If you’re the type of person that likes to entertain in your home, you should have at least one room dedicated to that very purpose. Here are some tips for designing your bar or lounge. 

A home bar or lounge is a luxurious addition to your home, especially if you like to entertain, but it’s important to get the look right. Your home bar should be an expression of your personal style and should be complete, convenient and attractive. In order for your bar to accomplish those goals, you should ask some basic questions before adding a bar or lounge to your home.

  • First, where will your home bar be located – where do you like to entertain? Will your bar be most convenient indoors, in the kitchen, or in an outdoor patio, near the pool?
  • How big would you like your bar to be, and how much space you have to devote to a bar in your home? Keep in mind that if you use your bar for entertaining, you’ll have to allow at least some open space around it for your guests to move freely. A bar located in a former bedroom or a small, cramped corner is impractical.
  • How much money do you have to devote to the project?
  • What style of bar do you prefer? You don’t want your bar to look like an afterthought – it’s best to have it blend into the look of your home, or alternatively, to follow a predetermined style.
  • You will also need to take thought for practical considerations, such as the spills and stains likely to happen to your floors and furniture in the space, and use stain resistant materials and some kind of fabric protection.

Once you have established where your bar will be, how large it will be, how much money you have to devote and what style of bar you want, you can move on to the design considerations. There are truly no limits to bar and lounge design except your budget and imagination, but many classic bar designs fit well into many decors:

Art Deco

This sleek, elegant style fits beautifully into homes with a modern look and features frosted glass, dark/glossy furniture with simple lines, and severe geometric accents. Simple, luxurious accessories in stainless steel and silver complement the sophisticated look.

Turn of the Century

This look features antique beer posters from the 1900’s, stained glass lamps and wooden counters. The look is nostalgic and elaborate in its rich detail and vibrant color. Highly polished wood, elaborately decorated glasses, and accessories like wine charms and bottle holders add to the retro appeal of this style.

Mid Century Modern

This is the downtown Manhattan bar of the 1950s, with simple, sophisticated lines, long, low furniture and a Jackson Pollock hanging on the wall. The look is clean and bright, but the luxurious materials and avant-garde art speak of worldliness and elegance. If you stay true to the look, and use the real leather and expensive upholstery the look demands, be sure to schedule regular fabric cleanings to keep the bar furniture looking neat and trim.

Monastery Cellar

This look has the flavor of a medieval monastery: the back wall of the bar may be made of brick or stone, the wine racks are rough and have an unfinished look, and the glassware may not be glassware at all, but rather stoneware mugs, silver flagards or even wooden bowls. Ironware lamps or lanterns add to the mood, and any modern conveniences like a fridge or sink are tucked out of sight.

Adding a bar or lounge to your home adds to its comfort and appeal, but be sure to consult a furniture pro when planning the design. A pro can help you choose the right furniture for the look you want.