How to Style a Bar – FarmHouseUrban Style

So this post is about, of all things, how to style a bar! Am I a big drinker you might wonder? No, Am I working on a project with a bar in it? No. So, why on earth am I writing about bar styling? The answer is, because nothing says “Fun Happens Here” quite like walking into a room with a well stocked bar. I also really like the aesthetic of it all. The sparkly bottles and glassware, jars of olives and maraschino cherries, metal accoutrements, swizzle sticks. You get the idea. For more ideas and inspiration check out my  Pinterest board on home bars . They  just look good. So here you go…

Traditional Stye Home Bar Set-up

This has been a favorite bar photo for a long time, and one that gives me lots of inspiration on styling in general. For one thing, this is an antique credenza vs a bar cart. There is not a square inch left on here which I actually think is the way to go. Par-tay time. There’s a lamp in the back so I can imagine how great the ambient lighting adds to the vibe.

I really like this set-up. Perfect for small spaces and looks to be a shelf piece. Again a creative way to use furniture that you might have lying around and not know what to do with. Short bottles in front, tall in back, and the use of trays, which are essential to taking the bar from looking good to great. Tools and ice bucket must be nearby.

Wood Bar Cart

This bar cart is clearly made for its intended purpose. I like the dark accessories, pewter bowl and leather bag. Well edited – probably styled for a photo shoot rather than an actual home, but that’s ok. we can still get inspired.


If you have the space and inclination to create a home bar, here are some fun ideas to get started:


Mid-Century Credenza

The advantage of a piece like this, besides it’s good looks is the hidden storage. There are endless possibilities for great finds like this on here.

Rattan Double Sized Bar Cart

Bartender, make mine a double!  This rattan piece is for that situation when you need a lot of work space. And you can have some serious fun setting it ip. Just enough detail, but not too much. From here.

Dark metal cart on wheels

I was going to use this piece in a recent design project but the dark metal finish version wasn’t available yet. This piece is really versatile as it’s a little more narrow than most, so it can serve as a buffet in a small dining room, or even in a bathroom for extra storage. From here.



Tools are essential in cocktail preparation, but displaying them without looking messy and scattered can be a challenge. Also, since space is typically limited, this cool stand with all the basic tools included would solve both issues beautifully. From here.

Once you have the basics, it can be fun to add interesting pieces to the mix, like this one from here.

More bartending tools from here.


Cut crystal tumbler

I am in love with cut crystal tumblers. They’re old school in the very best way. If a glass can be called sexy, this one has it goin on. Get it here.

While it’s not glassware, these are a must with the glass above – or any cocktail tumbler. Slow melting, large, square ice cubes, one is al you need.


A twist on the traditional martini glass. For all those straight-up cocktails. Plus great for desserts.

Big daddy brandy snifter from here.

Decanter from here.