If there’s one space in our homes that has flourished during the pandemic it’s the home bar. But what’s the secret to a successful home bar design?  It starts with beautiful, authentic materials. Pictured above in our New York flagship gallery, our Classic Crystal Bar mixes Italian moonstone marble with classic leather Angeles barstools and just the right amount of glow from overhead Night Rod pendants. Grab a cocktail and get ready for some super-stylish home bar inspiration…


Begin with Beautiful Materials

For enduring, timeless style, choose authentic materials like marble, brass, glass, and leather. If you’re going for a classic club-style feel then you can’t beat a bar cabinet in rich, warm, tactile leather for that vintage speakeasy vibe. 


Pictured: Hudson sideboard in rich, hand-distressed Fury leather merges style with function, featuring an  integrated sunken ice bucket, wine racks, and drawers to house all your accoutrements.

Evoke a Sense of Personality

A great home bar design should tell a story and evoke a sense of personality yet also be functional and organised. Because they're generally small in size, home bars are the ideal space to go all out with colour and pattern, so dare to be fun, different, and vibrant!  


Pictured: Bio Hazard bar cabinet in matt black and glass, pictured with the Manor armchair in Acid Jungle velvet.

Add Drama with Mirrors

In smaller spaces, alcoves are the perfect space to add a built-in home bar – add vintage smoked or champagne mirrors on the wall above to visually expand the space and create drama. Or if you have a free standing bar cabinet, add an infinity mirror above for the same effect - they’re always a great conversation starter when you’re entertaining.


Pictured: Bio Hazard bar cabinet paired with Inception infinity mirrors and Rex Diamond pendants.

Be Daring

A basement bar is the perfect opportunity to be bold and daring. Keep it dark and moody with black walls but add plenty of sparkle – low pendant, backlit wall art, and mirrors. Comfortable leather barstools are a must.


Pictured:  Joker barstools, Core pendants, and Hustle playing card wall art in back-lit laser-cut steel.


Make it Sparkle

A bar should be a focal point, give your guests something to talk about. Glass paired with metallics and integrated lighting will make your bottles and glassware sparkle and create a sense of occasion and drama.


Pictured: Shimmer bar cabinet, handcrafted from faceted glass panels edged in brass, and softly lit with internal LEDS.

Play with the Unexpected

A dark, seductive colour palette, the romance of crystal chandeliers, and unexpected accents such as these black ostrich feathers and pillar of vintage books all create a sense of frisson. Keep your bar well stocked and include a handful of surprise ingredients – the art of making a cocktail is so much more fun than just having a cocktail.


Pictured: Hudson leather bar with Joker barstools and Crystal floor lamp.


Blend Style with Function 

A well-designed bar should have the necessary shelving, storage, and drinkware to be practical, but use beautiful materials and detailing to distract the eye away from the more functional aspects. The woven leather in our bespoke Marshal Bar at our Bluebird flagship in London is reminiscent of military styling while the wall of vintage cricket bats tells a story. Your design should energise your guests with thoughts of the fun evening to come.


Pictured: Angeles leather barstools and Night Rod pendants

A Home Bar Can Fit in Anywhere!

Even in the most compact of city pads, a home bar can always be accommodated. The Bio Hazard short bar cabinet doubles as a side table, and internal LEDS give this sardonically named capsule of fun a soft and mellow glow that’s perfect for relaxing over a drink or two.



Discover our full bar and barstool collection at your closest Timothy Oulton gallery.