Salon Design

Base Coat Gets a Makeover

Denver’s eco-friendly Base Coat Nail Salon recently expanded, moving to a larger space in a new eco-efficient high rise and changing its look in the process.

The cash wrap was designed and built by Rust and Varnish. The theme was inspired by Tran’s love of black, white, and gold with pops of neon color. The vibrant #TreatYoSelf neon sign was custom made.
<p>The cash wrap was designed and built by Rust and Varnish. The theme was inspired by Tran&rsquo;s love of black, white, and gold with pops of neon color. The vibrant #TreatYoSelf neon sign was custom made.</p>

Denver’s eco-friendly Base Coat Nail Salon recently expanded, moving to a larger space in a new eco-efficient high rise and changing its look in the process. Owner Tran Willis turned to designers Rust & Varnish Hospitality Group to update the aesthetic. Still modern and sleek, the space is primarily black on black with neons and whites highlighted throughout. “We made it for both men and women,” notes Willis. The new salon features six full-service pedicure stations and four manicure stations. While the space can’t quite be called a gallery, the work of a rotating set of artists, all women, is featured prominently. Events including tarot readings, various pop-ups, and stick-n-poke nights are in the works.

Base Coat often hosts parties and events in this welcoming space. The center table is for retail, featuring eco-friendly local and national goods. The wall above the manicure station holds two photos by artist Kristen Hatgi Sink.
<p>Base Coat often hosts parties and events in this welcoming space. The center table is for retail, featuring eco-friendly local and national goods. The wall above the manicure station holds two photos by artist Kristen Hatgi Sink.</p>

Couches, pillows, cushions, a rug, and mint water help guests relax while waiting for their service.
<p>Couches, pillows, cushions, a rug, and mint water help guests relax while waiting for their service.</p>

Across from the stations, co-owner Alexandra Elman tests different lotions and creams. The retail case holds a large selection of natural beauty products. To the right is art from a local artist, Strange Dirt.
<p>Across from the stations, co-owner Alexandra Elman tests different lotions and creams. The retail case holds a large selection of natural beauty products. To the right is art from a local artist, Strange Dirt.</p>

Prior to the service, Base Coat offers clients a chance to get up close and inspect what is being put on their skin.
<p>Prior to the service, Base Coat offers clients a chance to get up close and inspect what is being put on their skin.</p>

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