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Nearly everyone has picked up a new hobby during the COVID-19 era. Some have taken to making sourdough bread, while others have redesigned every inch of their house (check out our home office, reading corner, and outdoors designer picks if you’re one of those!).
Today, we’re designing for those of us who’ve picked up a different hobby: mixology.
Our Miami-based interior design team has three at-home mini bar design ideas for the craft cocktail enthusiast in your life. We’ve scoured your favorite home decor sites—CB2, Crate & Barrel, Wayfair, Minted, and more—to bring you looks you’ll love.
Have your at-home mixologist pour you an Aperol Spritz (or your favorite cocktail), sit back, and let our designers do the hard work. With these designs, it’s easy to set up your own at-home bar.
MINI BAR AT HOME: 3 DESIGNS
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Sleek & Chic
Black and white and oh so chic. This high-contrast look would be right at home in a metropolitan—think NYC, Miami, London—hotel bar. But it’s also perfect in a modern home.
This look combines show-stopping pieces: The Crate & Barrel cane-front bar cabinet takes center stage with support from a pair of white boucle chairs from Crate and Barrel.
But it’s not complete without somewhere to place your carefully crafted cocktails. The super-sculptural coffee table is one option; but don’t overlook the small but stylish brass cocktail table.
A duo of abstract art from Minted hangs over the grouping, echoing the abstract design of the rug. So as not to compete with the bold design, a minimalistic floor lamp can be perched nearby.
This vignette is best finished with old-school-meets-modern glassware. New textures and finishes are added to the classic coupe to pull everything together. Now all you need is that classic cocktail!
This all-cream home mini bar is just the right amount of feminine and beachy. The sexy curves of the Parisian Art Deco-inspired bar cabinets (from Crate & Barrel) are mirrored in the round edges of the similarly hued coffee table.
We love bar cabinets because they conceal bottles and tools that can collect dust and clutter up a space. You might not think your small space can handle a bar cabinet, but find one with the right dimensions and it provides a cleaner look than a bar cart.
The sleekness of these two decidedly chic pieces is balanced with the woven texture of a pair of chairs. These stunners are right at home on a beach-front porch or tucked into a corner of your home—especially when matched with the tribal-style rug.
Hang a calming, watercolor-style print from Minted over the grouping to lend a Zen vibe. A set of copper bar tools adds warmth, and utility, to the look.
This space is just begging for a Margarita with fresh-squeeze lime juice. Now where’s our mixologist?!
Lush Tropical Vibes
Want an all-in look that reminds you of tropical swim-up bars? Or vacations to tropical places? This is it.
This lush space is centered around a bold palm-leaf print wallpaper from Minted. The pattern and deep green hue are allowed to shine because the rest of the mini bar design is tempered by subdued white and tan decor.
But just because these pieces aren’t bold in color doesn’t mean their design isn’t impressive.
A modern twist on classic cane-backed chairs, this option from Crate and Barrel is timeless. The round edges are matched on CB2’s ivory cement coffee table. An artsy cream rug completes the space.
For a touch of shine, we selected a brass bar cart that shows off the enviable bottles in your collection and the chic glassware you’ve collected. Shake up a tiki cocktail and this look is complete.
Instead of longing for your favorite restaurants and bars, bring the look (and tools!) of a sophisticated watering hole home. Even better, invite a few friends or family members over to socially distance enjoy the fruits of your labor—whether you’re the one designing or shaking up the cocktails.
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