Bringing home the best bar features
Offering a guest a drink is Entertaining 101, and having an area dedicated to the purpose says you’re ready to host. What’s more, it doesn’t always have to cost top shelf.
‘‘A dresser or console table is a great start. Paint it, take doors off.’’ Hayley Dryland
The drinks trolley has made a serious comeback – perhaps driven by Mad Men (who doesn’t dream of mixing a dirty martini or whisky sour after a tough day at the office?) or the revival of everything mid-century.
This portable, stylish and functional piece of furniture can literally roll into any soire´e and fits into even the smallest of homes. What’s more, bargains can still be found.
If pushing a trolley around the house isn’t your thing, creating a bar space on a console, cabinet or even a spare bookshelf could be an option.
August & Co Design interior designer Hayley Dryland says other pieces of furniture can also be repurposed as a bar.
‘‘A dresser or console table is a great start. Paint it, take doors off. Add some floating shelves above for glasses,’’ says Hayley. ‘‘A bookshelf painted black with a roll of metallic wallpaper on the back looks great.’’
For the serious home entertainer, having a stand-alone or built-in bar can be the ultimate entertaining zone.
Kitchen designer Colleen Holder of Colleen Holder Design says adding a bar can be a chance to make a bold statement and add personality to a home.
There’s lots to consider. The bar could be integrated into the cabinetry or designed as a separate drinks station.
Materials set the scene for any bar, says August & Co’s Hayley Dryland. Crystal, brass and mirror fixtures and fittings will create a glam look. ‘‘A simple handle can ooze glam without breaking the bank,’’ she says.
A rustic bar can be created using raw steel, repurposed timber, barrels and metal shelving, while for a vintage look consider cane or a vinyl free-standing bar with matching stools.
For those wanting the ultimate man cave, drag out the sports paraphernalia and branded mirrors and use finishes such as timber and stainless steel.
A home bar might be a great way to entertain the guests.