Salon Design

5 Design Themes (& How to Make Them Work)

It’s amazing how a consistent theme can pull your salon’s whole look together. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the confines of a theme can make designing and marketing your salon so much easier. There’s a lot of room to be creative within any given theme, whether it’s floral or ocean or something completely different. We take a look at 16 salons that were on the same wavelengths with their design ideas, but managed to really make it their own.

Tips from an Interior Designer

Michael Habachy, principal of Habachy Designs Inc. (, says, “Like restaurants, salons are now making more of an effort to create environments for their clients to escape in.” He offers these tips when creating a themed salon:

> Customize your manicure and pedicure stations. Most people assume that custom chairs are expensive, but they don’t have to be.

> Wallpaper is another great way to create a theme. More and more manufacturers are making durable, green wall coverings in great patterns for commercial use. For an Asian theme, try using a lattice or chinoiserie pattern.

> Consider some great accent lights, whether sconces or chandeliers, to create an effect. There are lots of cost-effective options out there that can really make a statement.

> We have used mirror-clad vanities for manicure tables, and upholstered diamond-tufted benches with decorative pillows to create glamorous lounge environments. Once we used modified beach lounge chairs as pedicure seating for a beach theme! Think outside the box.

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