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Bar Lighting Styles for Contemporary Bar Decor

Lighting is often overlooked when creating a bar interior design. The right lighting can help to create a positive overall experience for the clients and become the focal point of the bar. Thus we present to you variety of different lighting styles to choose from for your modern bar décor.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights bar

Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling and often include unique shades or glass orbs that turn them into focal point pieces. They’re perfect for arranging along a bar or placed over tables.

Track Lighting

Track Lighting

Track lights are arranged along one long line, making them perfect for accentuating the area directly above a bar. They come in many different styles and levels of brightness.

Wall Sconces

Wall sconce

This type of light fixture is mounted to the wall and often serves both as a source of illumination and a unique decor feature. They don’t often throw a ton of light, but they can work for bars that want to include old-fashioned or dramatic lighting schemes.


Industrial Lighting

Industrial lights

Industrial styles are particularly popular in today’s bars. This type of light fixture can come in a variety of formats, from hanging lamps to wall mounts. But they usually include exposed bulbs, metal and unfinished surfaces.


Chandelier Luxury bar ligthing

Chandeliers come in many sizes and styles. There are traditional, modern and dramatic options. Chandeliers are best suited for bars that want to really make a visual statement. But many of these fixtures can throw a lot of light as well. They should also usually be placed over tables or bars.

Stained Glass Lamps

Stained Glass Lamps

Stained glass lamps are perfect for traditional bar decor. They come in a variety of colors and styles. So you can choose the ones that fit with your aesthetic goals or just add an entire array of them throughout the space. These lights serve more as decor than practical lighting, but they can certainly supplement overhead lights or work in a dramatic bar setting.

Pool Table Lights

pool table lights

Plenty of bars have pool tables or similar activities that may require their own special lighting. Pool table lights tend to have their own unique style. These large lights are often statement pieces that feature stained glass and beer or liquor brand names or images.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lights bar

Some bar lights are a bit more subtle. With it you can illuminate spaces like the area underneath the bar and along the edge of the floor. This can serve as supplemental lighting or as a dramatic option for bars that prefer a dark vibe.



Uplighting ideas

Make your bar top stand out with light that actually illuminates from the top of the bar. You can even make it stand out with colorful uplights like those pictured here from Ice and Lime. This option may be best suited for trendy bars or nightclubs.

String Lights

String Lights Bar

String lights are usually better suited as decor than as your main source of light. But they do add some variety and visual interest to a variety of spaces. They can even work for bars that have outdoor patio spaces. You can find small twinkle lights or strands of lights with large statement bulbs.

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