In the photo of the interiors of the living room in a modern style, an accessory such as a bar counter is increasingly common. This attribute allows you to make the space more functional without taking up much space. Using the rack, as a rule, they delimit the space between the kitchen area and the living room. Today designs of this kind are available to everyone due to the variety of materials and design.
The bar counter can replace the dining table in a room with a small area.
The bar counter in private houses and apartments is a function of the separator between the working space for cooking and the seating area. This design is actually a harmonious continuation of the kitchen, and in small rooms replaces the whole dining set. So, what are the main advantages of bar counters over classic dining tables:
- Unlike a full-fledged table, the rack does not take up much space, which allows it to fit even into the smallest spaces;
- Due to the rounded edges behind the counter, several people can sit at the same time;
- Simplicity in leaving, serving due to the smaller sizes of a table-top;
- The bar counter, serving as a space divider to the kitchen and living area, is a stylish design element, giving the room a modern, original look;
- Modern versions of such designs harmoniously fit into any interior, do not cause any associations with dark bars or cafes.
Options for the use of bar counters in the living room can be viewed on the photo.
The bar counter acts as a separator between the dining area and the seating area.
The usual dining table is not suitable as a space delimiter, especially if the apartment is small. The bar counter at the expense of smaller sizes allows not only to separate the kitchen from the living room itself, but also to save space, while many people will fit in with it.
Bar counter in the living room interior with a small area
This option is suitable for a large kitchen-living room. Such a table top will certainly attract the attention of guests. You can freely approach the rack from any side, and also install everything you need into the work surface - sink, hob, etc. There may be drawers and shelves for storing household appliances, dishes and other things in the case.
Original bar counter uniting the kitchen and living area
Above the island, it is convenient to place additional lamps, which allows you to well illuminate the working and dining space.
Note! If the countertop is used for cooking, it is useful to place a hood over it, so that smells from the kitchen do not penetrate into the rest area, which is not separated by a solid wall.
Island bar counter in the kitchen-living room
The most compact option, appropriate for use in small kitchens, living rooms. This stand clearly separates the living room and work area, blending harmoniously into the interior. The corner model is not striking and does not change the radically conceived design of the room.
Corner bar counter in the interior of the living room in white
Above the table top you can place additional accessories, for example, holders for glasses. As lighting, you can use both built-in ceiling spots and simple fixtures on the cables.
Bar counter with holders for glasses in a modern living room interior
In such structures, two worktops are used at once at different levels from the floor. As a rule, the lower one is located on the kitchen side and the high one on the living room side. Such a counter is convenient for children, since they can sit quietly behind a low table top, and guests will be comfortably seated behind a high bar counter. Unlike the corner model, this option is massive, and therefore requires more space.
Semicircular two-level bar counter in the interior of the living room combined with the kitchen
This model repeats the classic bar counters that can be found in clubs and bars, it will definitely appeal to lovers of noisy parties and experiments with cocktails. The stand is complemented by a mini-bar and bar stools, this composition gives the room a festive and nonchalant look. Wood, plywood, drywall, etc. are used as materials for the restaurant stand.
Rack from a natural tree in a modern interior of a drawing room
The stand should be in harmony with the rest of the furniture, however, if you want to select it, then you should think about the material. It can be natural wood, natural or artificial stone, as well as more exotic options - glass or metal.
Laminated PDF panels are a practical option for the kitchen-living room. This surface is not afraid of mechanical damage and water, easy to clean and easy to clean. PDF is the most economical option, however, due to the variety of colors and textures, it looks in the interior no worse than other materials.
Countertops made of natural or artificial stone are the most durable, this rack will serve you for decades. The stone is easy to clean, easy to clean, is not susceptible to fungus and bugs, resistant to water and high temperatures.
However, there is one trifle - the spilled liquid must be wiped immediately, otherwise it will penetrate into the stone, which can change its color over time. If the tabletop is made of quartz agglomerate, you should not put frying pans and pots directly from the stove on it - the surface may crack.
Natural wood - durable material, however, is unstable to water. Wooden tabletops must be periodically treated with special water-repellent compounds. In addition, the tree is vulnerable to bugs, so you need to regularly inspect the surface in search of damage.
Glass countertops are practical, durable and stylish. Glass can be monophonic, with a mirror dusting, internal illumination, patterns or a photo printing. All this creates many opportunities for interior design. Glass is not afraid of water, it is not afraid of high temperatures, chemicals, microorganisms, etc., however, it is not so easy to clean - the surface must be thoroughly cleaned so that there are no stains and greasy stains from the fingers.
To the bar counter harmoniously with the interior of the living room, it is necessary not only to choose the size and configuration of the design, but also to determine the design. Universal version - stand, made in neutral beige or gray tones. Such design will fit into any interior. However, if you want something more interesting, you can consider other options for styles.
High-tech is one of the most popular modern styles, characterized by concise forms and shades. An important role in this style is played by the material - leather, glass, plastic. The right combination of these materials makes the interior stylish and unusual. Also this direction is characterized by saturated colors in combination with chrome elements. For decoration, you can use white, black, red, green, orange, blue and other bright colors.
For a country-style living room, you should use natural materials, such as wood or stone. In rural styles, natural tones are preferred. The abundance of glass, chrome and plastic parts is inappropriate here. Country implies imitation of antiquity, and this means that small cracks and abrasions will look very stylish. Chrome is better to replace with shabby brass or copper with a patina of patina.
Scandinavian style requires a lot of natural light and space. Best of all, such an interior will look in the living room, combined with the kitchen. In this case, the rack acts as a partition between the workspace and the rest area. The Scandinavian style is prone to minimalism, so the decor should not be excesses, for example, in the form of stucco or elaborate carving, and the colors should be chosen from a natural palette.
In the spacious living room looks good loft style. The finishing of the room in the loft style implies the presence of a large number of industrial elements, for example, pipes, brick walls, metal boxes, signs, etc. Glass and metal are suitable as materials for the bar counter. It will look good red brick or its imitation in combination with a wooden worktop.
How to zone a space
Most often, bar counters are used for zoning in one-bedroom studio apartments, which are distinguished by a large area and the complete absence of partitions and walls between rooms. The photo of modern interiors clearly shows how to harmoniously fit the bar into the space, which brings modernity, style and attractiveness to the room design.
As a rule, structures of this type are installed strictly parallel to one of the walls. An important advantage of such a partition is the absence of sharp corners, which not only looks more compact, but also the most secure.
For the bar counter requires additional lighting. A separate light source is needed both for more comfortable work, and as a decorative light for drinks and snack dishes.
As a light you can use a chandelier or several individual lamps above the table top. As a decor, LED ribbons are popular, however, do not get too carried away with this. An excessive amount of lighting will make your living room look like a nightclub.
Features of the choice of the bar
Single-level constructions are most popular, they are simpler in appearance and cheaper in cost. The most common stands used in modern interiors have a standard height of 110-115 cm.
Important! If you plan to choose a two-tier structure, keep in mind that it is higher than the standard one, therefore it requires a spacious room with high ceilings. Otherwise, such a stand will look hard, sometimes rude.
Properly selected bar counter will become an indispensable part of the interior of the living room. Here you can receive guests, dine, cook and hold noisy parties with cocktails and snacks.