If you love to entertain, a great home bar is a must-have. And a wet bar is a great way to take a standard home bar to the next level. They are wonderful additions in a remodeled basement so you can pour a glass of wine without straying far from movie night, but they are also excellent in an upstairs family room or a dining room.
The best wet bars will provide everything you need to mix up a cocktail, pour a glass of water and sometimes even prepare a small snack.
Whether you are hunting for ideas to style your existing wet bar or you want ideas for adding one, we've rounded up some of our favorite ideas.
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Hang a Shelf
Extend the storage space your wet bar offers by hanging a shelf like this one from Kira Turner. Not only does this modern shelf offer a little extra storage space, but it also provides a landing pad for a few decorative objects to make your space feel even more finished.
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Opt for Glass
This stunning wet bar from Mable Cheung gives off major high-end hotel vibes. The bold black paint gives it a lot of depth while still allowing the bar to fade away into the background when not in use. We love the glass cabinet doors that feel like the perfect way to bring the cocktail bar feel into your own home.
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Install a Rolling Ladder
If you're lucky enough to have high ceilings, consider instaling floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and adding a wonderful rolling ladder like this one from Miggy Mason + Roisin Giese. The navy cabinets offer the perfect blend of traditional and modern while the ladder brings in a truly vintage vibe to the space.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Add a Graphic Backsplash
If you want to give your wet bar a touch of visual interest, but you don't want to overpower an open concept space, consider a tiled backsplash like this one from KOENIG Building + Restoration. The navy leaf-inspired tile gives just enough texture while blending into the cabinetry for a seamless, modern look.
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Go for Marble
Marble feels sophisticated and high-end which is why it's a great option for a wet bar. We love this neutral wet bar from Ariella Horowitz that gives off a traditional look and feel and would work beautifully in a formal dining room or just off a living space. Accomplish this look for less with a marble peel-and-stick backsplash and some marble-patterned contact paper.
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Get the Lighting Right
This lovely little modern wet bar from Wendy Mauro swaps standard upper cabinets for exposed shelving and features two lovely modern lights to make it a focal point in any room.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Go Big in a Basement
Building a great basement bar can be an instant upgrade to any remodeled basement. This wet bar from Beautiful Chaos Home is much larger than a typical wet bar, which is perfect for a large basement. It features a large sink, microwave, and fridge so you can store snacks and beverages right where you need them.
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Opt for Coffee
Not much of a drinker? Swap your wet bar for a dry bar with everything you need to create a great cup of coffee. This cafe nook from Ashley Montgomery Design can be easily recreated by carving out a nook in your existing kitchen.
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Add a Wet Bar to the Dining Room
If you're big on entertaining, the best place to install a wet bar is in a dining room. This classic dining space from Gray Space Interior Design features easy access to water and beverages so you can serve your guests without leaving the table. The counter space is also perfect for setting out food and desserts and keeping it off of the table.
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DIY With a Cabinet
Getting the wet bar look in your home doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. You can re-create a wet bar by installing a pantry or cabinet like this one from GE Interior Decor and stocking it with alcohol, glasses, and mixers. You can even add a mini-fridge if you have space to complete the look.
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Opt for a Dry Bar
Adding a sink in your dining room or living space can be an expensive renovation, so instead consider creating a dry bar that offers everything you need without the water. This wine and coffee bar from Lilies and Life is perfect for mixing up that cocktail at 5 p.m. or pouring a cup of coffee in the morning.
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Use Your Wall Space
You don't need a large wet bar to store everything you need. Hang a wine rack and a few small shelves to make the most of the room you have. These floating shelves from Emily Caudill Klapkowski feature a wine glass rack and lucite white bottle holders so you can extend your storage space.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Try a Bold Tile
If experimenting with bold, graphic backsplash in your kitchen is too risky for you, consider outfitting a wet bar with a unique tile instead. We love this cheery wet bar from Design Studio on 2nd that features a teal and blue graphic tile that becomes an instant piece of art and conversation piece in any room.