How to Design a Northern Virginia Wet Bar

June 04, 2018

A wet bar is a great way to create an entertaining space that fits in cohesively with the design of your home. By having a designated space for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, there will be less clutter in the vital cabinet space of your kitchen and a inviting place for guests to congregate. 

Check out the design styles to see which is the best fit for your home remodel! 

 

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1. Traditional-Painted

Traditional wet bars with painted cabinets is a growing trend among wet bar design.  Usually highlighted by a neutral palette, white cabinets and a subtle backsplash. The cabinet usually has an inlay, or design that is not a flat panel found in modern cabinetry. The knobs are usually brushed nickel and the appliances stainless steel. 

 

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Image via Amanda Webster Design

 

2. Traditional- Wood

This style is usually highlighted by dark cabinets, neutral or tan backsplashes and brushed nickel or copper hardware. This style is commonly found in homes that have a traditional decor and design elements. If this style of wet bar is located in the basement, it's important to think of your lighting plan, as showcasing the wood is best done in a well lit area. 

 

 

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3. Contemporary

This style is highlighted by flat paneled cabinets, or cabinetry with very minimal detailing. The color palette consists of whites, grays, and silvers. The hardware is usually polished chrome with the appliances being more square in shape. 

 

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Image via Cari Giannoulias Design

 

4. Old World Charm

This style is a blend of classic style with old world charm. The cabinets are usually highly detailed. The decor will be ornate and the finishes are complementary and subtle. This is a preferred style for homes that have Tuscan or traditional decor with highly detailed crown and chair molding. 

 

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5. Farmhouse

The Farmhouse style is all the rage right now, borrowing design elements across the board. It may include Shaker cabinets, polished or brushed nickel hardware, a marbled backsplash and glass fronted cabinets. The classic white subway tile is common in this wet bar design, but by giving the grout a darker finish, it gives the tile a modern look. The cabinets are usually white or glazed. 

 

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6. Transitional

Transitional is a broad term that can include design aspects on multiple levels. A shaker style cabinet is complimented by a marble backsplash that may otherwise be considered modern if paired with a different type of cabinet. Transitional is the most commonly sought after wet bar design, not only for it's timeless beauty but also it's ability to fit in with just about every decor. 

 

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