Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Father’s Day is coming! Did you see my post on mancave ideas ?
These days I have more and more clients asking for home bars incorporated into their designs. They may have an older home with an outdated built-in bar that needs a 21st century refresh. Or a closet or niche they want turned into a bar. Sure can!
But even if my clients have simply a vintage buffet or a rolling cart for the purpose, I have stepped up to deliver on their requests. So let’s talk bar cart styling!
It’s not only about what’s ON the bar top, but also what’s BEHIND it.
Whether you start with a mirror, stemware rack, a moody dark wall color, or artwork, the backdrop for your bar should be part of your design. You might find a mirror with bottle storage–score! You might use a favorite painting or print grouping. The main thing is that your eye moves from the wall to the bar and back, and sees all the elements as a unit.
Next, focus on the bar top. On a larger surface such as a buffet, trays are a great way to corral your barware and decorative elements. Then, create visual interest and develop your theme with other accessories–and don’t feel compelled to be all matchy-matchy!
For example, as a juxtaposition to the distressed white buffet, I used shiny brass pieces and sparkling mercury glass containers.
And on the modern brass and glass cart, I brought in some natural, rustic elements with the wood slice and bowl, along with a vase of eucalyptus. The lemons not only add color, they’re handy for cocktails!
Shop your home (or nearest thrift store) for bar cart design accessories:
(And remember, if you have children in the home, lock up your alcohol in a cabinet or a locking wine fridge. Bring it out just for your adult gathering.)
Just email me to set up a time for free phone consultation.