Gatsby-Inspired Touches Raise the Bar in this Home Cocktail Lounge
"What's great about designing a cocktail room is that you can break the rules," Designer Renee DiSanto says. 'Think F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired private lounge. The more surprises and unique elements the better. Your cocktail room should feel different from the rest of your home."
Whether you have a dedicated cocktail lounge at home or a smaller-scale setup, use these designer-approved ideas to add flavor to your space.
Define Your Palette
Designers Renee DiSanto and Christina Samatas used muted blues and brass accents to create a sophisticated look in this Glen Ellyn, Illinois, house. A wood-paneled ceiling and geometric chandelier add high drama.
Choose Durable Fabrics
Cushy armchairs rest on sealed limestone tile that's easy to clean if a drink spills. Performance velvet is both luxe and durable, DiSanto says: "People swear by it. Some say it lasts over 30 years."
Make Mixology a Breeze
All beverage prep happens here. The tall custom built-in holds a sink, wine (chilled and room temp), ice, mixers, trays and utensils. A quartzite countertop practically shrugs off liquids.
Add Impactful Details
An antique mirror oozes elegance, and a reticulating faucet starts the flow of conversation. "It's functional yet modern and makes for a lovely centerpiece," DiSanto says. "Everyone will ask about it."