At Home Bars - How to Create an Inspired Entertainment Space

At Home Bars - How to Create an Inspired Entertainment Space

There's something undeniably appealing about having your own home bar. Whether you're a cocktail enthusiast, an entertainer, or just looking to add a touch of sophistication to your living space, designing and creating a home bar can be a rewarding project.

When it comes to creating a home bar that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing, interior design plays a crucial role.

In our latest blog, we'll take you through the process of designing and creating a home bar that suits your style, space and budget.

From refined sophistication to a vibrant entertainment hub, home bars offer a spectrum of styles and functions - Kimble Roden project

Define Your Purpose

Before you dive into designing your home bar, it's essential to clarify its purpose. Are you planning to use it for hosting parties and entertaining guests, or is it more of a personal retreat for mixing your favourite drinks? Communicating your preferences to your architect will be the first step in shaping your dream bar.

Choose the Location

Selecting the right location for your home bar is crucial. An architect will carefully consider factors such as available space, proximity to the kitchen or living area and ease of access. They also consider the ‘flow’ so as to ensure your bar doesn't disrupt the overall functionality of your home.

Popular options include a dedicated room or area in your living room, dining room, or kitchen.

Underutilised spaces have the potential to transform into functional and valuable areas- Kimble Roden project

Set a Budget

Home bars can range from simple and affordable to lavish and expensive. Determine your budget early on to guide your design choices. Your budget will affect the materials, appliances and overall size of your home bar project and it will enable the interior designer to create a solution that works for you.

Your home bar can seamlessly integrate numerous desired features and elements- Kimble Roden project

Design the Bar

Your architect will carefully plan the layout of your home bar to maximise both functionality and visual appeal. They consider the placement of essential elements like the bar counter, storage and seating. Depending on your space, they may opt for a straight bar, an L-shaped design, or even an island bar.

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Choose High-Quality Materials

The choice of materials greatly influences the overall look and feel of your home bar. Interior designers select materials that align with your chosen style while also considering durability and maintenance. Common choices include hardwood for bar counters, stone or tile for backsplashes and premium fabrics for barstools and upholstery.

Home bars can evolve into distinctive features of your home - Kimble Roden Project


Lighting is a crucial aspect of home bar design. When designing spaces, we use a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting to create the perfect atmosphere. Pendant lights above the bar counter, under-cabinet lighting and wall sconces can add both functionality and a touch of elegance.

Storage Solutions

Efficient storage is a must for any home bar. Intelligent interior design incorporates ample storage for glassware, bottles and bar accessories. Custom shelving, cabinets and wine racks can be tailored to your specific needs and style preferences.

Seating and Comfort

Comfortable seating is essential to encourage socialising and relaxation in your home bar. Your architect can select bar stools or chairs that complement the design and provide comfort. Upholstery choices should be both stylish and practical, considering factors like easy cleaning.

By styling your bar area correctly, you increases the desire to make use of the space -Kimble Roden projects

Colour Palette and Finishes

Selecting the right colour palette and finishes is a key part of the project. The chosen colours should harmonise with the overall theme and create a cohesive look.

Finishes, such as wood stains and countertop materials, should also align with your style preferences.

Why choose Kimble Roden

Designing a home bar is a collaborative process between you and your architect. By considering the points raised in this blog and working closely with Kimble Roden, you can create a home bar that not only meets your functional needs but also showcases your unique style and becomes a cherished gathering space for family and friends.  

By taking time to plan your project to ensure the design solution meets your brief and setting a budget you and your architect can create a home bar that becomes a focal point in your home, whether you're mixing cocktails for friends or enjoying a quiet evening with a favourite drink.

By employing a RIBA chartered architect, you will have peace of mind throughout and will be able to enjoy the process of making your vision a reality.

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