2021 Wet Bar Design Trends

The beauty of wet bars is that they can be designed for nearly any part of your home. Is there a corner of the house that is not being used, a hallway between the kitchen and dining room, or perhaps an open area of your basement? A wet bar is the perfect solution and can be explained as a galley kitchen that meets a bar.

2021 Wet Bar Design Trends with a Wood Countertop

Most wet bar designs include necessities such as a countertop, cabinetry, sink, faucet, and under counter appliances, with the intention of serving family and friends alike. For inspiration, we gathered our top four 2021 wet bar design trends.

Trend 1: White Cabinetry with Dark Wood Top

White Cabinetry with Dark Wood Top Wet Bar Design Trend

A timeless, yet modern take on white cabinetry, Jesse Jarrett of Jarrett Design LLC designed this wet bar. The upper cabinets make the space feel open with glass front doors. Atop the lower cabinets is a Peruvian Walnut wood countertop. Aesthetically, the wood top complements the wood flooring. Functionally, the top creates the perfect surface to fix up a drink.  Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen ensures the top will remain safe from red wine stains and spills.

Trend 2: Open Shelves and a Waterfall Wood Top

Wet Bar with Open Shelves and a Waterfall Wood Top

Open glass shelves, a mirror backsplash, and sleek white cabinets create this glamorous wet bar design by Bob Ostrowski of Allikristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design. Providing both functionality and beauty, the Walnut with Sapwood butcher block Pastore waterfall top frames the cabinets. The most luxurious part of this design? Without question, the glass wall wine rack, of course.

Trend 3: Glass Front Cabinet Doors and Stained Wood Top

Wet Bar with Glass Front Cabinet Doors and Stained Wood Top
Josh Goetz Photography

Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio created this beautiful wet bar for a coastal style home. Your eye naturally follows this design from left to right, beginning with the tall wine refrigerator. Glass front cabinet doors showcase the glass shelving and fine glassware inside. A Figured Maple wood counter grounds this design, personalized by a custom stain application that enhances the woods splendor.

Trend 4: Colorful Cabinets and Anvil™ Metal Finished Wood Top

Wet Bar with Colorful Cabinets and Anvil™ Metal Finished Wood Top

Gloss blue cabinets with under counter appliances were designed by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. This design set the trend for gloss cabinets AND colorful cabinets alike used for wet bars in the years to come.  Another trend set with this design is the use of metal finished wood countertops. The White Oak Rift Sawn wood countertop is coated with Grothouse exclusive Anvil™ Metal Finish in the color Argentum. The application of the metal finish was done in such a way to show the wood grain.

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Custom Shelfies

Custom Shelfies by Grothouse
Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

According to dictionary.com, the definition of a #shelfie is a picture of a shelf, especially a bookshelf that shows off someone’s books, movies, art, collectibles, special belongings, etc. So, what makes custom shelfies better than a regular shelfie? The art of the shelfie is already so personal. Designing a shelf custom made for you takes personalization to a whole new level.

Custom Wood Shelves

Custom Wood Shelves for Kitchens
Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017

Shelfies crafted by Grothouse are completely custom. The design process begins at picking the shelf material and stain color. Choose from over 60 wood species, over 40 stock stains, or a custom stain match to your flooring or another piece.

Shelves with Anvil™ Metal Finish

Floating Shelves with Anvil Metal Finished Edges
Design by Charlotte Lucas Interior Design for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House 2020 | Photography by Emily Minton Redfield

In addition to wood species and stain color, our 8 Anvil™ metal coatings can be applied to any shelf for a truly unique look. Charlotte Lucas Interior Design selected our Anvil™ Magnum metal finish for the custom Ash wood shelves pictured.

Additional Shelf Features

Custom Wood Shelf Features
Design by Studio Dearborn for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House 2020| Photography by Emily Minton Redfield

Our shelving system introduced new innovative features not yet available in the industry today. some of those features include side-to-side adjustability, tolerance for out of flat walls or studs, high strength magnetic mounts for easy attachment and removal.

Shelf Lighting Options

Wood Shelves with Integrated LED Lighting
Design by Amy Bloom Coleman of Spundesign

Light up your shelfie with our integrated LED lighting options. Lighting options include 3k Warm White or 4K Cool White and preinstalled white or smoke diffusers. Lighting is custom sized for each shelf, making installation easy.

For more information about custom shelfies, visit our website. For installation instructions, watch our installation guide video.

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Walnut Wood Home Bar Top designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham

A Walnut Wood Home Bar Top was designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham for an English Manor in Birmingham, Michigan.

Walnut Wood Home Bar Top designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham

About the Designer: At a young age Lauren developed a passion for all things design, and went on to pursue a career in both architecture and interior design. By establishing Maison Birmingham, Lauren is able to fully engage both of these interests as she utilizes her technical expertise as an architect to take her innovative designs to the next level, making each space truly unique.

Designer Tip: “By embracing the original architectural character of this English Manor we were able to create a new functional kitchen that feels like it has always been there.” – Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham

Cabinet Manufacturer: Maison Birmingham

Cabinet Hardware: Armac Martin

Flooring: White Oak Herringbone

Countertops: 1-1/2″ thick Edge Grain Walnut with Sapwood sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen. Click here to learn more about this top.

Faucet: Kallista

Sink: Kallista

Backsplash: Subway tile

Stove: Ilve

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero

Follow Maison Birmingham on Instagram to see more of their stunning designs! To see more designs with Walnut Wood Home Bar Tops, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website or read other blog posts.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers

Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.

Custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Contemporary Kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry Manufacturer: Mouser Cabinetry

Cabinet Color: Blue

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Ultimate Granite / Black Pearl

Appliances: Sub-Zero and Wolf Stainless Steel

Flooring: Wood Floors

Contractor: Century Interiors, Inc.

Custom Saxon Wood Countertop and Matching Drawers
Tom Little Photography

Follow Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath on social media to see more of their kitchen designs! Houzz | Facebook | Instagram

Visit our website to find a Grothouse dealer near you.

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Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Design by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years.  His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner.  Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.

Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens designer of Walnut Dining Room Bar Top
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

Designer Tip(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”

“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top with Blue Cabinetry and Gold Hardware
Edge Grain Walnut Bar Top for a Dining Room

Cabinet Manufacturer:  Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style

Cabinet Hardware: Champagne bronze

Flooring: Medium hardwood

Countertops: Edge grain Walnut with sapwood

Backsplash: Mirror

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero panel ready ice maker, Perlick panel ready wine storage, Perlick panel ready undercounter refrigerator

Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!

Follow TruKitchens on social media to see more of their designs! Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Houzz

Visit our website to see more designs featuring a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top.

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Grothouse Solid Surfaces in Whole Home Concept House

Grothouse was thrilled to partner with the prestigious Matthew Quinn to craft custom solid surfaces for House Beautiful’s Whole Home Concept House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grothouse Solid Surfaces in House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House in Nashville, Tennessee
Photography by David A. Land

House Beautiful teamed up with forward-thinking designers from across the country to build a house from the ground up and craft its rooms with a family’s total joy in mind. The result of this 6,201-square-foot haven is more than a home – it’s an experience.

The Kitchen | Whole Home Concept House

When dreaming up a new kitchen, it’s tempting to focus on the “pretty bits”: cabinet colorsquartz-versus-natural-stone surfaces, hardware finishes. But kitchen-and-bath expert Matthew Quinn starts with what’s practical.

Grothouse White Oak Wood Countertop for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House
Photography by David A. Land

An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse Flat Grain White Oak Riftsawn countertop. The wood countertop features an arc and a custom stain. In addition, it has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen).

Butler’s Pantry | Whole Home Concept House

To make sure this smaller space didn’t feel too tight, Quinn used open shelving on one wall, flanking the window and sink—and on the other side, upper cabinets have mesh screen inserts.

Grothouse Wood Shelves with Anvil Metal Finished Edges in House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House
Photography by David A. Land

Grothouse crafted the open shelves in Flat Grain construction out of White Oak Riftsawn wood to match the kitchen countertop. The shelves feature a notched radius corner and Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edges.

If you are in Nashville, you can take a tour of the house! Or you can visit House Beautiful‘s YouTube channel to watch every step of the journey. Learn more about the House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House by clicking here!

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Walnut Island Countertop designed by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog highlights the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio designed a Walnut Island Countertop to visually warm up this beautiful white kitchen.

Walnut Island Countertop designed by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio
Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio

About the Designer: Growing up in the family remodeling business, kitchen and bath design was a natural fit for Claire. She enjoys working on projects inspired by her client’s individual tastes, blending their style with functional design. She especially appreciates a clean, classic design that stands the test of time. This client decided to stay in their home and remodel rather than sell. Built in the 1990s, the kitchen definitely needed an update. The client wanted to maintain the traditional style of the home but was open to suggestions for layout. The main goal was to move the cooktop off of the island and extend cabinetry to the ceiling.

A Tip from the Designer: “Incorporating a wood accent in an otherwise completely white kitchen is a great way to visually warm up the space! It also feels warm on your arms when sitting at a countertop in comparison to stone!”

Walnut Island Countertop for a White Kitchen design by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio
Scott Amundson Photography

Design Details

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Island Countertop; Cambria Delgatie – Honed Finish Perimeter Countertops

Cabinet Manufacturer: Talora by Decor – Chantilly Lace Paint

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs – Brixton Honey Bronze Finish

Flooring: Existing

Faucet: Delta Cassidy – Champagne Bronze 9197-CZ-DST

Sink: Rohl Shaws Two Bowl Fireclay RC3918WH

Backsplash: Antique White Arabesque w/ TEC Antique White grout

Stove: Thermador 36” Duel Fuel Range – PRD364GDH

Dishwasher: Thermador Panel Ready DWHD650WPR

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero 36” Built-In Over and Under BI-36U/O-RH

White Kitchen with Honey Bronze Fixtures and a Walnut Island Countertop
Scott Amundson Photography

To see more designs by Claire Teunissen at Mingle Kitchen and Bath Design Studio and Showroom, follow @mingle_mn on Instagram!

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Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Roberta Wilson of Design Matters

A Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Roberta Wilson of Design Matters is the highlight of our Custom Wood Countertops blog this week; featuring the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad.

Designer of Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top for Modern Kitchen in Los Gatos, California
Roberta Wilson of Design Matters

About the Designer: Roberta Wilson is Passionate about design! She loves all things design and particularly enjoys working on projects of varying styles. Having spent her childhood in rural Montana, she has an intense appreciation for the outdoors and loves to incorporate items with inherent natural beauty and interest into her designs feeling that they provide a sense of peace and comfort to interior spaces that can oftentimes be lacking.

Designer Tip: Changing materials and/or adding a rug or paint color can help to visually define a space and provide indication and direction as to the functionality of an area.

Design Details

Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top in a sleek modern kitchen design by Design Matters in Los Gatos, California
Photography by Kalen Glenn Photography

Cabinet Manufacturer: Leicht

Cabinet Hardware: Touch Latch

Flooring: Porcelanosa Rodano Acero

Countertops: Grothouse Zebrawood Bar Top

Complimentary Countertops: Cambria Blackpool Matte

Faucet: Brizo Litze Two-tone pull down

Sink: Blanco Silgranite – Anthracite

Backsplash: Cambria Blackpool Matte

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029

Other Appliances: GE Appliances

Other Advice: “Don’t be afraid of a little color!”

To see more spaces designed by Roberta and the team at Design Matters, follow them on Instagram @designmatters.design. Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Tops.

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Saxon Wood Countertops designed by Boxwood Design

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Two Saxon Wood Countertops were crafted for a stunning kitchen designed by Boxwood Design.

Saxon Wood Countertops designed by Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design
Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design

About the Designer: Lisa Brosius, has over 30 years’ experience in the building industry. Currently owns Boxwood Design located in Central PA, specializing in custom kitchens and baths.

Designer Tip: Before starting any home renovation hire a designer to assist with the project. A designer can help you stay on budget, increase efficiencies and insure a functional finished space.

Design Details

Saxon Wood Countertops for a kitchen island in a blue kitchen design
Design by Boxwood Design

Cabinet Manufacturer: Tedd Wood

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Countertops: Grothouse Flat Grain Saxon Wood Countertop and End Grain Saxon Wood Butcher Block

Sink: Kohler Porcelain

Backsplash: Calacatta Corchia

Wall Color: Anew Gray Sherwin Williams

Stove: Lacanche

Dishwasher: Miele

Saxon Wood Butcher Block Countertop Insert
Design by Boxwood Design

Other Advice: “There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated Lisa.

Stunning Kitchen Design with Wood Countertops on Kitchen Island
Design by Boxwood Design

To see more kitchens and baths by Boxwood Design, follow them on Instagram @boxwood.design. Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Saxon wood countertops.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop designed by Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog highlights the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company designed a Saxon Wood Island Countertop for this multi-functional kitchen.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop Designer Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company
Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: “I am a certified kitchen designer with 20 Plus years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry. I designed the kitchen and other areas of this home for Lowell Custom Homes in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The homeowner’s fell in love with the display island wood top by Grothouse we have in our showroom, so we duplicated it on their new island,” explained Joyce.

A Tip from the Designer: “The island is awesome with an extra prep sink and the wood tops are a great choice with the Durata® finish!”

Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Multi-Functional Kitchen in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop Details

Saxon Wood™ is an exclusive species only available at Grothouse. It is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Paul Grothouse, owner of Grothouse.

Saxon Wood™ has a stunning visual appeal and unique appearance. The wavy, irregular grain of the wood has has base color tones ranging from yellow to tan to brown. It is accented with grey and black striations resembling Spalted Maple.

Saxon Wood Countertop for large kitchen island in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

Other Design Details

Complimentary Countertops: Wilsonart Quartz Osteria Q3002

Cabinet Manufacturer: Plato Woodwork

Cabinet Hardware: Emtek Tuscany Bronze Knobs and Pulls

Flooring: Rustic White Oak with an Oiled Finish

Sink: Blanco Ikon Silgranite Apron Front Biscuit

Backsplash: Tile by Bella Tile and Stone

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Stove: Thermador Range Top

Dishwasher: Thermador

Saxon Wood Countertop with an undermount sink for a large kitchen island
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography
Saxon Wood Countertop designed for a large kitchen island in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

To see more designs by Joyce, follow her on Instagram, @JoyceZuelke! Learn more about Saxon Wood countertops by visiting our website.

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