Salon Refresh on a Budget: 7 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Revamp Your Space

June 1, 2023 | Posted by Buy-Rite Beauty

If your salon, spa, or barber shop is feeling a bit outdated or tired looking, it may be time to think about ways to spruce up your space to offer the most welcoming, clean, organized, and relaxing environment for your clients. And “sprucing up” can be accomplished without breaking the bank, with just a little bit of creativity, and by making smart investments. Small changes can have a big impact on refreshing your space and transforming your entire aesthetic. Take a look at some ideas and suggestions to help you breathe fresh life into your salon, spa, or barbershop.


A quick and budget-friendly way to change the whole feel of your space is to throw a fresh coat of paint on the walls. There are many ways to refresh your color scheme, which can make a huge difference for your overall salon aesthetic—select warm, neutral tones for a smaller space or go bold for a larger or industrial-style salon space. Or, if you choose a monochromatic look by painting everything in the same color, why not make things interesting by creating a “statement” wall using a different color?

Update Lighting

Proper lighting is a crucial aspect of your salon, requiring a delicate balance between bright functional lighting for stylists and technicians to work safely and comfortably, and warm, flattering lighting to make clients feel beautiful. Consider options such as new pendant lights, track or recessed lighting for overhead illumination, or switch to long-lasting LED bulbs for a cost-effective alternative. Built-in, dimmable LED lighting in mirror stations creates a special experience for customers. Utilize natural light to brighten the interior, while creating distinct zones with focused task lighting at workstations and decorative lighting in appropriate areas. Accent lights near retail displays attract attention, while a natural and welcoming atmosphere is achieved in the reception area through softer lighting.

Add Plants

Whether you prefer succulents or cacti, palms, or pathos, live plants are an excellent way to freshen up your space, and quickly add a sense of natural beauty and calming ambiance without straining your wallet. Certain green plants (Peace Lily, Aloe Vera, English Ivy, and Spider Plants just to name a few) can even help purify the air and eliminate common salon air pollutants, and they certainly add a splash of color and can enhance and beautify just about any design style. Even if you do not have much of a “green thumb,” plenty of low-maintenance options are available for an easy, low-cost décor upgrade. Adding a few well-placed, indoor plants or trees, regardless of salon size or atmosphere, is a quick and easy way to revamp your whole space and add great visual impact!

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Appliance & Tool Holders

A well-kept, tidy, and clean salon or spa not only benefits your staff but also ensures that your customers feel relaxed and comfortable. To declutter the space, consider investing in appliance holders to provide a proper place for blow dryers, curling irons, straightening wands, and other tools, making them easily accessible and safe for your stylists and technicians. An organized environment can streamline appointments, allowing for more clients in a day, reducing stress, and elevating the professional and inviting appearance of your space. Explore a diverse selection of quality mobile carts and trolleys, which offer affordable storage options for organizing tools, products, and supplies. With a variety of colors, finishes, shapes, and sizes available, our salon carts and styling trolleys not only provide functionality but also add a touch of fabulous style to your storage solutions.

Artwork & Small Accents

Another easy and affordable way to refresh the look of your salon or spa is to incorporate interesting pieces of artwork or other small decorative accents. Adding a small rug in the reception area, or choosing some cool, vibrant throw pillows for the reception or waiting area sofa goes a long way in elevating your salon’s style and making customers feel “at home” and comfortable. And boosting your salon style does not have to come with a huge price tag either – consider working with local artists and photographers who are often happy to loan out art or photographs in hopes that they will sell or just to get their names out there. Get creative and design your own artwork and add lots of flair with a stunning “DIY” project. Freshen up your style by adding decorative salon mats, which not only revive your space but will offer maximum comfort to your stylists, barbers, and techs by reducing back, leg, and foot stress. Check out Buy-Rite’s wide range of professional anti-fatigue and decorative salon mats here.

Add A New Services

Adding a new service to a salon can have a refreshing effect on the overall space in several ways. Firstly, it introduces a new element of excitement and innovation, breathing new life into the salon atmosphere. The addition of a new service creates a sense of novelty and rejuvenation, both for the salon staff and the clients. This fresh energy can be contagious, creating a positive and dynamic environment. Secondly, incorporating a new service often involves updating or rearranging the physical space of the salon. For example, you may need to allocate a designated area or station for the new service, which can lead to a rearrangement of furniture, equipment, and decor. This rearrangement can result in a more efficient and functional layout, optimizing the flow of clients and improving the overall aesthetics of the salon. An easy, low-effort new service like Spray Tanning can be a quick way to drive new clients to your space to bring life.

Reception Area

When refreshing your salon, prioritize the reception area as it sets the tone for your customer’s experience. Creating a welcoming, relaxing, and luxurious ambiance before their appointment is crucial. Paying attention to small details can make a big difference. Ensure the area is clean and well-organized to leave a positive first impression. If your seating options appear worn or outdated, consider investing in quality reception chairs or, if space permits, a new comfortable sofa. An economical option could be adding a new retail display unit or modern wall-mounted floating shelves to showcase your beauty, spa, and barbering retail products, captivating your waiting customers. Alternatively, if you have some extra budget, a sleek reception desk can transform the entire area, streamlining client check-ins and maintaining an organized, clutter-free space that exudes efficiency and fabulous style throughout the day

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Refreshing your salon doesn’t have to break the bank. With these seven easy and inexpensive tips, you can revamp your space and create a welcoming atmosphere for your clients without draining your budget. From simple rearrangements and strategic lighting to DIY decor and affordable accessories, there are plenty of creative options to transform your salon into a stylish and rejuvenating oasis. Remember, it’s the little details that make a big difference, so take the time to assess your space, prioritize your needs, and get creative with your budget-friendly upgrades. Your clients will appreciate the refreshed ambiance, and you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of transforming your salon without spending a fortune. Happy revamping!

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