A bar–whether in a hotel, restaurant or at home–represents enjoyment, indulgence and relaxation. Comfort is key to ensuring patrons stay for the long haul, but an inviting atmosphere is just as vital. Mood lighting instantly adds to an ambience and quirky accessories spark intrigue.

One of the most popular bar trends, which never seems to go out of fashion, is the 1920s speak easy. Entrances hidden behind bookcases, decadent gold trimmed furniture and plush velvet seating are instant giveaways.

However, if you’re not one to follow a specific trend, you can very easily create your own stylised bar area with a few essentials. No matter what look you’re going for–accent lighting, statement bar stools and chic glassware are must-have items.

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Rockett St George Crystal Bulb And Pendant Light & West Elm Rejuvenation Cedar And Moss

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Lawson-Fenning 6-Globe Chandelier & Gabriel Scott Harlow Large Chandelier

Statement chandeliers add a real wow factor. Creating the ideal ambience is down to strategic placement and ensuring you have the lights dimmed to perfection.

Anthropologie Reactive Cocktail Shaker & Battenburg Stemless Wine Glass

Oliver Bonas Marble And Copper Bar Tools Set & Cocktail Jigger And Spoon Set

Quirky barware is a talking point and adds personality and individuality to any space.

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Serena & Lily Chevron Riviera Counter Stool & Riviera Counter Stool in Fog

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Swoon Editions Slope Leather Bar Stools & Lawson-Fenning Orsini Bar Stool

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Soho Home Sofia Footstools

The choice for barstools and poufs is endless. Serena & Lily’s Riviera stools are ideal if you are going for a summery, alfresco vibe while metal and leather are the perfect combination for a chic, indoor enclave.

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Swoon Editions Eliza Bar Trolley & Eichholtz Florian Side Table

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Restoration Hardware Vintage French Factory Bar Cart & Porthole Bar

Surface area and storage are prerequisites, so instead of going for the ordinary why not experiment and pick something truly extraordinary. How about a porthole bar or an over-the-top side table? The world is your oyster.

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