Stunning Home Bar Design Ideas

Home bar in a closet
Bo Bedre

The home bar is one of the pinnacles of domestic luxury. Enjoyed by all those fortunate enough to have one, it's the ultimate at-home hangout spot providing the ideal scene for entertaining friends or settling in after a long day. Some homes come with bar spaces already in place. Others require a bit of doing. But whatever the case may be, there's a huge variety of ways in which to style your home bar to be the central location you've always wanted it to be. So whether your home bar takes up an entire room, accompanies a home theater, or opens out of a converted closet, these designer bar spaces have something to show you about how to set your space up for maximum cool.

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    Black and Gold Home Bar

    Black home bar with metallic fixtures
    Atlanta Magazine

    This classic bar space from Atlanta Magazine is doing everything right with an all-black color palette accented by warm metallic fixtures and lighting. It's a stylish look that would give anyone a reason to spend the night in.

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    Bar With Wood Chevron Shelving

    Sparse home bar with angled shelves
    EST Living

    Even simple design features can have a big visual impact. In place of traditional horizontal shelving, this home bar from Est Living favors shelves canted at a 45-degree angle. The stylish change clearly hasn't hurt the storage capacity of the unit, as it holds a full complement of options with room to spare.

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    Gray, Black, and Marble Home Bar

    Gray and Black modern home bar
    Dean Fine Building

    Having a hard time finding space for your home bar? Try the top of the stairs. This unique bar setup from Dean Fine Building sits at the top of a stairway, making a basement bar all but unnecessary. 

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    Gray Home Bar With Mirror

    Small home bar room divider
    The Creativity Exchange

    Another space-saving option for fitting in the home bar you've been dreaming of. Here a built-in bar from The Creativity Exchange doubles as a room divider, offering comfort and libations to both sides equally without regard to which room you happen to be standing in. 

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    Elegant Built-In Bar

    Home bar in a dining room
    Windsor Smith / Simplified Bee

    What better addition could you ask for in a dining room than this stunning built-in bar space that Simplified Bee shared from Windsor Smith's book Homefront? Coming complete with sink, glasses and a huge mirror to ensure that the space doesn't feel cluttered, you'll have no trouble getting people to the table for your next get together.

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    Closet Turned Home Bar

    Home bar in a closet
    Trevor Tondro / Architectural Digest

    A surprise behind every door. This hideaway home bar designed by Trevor Tondro is a perfect option for homes where space is at a premium. And just because a space is small, or even hidden, that's no reason to pass on the styling. Instead, the wallpaper backing of this bar shows us how to take advantage of every precious inch.

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    Hidden Home Bar

    Dining room bar in a closet
    Jane Ware Designs

    This dining room from Jane Ware Designs hides its bar space behind a pair of doors. Yet despite being a secret area of the room, the blue walls of the bar and the white doors both continue the color story of the space for a look that remains seamless whether the bar is open or it's already past the last call.

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    Luxurious Home Bar

    Elegant home bar in a room with tufted sofas
    Von Fitz Design

    A home bar is a perfect space for a touch of elegance in your home. Classic furniture choices, such as the tufted sofas seen here from Von Fitz Design, along with a deep and sophisticated color palette combine to create an environment designed for simple pleasures and understated luxuries. 

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    Black Bar With Geometric Mirror

    Home bar with geometric mirrored back
    Semerjian Interiors

    We've already seen that mirrors behind the bar are a good idea. Semerjian Interiors nails a geometric mirrored look in this home bar. This is a prime example where a little creativity can take a design moment to the next level. Take a moment to peruse the wine cabinet while seeing the world behind you in a whole new way.

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    Formal Home Bar With Mirror

    Home bar in front of a large mirror
    Norman Askins

    Of all the classic color palettes, black and white might be the most enduring. Here we see it put to good use again on this seductive home bar by Norman Askins, as the simplest of color combinations elevates this bar to a sophisticated state of design bliss, aided by the diamond motif being played out on the mirror and cabinets. 

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    Emerald Green Tile Home Bar

    Home bar with green tile
    Palmer Weiss

    Tiling the back of an inset bar space is much like creating a backsplash for your kitchen. It's ​a fantastic way to pack color and pattern into a small space for the biggest possible visual impact. Palmer Weiss nails the look here with a stunning emerald backsplash

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    Home Bar With a Pop of Color

    Home bar in built in shelving
    One Kings Lane / Jeffrey Bilhuber

    Here's another space designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber that uses color to call attention to the bar area hiding in the built-in. Rather than repeat the red throughout the space, he elected to pair the bright color with an equally vibrant blue for an intense and eye-catching color combination.

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    Dramatic Black and Blue Home Bar

    Home bar in a blue room
    The Zhush

    Color-blocking is the art of doing everything in a room with a single color and making it work. This moody bar space from The Zhush is a study in how to do it right.

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    Hidden Home Bar With Gold Interior

    Hideaway home bar with gold interior
    The Pink House

    Sometimes home decor is fun just for the sake of fun. There's nothing wrong with having a little bling at home, especially at the bar area. And if a hideaway bar with a gold-plated interior is still being too subtle for you, try throwing in a neon sign like The Pink House did here. That should do it. 

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    Black Marble and Gold Home Bar

    Home bar with black marble walls
    Kelly Wearstler

    Marble has been considered one of the most luxurious materials to decorate with since long before the appearance of Rome. Why the stone remains a favorite even after thousands of years is easy to see. This small corner bar from Kelly Wearstler covered in marble quickly becomes the centerpiece of the room.

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    Home Bar Under the Stairs

    Home bar under a staircase
    Sweet Chaos Home

    Speaking of small corners, there are few spaces in the home that can't be brought into service as the staging area for your home bar. As we see here from Sweet Chaos Home, the space beneath a staircase has been converted to an at-home speakeasy—complete with colorful seating.

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    Glam Bar Cabinet

    Home bar in a small credenza
    Illum Wikkelsø / Bo Bedre

    If you're looking for something compact but less mobile than a bar cart, try this idea shared on Bo Bedre. Illum Wikkelsø brings a touch of class and intrigue to even the tiniest home bar with the surface of the mirror decorated with a diamond motif.

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    Sophisticated Closet Bar

    Home bar in a closet
    Sutro Architects

    A closet bar at the entryway is perfect for greeting guests at the door or slipping right into the evening as soon as you get home. Sutro Architects shows nothing but beauty and elegance in the closet bar shown here.

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    Dramatic Black Home Bar

    Black home bar with colorful rug
    Jenn Pablo / Twofold LA

    A colorful rug takes this beautifully moody black room with a feature bar space designed by Twofold LA and gives it just enough color to be inviting.