Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raise Your Glass to Home Bars in All Shapes and Sizes

Unleash your creative prowess when designing a custom home bar. While a tiny unit can be squeezed into an empty corner, a larger-than-life bar that takes over a whole room can work as a real party starter. Just add swizzle sticks, mood music and a menu of tasty cocktails and mocktails. Which of these bars would suit you best?

Works for: Design devotees. So sophisticated, this marble backsplash encased in timber adds visual impact to the built-in bar. Two wine fridges mean that a cool pinot gris is never out of reach, and another nifty idea is the built-in overhead row of glass racks. Here glasses are easy to find when guests settle in, and they don’t take up any cupboard space.

Works for: Beach babes. Even if the surf is far, far away, this New York bar shack with nautical elements evokes a Gidget-meets-Moondoggie vibe. The aquamarine feature wall works as a strong backdrop, while the much-loved surfboard provides a decorative but functional counter. The string of fairy lights continues the retro feel, giving the bar a sweet, nostalgic air.

Works for: The Great Gatsby. This old-world residence in Melbourne merges traditional elements with contemporary touches. The dark walnut bar with shapely stools works as a centrepiece, while the shimmering circular chandeliers above provide gentle illumination. One of the quirkiest touches is the ornate gilt frame — where liquor bottles work as a changeable artwork.

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