Home Bars – Interior Design Less Traveled

Perhaps the road most traveled when incorporating a home bar into the interior design is to have one custom built into the room itself. The wood, color and style perfectly match the other architectural details with seamless transitions so that it blends into the surroundings. In a large space you might have to look around a bit to notice it. Just as elegant as the rest of the room, they are truly beautiful. Many strive for this and will say that is the whole point. Pretty hard to argue with. But …

Why not follow a different path and let your luxurious bar make a statement. As well as being functional, it can serve as a piece of art or sculpture which will draw your eyes towards it. Have your bar attract attention and be the focal point rather than blending in. Choose a bar that will illicit a reaction from you and your guests each time the room is entered. A collection piece which sparks conversation and becomes a part of your family heirlooms. In what may be deemed the road less traveled, try exploring the following ideas and creative possibilities:

- Create a cove in the middle of one wall which architecturally flows with the room and situate your bar in front on display as a functional sculpture.

- Pursue a similar approach with the room’s corner. Both of these scenarios allow architecturally designed in back / side bars and display areas to provide continuity and added convenience while showcasing the artisan details in your main bar.

- Maintain the same design details and style while transitioning to the bar area with different wood or stain choices.

Before embarking on a home bar design, consider fitting the space to the bar rather than vise versa and reflect on the final passage of this famous poem:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost