Home Bar Design Ideas

A home bar can provide a spot of indulgence for one, or be a central hub you gather round when entertaining. Whether you’re thinking of planning a wine bar, outdoor bar, or just making room for a bar cart, browse these images for inspiration, and ask yourself the following questions.

Where should you position your home bar?


The most popular location for a home bar is in or near the kitchen or dining room. If you prefer entertaining outdoors, however, an outdoor bar can be a dream addition to any Aussie backyard – and imagine the luxury of swimming up to your very own pool bar! If you're building from scratch, a landscape architect can help you work out the ideal design for your space.

What type of home bar is best suited to your needs?


Home bars come in all shapes and sizes, and with an array of practicalities. Utilise an awkward corner with a cabinet bar; maximise floor space with a trunk bar, which unfolds to create a bar counter; or conveniently turn any space in your house into a bar room with a mobile bar such as a fun bar cart. If you prefer a more grandiose option, or all the amenities of a real bar, you can’t go past a built-in home bar.

What home bar functionalities do you want to include?


Decide how you will use the bar and whether you will need sinks, storage and refrigeration. Including a sink in your home bar design is a practical addition if you choose a location far from your kitchen. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you may want to include additional wine storage, whereas a mini bar fridge within the kitchen may need no extra storage at all. Home bars that will be used infrequently – perhaps an outdoor bar in the cooler months – may not need refrigeration and could suffice with large ice buckets.

What bar furniture will you need?


Seating is essential to any home bar and will impact the style of your home bar design. Bar stools, for example, come in an array of materials and styles, from traditional wooden bar stools, to resort- and industrial-style stools. Storage is another important element, so look for a liquor cabinet and wine racks. Next, if you are creating a freestanding station, you will need a bar table, which are taller and shallower than regular dining tables. Check that your stools and table height work together before you finalise any home bar designs.

How can you personalise your bar design?


Bar tools and accessories are an easy and interchangeable way to personalise your bar design. You may want to create a wine bar, tavern-style bar or retro bar, so look for wine glasses and tumblers, for instance, that will help carry this style. Coasters, bar mats or signage will help you to further achieve your desired look.
This is an example of a large tropical galley seated home bar in Cairns with black cabinets, a drop-in sink, open cabinets, granite benchtops, travertine floors and black benchtop.

Huge stacker doors and gas strut windows finished in monument mat black, open up the space. Timber accents in the fan, the bar top and bar ceiling (queensland maple), bring warmth to the bar. The varied greys and browns in the Travertine, laid in a french pattern, gives interest without distraction.The pressed metal panels to the front of the bar give a modern twist on an old fashioned English bar. mike newell status images

Inspiration for a contemporary single-wall home bar in Sydney with no sink, open cabinets and wood benchtops.

Inspiration for a contemporary single-wall home bar in Sydney with no sink, open cabinets and wood benchtops.

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Photo of a contemporary wet bar in Adelaide with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, grey floor and grey benchtop.

Photo of a contemporary wet bar in Adelaide with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, grey floor and grey benchtop.
uber modern - as a touch or a room - abby_wildsmith

Contemporary single-wall wet bar in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, mirror splashback, concrete floors, grey floor and white benchtop.

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Contemporary single-wall wet bar in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, mirror splashback, concrete floors, grey floor and white benchtop.
Mirror and shelves - rosmunde

Design ideas for a beach style galley home bar in Brisbane with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, green splashback, subway tile splashback, light hardwood floors, beige floor and brown benchtop.

The team at One Property Design designed and created this immaculate modern Hamptons inspired home. The use of cool greys and modern features ensures this home is nothing short of spectacular. Every detail has been attended to and the view of the Brisbane skyline is featured throughout. Intrim SK72 Skirting 185x18mm, Intrim SK72 Architraves 66x18mm, Intrim CR25 Chair rail and Intrim IN13 Inlay mould were used throughout.
tile colour, layout - piamaria_hackshaw

This is an example of an industrial home bar in Melbourne.

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This is an example of an industrial home bar in Melbourne.
Like this bar! - jessie_liu41

Mid-sized beach style single-wall wet bar in Sydney with an undermount sink, white cabinets, white splashback and white benchtop.

Mid-sized beach style single-wall wet bar in Sydney with an undermount sink, white cabinets, white splashback and white benchtop.
Farmhouse bar between dining and lounge - nicadean

Inspiration for a beach style bar cart in Sydney with light hardwood floors and beige floor.

Inspiration for a beach style bar cart in Sydney with light hardwood floors and beige floor.
This is grown-up.... - tim_middlehurst

Inspiration for an expansive contemporary galley seated home bar in Geelong with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, quartz benchtops, timber splashback and medium hardwood floors.

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Inspiration for an expansive contemporary galley seated home bar in Geelong with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, quartz benchtops, timber splashback and medium hardwood floors.
Love the long bar with the stools - ben_davis18

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Photo of a contemporary single-wall wet bar in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback and white benchtop.

Simon Whitbread
Photo of a contemporary single-wall wet bar in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback and white benchtop.

This is an example of a contemporary home bar in Perth with grey floor.

Dion Robeson
This is an example of a contemporary home bar in Perth with grey floor.
island pendants - chulaniejp

Photo of a contemporary galley wet bar in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, mirror splashback, medium hardwood floors, brown floor and black benchtop.

May Photography
Photo of a contemporary galley wet bar in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, mirror splashback, medium hardwood floors, brown floor and black benchtop.

Design ideas for a contemporary galley seated home bar in Other with open cabinets, black cabinets and concrete benchtops.

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Design ideas for a contemporary galley seated home bar in Other with open cabinets, black cabinets and concrete benchtops.
Bronze mirror adds moodiness and a pop - whitecedar

This is an example of a contemporary single-wall wet bar in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, beige splashback, dark hardwood floors, brown floor and white benchtop.

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This is an example of a contemporary single-wall wet bar in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, beige splashback, dark hardwood floors, brown floor and white benchtop.

This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall wet bar in Canberra - Queanbeyan with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, quartz benchtops, brick splashback, vinyl floors, multi-coloured floor, grey benchtop and red splashback.

H Creations - Adam McGrath
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary single-wall wet bar in Canberra - Queanbeyan with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, quartz benchtops, brick splashback, vinyl floors, multi-coloured floor, grey benchtop and red splashback.

Photo of a contemporary single-wall seated home bar in Other with brown cabinets.

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Photo of a contemporary single-wall seated home bar in Other with brown cabinets.

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This is an example of a beach style l-shaped seated home bar in Sunshine Coast with blue cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, ceramic splashback, concrete floors, grey floor, white benchtop, a drop-in sink and flat-panel cabinets.

Carole Margand
This is an example of a beach style l-shaped seated home bar in Sunshine Coast with blue cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, ceramic splashback, concrete floors, grey floor, white benchtop, a drop-in sink and flat-panel cabinets.
Color of cabinets - jasmin_cunningham8

Contemporary u-shaped home bar in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, marble benchtops and dark hardwood floors.

Derek Swalwell
Contemporary u-shaped home bar in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, marble benchtops and dark hardwood floors.
i like the mod look with the loghts - rubeena_lal