10 Simply Chic Small Salon Decor Ideas That You Must Use

Article by BlissLights LLCMon, Aug 22, 22
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The way your salon looks and feels is the foundation of your customers’ experience. Planning and carefully selecting your salon decor can build your company’s identity and create a welcoming ambiance for all your guests. Read on to find 10 small salon decor ideas you can use to maximize your space.

How to decorate a beauty salon

Small salon decor ideas contain a world of possibilities. You can create a neutral earth-toned palette so your guests can fall into immediate bliss or go entirely minimalistic for an airy, organized vibe. You have all kinds of ways to transform your small space into an unforgettable salon experience.

How do you make a small salon look bigger?

Don’t let your four walls limit you. Here are some small salon design ideas that can make your space appear larger.

Plan out your space

When it’s time to buy salon items, you should go in with a plan. Especially in a small salon space, you need to know what you need versus what you want. For example, mirrors, good lighting, and salon chairs are necessary. Fun, unique decor is important too, but it comes after the essentials.

Avoid dark colors and dim lighting

Dark colors and dim lighting are less salon-friendly than a clean, neutral aesthetic. First, paint your beauty salon walls with white, beige, or gray hues. Then, use large mirrors to reflect light. This will brighten up your space and make it seem bigger. Plus, it’ll make for easier work at your styling station so you can more easily get customers where they want to go.

bright salon with neutral colors

Always consider functionality

When you only have so much space, you need to make every square inch work for you. A few ways you can make your salon more functional and maximize space are with multi-purpose pieces and vertical designs. For example, use tall bookcases to save space and store your salon products, illuminating the shelves can also double as unique decor! You can also mount your lighting to the wall instead of opting for floor lamps. Plus, the more open your surroundings, the more you can let the light in.

Keep everything cohesive

When designing your salon, it’s important to ask yourself if the space you’re creating matches your brand. For example, if your salon uses only all-natural, cruelty-free products, you may want to design your space to mimic natural elements. This could mean using a neutral color scheme with pops of forest green. You can also incorporate plants into your salon to complement your values and transport customers to a magical world of greenery.

brush with natural elements on wood table

10 space-saving small salon decor ideas

To cast your salon in an organized, decluttered light, try the below nail and hair salon decorating ideas.

1. A statement piece

When you start decorating, you should design your salon around one or two statement pieces. This way, you can resist the temptation to buy too many decor items – minimalism is best in a small space. Hang a large LED light sign, or opt for bright artwork to elevate your salon beyond the everyday.

2. High-hanging artwork

Using your wall space the right way can make your salon appear larger. Whether you prefer large paintings or you’d rather have an arrangement of photos on your wall, the choice is yours. Either way, hang your artwork high to give your space the illusion of tallness. This can make your room feel more spacious and inviting, all while adding your own unique flair.

salon with artwork on the walls

3. Natural light

Natural light is one of the best types of light for working, especially in a hair and nail salon. If you have lots of windows in your salon, try using sheer curtains to maximize light spread. Or, if you lack natural light, there are a few ways you can fake natural light to brighten your space and make it look bigger.

One way to play off natural light is to use mirrors and other reflective surfaces. This could mean placing a large standing mirror directly across from a window or setting up shiny, reflective coffee tables in your waiting area.

You can also opt for an ambient light that simulates sunlight. The BlissRadia, for example, is an ambient mood light with this setting and other astonishing gradients. Use it to mimic daylight in a dark corner, or place it in a massage room to set a peaceful ambiance for all your guests.

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4. Minimalist decor

A clutter-free, minimalistic design can give your space a fresh revamp. To achieve this look, you should keep your colors neutral and consistent and focus on just a few neatly arranged statement pieces. Choose between wood and earthy tones for a neutral, calming vibe, or opt for a classic black and white to bring subdued chic into your little world.

neutral minimalist salon

5. Clientele-focused

If you find yourself struggling with decor, one of the best places to find inspiration is to turn to your clientele. Think about your customers – are they older or younger? What are their interests? If your salon caters to younger, college-town folks, it’ll look a bit different than a suburban mom salon. Once you can answer these questions, you can start working on the design of your salon and take the experience above and beyond your four walls.

6. Light and airy

Adding too many contrasting colors to your home salon can give off a disordered vibe. To keep your space feeling fresh and breezy while adding color, try using just a pop of color. A dash of blush pink, baby blue, or sage green can bring out new dimensions in your salon's interior design.

airy salon with blue and pink accents

7. Natural greenery

Add some natural greenery to your space to bring it to life. Try placing a few different plants on shelves around your salon, or find a larger plant and use it as a focal point with satement lights. These plants can add color and life to your salon and infuse your surroundings with a touch of nature.

8. Creative storage

Every storage item you add to your salon claws away at your free space. Keep your space open with furniture that includes storage space. With full vanities and storage ottomans, you can make a world of difference in your small salon.

9. Hanging mirrors

Mirrors are a must-have, and they work best on salon walls – as a large, stand-up mirror at each hair station might get crowded. In order to maximize your space, try hanging your wall mirrors, as these take up minimal space while imparting the illusion of more space in your salon. A vast, clean appearance is just a few mirrors away.

10. Light fixtures that don’t take up space

Light fixtures that take up space can be bright, but they can also feel claustrophobic in small spaces. Instead of opting for big, bright floor lamps, get that same power from a compact projector.

The Sky Lite Evolve, for example, can transform your salon into a soothing space of pure bliss. With floating nebula clouds that seamlessly blend into one another, your guests will immediately feel at peace every time they enter your salon. The Sky Lite Evolve also features voice and phone control so you can instantly set the mood during massage sessions. And then, you can peacefully transport your customers back to reality.

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With the right lighting, you can transform your small salon into a gorgeous sanctuary. BlissLights’ galaxy projectors and ambient lights can bring both relaxation and focus to your salon. Browse the BlissLights collection now to bring your dream salon to life.

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