During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the nation’s beauty businesses made the switch to working from home. And many of them haven’t looked back. An at-home salon provides you with lower overheads, reduced start-up costs, and greater flexibility. With that said, if you’re going to get the best from working at home, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve put the required thought into the project – which often means getting things right at the design stage.
The colors you use in your salon should reflect your business’s branding. This will help to reassure your customers that they’ve arrived in the right place. With that said, you’ll want to be judicious, and use the bold colors you might have used in your logo as accent shades in the room.
Remember that certain colors are associated with different psychological responses. You’ll want to create a relaxing atmosphere for your clients – which typically means leaning into muted shades of blue and green. Sterile white might also be desirable – especially if you’re trying to replicate the look and feel of a high-street salon.
Running a professional-quality salon requires the use of a whole range of consumables and tools. You’ll want to have an out-of-the-way place to store all of them. That tends to mean plenty of storage boxes within easy reach of where you’re working. Hassle-free sliding wardrobes with a sheer finish work brilliantly, especially for busy client days. Make use of the available space and go for custom-built furniture if necessary.
Recliner chairs and stools tend to be vital fixtures in salons of every kind. Rugs and mats tend to also make a considerable difference. Bear in mind that any wheeled furniture is going to be a poor match for carpeted floors – so seek to install vinyl, tiles, or laminate flooring. The more hard-wearing, the better, as you’re going to be entertaining plenty of customers!
Your clientele is going to be unimpressed if you can’t keep the space clean. This applies especially in the case of beauty businesses since you’ll be entrusted with maintaining the health of your customers. Take hygiene seriously, and make sure that the space is kept clear of clutter. This is where sleek storage will come in extremely handy. Get into the habit of cleaning the space after every customer – arguably, it’s just as important as any other job you do.
If you’re providing sit-down services which last for more than an hour, then you’ll want to be able to provide your customers with refreshments. This might mean complimentary bottles of water, or simply installing a kettle. Some salons have gone as far as offering alcoholic drinks – but for home businesses, this might be a step too far.