When salons are first started and dealing with all the initial costs, sometimes you can clearly see the effect limited budget is playing on the design. Corners cut, and a few pennies saved here or there will help if you have a limited budget, but too tight a budget and you risk running off customers who would otherwise be your clients.
When you create your salon, a clean design will give you a professional look that will give confidence to your clients. Hair salon design is not helped by all the equipment usually required nearby. Clutter can be kept to a minimum by purchasing plastic bins from dollar stores and using them as cheap storage. If you have a little extra spare you could invest in some caddies instead.
Remember when decorating that white has a very clean look but can appear very institutional. On the opposite end of the spectrum black will go with anything, but is subject to picking up more smudges, smears, and dust.
Playing around with colors is a great way to add interest to your salon. Depending on your vision and your theme, you can play around with bold, vibrant colors. If used right bold colours can give your salon a very modern feel. Sticking with pastels is a good way to play safe, since they are tried and tested.
Remember that your colours are complimented by your lighting, and you should pay particular attention to the lighting you have. Also, a few cheap up lighters (freestanding or otherwise) can add warmth to an otherwise bland area.
Plants are a mainstay of design. You should be very selective about the plants you pick, but if done right they can add a more natural and invigorating feel to your salon.
Along with plants, there are other simple items that add appeal to your space. A nice restroom will certainly generate you a lot of bonus points with your clientele. Fresh flowers in a vase not only add to the scent, but look great and add a touch of elegance. Best of all you can even grow them yourself, to save a few pennies if need be.
Having a selection of magazines on hand for your clients will further help your cause. It’s not necessary to subscribe to every magazine, but you can instead ask for donations of magazines from friends, family, relatives, and staff members. Then you can spend a little to round off your collection if you feel it needs it by buying one or two more – and you’ll still have saved a small fortune.
For decorative touches there are numerous little tricks you can use to tweak the look of your space, from painted lattice works between work stations to clever use of mirrors to make your salon appear much larger than it really is.
Investing in some art will also help your image, since art is something that conveys sophisticated tastes and will boost the look of your salon.
You can purchase interior design books and leaf through them for ideas. Though hiring an interior designer can get expensive, the results can be emulated just as easily by someone with an eye for detail and a few examples to work from.
The most important point to remember is be creative.