There are really two questions. The first is: how does one get BarChart to generate x coordinates. That is, ListPlot takes a list of pairs, but BarChart takes a list of y-values only. Is there any way to impart x values to it?

Second question (which is related, because I am using BarChart so I can use ColorFunction) is: how do I invert ColorFunction. That is, "DarkRainbow" makes high values red, low values green. I want it exactly the other way around. What's the trick?

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    $\begingroup$ For the x-values, I'm not sure that's easily possible, since BarChart is not designed for that - it might be easier to use Histogram with WeightedData to achieve that effect. Maybe there is an easy solution for your particular case, but we can't say more unless you specify what kinds of x values you want. For the ColorFunction part, you can access the color function specified by a string using ColorData. It is then straightforward to flip the function by wrapping it in a Function $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Oct 16 '19 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ ColorData[{"DarkRainbow", {1, 0}}] will give reversed color; see (106152) for another example. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Oct 18 '19 at 17:58

Reversing ColorFunction

To reverse "DarkRainbow" color scheme, you can use ColorData[{"DarkRainbow", "Reverse"}] (or ColorData[{"DarkRainbow", "Reversed"}]):

Row[{BarChart[{2, 1, 3, 4}, 
      ColorFunction ->"DarkRainbow", 
       PlotLabel ->Style[ "DarkRainbow",16], 
       ImageSize -> 300],
    BarChart[{2, 1, 3, 4}, 
       ColorFunction -> ColorData[{"DarkRainbow", "Reverse"}],
       PlotLabel ->Style[HoldForm @ ColorData[{"DarkRainbow", "Reverse"}], 16], 
       ImageSize -> 300]} , 

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Adding horizontal coordinates

BarChart + custom ChartElementFunction

To add x-coordinates you can attach the desired coordinates to input data as metadata and use a custom ChartElementFunction to translate the bars according to the metadata associated with each bar:

data = {2, 1, 3, 4};
xcoords = Sort @ RandomSample[Range[20], 4]

{5, 11, 14, 18}

cEF = ChartElementData["Rectangle"][{#3[[1]] + 
  {-(#[[1, 2]] - #[[1, 1]])/2, (#[[1, 2]] - #[[1, 1]])/ 2}, #[[2]]}, ##2] &;

Show[BarChart[Thread[data -> xcoords], 
    ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow", 
    ChartElementFunction -> cEF], 
    Axes -> False,
    Frame -> True]

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BarChart + post-processing

An alternative way is to post-process the BarChart output to horizontally translate the rectangles by amounts given by xcoords:

bc = BarChart[data, ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow", BarSpacing -> 0, Axes -> False];

Show[Module[{k = 1}, bc /. r : Rectangle[{a_, _}, {b_, _}, ___] :> 
    Translate[r, {xcoords[[k++]] - (a + b)/2, 0}]], 
 Frame -> True]

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BarChart + pre-processing

We can also pre-process input data to inject non-numeric values between specified x coordinates:

heights = Normal @ SparseArray[Thread[xcoords -> data], 19, Null] ;

  ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow", ChartLabels -> Range[20], Frame->True]

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Histogram + custom height function

heightf = Normal @ SparseArray[Thread[xcoords -> data], 19] ;

Histogram[{1}, {.5, 20, 1}, heightf&, 
  ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow", Frame -> True]

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Histogram + WeightedData

Using Histogram as suggested by Lukas in comments is much easier:

Histogram[WeightedData[xcoords, data], {-.5, 20, 1},
  ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow", Frame -> True]

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