If you’ve spent months staring at the same four walls, you may be looking for a little design inspiration to shake things up. And since we’ve all taken more time brewing coffee at home, the same is likely the case for your home coffee bar.
As with any good coffee shop, small design and equipment improvements are essential in keeping your space fresh. Whether that’s a new coat of paint to embrace a color palette, bright and friendly ceramics that liven up the space, plants and flowers to bring some organic life into your coffee nook, or state-of-the-art equipment to have you brewing like an at-home barista, small touches will make a big impact on your home coffee bar.
We’ve got you covered on the inspiration with organizational and design tips, here. Read on to check out nine of our favorite coffee bar ideas.
Tip 01: Pick a Palette
Many coffee gadgets and accessories come in a rainbow of colors these days. Starting with a palette will help guide your purchases and ensure your coffee station fits your personality. Bright and cheery? Pick a colorful array of primary colors. More of a minimalist? We love this monochromatic look.
Tip 02: Add Some Character
Embrace the legacy of making coffee at home with a little heritage. We adore the look of pairing new coffee gear with personal pieces from your own collection. Candlesticks handed down from your grandmother, vintage peppermills, even an old school radio, all add farmhouse style charm.
Tip 03: Use the Space You’ve Got
Have a whole butler’s pantry waiting to be decorated? Great. Only got a corner of your small kitchen to devote to your coffee station? That’s excellent too. Find opportunities to bring coffee into your space — think: a floating shelf or bar cart. Even if you have to move your coffee bar outside of your kitchen, that’s OK, you’ll be enjoying coffee there, too!
Tip 04: Bring Nature Indoors
Whether it’s a plant from your backyard or something you picked up at your local gardening center, add an organic element to your coffee nook with a little greenery (or pinkery, whitery, even brownery in some cases). Coffee is a plant, after all.
Tip 05: Play with Prints
Rather than matchy-matchy solids, mix it up with coordinated pieces that go together. Think: graphic polka-dots throughout, or subtle stripes on coffee mugs and jars.
Tip 06: Make it a Cook’s Coffee Bar
Add elements from your kitchen to make your coffee bar a place to both drink coffee and dine. Chairs make for a great spot to stop and enjoy the coffee, fresh ingredients are ideal for garnishing, a chalkboard with the day's menu adds a personal touch, and cutting boards help with serving crusty bread or pastries.
Tip 07: Go Below the Surface
Leave only what you need within hand’s reach on the countertop (like cups, mugs, and a coffee maker) and store the rest tidily in your cabinets. Decide what you need quickly and on a daily basis for a streamlined look.
Tip 08: Keep Your Options Open
On weekends you’re an espresso artist, during the week you’re a French press fiend. Keep multiple coffee makers on hand to help satisfy your every craving, bonus: you'll be the ultimate host when guests stop by with specific coffee preferences.
Tip 09: Prep for Happy Hour
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