A great bar counter is high on my wishlist for my “someday” kitchen – I love the informal comfort of perching on a stool and having breakfast or a snack in the kitchen itself (I grew up in a home with a galley kitchen and separate breakfast room, and now my kitchen’s too small for an eating area). But what I really love is that while it’s part of your kitchen, the bar area is so much more fun to set up and decorate – you don’t need to focus as much on the functionality and can find beautiful and decorative pieces rather than practical ones!
Sinks, for example. Your kitchen sink needs to be sensible and efficient, with your habits and routines heavily influencing your choice. A bar sink, on the other hand, acts as more of an ornamental piece, so you can play with materials, textures, shapes, and sizes, like these unusual beauties:
The Allstone Group Bar/Prep Stone Sink
D’Vontz Plain Hammered Round Copper Sink
Elite Bath Maple Creek Bar Sink
Elkay Mystic Single Bowl Sink
(Because what could be better for a bar than a martini sink?!)
Houzer Contempo Curved Trough Bar/Prep Bowl
Native Trails Fiesta Bar Sink
Rachiele Square Bar Sink with Textile Finish
Bar faucets are fun too – you get to pick a style and finish that you love without having to think about dishwashing capabilities.
California Faucets Santa Barbara Single Hole Bar Faucet with Swivel Spout
Danze Bellefleur Single Handle Pull Down Bar/Convenience Faucet
Rubinet Lasalle Series Single Control Bar Faucet
Whitehaus Beluga Entertainment Faucet
Grohe Classic II Kitchen/Bar Faucet
I love pendant lights, and they really enhance the look (and the function!) of a bar counter.
Vibia Wind Pendant
Arteriors Ennis Small Black Oxidized Iron Pendant
Arteriors Caviar Staggered Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant
ELK Lighting Fuego Pendant
Kalco Lighting Iron Ribbon Mini-Pendant
Pendants should hang between 40″ and 43″ above the countertop.
And I can’t even get into bar stools now – there are too many to list! (I’ll save it for another time.)
Some of our loyal Quality Bath customers have sent us pictures of their gorgeous bar areas.