HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE STYLE OF YOUR SALON INTERIOR?
I think the style of the salon interior was largely decided based upon the overall experience we want clients to have when they walk through the door. You always want to make sure there is cohesion between your business brand and the way it’s designed, so that it feels natural and mirrors your ethos. Tuckwell & Co seeks to make clients feel relaxed, calm and in a homely environment. For this reason, we opted for a plant-based theme through out the salon; it’s not so overpowering to takeaway from the luxurious feel of the building.
WHERE DID YOU FIND THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGN?
As a lover of nature and green space, houseplants were a huge inspiration for the interior design of the salon. I wanted to make a fresh, clean space which maintained an air of class and style whilst still feeling like a homely, cosy area to relax in.
DID YOU USE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
We haven’t at any point used an interior designer for the salon. We knew our vision for Tuckwell & Co, wanting to ensure that all interior decisions were our own and that this vision was actualised.
DESCRIBE THE VIBE CREATED BY YOUR INTERIOR.
The vibe the interior creates is a welcoming, relaxing and calming one, bringing a true sense of calm and pampering to all clients and visitors. We’ve decorated much of the salon with plants and greenery, in the hope that the connection to nature and the earth will enhance this relaxing atmosphere. We have ensured that there is delicate low lighting in the appropriate areas, leaving the natural light and brightness in the sections where stylists need it most. This allows for back wash and winding down areas to feel more relaxing, calm, and serene.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE ARE YOUR CLIENTS’ FIRST IMPRESSIONS WHEN THEY WALK IN?
When clients first walk in, they enter the reception and coffee bar. This room is filled with delicate lighting such as fairy lights and lamps, as well as an abundance of plants and greenery. We wanted to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere which allows them to sit down, have a coffee and calmly await their appointment. We want their first impression to be that they’re made to feel at home, excited for their appointment and glad that they’ve chosen us as their salon.
TELL US WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS OF YOUR SALON DESIGN?
The key elements are the earthy green space and rustic wooden design. Flowers and greenery sit alongside quite colourful pieces, to bring brightness and boldness to the style. The main areas that the stylists use are stunning spaces filled with natural light from the huge windows, surrounded by beautifully crafted wooden benches.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CURATED PIECES OR SPECIAL FEATURES/AREAS IN THE SALON?
I’d say one of the main features of the salon worth noting is the development room where clients sit to let their colour develop. It’s a separate area, away from the hustle and bustle of the main salon. There are comfy seats, a television, and more books than you’ll have time to read! It’s a calm, serene haven to relax in. It’s regularly noted by clients in reviews stating how wonderful and inspired an addition it has been to the salon.
HOW HAVE YOU EMBRACED SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN THE DESIGN?
We’ve taken a lot of the design into our own hands, making the wooden tables, benches and shelving ourselves by recycling and assembling the wood. We’ve partnered with Green Salon Collective, positioning recycling bins around the salon floor for stylists to use with ease. They collect used foils, hair and other regularly wasted products, recycling them for beneficial use within the environment.
WHAT SALON SOFTWARE DO YOU USE AND WHAT FEATURE OF IT DO YOU FIND MOST USEFUL?
We use a combination of Bright HR and Phorest for our salon software. Phorest is fantastic as a booking system. It’s easy to learn how to use, displays your stylists’ schedules clearly and has lots of great features which our marketing team make use of. We can use Phorest to control email campaigns, as well as design and plan out future campaigns for both email and social media platforms. Bright HR is really quick and easy with regards to rotas and holidays, making it simple to access and very easy to create and monitor rotas to share with your team.
WHAT SALON FURNITURE HAVE YOU CHOSEN AND WHY?
We have a variation of salon furniture which all follows a theme of being rustic but comfortable. Many pieces, such as wooden tables, chairs and bar space have been hand-crafted by our team themselves. In the downstairs reception and coffee bar area, we have a variation of seats including stools and comfy netted egg chairs.
DO YOU HAVE A DRESS CODE/UNIFORM FOR YOUR TEAM?
We don’t go by a particular dress code or uniform here at Tuckwell & Co. We’re strong believers of individuality and being true to yourself, so we want our team to be able to express themselves and for clients to see the real them.
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