vintage buffet bar

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 They may have an older home with an outdated built-in bar that needs a 21st century refresh.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!

Consider your background

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.

Accessorize your bar top

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.

bar cart

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:

  • stacked books and statuary
  • candlesticks
  • vintage glassware and ice bucket

(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.)


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