By Laura Leiva

The color and décor of your hair salon can have a major influence on your clientele and whether they want to come back. In addition to making the salon feel inviting, designing and painting the space to suit the style and tempo of the salon is essential. Color is one of the most important choices for a hair salon to create a mood for the business.

Hair salons should look inviting and clean.

Step 1

Determine the mood you want to convey to clients. For a relaxing or calming space, paint colors that are muted or pastel are suitable. Such colors include lavender, sage, creamy yellow or bluish-gray. An upbeat salon may use more vibrant shades like red, orange, greens and blues.

Step 2

Mix variations of shades depending on where clients are sitting. For example, a soft lavender shade in the waiting area provides calmness to the client, and once they move into the styling area, the color can get more vibrant and energetic, with a purple variation such as eggplant.

Step 3

Contrast paint color with accent materials like wood, glass, and textiles. For a calming salon, using a softer color such as sage and mixing it with dark wood accents such as trim or paneling can create a tranquil space. Liven it up by pairing more vibrant colors with metal or glass accents such as wall or pop art, glass chandeliers or modern metal furniture. Use a shag-style rug around the waiting area to provide contrast and comfort to waiting clients.

Step 4

Create a visually pleasing palette by using different colors. According to Belvedere, an interior design company specializing in hair salons, 75 percent of the space should be a main color, with 20 percent working as a trim or accent color. The final 5 percent can include textiles and upholstery such as complementing drapery, rugs in the waiting area and furniture.

Step 5

Choose colors that will make your space look inviting. If your salon is small, avoid darker colors that will make it look smaller. Choose a warm earth tone, such as creamy shades of green, blue, yellow or red and add plenty of lighting and mirrors to open up the space.