A breakfast bar in the kitchen provides extra space for prep work, dining and other activities. It usually extends from the countertop backsplash. Some bars are of the same material as the rest of the countertops for cohesiveness and some are made with a different surface material for contrast. Space saving versions are mounted on the wall in smaller spaces, such as apartments. Ideas to decorate them include themes that fit in with any interior design style.
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Coffee Bar Theme Ideas
For coffee lovers, having a few of your favourite coffee syrups and flavourings at hand every morning makes for a functional as well as decorative space. Line the bottles up on the counter and put hand pumps on them, like the ones that you see in cafes. If there is room, place a cappuccino/coffee maker on the counter against the wall. Otherwise, use a decorative coffee pot to keep the beverage warm while you are sitting there. Buy a sugar and creamer set that matches the colour and decor in your kitchen along with decorative shakers for cinnamon and chocolate sprinkles. Place on a ceramic or plastic themed tray to match or a silver or mirrored tray for a classic look that fits in any space. If there is a cupboard above the breakfast bar, decorate the bottom of it with gold or silver hooks to hang coffee cups from. Otherwise, showcase a few of your favourites from a coffee cup tree.
Wine or Beverage Theme Ideas
For wine lovers, use the area to showcase your collection. Wine racks come in all shapes and sizes, from ones that you set on the countertop to ones that you can mount underneath the cupboards or hang from the ceiling. Do the same with your wine glasses. If your breakfast bar is mounted against the wall, hang decorative shelves above it to place these items on. If mixed drinks are your thing, all of your bottles and glasses can be showcased in the same way. Add a decorative container to house stir sticks and little umbrellas. Place a decanter set centre-stage and bring in a champagne bucket to chill your favourite beverages while you wait.
Cooking or Baking Theme Ideas
For a chef or baker, using the additional space for a prep area makes the most sense. Line decorative canisters along the back edge of it to hold flour, sugar and other staples. Hang a spice rack on the wall or from the bottom of cabinets to have all your favourite secret ingredients in reach. Include a rack for cookbooks and a decorative recipe box as well. Showcase any homemade jars of pasta or cooking oils. Add other small appliances or utensils within easy reach such as mixers, food processors or rolling pins. Finish decorating a breakfast bar with complementary cutting boards, in wood or glass.
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