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Raising the Bar: 8 ways to stir up the style of your cocktail cabinet, bar cart or home bar

A home bar is a dream feature for many and with good reason. Whether you have a built-in bar or a bar cart on wheels, such a dedicated place for your top-shelf liquor and beautiful glassware immediately elevates your home, making it feel like a luxury hotel. If youre looking for ways to make your home bar more elegant  or staging your home for sale, to give it the utmost appeal  keep reading for nine expert suggestions that will add some dash to your drinks spot.

Display books with your bottles

Sitting back with a good book and a glass of wine at the end of a long day is one of the most relaxing experiences ever, so why not display books on shelves next to your wine rack? Novels are such a literary way add layers to a space, and they pair beautifully with a bar display. Alternatively, lay out a few of your most stylish coffee-table books on your bar cart for a display that looks straight out of a glamorous movie.

Incorporate gold accents

A home bar adds a bit of decadence, and so do gold accents. Infuse a little glamor into your bar setup with golden barware, gilded shelves or gold-toned bar stools. Want to go all out? Try painting an accent wall in shiny gold wow factor guaranteed.

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Add wallpaper or art to your wet bar

If youre lucky enough to have a wet bar in your home, you may be looking for ways to take it to the next level. One simple thing you can do without tearing everything out is simply add a piece of art behind the sink, to breathe new life into the area. If youre up for a touch more commitment, you can add wallpaper to an accent wall behind or around the bar in a pattern that speaks to your aesthetic sensibilities.

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Conceal your bar cabinet

If you want to infuse a little James Bondlike intrigue into your home, seamlessly concealing your bar in your dcor  until its time for a tipple  could be the move for you. There are many ways to do this: The least-complicated involves purchasing a clever piece of furniture, such as a bar cabinet that opens from the top to reveal the bar inside. If youre willing to go the extra mile, you could have a bar installed into a well-placed wall, which can then be hidden behind a screen when not in use, or create an built-in cupboard that opens into a bar area.

Hang wine bottles from the wall

A wine rack is the most natural way to store your wine bottles. If you dont have space in your kitchen or bar area for a standing wine rack and if you dont have a built-in one save space by affixing individual wine bottle holders to the wall. This is an elegant way to display your reds that works in smaller spaces, too.

Install a wine refrigerator

What about your white wines and bubblies? Installing a wine refrigerator as part of your bar setup means youll always have a chilled bottle ready to pour. Not only that, but wine refrigerators look incredibly sleek as pieces of dcor  with their glass fronts and smooth metal finishes  and youll feel like a world-class sommelier every time you have guests over.

Go for bright glasses

Curvy liquor bottles and their artful labels are great for sprucing up a bar cart but your glassware can make an even greater difference between an average bar and one that will impress your guests. One idea? If it suits your dcor, opt for statement glasses that follow a color scheme you love. (As far as were concerned, the brighter, the better.)

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Add dcor to your bar cart

The point of a bar cart is to have a dedicated area to keep your liquor, mixers and cocktail-making supplies, obviously. But who says you have to limit your carts contents to just those categories? Theres plenty of room for creativity when it comes to beautifying a bar cart: flowers, citrus fruits, garlands, meaningful trinkets. All of these can make for a gorgeous bar setup, especially come party time or an open house.

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