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Beauty and the Bar

Photo by Kimberly Gavin

A home bar is like a kitchen’s more daring sibling: Sure, it needs to be functional, but it also gets to have some fun. Before you design your own, interior designer Tracie Schumacher of Studio 80 suggests you consider how you entertain and what types of drinks you plan to serve.

This steel-clad bar, from a home in Colorado’s Cordillera Valley Club, is flanked by Blu Dot Knicker bar stools, with Tom Dixon Pressed Glass Pendants above. The adjacent smoked-glass wine storage area is both stylish and convenient.

Whatever your style, Schumacher encourages you to pour on a big splash of your own personality. Here are some of her other tips:


“Create a soft, inviting atmosphere with decorative pendants and/or under-shelf lighting. Harsh, bright overhead lights can dampen the mood.”


“Seating should be comfortable and relaxing. Leather upholstery is easy to clean; stay away from materials that absorb spills easily.”


“Get creative with the cabinetry if you truly want to get wild with your bar. You don’t want your entertainment area to look just like your kitchen!”


“Use a bar surface that won’t get stained easily. Granites and quartzites are nice materials that can hold up. If you’re daring enough to choose metal it will get scratched, but it can really ramp up the design.”

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