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The Beauty of Barstools

Design suggestions how to create an inviting kitchen bar or home bar from scratch

It doesn’t necessarily take loads of space to set up a home bar or a kitchen nook or island area for casual drinks and snacks. A bar can be the viewing point for movies and TV shows and it can become the favourite family hub.

Natural wood has warmth and character.
Natural wood has warmth and character.

All you need is a surface bench or table top that you can belly up to. If you are starting from scratch, you might want to choose your stools first. The bar stool will determine the style and the height of your bar.

There are amazing barstools available ranging from cowhide and chrome to leather and plastic, retro to industrial. Just make sure the stool you choose is comfortable as well as attractive.

What really sets the scene and provides a bar with atmosphere is the lighting. The lighting should be cozy and flattering and  pendants are the perfect choice, especially as you can position them to exactly the best height above the bar or bench surface.

The fun part is selecting lighting that complements the barstool style.

These two elements, stool and lighting, will harmonise the look.

Retro colour is lively and fun.
Retro colour is lively and fun.

Choosing lights and stools first will make it easier for you to select the other necessary elements such as wall art, bench top material and glassware. Go with natural wood for a warm feel or opt for bright solid colours that create a friendly and fun atmosphere.

If kids will be using the stools as well as adults, look at gas-lift adjustable models and at swivel mechanisms if the stools will be in a tight space without a lot of room for maneuvering in and out.

Setting up a home bar increases your popularity ten-fold. It’s a great way to entertain friends with cocktails and the family with movie night and snacks.