Nowadays, most apartments are a typical project, which is why they look similar to each other, like two drops of water. The modern approach requires individuality. Standard apartment renovation has the right to exist, but often such a dwelling is faceless. Those owners who have aesthetic taste and want to move away from boring standards use the most unexpected design techniques to diversify the interior. The bar counter in the living room is a popular, fresh method of transforming an apartment into a cozy and functional corner with a claim to a distinctive style.
Bar counters in the hall have many advantages. Here are just a few of them:
Convenient division of the room into zones
In recent decades, the loft direction has become increasingly popular in our country. Studio apartments in this style are a single space, there are no walls in it. This approach is especially appropriate if the apartment is small, since it allows you not to limit the space and visually enlarge the dwelling. In this case, it is necessary to divide into zones (for example, living, dining, cooking place). It is the stand, without blocking the view, that will perfectly cope with this task.
Small apartments that do not have the necessary space severely limit the owners. For example, it is difficult to install a large dining table in them. This complicates food intake and preparation. The bar counter perfectly solves this problem.
Used instead of a partition between the hall and the kitchen, it allows you to use the space under you for various drawers and shelves, saves free space, easily accommodates a dozen people near it, solving the problem of receiving noisy parties.
Good compatibility with any style
Although initially such furniture accessories in apartments began to be used in the loft style, now racks are used even in classic interior options, in the style of Provence, Art Nouveau, minimalism and many others. The design can match any color parameters, the choice is also great in shape - bar counters are angular, curved, classic straight. In some cases, this piece of furniture is combined with other furniture (say, a sofa).
Although mini-racks are considered essential for small apartments, they fit well with spacious interiors.
Choice of design
Regardless of what type of bar is chosen, it cannot remain an invisible design element, it will certainly attract the attention of guests. The owners will have to choose whether such a piece of furniture will match the style of the entire room as much as possible or will become its bright accent. At the same time, the style of the rack itself, as a rule, should not differ from that which is characteristic of the entire room.
If the choice fell on conformity with the general style, the tabletop should overlap in color with any other detail of the room, striking due to the unusual shape. Focusing on the emphasis means that the rack fits in with the style. The whole room is finished with relatively faded materials, but the tabletop is chosen to be emphasized bright, contrasting with its surroundings.
At first glance, the bar counter seems to be an extremely simple, somewhat primitive design. Modern designers have developed dozens of options for this piece of furniture, making it possible to classify racks according to certain criteria. The countertop is most striking. The choice of material and method of finishing its surface should be chosen based on the general style of the room.
The height of the tabletop is on average about a meter, it is better for owners to choose a specific model based on their height. If the difference between individual family members and their regular guests is noticeable, it is worth choosing a high bar, complete with special chairs. Two-level racks, which have a lower tabletop, are very popular. It can be conveniently used by children.
It should be borne in mind that multi-level racks usually take up a lot of space; in a typical Soviet-built apartment with a low ceiling, their use is often inappropriate.
The bar counter can be a light construction, or a massive analogue of a small cabinet with drawers and shelves. Often, this furniture seems to be a kind of barrier between the kitchen and the living room in the studio. If there is a lot of free space in the hall, it can be installed along the wall.
The style and beauty of a bar counter usually lies in the fact that it is not overloaded with unnecessary details, if there are a lot of them, it is worth choosing a model equipped with drawers.
How to arrange?
The bar counter can be an independent piece of furniture, combined with a wall or other large piece of furniture. If the apartment is not deprived of space, it is best to have the bar counter with an island: this way it will resemble an ordinary table, but at the same time add a touch of unusual aestheticism. In such cases, options with a large table top are usually chosen. Large models come with a one-piece and split lid.
Each product has its own advantages, a table top made of one large sheet of material has no joints, and a composite one allows owners to easily change a damaged fragment without high costs.
In a classic living room, noticeably limited in space, the corner bar counter can be a success. This solution allows you not to abandon this type of furniture, despite the fact that in a smaller area all the functionality of the rack is preserved, and the style is looked through well with taste.
Often the bar counter divides a large room into zones. In this situation, it is better to make it so that one end is adjacent to the wall. In the perception of most people, such a piece of furniture should be free on both sides in order to open access to the countertop for more guests. However, if those rarely appear in the apartment, you can perceive it as a full-fledged wall. For example, from the side of the living room, you can move a sofa with a low back to such a counter (then it will be convenient for household members, and all the necessary furniture will fit, and the view within the apartment will not be limited by unnecessary obstacles).
These days, bar counters are produced from a variety of materials. Four main ones can be distinguished, all the rest are only imitations. Each of the materials has its own advantages and disadvantages. Stone bar counters look massive and impressive. They are good for their strength and durability, they also cannot be denied in taste.
It is noteworthy that with high-quality manufacturing there is no difference as to whether the model is made from natural raw materials or an artificial analogue.
A certain disadvantage is the large weight of such structures., therefore, products are often made arranged (for example, a base made of any other material can be lined with white or black stone). The cost of a real stone rack will make many apartment owners think about the advisability of such a purchase. There is a certain disadvantage even in operation: for example, any spilled liquid must be wiped up immediately, otherwise there is a great risk that the tabletop will change its color, resembling the shade of the drink.
Another prestigious solution is wooden racks. Such products are usually made from expensive solid wood. Even quality substitutes like MDF are rarely used. A similar approach to the choice of material affects the appearance - the counter looks very presentable, clearly indicates a high level of well-being of its owner, and adds a special comfort to the room.
In this case, the service life of the product can be long only if the surface is regularly treated with special protective compounds.
Glass is another popular material. However, it is more used as a decoration: it is extremely difficult to find a full-fledged glass tabletop. The main bonus from the use of glass surfaces is in the aesthetic field.
This is especially noticeable if the designer has correctly thought out the lighting, which must fall either ideally from above, or be performed in the form of LEDs along the edges of the tabletop and under it.
It is impossible not to mention plastic, which today is a widespread material in the manufacture of any product. Its advantages are traditional and well known to everyone: lightness of products, their low cost, sufficient strength. However, a plastic rack often loses the chic for which its installation was started. The choice in favor of plastic products is usually made by those consumers who cannot or do not want to afford expensive furniture made from natural materials. Therefore, a synthetic substitute with a low price is usually fragile and short-lived (in some advanced cases, even toxic).
At the same time, plastic is often used to decorate bar counters from other materials; it gives the model an additional shine, but requires special lighting.
The bar itself will become a noticeable, but unfinished element of the interior. First of all, it needs special bar stools. For the sake of convenience, it is worth choosing those that have a height adjustment function. When choosing models with or without a backrest, you will have to choose between comfort (first option) and style (second).
An accent in the design of a room can be not only a counter, but also chairs, which in a minimalist interior can turn out to be emphatically presentable.
Holders are important accessories (special holders that allow you to keep glasses in view in an upright position) and footrests attached to the rack itself. You can supplement the set of utensils and expand the functionality with the help of shelves on the wall above the counter. If you place bottles with expensive alcohol on them, the feeling of an indescribable atmosphere of comfort and elite rest will only intensify.
Do not forget about the color of the room decoration: the shade of the bar counter should harmoniously fit into the overall picture of the interior.
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