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Last updated: July 19, 2017

5 Timeless Design Tips for Your Salon

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Make your salon space THE PLACE to be. Creating an atmosphere you want to work in and a space your clients want to relax in is easier than you think. Learn how to design your salon where the lighting, furniture and color help create the most comfortable and convenient atmosphere every client and stylist behind the chair will enjoy. Here’s how!


Lighting is Key
Let the light shine in! Enhance your space with multi-directional lighting to create depth and the illusion of a larger space. Remember that natural and artificial light will be reflected on metallic equipment surfaces, accent items, mirrors and glass, ultimately creating a brighter working space. Add full-length station mirrors such as the Illumination Mirror by Takara Belmont to create a soft, directional lighting that benefits the client in the chair and guests throughout the salon. – Carolyn Collins


Create Balance with Size and Scale
The proportion of your equipment and furniture is super important when planning your space. Avoid visually overpowering or heavy furniture and equipment in smaller spaces. But, a small space does not necessarily mean all of your furniture must be small. Try incorporating glass or mirrors to reflect light, and ultimately create a more spacious feel and balance between larger pieces. – Lauren Hrusovsky



Be Client-Oriented
It’s all about the clients! Keep your clients happy and excited about your salon by investing in areas that your clients use the most. For example, a nice countertop surface for client check-ins and payment, plush and comfortable salon chairs during the service, or a relaxing atmosphere in the shampoo area. A return client is your best fortune; so keep your dream salon geared from the eyes of your clients. – Sheila Crowder



Add Convenience
Add-ons, add-ons, add-ons! Blend á la carte service items into your salon menu or work with a partner to increase the options for your salon or spa. The added services can entice new clients to visit for an all-inclusive, one-stop experience and will keep them coming back. All-purpose chairs offer the flexibility for services from color, cut and style to eyebrow threading, tinting and waxing. – Mick Visconti



Add Some Paint
A splash of color is simple, inexpensive and a great addition to your salon’s new vibe. If you don’t want to cover an entire wall, no problem! Try a strip of color instead, using a color that complements your color scheme. Start by painting a thick band ¾ of the way up the wall, it will be a noticeable change but nothing too drastic. – Jeff Holmes