If you've got the space, there's nothing more relaxing than going downstairs at the end of a long day to have a drink in your very own basement bar. Whether you're looking to recreate a moody lounge vibe or a fresh take on a modern home wine cellar, here are some designer ideas for making your basement bar as stylish as the rest of your house.
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For the design of what she calls the "ultimate mancave," Chicago-based designer Rae Duncan of Rae Duncan Interior Design created a polished, fully stocked bar space that rivals any public drinking establishment. Hanging pendant globe lights with brass details anchor the seating area outfitted with comfy bar stools and glossy blue paint creates a soothing, luminous atmosphere.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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At the foot of the basement stairs in this "ultimate mancave" from Rae Duncan Interior Design, a dedicated wine area separate from the stocked bar seen above is united with the same navy blue paint. The wine corner includes handsome glass wine storage to display bottles, and a comfortable round table and upholstered chairs for lingering over a bottle.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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A Lego Room With a Built-In Bar
In this home remodel, Seattle-based design firm Board & Vellum transformed the basement into a bright, cheerful multi-purpose space with what it describes as "a bar fit for a bartender" and "three walls full of meticulously organized Lego bricks."Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Black on Black
"We had a blast designing this small but mighty basement bar!" says Christina Kim of Christina Kim Interior Design. "Most basements don't get a ton of natural light so we fully committed to black on black finishes for drama and to keep things sophisticated." The designer used Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron paint for the cabinetry and Compac Unique Marquina for countertops and the wall behind the bar, with matte black Brizo plumbing fixtures and a black granite sink. "The shelves were styled with bits of glass and bright brass to reflect light," Kim says. "We used glam lighting and added a black grasscloth with gold rivets on the adjacent wall to tie it all together."Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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This industrial chic basement wine cellar from Houston-based Cindy Witmer Designs has built-in wine storage from its polished concrete floors to its warm wood paneled ceilings. Silver pendant lights and a long butcher block style table with bar stools creates an area for sipping. A black metal-framed wall of glass and extra built-in ceiling lighting gives this modern interpretation of a home wine cellar an open feel.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Light and Airy
NYC-based Studio DB designed the architecture and millwork and NYC-based Studio Riga designed the furnishings for this Tribeca home of a growing family. A built-in bar niche with a tile backsplash, open shelving, and glass-front wine and beverage storage keeps everything within reach. A cozy corner banquette upholstered in buttery butterscotch-colored leather, a tree trunk round table, classic Eiffel chairs, groovy patterned wallpaper, and glittering Sputnik chandelier hung from a slightly dropped ceiling creates a stylish grown-up space that is suitable for the whole family.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Clean and Modern
To create a clean, modern basement bar in an old brick house remodel, Seattle-based design firm Board & Vellum relocated the stairway to the basement to open up the ground floor layout and used the same pale neutral aesthetic throughout the entire house. "The refinished basement includes a cozy family room with a fireplace and custom-built wet bar, a mudroom with built-in storage and seating, and a large bonus room where the homeowners can play ping-pong with family and friends," say the designers. "Consistency in the use of materials and palette—such as the quartz countertops, white subway tile, and soft gray hues—paired with custom features, such as built-in storage throughout, give the home a cohesive, designed look from top to bottom."Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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In this Santa Monica canyon home designed by Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of West Hollywood, CA-based Studio Life/Style, the focal point of a stylish wine bar is a custom-fitted, backlit pale wood wine storage wall housing a sizeable collection of bottles and glassware. Black metal grid framed glass wall partitions contrast nicely with the rustic ceiling beams. A couple of comfy upholstered armchairs, a rustic table just big enough for two wine glasses, and a colorful rug create a warm, welcoming sitting area for an after-dinner drink.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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This home bar from Houston-based Cindy Witmer Designs is painted in a rich navy that creates a relaxing atmosphere and highlights the room's millwork. Plenty of glass, bright brass accents, lucite bar stools, and a showstopping chandelier add a touch of glam that creates a home bar with boutique hotel appeal.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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To create a basement bar that is cohesive with the rest of the house, try using the same style of cabinetry that you have in your kitchen. This charming cellar bar and wine storage corner made up of elements from the Real Shaker Kitchen by deVOL Kitchens creates a polished bar space with plenty of closed and open storage for bottles and glassware. Homey touches like a tall plant, an antique candleabra, and a vintage French tobacco shop sign make it feel inviting.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Wine and Dine
You don't need a big interior design budget to create a welcoming basement bar space at home. Blogger Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home uses her Waco, TX. basement wine cellar as a romantic setting for warm weather date nights with her husband in the coolest room in the house. While the walls are stocked with an impressive collection of bottles, to create a place to drink and dine, she DIY'd a vintage table with a riddling rack top, and added seating, candles, wine glasses, and dishware.