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.

Theme 1: Bar

Wine me and file me.


Gel Nail Bar
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

The vibe: Modern bar with a homey touch
Details that make it work:  A martini shaker holds files for purchase and orangewood sticks. Gel nail color collections with names like “Las Vegas” and “Los Angeles” carry the party into a wide spectrum of color options for the salon’s primary service of gel nails. A large water wall feature adds a dynamic focal point and keeps with the “liquid” bar theme. Gel Nail Bar is a home salon that may be small square-footage wise, but it makes great use of its space with its consistent theme and attention to detail.


Pink Champagne Nail Bar by The Lanes Health & Beauty
Brighton, England

The vibe: Effervescent glamour
Details that make it work: A bucket of champagne bottles — labeled with the salon’s logo — decorates the pedicure room. The bottles also appear in other strategic places throughout the salon. (They are not for serving champagne, but for decoration only.) The color pink provides fun and unexpected accents, including in the towels and flower arrangements and of course in the many choices of pink Essie nail polish. Glossy glamour is conveyed through the sleek quartz and granite interiors complemented with mirrored accessories. The salon is very popular for bachelorette parties (or “hen parties” as they’re called across the pond).



The Nail Bar Tallahassee
Tallahassee, Fla.

The vibe: Happy hour pampering
Details that make it work: A true social-spa, The Nail Bar Tallahassee combines a fully-stocked liquor lounge with a nail, waxing, and facial salon. Clients can grab a seat at the “bar” — which, though it resembles a sports bar complete with several flatscreen TVs, is the perfect place to get his or her nails done, alone or with a group of friends. Pedicure tables line the wall behind the manicure bar, also giving clients a perfect view of the game. With happy hour drink and spa specials that start at 5 p.m. and late hours (until 9 p.m. most nights), The Nail Bar Tallahassee is the perfect place to unwind after work. A few ways in which the bar theme is incorporated into the service menu are with the Choco-tini Pedicure, a 90-minute chocolate-themed pedicure that comes with a chocolate martini; and a Pedi on the Rocks service, a 90-minute hot stone pedicure that comes with the client’s drink of choice on the rocks. 

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