Bar carts and bar cabinets are great, but if you really want to add a splash to your happy hour, perhaps a bar closet is right for you.
Whether you convert an old closet or have a new one built, bar closets can be designed across the style spectrum. Let these 8 hidden gems provide some inspiration.
Lisa Stone Design, original photo on Houzz
1. Studded success. Designer Lisa Stone created this bar closet for a family room in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The door frame and doors are covered in Old Navy paint from Benjamin Moore. Stone outlined the doors with silver nailheads to add a little panache.
Ann Lowengart Interiors, original photo on Houzz
2. Retro chic. Bar closets were a popular feature in many midcentury homes, so designer Ann Lowengart gave a shout-out to Mad Men style by covering the walls of this bar closet in Tiburon, California, with a vintage-inspired wallpaper.
Wallpaper: Scrubs on Gold Pony Skin Foil, Flavor Paper
MATT architecture LLP, original photo on Houzz
3. Golden ticket. This London home is mostly minimalist in decor with white walls throughout, but open up the bar closet and you’ll find a golden surprise. Designer Matt White lined the inside of bar with gold leaf sheets over a vivid pink paint.
2id Interiors, original photo on Houzz
4. Hallway hangout. A coat closet for heavy winter outerwear isn’t necessary in Miami’s warm climate, so this sleek entry hallway features a bar closet instead. Designed by 2id Interiors, the bar features a stunning wall of backlighted onyx.
Cockfield Jackson Architects APAC, original photo on Houzz
5. Traditional charm. It might sound obvious, but interesting architectural features make for interesting bar closets. This traditional New Orleans home designed by Cockfield Jackson Architects has arched doorways throughout. The addition of vintage doors to the bar closet creates a handsome spot for mixing cocktails.
Jacobsen Architecture LLC, original photo on Houzz
6. Recessed radiance. This minimalist Washington, D.C., apartment designed by Jacobsen Architecture includes clean lines and custom high-end cabinetry throughout. The sleek bar closet features two doors that pivot and recess into the wall.
7. Cowboy hot spot. If you like the rustic Old West aesthetic but think that adding your own private saloon in your home is a step too far, consider a bar closet decked out with reclaimed wood doors and wire-covered windows instead.
8. Open sesame. While a bar closet can do a good job of keeping your liquor out of sight, adding a secret door disguised as a bookshelf will really do the trick.
By Bryan Anthony of Houzz.com. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.