As experts in developing high-end, bespoke properties, we know the importance of creating spaces that exude luxury and sophistication. At the heart of any home lies its entertainment spaces – and where better to entertain than in a home bar?
Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or simply enjoy hosting guests, a well-designed home bar will impress visitors and elevate your property. In this blog, we explore the essential elements of a home bar and how to ensure it becomes a focal point of entertainment to be enjoyed time and time again.
At Aspire, we understand the significance of creating outstanding spaces that reflect the tastes and preferences of our clients. As such, we’ve developed a keen awareness of the vital components of any great home bar – elements that not only enhance the functionality, but elevate the luxurious ambience of a space. Let’s take a look at the foundations.
Choosing high-quality custom materials is paramount in crafting a home bar that exudes sophistication. From the bar countertop to the cabinetry and shelving, opt for luxurious, long-lasting materials such as marble, granite, or fine woods like mahogany or walnut.
It’s also well worth seeking out craftspeople who specialise in creating bespoke units and accents so you can have a home bar that’s quite literally like no other.
When it comes to personal touches, it’s not just your bar’s cabinetry and surfaces that can be customised. You could also choose to include custom-designed barware with your initials or family crest, personalised monogrammed cocktail napkins, or even a dedicated space to showcase rare or limited-edition spirits. These additions elevate your home bar from a mere entertaining space to a truly tailored experience.
As with the rest of your home’s design, comfort is high on the list of priorities. Select comfortable seating options like plush bar stools and relaxed armchairs and your guests will thank you.
It’s not just your guests that need to be comfortable, though — pay attention to the ergonomics of the bar area itself to optimise comfort for you or your mixologist as you prepare drinks.
It should be noted, too, that comfort extends beyond seating and ergonomics into acoustics. Ensure that your bar area doesn’t echo or create harsh sounds by incorporating sound-absorbing drapes, carpets, rugs, or wall panels.
Lighting plays a critical role in creating an inviting and atmospheric home bar. To set the mood, utilise a combination of task and mood lighting — from pendant lights focused on the cocktail area, to dimmable overhead lighting that creates ambience for entertaining.
Lighting can also be used to highlight display shelves and backlight bottles and glasses to add a touch of drama.
Think about the bars you’ve been to that you’ve enjoyed most. It’s not just about the drinks; it’s about providing an immersive and entertaining experience.
Consider integrating audio-visual systems into your home bar — think surround-sound speakers, flat-screen TVs, or even a projector. That way, you can host watch-parties, enjoy the game, or listen to jazz as you sip a perfectly crafted drink.
When selecting a location for your home bar, opt for a designated area that seamlessly integrates with your entertaining spaces. Whether it’s the kitchen, dining room, or living room, proximity to your guests is key. By strategically placing your home bar, you can effortlessly create a social hub that enhances the overall ambience of any party.
Remember, a well-thought-out location won’t feel like an afterthought but rather an intentional centrepiece. There’s no need to hide a bar away (unless that’s your preference; basement bars are hugely popular) — you’ve put in the effort to make a home bar, so why not make it obvious?
When it comes to designing a luxury home bar, there are generally two overarching options: seamlessly blending it with the rest of your home’s design, or creating a striking focal point that stands out.
Both approaches have their merits, and the choice ultimately depends on your personal style and the overall aesthetic of your property.
If you prefer a cohesive and harmonious look throughout your home, blending your home bar design with the existing decor is the way to go. This approach ensures that your bar feels like an organic extension of the surrounding spaces, creating a seamless flow between rooms. You can achieve this in several ways:
Some, on the other hand, will prefer to create a home bar that makes a statement and stands out. To create a striking and eye-catching bar area, consider:
Another key way to create a stand-out space is to integrate unique design elements — the things that your home bar will be remembered for. Think distinctive backlit bottle displays, bespoke cabinetry, and eye-catching artwork at the centre.
When it comes to crafting the ultimate home bar, your choice of barware and equipment is crucial. These essential items elevate your drink and cocktail-making experience so that you can create a wide array of beverages with style and precision. You’ll need to think about:
Any great home bar has refrigeration that caters for a range of ingredients. From olives, cherries, and mint, to beers and mixers, refrigeration is key. You’ll also want a freezer section for ice!
Wine chillers will keep wine at the perfect temperature. But if you’re truly passionate about wines, think about installing a dedicated wine room — a luxurious addition that allows you to showcase and truly enjoy your collection.
When it comes to glassware, it’s worth including a range of options to cater to different drink types. Rocks glasses, Collins glasses, wine glasses, flutes, and coup glasses are essential — each glass type enhances the drinking experience of each unique beverage.
To become a master mixologist – or provide hired mixologists with the right tools – you’ll need to stock up on equipment like:
Think about the kinds of drinks you enjoy most regularly and ensure your bar works for those. For example, if you enjoy espresso martinis, you might like to add a coffee machine to your bar setup.
Don’t forget the smaller details that enhance the overall experience. Cocktail napkins and coasters are vital for maintaining cleanliness and adding a touch of sophistication.
Decanters and carafes don’t just serve a practical purpose — they also make for an elegant display. Opt for crystal or glass decanters with intricate designs or modern shapes and use them to store and serve your favourite spirits.
You may also choose to invest in a selection of serving trays and platters to present your drinks and appetisers in style. Look for trays made from high-quality materials such as marble, wood, or mirrored surfaces. They can double as displays for your glassware.
When designing your home bar, you’ll need to think about what drinks you will want to store. Ensure you make room for a diverse selection of spirits, such as vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, and tequila, to cater to the different tastes of your guests.
Additionally, you’re likely to want to stock up on a range of mixers and liqueurs like vermouth, bitters, orange liqueur, kahlua, soda, lemonade, tonic, and various juices. And, of course, don’t forget to include a well-curated assortment of wines and champagne for those special occasions.
As bespoke home developers, we’ve worked with a variety of clients over the years to craft a range of beautiful home bars — each of them unique and tailored to their tastes. To give you some home bar design ideas, we wanted to take a look at some of our favourites…
Backlit dramatically, this room is flooded with a pale green light that cleanses the palette. Moët, anyone? Discover King’s Chase here.
Our clients at King’s View wanted elegance. We created a seamlessly designed bar area with a twist within their fitness facility — it doubles as a juicing station. In the kitchen, we added a simple, tasteful wine fridge and further storage in a corridor and reception area.
A private commission in Wimbledon, the clients at Ridgway Gardens opted for a basement bar and wine cellar. Bespoke cabinetry and pendant lighting makes for an exclusive, ambient vibe – while the adjacent cinema ensures non-stop entertainment for guests.
This kitchen bar at Eaton Park is lowkey and smart, merging seamlessly into the overarching open plan design — breakfast by morning, bar by night.
Arty Dunraven Street wine store
This period property in Mayfair was previously owned by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Our renovation involved the creation of this unique wine store with red backlighting.
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