How to create a stylish bar at home
Sometimes the best place for an after-work drink or weekend celebration is at home.
Pick a spot
Before you start moving things around to make space for your little piece of luxury, make sure that you find the right spot.
"This really depends on the size of your home, and how you intend using your bar - whether it's day or night entertaining or both," says Megan Bond, from OBJEK Architecture and Interiors.
Usually, a home bar is located in the social hub of your home, near the kitchen or in a part of your living / dining area.
She advises that you keep the proportions and the ergonomics of a bar in mind. "Barstools should be comfortable and suited to the height of the bar. Lighting is always key, especially if your bar is used during the day and at night. A great bar is organised and has a place for everything."
All that jazz
After taking care of all the 'grown-up' things, the fun part happens - finding and buying accessories.
"Again, size dependent, but a fridge, a bin and a sink are ideal for any home bar. And of course a great sound system," says Bond.
"Home bars can be anything from a concealed unit with everything, integrated, to an entire space dedicated to the bar. Interesting finishes are being used for tops, islands and splash backs, like bronze, coppers and marbles. Decorative lighting and pendants can also make a statement, and become a standout feature." Once all the hard work is done, all you need to do is invite your friends around to toast your new home bar.