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How to Decorate a Breakfast Bar Elegantly and Stylishly

How to Decorate a Breakfast Bar
Most modern kitchens come equipped with breakfast bars that are a great place to sit, chat, and eat, all at once, without the cook being felt left out! If you are looking for ideas to decorate your breakfast bar, you are at the right place.
Sailee Kale
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018
A breakfast bar is the perfect addition to a kitchen. It offers an intimate setting for a meal, without the family having to spread out. So other than just placing a fruit basket over the bar, don't you think you should decorate this place a little more, to make it look attractive and inviting?
Here are some unique ideas just for that.
Tips for Decorating a Breakfast Bar
Lady cleaning breakfast bar
If the breakfast bar looks old and has become outdated, it's time to clean it up. If its wooden, you may want to sand and refinish it to get rid of any small indentations in the surface, where food and dust particles can easily get lodged. Give it a new lease of life by applying a fresh coast of paint which matches your kitchen decor.
Swiveling bar stool
☛Experiment with stylish and colorful chairs and/or bar stools that will complement the look of your kitchen and breakfast bar. Use swiveling bar stools and those that can slide in under the breakfast bar for ease of mobility. Depending upon the theme of your kitchen and your countertop, choose what stools you want to buy. Metallic ones will give a contemporary look to the kitchen, whereas wooden bar stools will provide an earthy, rustic feel.
Fruits on breakfast bar
☛ You may already be having a basket of fruits on the bar. But make sure you add a variety of fruits, and replace them regularly so it not only looks colorful, but one look at it and people would want to eat them all!
Fruits and flowers on breakfast bar
☛ Flowers, the best way to beautify just about anything and everything, including a breakfast bar. Get a vase or two, and place brightly colored flowers in it and put it over the bar. Need I say more?
☛ If you don't have fresh flowers, you can keep plastic or silk flowers instead. Just be sure to wash them every once in a while, so they don't look dirty and faded.
☛ How about hanging plants? This is a unique idea, and you get the dual advantage of having plants around, as well as space on the bar top. You can hang plants from the ceiling, in whatever arrangement you like and one that pleases the eye. If you have a window by the side, place potted flowering plants on the window sill to add a touch of green to the room.
☛ A breakfast bar is a great place to show off your knickknacks you might have collected over the years. The ones that are unbreakable and easy to clean are a better option, especially if you have kids!
☛ Your breakfast bar can be designed so it increases the storage space in your kitchen. Cabinets beneath the bar are ideal to store dry food items or cookware.
Lighting on breakfast bar
☛ Lighting is an effective way to smarten up a breakfast bar. Make use of branched lighting fixtures, lighting pendants, or affix LED or halogen spotlights in the ceiling. Apart from illuminating the area and making the breakfast bar the focal point of your kitchen, they can also be used as task lights, when you are cooking or cutting veggies.
☛If the bar is against a wall, turn that wall into an accent wall, or hang a collage of photo frames to accentuate the wall. Another option is to hang a beautiful framed painting beneath a spotlight.
Wine bottles on breakfast bar
☛ For the wine lover, what could be better than arranging vintage wine bottles on the breakfast bar! Don't have enough space? Get a wine rack that can be hung on the ceiling or the wall or affix it below the bar. If you have guests, place all your wine glasses and the ice bucket neatly over the top and it's sure to leave your guests impressed!
☛ Place some kitchen accessories like paper napkin dispenser and salt and pepper shakers over the bar. Next to them, put bottles of vinegar and olive oil. Add a cookie jar and you will probably have friends and family who never want to leave your bar! If you have a collection of cookbooks, stack them there for a quick reference. It's also a great place to put a knife block and a cutting board.
☛A food processor, rolling-pin, and other kitchen items of daily use can be placed on the breakfast bar, but make sure you don't clutter up the space. Canisters containing dry spices and breakfast cereals can be arranged attractively over the breakfast bar if you have a lot of space. If you have a coffee machine, a breakfast bar is the best place you can keep it on. Add jars of sugar, creamer, and your favorite coffee flavorings next to it for quick and easy access.
Multiple Uses of a Breakfast Bar
Other than being used as a dining table, it can be used as a countertop, given its proximity to the kitchen. They are usually found in open-space kitchens, and they add to the dimension of the room. In a small home, a breakfast bar eliminates the need of a dining table, saving on space. For a work-from-home professional, the same can double up as a workspace, where he or she can place the laptop, spread out the papers, and even have a quick bite. It also works great if you have kids. Apart from eating, it can play the role of a study table, and you can keep an eye out for them without having to leave the kitchen!
Breakfast bars, coupled with kitchen islands are an integral part of kitchens everywhere. Especially with everyone having a busy schedule and when families can't even find time to sit down for a meal together, a breakfast bar serves the purpose. Think of your own creative ideas and themes to transform your breakfast bar into the most beautiful and inviting place in your home.
Modern open-plan living
Ethnic family eating breakfast together in their home
Gathered for a sit down breakfast
Dining together