A bar table can be a fantastic design choice for your dining space. It can immediately create a stylish, bohemian look that is perfect for modern homes or apartments. Using a bar table is ideal for young professionals who like to have a quick breakfast before heading off to work.

However, the small surface area can offer limited options for stylizing and decorating. If you’re struggling to come up with new ways to individualize your bar table, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. Keep reading to check it out.

Add Interesting Seating

If you’ve got a bar table in your dining room, you’ll need some stools so that you and your family can sit at it. This can offer you a unique opportunity to stylize the area by choosing some unique and interesting stools to complement your table.

This doesn’t need to break the bank, check out some cheap dining room sets and see if there’s anything that catches your eye.

What about Lights?

Lighting can have a major impact on the overall style, tone, and visual impact of your home. For the dining area, you’ll want it bright enough so you can see what you’re doing, but with low enough light to create a pleasant, warm atmosphere. Consider using red lighting, this can elicit feelings of hunger.

Suspended spotlights can create a stylish feel and make your dining space look like a real-life restaurant or venue. Table and floor lamps can create more directed light sources and work to establish a cozier atmosphere.

Table Decorations

One of the best ways to style any dining room table is through the use of tabletop decorations. However, when using a bar table your space will be limited, so you’ll need to choose your decorations carefully and ensure you pick the perfect ones for your space.

A fruit bowl is the classic choice. Not only does it offer you somewhere to grab a quick and healthy snack, but it is also a timeless ornamental choice that will work to give your space a feeling of health, life, and vitality.

Photos can also work as perfect table decorations. Use holiday or family snaps for that personal touch and give diners something to look at while they are seated at your bar table.

Flowers, much like fruit, will add color, life, and fragrance to your dining area (just don’t eat them!). You can change the flowers you use to represent different themes or times of year, while vases also offer another option for creative and stylistic experimentation.

Spice racks or herb gardens are also excellent, and practical, choices for table decorations. Not only will they act as an attractive centerpiece, but they’ll also provide quick and easy access to ingredients when you’re rustling up the family dinner.


Don’t think that having a table bar in your dining room will limit the creative freedom you have to design and style your home. Follow the tips we’ve outlined above and create the perfect bar table dining area.

Levi Huang

Levi Huang, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Furniture Design, has been a guiding voice in home furnishing and interior solutions for over 16 years. He became part of our editorial team in 2021, focusing on ergonomic furniture design, space planning, and material innovation. Previously, Levi worked in custom furniture creation and as an interior design consultant. He enjoys woodworking and contributing to sustainable living initiatives.

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