Each week, Mansion Global tackles a topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week, we discuss tips for carving out a coffee bar in your primary suite.
Wake up and smell the coffee—from the comfort of your own bedroom.
The ultimate luxury is to have the tastes of the kitchen and bar cart in your own primary suite.
Think mirrored wall panels and shelves to disguise appliances like microwaves and sinks, a coffee machine built into the wall and under-counter refrigeration to store spirits and beverages.
Here’s how to enjoy your morning coffee and after-dinner drink from the comfort of the primary bedroom.
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Create a Hidden Bar With Paneling and Mirrors
“It is very common for us to create kitchenettes for our clients who design homes over 5,000 square feet. We like to incorporate a niche for water coolers and refreshments. But for us, it’s important to hide those elements or make them very decorative, so we often use mirrored wall panels and shelves in the upper portion that can be used as a display area. We use drawers to stow snacks, dishware and utensils. And we always panel the refrigerator to keep the design seamless.
“We really like to hide the kitchenettes and coffee bars behind floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall panels because the functionality becomes a thing of beauty in its own right. You’d never guess that hiding behind some of the walls in our designs are fully stocked service areas that include sinks, microwaves, convection ovens, Nespresso coffee makers and paneled refrigerators. And for us, it’s just as important to create a seating area in the bedroom that is conducive to having that morning coffee or weekend brunch. We design a lot of custom banquettes that are really functional and beautiful.”
— Jay Britto and David Charette, principals at Britto Charette in Miami
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Separate the Bar From the Bed With a Seating Area
“Define the bar area by carving out its own space and separating it from the bed with either a wall or seating area. If you need a sink try and build your bar near a bathroom—the plumber will be happy. If you don’t have room for a seating area, and you’re just doing a bar, have an extra chair or two in the corner or a bench at the end of the bed. Then, I would suggest a simple tray set up with a decanter, two glasses and a cocktail maker.
“Keep the liquor off the counter and opt for one open shelf, or just a simple tray on a table. You can source a beautiful antique piece to function as your bar; it doesn’t have to be big, just big enough to mix drinks. If you want a more luxurious feel, bring in more polished metals or a mirror, but be careful where your mirror is—choose a spot where it will bring more light into the space, but won’t create an unwelcome glare.
— Anna Caro, CEO and lead interior designer at MOTIV Interiors in Nashville, Tennessee
Style With Built-In and Under-Counter Appliances
“If there’s a wet wall, bring the water in and make a wet bar with a built-in sink that fits into a beautiful quartz countertop. Then, instead of having the clutter of a coffee machine and the pods and cups scattered on the counter, use a built-in coffee maker. I love the ones by Miele, they combine design with functionality. You build it into the wall, it’s quite beautiful.
“Or if you really want your coffee station to go unseen, hide it behind a wall or closet door and make room for a mini-fridge under the counter. KitchenAid makes a great undercounter refrigerator with a glass door and shelving perfect for storing milk, iced coffee and champagne. And to complete your in-room bar experience, add an under-counter ice maker. There are some options that are just 15-inches wide and won’t take up too much space.”
— Joe Cangelosi, owner of Joe Cangelosi Design in New York
Elevate an in-Room Bar With Statement Furniture
“I would treat a bedroom bar as a piece of regal fine furniture, standing glorious on a feature wall like a treasured jewel box. Repurposing a curvy Louis XV armoire into a secret bar would be stunning as it will maintain the elegance of the room, yet adds intriguing mystery and sensuality appropriate for a [primary] suite.
“The exterior finish must stun the sight that draws you in, perhaps with color or a texture that, of course, compliments the rest of the furnishing in the room. With interior walls enhanced in lightly antiqued mirror and inviting backlit, its fine detailing will be magnified with gold and adorned with attractive utensils that are paired with top-of-the-line delicate glasses.”
— Dia Ates, luxury designer in San Francisco
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