15 Great Home Bar Ideas

Blue home bar

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Making your home your oasis means adding a bit of luxury throughout. For some, a home bar is just enough luxury to take your space to the next level. And the best news? You don't need a lot of room to create an amazing home bar that's perfect for entertaining. Whether you want a built-in home bar or you simply want to dedicate a nook in your living room to your favorite spirits, there are options for every home.

Check out our favorite ideas to help you create a cocktail bar you don't need to leave the house to enjoy.

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    Create a Wet Bar

    Home bar with a small sink

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    If you are interested in adding a custom home bar, make sure it has all of the essentials. This lovely home bar from Daly Digs features cabinetry and shelving for your spirits, a small sink, and even additional hidden storage underneath. This project is more labor-intensive than temporary solutions, but it's a great idea for anyone who wants a permanent home bar.

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    Add a Standalone Bar

    Gold bar next to a kitchen

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    If you want something that feels intentional without undergoing a whole renovation, this idea from 126 Interiors is a great choice. Look for a standalone shelf that pairs well with your existing wet bar or cabinetry (a perfect match isn't essential). This will provide a dedicated space for spirts that still feels in sync with your other decor.

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    Paint it Dark and Moody

    Black painted home bar

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    We can't get enough of this home bar from Kelly Stone Interiors. The sleek black paint and mirrored tiled backsplash give it a high-end cocktail bar feel. Painting your home bar a dark color is a cheap and easy way to give it a moody, luxurious feel similar to a real bar.

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    Add a Mirror

    home bar with glass shelves

    Design: marksimmonsinteriors

    Photography: carolinesharpnack

    Adding a mirrored backsplash to the side of your home bar is a great way to give it that commercial feel and make the space appear larger. This home bar from Mark Simmons Interiors features glass shelving for barware and mirrored siding to give the illusion of more space. This is a great idea if you want to create a cozier look in a dining room corner or a butler's pantry.

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    Think Vertically

    Home bar with floating shelves

    Design: studiothomas

    Photography: eklundphotography

    One of the best ways to create a workable home bar is to take advantage of all of your available wall space. This lovely modern home bar from Studio Thomas features a contemporary glass wall shelving unit that has a small footprint but works well to store classes and bottles.

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    Repurpose a Dresser

    Home bar with dresser and shelves

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    We can't get enough of this elaborate home bar from Emily Harris Not only is it super well-stocked, but we love the idea of repurposing a vintage dresser or desk to create a classic home bar. Install a few floating shelves for wine glasses and bar tools and you have a space perfect for any cocktail party.

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    Add in Metallic Elements

    White home bar with silver backsplash

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    This lovely home bar from Paper Moon Painting features silver and gold accents to help create a fancier touch. Metallics are great accent colors for a home bar (ever wonder why so many bar carts are gold?) and a great way to experiment with them if you have an otherwise minimalist home.

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    Add a Wine Fridge

    Home bar in corner

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    One of the best ways to make your home bar feel luxurious and high-end is to add a small beer or wine fridge. Even if a totally built-in option like this one from Joy Street Design is out of reach for you, adding a mini-fridge next to your bar cart or table is a great way to make your space even more functional.

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    Go Bold With Blue

    Blue home bar

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    This home bar idea from Jennifer Backstein Interiors is classic, sleek, and perfect for a nook in a kitchen or even standalone in a den or living space. Navy is a great color for a home bar because it is a hue that elevates any space and helps it feel a little fancier.

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    Add Wine Storage

    Home bar with wine racks

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    If you are a wine connoisseur then this home bar idea from Michael Robert Construction is probably a dream setup. Even if you can't recreate such an elaborate wine vault in your own home, hanging a wine rack against a wall or adding a few stackable wine boxes can provide easy storage.

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    Take Over a Butler's Pantry

    Home bar with industrial vibes

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    If you have space for a butler's pantry, that can be a great place to repurpose and build a home bar. This beautiful home bar from House Lift Design is tucked away where a butler's pantry could go to create a wonderful space to store drinks and mix cocktails for your guests.

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    Create a Real In-Home Bar

    Moody home bar

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    If the whole speakeasy theme is your thing, you will love this amazing home bar from Sally Does Sassy. This impressive set up is perfect for entertaining friends or escaping to a separate space to wind down after work. Though it looks impressive, you can recreate the look with a few easy chairs, a built-in breakfast bar, and a bar cart or two.

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    Carve Out a Nook in a Living Room

    Dresser with home bar on it

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    If you can't commit an entire room to your home bar, help delineate a shared space with the use of wall art. We love this home bar idea from Allison Sexton Interiors that features a mid-century dresser and a pink arch to give it a separate look and feel from the rest of the room and help it appear more intentional.

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    Try a Mid-Century Home Bar

    Gold bar cart on wheels

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    Mid-century modern is a great style for a home bar. Whether you opt for a vintage gold bar cart like this one from Project and Stories or simply pick retro finishes for your built-in home bar, there's something utterly Mad Men about this approach.

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    Create a Comfortable Nook

    Nook with home bar and whicker chair

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    What's even better than a home bar? A nook in your home that's perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day. This corner from Chelsea Kloon features a small bar cart decked out with the essentials and a few comfortable seating options for relaxing with a glass of wine or a mixed drink.