What Are Some Design Ideas for Modern Wet Bars?


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Consider adding open shelving above your wet bar to showcase beautiful bar ware and elegant glasses. Homeowners who prefer to keep clutter to a minimum should consider a wet bar that hides behind full-sized paneled doors. Manufacturers sell narrow refrigerators, bar sinks and wine coolers for these small built-in wet bars.

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Mirrored backsplashes combined with cool, modern finishes can make a wet bar located far from any natural light still seem well lit. Installing some under-the-counter lighting helps homeowners see easily to mix drinks. Adding a stainless steel countertop to the wet bar adds a modern flair and makes the area easier to clean and resistant to staining. Oenophiles may wish to add wine racks above the countertop to display wines that don't need temperature control. Glass-front wine refrigerators are also an excellent way to display some special bottles.

Homeowners who entertain often may want to consider placing their wet bar between the kitchen and dining room. A large, modern wet bar with a built-in ice maker, prep sink, wine coolers and cooler drawers allows hosts to serve guests quickly without dashing into the kitchen for garnishes and other cocktail sundries. Homeowner who prefer to let guests help themselves should station their wet bar far away from any kitchen prep areas, so the guests can take their time when making drinks.

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