From minimalist to ultra-luxurious, these salons feature unorthodox salon interior design elements that inspire us to think outside the box for salon decor ideas and creative salon layouts.
Michael & Michael, Chicago
Designer: EMM Architecture + Design
Photo credit: Dave Burk
This 2016 NAHA winner for salon design completed an extensive renovation at the end of last year, combining two buildings that encapsulate its 20th-century architecture. The vintage storefront, exposed brick and original maple floors are juxtaposed with industrial-sized skylights, an open-concept floor plan and modern finishes, providing an opulent experience for its clientele.
Parlour Salon, Toronto
Designer: Tyler Moore
Photo credit: Logan Salter
In the heart of Toronto’s bustling Queen East neighbourhood, Parlour Salon sets itself apart for many reasons. In addition to its clean, achromatic colour scheme, the salon features cathedral ceilings with skylights, a medieval chandelier and original church-inspired woodwork. Parlour is also one of the city’s only kid- and pet-friendly salons, yet you wouldn’t be able to tell based on its minimalist design. The salon’s owner, Tyler Moore, merged the old with the new, adding white gothic-inspired details to the open space.
“I’ve always liked old houses with lots of woodwork and finer details. Parlour is meant to mimic an actual parlour in the old sense, when it would be in a house. Our waiting area is in the middle of the salon so it’s a little more inclusive and not intimidating like some salon designs can be. I wanted it to be friendly and comfortable,” explains Moore.
Viktor Leske International, Berlin
Designer: Studio Karhard
Photo credit: Stefan Wolf Lucks
When German salon owner Viktor Leske asked for something “extraordinary,” Studio Karhard delivered a striking space featuring tall black and polished stainless steel mirrors suspended from the ceiling. The minimalist design also features dark wood accents for a warm atmosphere and a rhythmically lit light installation inside a folded mirror glass wall.
David Mallett, Paris
Designer: Steven Shelledey
Photo credit: David Mallett
Housed inside a luxuriously spacious 17th-century apartment with ultra-high ceilings, herringbone wooden floors and whimsical decor, the David Mallett salon was designed to be an extension of the owner’s personal philosophy: Hair should look as amazing in the real world as it does in the salon. Mallett takes a practical approach when styling his clients’ hair, teaching them how to achieve the looks in a private environment that provides attention to detail, in-depth consultation and cutting-edge styling.
Folm Arts, Japan
Designer: Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects
Photo: Yoshiro Masuda
Housed inside a shop-shaped space, Folm Arts salon was designed to match its surrounding aesthetic, blending in naturally with the rest of the town. Inside, the white walls are decorated with pale wood furnishings, complete with arched mirrors and a private styling area at the back of the salon.
Taylor Taylor, London
Designer: Lamberti Construction
Photo credit: Taylor Taylor London
Inspired by the regal splendour of 18th-century France, this luxurious London salon is in a league of its own. Combining vintage furnishings with opulent details such as a gold-tiled wash area, a brass cocktail bar and custom-designed styling stations, the salon also features wood panelling that evokes a warm, inviting ambience inside its extravagantly ornate and glamorous space.
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