The Wendl family lived in a humble home with an outdated retro design. The cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri updated their home with a modern, chic look while complementing their desired retro design. The family room has been redesigned to include a fun white and mint green bar.
A retro wet bar with cosmic accents sits outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.
As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, designers Anthony and John created a separate bar area just off the kitchen. To delineate the two spaces, designers used bold, blue cabinets and a gray countertop, creating visual separation from the adjoining kitchen space. Then, they added a three dimensional backsplash and two long shelves for storage. A final bit of decorative flair is added with the sliding barn door that matches the one concealing the pantry.
Accessories, such as retro stirrers and striped straws add a shot of excitement and whimsy to the bar table. The addition of flasks, shakers and barware passed down by Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall’s grandparents give a hit of heritage and a taste of playful pastimes.
A mix of neutral tones create a fun mosaic tile backsplash between the white cabinetry in this contemporary kitchen. The tile appears again in a little built-in office nook beneath a glass door cabinet. Two orange pendant lights add a pop of color above the small island and set of tall bar chairs.
You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.
This unique circular space with a vaulted ceiling and balcony is a great space for entertaining guests. Wood cabinetry, arched windows, mosaic tile flooring and retro Andy Warhol style artwork complete this eclectic bar area.
When choosing a bar cart, don't exclude a vintage version. "A found treasure always garners a second look and a chic set of marvelous midcentury highballs or dapper decanters will also be a nod to the glamorous retro ritual of cocktail hour," says Roxy Owens, founder of Society Social.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, homeowners Kari Camelio and Rebecca Donohue completely renovated the kitchen in their Reseda, California home to create a light and airy flow from the kitchen to the breakfast bar.
Contemporary and chic, this office space designed by Jeff Pelletier features locker storage, a stylish wet bar with gray cabinets and a retro fridge and a long table that's perfect for holding meetings.
This traditional white kitchen opens to the adjacent living room and features white cabinets and countertops with gray and white tile backsplash, stainless steel vent hood and retro green range, and a white marble topped work island with barstool seating and pendant lights.
A sleek, sharp island fills the floor space in this shining midcentury modern kitchen. Mustard yellow bar chairs add a retro influence and counter the bright finishes of the walls and cabinetry. Gray and white tile create a full wall backsplash pattern behind floating shelves and a stainless steel range hood. Glass pendant lights bring extra light to solidify the bright finish.
Gray and white hexagonal tiles fit together to create a full-wall backsplash in this retro inspired kitchen design. Floating shelves show off personal decor items as well as easily accessible dishes for everyday use. Dark yellow-brown bar chairs compliment the woodgrain finish of the lower cabinets and help ground the bright atmosphere.