocktail shakers, and garnish containers in an organized and visually appealing way.

Wine Magnum Celebration Decanter

Wine Magnum Celebration Decanter


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Bar Cart

Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home

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