As mentioned above, many basement bars are moving towards a modern pared down design. This includes neutral colors, simple furniture and no excessive wall cabinetry. While some basement bars are eliminating wall cabinetry in favor of base cabinets with floating wall shelving. Installing open shelving has two advantages.
- One, it provides storage without being too intrusive on your bar space. It is a low profile look that is perfect for a modern basement bar.
- Second, it is a great way to show off your wines and glasses and adds a nice look to your bar.
With open shelves, you could play around with lighting to create some cool effects. Floating shelves are great in smaller set ups, as they minimize clutter and promote organization. Open shelves are great in smaller set ups, as they minimize clutter and promote organization. You can add some small LED light strips to illuminate the underside of the shelf or position a main light fixture to shine light on the objects above. The reflective effect will add a nice unexpected variation to your bar. Homeowners also can decorate this open wall space with bold tiles patterns and colors, which we will discuss in the next paragraph.
Trend #5. Bold Tile Patterns and Colors
Aspect Design BuildStunning light fixtures over olive green wall and wood bar top.
While the counter and cabinetry are going neutral, homeowners are opting for bolder style in other elements such as the flooring and backsplash. The bar needs to create a statement and stand out from the rest of the house. It needs to feel fun and artistic. The flooring and walls are the best places to deliver this look. You will find bold tile flooring with a mishmash of colors or artistic patterns created using mosaic tiles. The bar could also have an accent wall with a bold color or graphic that really stands out, check out these ideas from Pinterest. You can create a feature wall using wallpaper, painting, tiles or a large piece of art. For wet bars with a backsplash, this is a good opportunity to forgo the traditional countertop and instead create a visual focal point with another material. You can go with creative tile patterns using different colored or shaped tiles. Another option is to use tiles with interesting finishes such as wood, metal or stone. The options are endless.
Trend #6. Party or Entertainment Space
The backsplash and countertop matches the island.
Your local bar most likely has music and perhaps even a TV showing the latest games. Why not create the same entertainment aspect alongside your basement bar? This is a trend that will continue to be very popular in 2021, as homeowners look to put their basements to fun uses. You can start small. Just add a TV to play sports, sitcoms, music videos or anything else you enjoy. To expand your entertainment options, consider adding a music system, ideally a wireless one to avoid the clutter of cables. You can play some soft music when you need to relax or something more intense when the weekend party mood rolls in. If you are going to play some loud music, make sure to insulate the ceiling well, so it does not disrupt any upstairs activity. As you expand the entertainment options, consider making the seating more comfortable. Instead of just having bar stools, you can add a sofa or lounge seats. This way, you’ll want to stay and watch a movie.
Trend #7. Interesting Countertop Materials
Smooth and sleek materials for this modern kitchen.
While a basement wet bar may resemble a kitchen in some ways, homeowners also want something a bit different from what they are used to. One way they are achieving this is by using more unique countertop materials. Instead of the usual quartz, marble, granite or tile options, you can find something different like wood, stainless steel or even concrete. These alternative options create character to the space. Wood makes the bar feel cozy and authentic. Steel is modern industrial and perfect if you plan on having full on parties in your basement bar. Concrete has that industrial feel and is perfect if you are going for a transitional design. Glass bar tops are also something to consider if you want a luxury-themed wet bar, since the glass can be etched with any design or pattern to personalize the space with your initials or logo of your new bar space. Glass is also a great alternative to high-end materials like quartz and granite.
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Trend #8. Family-Friendly Designs