First of all, it should be noted, that bar counter in the living room is a logical extension of the kitchen and serves for isolation of dining room from the work area. Its size and height are calculated in accordance with the width and height of the premises.
Advantages of Living Room with Bar Counter
The living room is considered to be an ideal place of the bar counter installation, which will become its focus of attention. Furthermore, here we have a wider field of action for design creativity, rather in the rest premises. Since the living room is a central place, a place for rest, that is equipped and decorated just as you like, including with bar counter. The living room interior design with a bar counter, usually, is developed with the participation of the bar counter, but not around it. It can stand apart, having a structure of an island.
If you desire, you can emphasize it, having created strong contrast by means of the color of material texture. There are very many variants, which suit absolutely any taste.
What a Bar Counter to Choose
Bar counters can have several levels. Single-level bar counters are the most wide-spread and popular, because they are cheaper and simpler, although they look very expensive. In a classic variant the height of bar counter is from 110 to 115 cm. And it is better to purchase high enough bar stools with leg support. If you choose double-level bar counter, for this purpose, first of all, it is required to have a kitchen of the adequate area with high ceilings. In general, multi-level bar counters are ideal for big houses with high ceilings, otherwise, they will look heavyish. Every level is fixed at a special pencil rod, thereafter it is decorated in accordance with the interior style. Bar counter shall obligatory blend with the entire design of kitchen and by no means it shall look like a foreign object. As to material and color, there is a great variety of variants.
It should be kept in mind, that it is not desirable to overload the construction of bar counter by a great many of shelves and supports since there are wall drawers for this purpose. Nowadays minimalism is in fashion, where the main emphasis shall be on convenience and comfort.
For the owners of spacious modern studio apartments, it will be an excellent variant to install bar counter in such a manner, that it will divide kitchen and living room areas.
For those, who have a small apartment, bar counter of smaller size can be installed, that will occupy less space and have a simpler construction.
What Material is Preferable
Bar counter tops can be made of all sorts of materials. Here you can let your imagination run riot: both wood, and marble, glass and artificial stone, and plastic, all this depends on personal enthusiasms. However, top material for counter tops is Corian, which is harder than marble, but a tin case of damage it will be possible to polish it. It is very attractive and absolutely nontoxic as well as very flexible, that allows making bar counter of the most unexpected and unusual form. Usually, together with Corian people use glass to lighten the construction, moreover, the light bar counters are very popular nowadays.
Accent Lighting Plays an Important Role
The complete absence of general lighting and switched on built-in spotlights promotes the creation of romantic and even mysterious atmosphere. Choosing lighting for accent lighting, it is required to turn attention to the isolation of wirings in order to ensure complete safety, as well as to choose a lamp of such a design, that bulbs can be easily replaced. You can use several variants of accent lighting, that can be switched on separately depending on the circumstances.
Accessories for Bar Counter
There are not so many accessories for bar counters, but, nevertheless, they do exist, although they are quiet unpretentious:
- racks (for drinking glasses, wineglasses, bottles etc.);
- angle and side shank holders;
- rack-leg support (for owners and guests);
- dish racks;
- horizontal racks made of glass;
- rack-accent light (for example, made of wood or plastic);
- connecting couplings
In Addition, A Piece of Advice
The best variant is to choose bar counter in accordance with the existing certain project. This will provide with an opportunity immediately to decide on material, color, and size. And what is important, you will be sure, that the purchased bar counter will blend with the interior design and will not look absurdly and senseless.