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Tips for Maximizing a Small Salon Space

Many salons struggle with the issue of space. Finding the balance between how to maximize it while creating a compelling atmosphere for guests, that’s also functionally efficient for staff, can be a challenge.


Think Vertical – Make use of overlooked areas between the tops of furniture and the ceiling with hanging or high-mounted elements. Taking light, shelving and cabinets all the way up to the ceiling helps make a room feel larger, regains floor space and adds storage. 


Hanging artwork and mirrors as high as possible also gives the illusion of a tall ceiling.

Materials – Reflective elements such as lucite, white lacquer and glossy tiles reflect light to help make spaces look more open. Decorative mirrors hung on the wall are an easy and quick way to open up a space. 

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Furnishing – Use fewer larger pieces instead of many smaller ones, which can look cluttered and make a room look smaller. 


Larger pieces can also help hide unsightly elements of a room (radiator, cable box, etc.).


Try not to push furniture up against the walls, creating space behind it helps make a room look wider than it is.


Lighting – Good lighting makes or breaks a room and can add warmth and brightness to small and/or cramped areas. Opt for lots of natural lighting when possible and if not, try to replicate the natural sunlight.


Organization – Nothing makes a room feel smaller than clutter. Get creative with storage so everything can be hidden away.  Eliminate unsightly cords, clear station surfaces, keep the back bar area tidy and make sure the retail area is designed so it’s beautiful to look at.

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