A new season calls for change. It’s the ideal transition period to clear some space, both mental and physical, and take stock of what you have, want, and need. It’s also an especially good time to give your salon, booth space, office, or studio a refresh. 

Whether you’re considering signing a new lease to usher in 2021 or you’re just ready to make some minor changes that will have a huge impact, we’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find an in-depth guide to decorating your hair salon or studio space complete with real-life examples.

Work with what you’ve got, get creative on a budget, and keep function front-of-mind (this is where you work after all!). Above all: Have some fun. The following steps will keep you on track.

Note: While we’ve focused on hair and beauty salons as our prime examples in this guide, you can absolutely use these design tips for any industry or workspace. Good taste is always adaptable.

A collection of varying style window each providing a beam of light.

Step 1: Plan Your Layout Around Natural Light

Natural light makes every space feel bigger, plus it helps with photographing before-and-afters or other content for your social media channels (see our notes under “Plan Your Lighting” below for more on that). Even if you’re not blessed with much of it, maximize what you’ve got. That means going without curtains in favor of some much-needed daylight and organizing your furniture around natural light sources.

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Not all spaces have wall-to-wall windows. Get creative! This hair salon makes use of a garage door (which can also be rolled up during the day) for maximum natural light. 

Naked, open windows and a glass door beautifully open up this studio. Bonus: People driving by will catch glimpses of your chic interior and busy atmosphere.

Step 2: Pick a Color, (Almost) Any Color

One of the best ways you can give your salon or studio a refresh on a budget is with paint. It doesn’t have to be the whole space, either. An accent wall is a great way to punch things up.

If you’re looking for some ideas on current color trends, head over to Backdrop, which is an online paint service that offers a curated palette of colors. (We’re not sponsored, swear, but this writer did use them to paint her apartment bathroom during quarantine. And yes, it looks great.) There are also incredible peel-and-stick wallpapers these days, which are a great way to add an unexpected accent wall to your space and can be easily removed if you’re just renting. Try Etsy to find beautiful options like this crane motif.

Not all colors work for a public space, though. Unless you’re embracing a darker, den-like atmosphere (which could look great in certain barbershops), you’re probably going to want to keep your color palette warm and bright.

When in doubt, go white/minimal on the walls, then pick a pop of color to repeat throughout your space. Furniture is a great way to do this. Oh, and a good rule of thumb is to keep it to one accent hue or maybe two complementary ones. This allows you to go bold but not busy.

Just look at that pop of “Millennial Pink”.

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Love a detail wall. People often get nervous about dark hues, but when the vibe is right, it’s a great way to add some drama!

Step 3: Don’t Be Afraid of Open Space 

It’s tempting to fit in as many booths, chairs, or seating areas as possible, but the more open space, the better. Especially right now. Beyond the six feet concern, though, open space also creates a sense of calm — exactly what we need when we’re coming in for a little self-care. Added bonus: The less stuff you have in your studio, the less expensive a design or redesign will be!

Minimal in all the best possible ways. And note that natural light!

Step 4: If You’ve Got Outdoor Space, Use It 

If you’re low on interior space but have some outdoor real estate, USE it. Whether that’s setting up an area for photo shoots (a great move if you don’t have much natural light in your interior) or a waiting area for guests outside, don’t be afraid to get creative. Maybe it’s even where you do your cuts!

Step 5: Plan Your Lighting for Before & Afters 

When she was starting out, Elizabeth Faye the founder of Hair Love Retreat, would beg a fellow booth renter to use her area to take Instagram photos. She needed better lighting than she had at her own chair. Faye made the shuffle work, but she’d be the first to tell you that it was not exactly ideal.

These days, having a social following is essential for any salon business. Factor that into your studio or salon layout by designating at least one area in your space where you can take photos of your clients, new products, or of any other projects you’re working on. 

Step 6: Don’t Forget a Dedicated Product Area — Preferably Right Smack in Front of Your Guests

Upselling is a powerful thing. Make sure your product shelves look beautiful and that clients can easily take a closer look at them while they wait for their services. Or, better yet, position your product shelves where clients can see them during their appointments.

Now that we’re cutting down on using indoor waiting areas, here’s how a salon uses shelving surrounding shelves to subtly promote products during the actual appointment.  Also, unrelated but key: rolling carts = genius organizational hack.

Step 7: …And Don’t Forget the Organizational Stuff, Either!

Think about what you need and when and where you’ll need it. Then, take it one step farther: Think about how to design your salon and booth space so that it’s always convenient for a client. Where will they put their bag? Are they easily able to reach for magazines and water? 

Convenient shelves for storing purses and magazines.

Step 8: The Little Details Count 

The leather chairs, the neon signage, the mid-century credenza at check-in — whichever way your aesthetic skews, details matter. Don’t skimp.

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“Pops of positivity” — exactly the kind of details we need in 2020.
Those lights, though.
A bundled bouquet of wild flowers which includes red poppies, yarrow, clover, dried grass, and several other types of blooms.

Step 9: Finish Up With Fresh Flowers 

Live greenery instantly elevates any space. You can make your own bouquets from cheap bunches you buy at flower markets or even your local Trader Joes. Pick a color scheme, start with a big bouquet at your front desk, then echo it with smaller bouquets throughout the space to tie everything together. Or go evergreen with dried eucalyptus or potted plants. …Just remember to water them.

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✨There's no place like home.✨

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At least this cactus won’t need much water…

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