DIY Home Decor

Perfect At-Home Bars: Summertime Decorating

August 22, 2016
perfect at-home bars

Hi folks, and welcome back to another dose of Monday’s summer decorating inspiration. Last week we took a look at bringing the beach indoors, while today we’ll be taking a peek at creating the perfect at-home bars. As soon as summer hits, it is the best time for entertaining, and an at-home bar is the ideal excuse.

Whether you prefer a built-in bar, a bar cart, or something all together different, we’re sure we have some helpful tips for you! So read on below, and learn how to stock, decorate and design your bar with ease.

perfect at-home bars

via Pia Ulin

The bar

Perfect at-home bars are generally spaces that are visually intriguing, as well as enticing. They enhance the home’s décor, as well as offering a chic space to socialise and prepare drinks. Before you begin, you need to consider the shape and form your bar will take. Are you looking to implement a full size space with a sit down area, or are you simply going to add a bar cart that can be transported and moved around the home.

Either way, some of the below tips will help you decorate and fill your space, in order to ensure it is welcoming and usable. We love the example above! If you would like to check it out, head here.

perfect at-home bars

via Room for Tuesday

The glassware

Glassware can make or break an at-home bar, and in order for your area to be functional and special, you need a range of essential glasses and service vessels.

Perfect at-home bars generally include the following as a minimum:

  • Wine glasses and champagne flutes
  • Tumblers
  • Shot glasses
  • Martini glasses
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Highball glasses
  • A carafe
  • A decanter

It is important to remember that your glassware doesn’t necessarily have to match one another, and can in fact look delightful as a mishmash of different vintage finds. Perfect at-home bars are alluring, while providing the necessities to create and host a wonderful event.

If you are working with limited space, such as this gorgeous bar cart, consider storing some of your glassware in a separate cupboard.

perfect at-home bars

via Lovely Indeed

The tools and barware

One of the best bits about perfect at-home bars is the detail and decoration that goes into creating a stylish yet usable space. Tools and barware will not only assist you in preparing the best cocktails and drinks, they will enhance your overall décor, ensuring the space is eye-catching and appealing.

Some essential tools include:

  • Bottle stoppers and pourers. These look stylish, and can improve the look of your spirits when stored in your bar.
  • Ice bucket and scooper
  • Corkscrew.
  • Stirrers.
  • Cocktail shaker.

Get a full run-down on what to include by checking out some helpful hints at Lovely Indeed.


perfect at-home bars

via Tobi Fairley

The accessories

Accessories can make a huge difference to the overall appearance and style of your bar. Consider implementing some personal touches such as recipe books, coasters, candles, napkins, linen, and other vintage finds. Often scouring flea markets can yield some exciting results, with plenty of second hand silverware imparting a sense of old-world charm.

The example above has implemented plenty of neat accessories to complete the design. If you would like to check out this house in full, while gaining a few tips for your own abode, follow the link here.

perfect at-home bars

via LaBanane

The drinks

Last, but certainly not least, we need to talk about the drinks. This includes your liquor, mixers and garnishes, which are essential for creating the perfect event.

Obviously your liquor is the main event, but you don’t need too many ingredients to get things started. Look at purchasing mid-range spirits for mixing, while better quality drinks would be advised if drinking straight or on ice. We recommend purchasing a bottle of each of the following:

  • Gin.
  • Scotch whiskey.
  • Vodka.
  • Tequila.
  • Bourbon.
  • Rum (light and dark).
  • Cointreau.
  • Campari.
  • Aperol.
  • Grand Marnier.
  • Vermouth.
  • As well as a selection of beer and wine.

In addition, consider the following mixers:

  • Sugar syrup, bitters, and a selection of cordials (such as grenadine, crème de menthe, elderflower etc.). Regular mixers such as tonic water and soda generally don’t do much to the overall appearance of your bar, so keep these hidden in the kitchen.

Finally, look at decorating your bar area with some garnishes. Citrus fruits in a bowl look nice, as well as salt and pepper shakers.

Once you’ve completed these steps you will be ready to host your event. Take some time to learn a few new cocktails or drinks, enjoy your perfect at-home bar setup, and get ready for some summer soirées! Do you like what you see in the above image? This Saint-Barthélemy hotel is dreamy and well-designed, check it out here.

Are you ready to work your mixology skills? Stay tuned next week for more fab inspiration and domestic ideas!

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