Interior design trends 2020

Top 5 Bold and Confident Salon Interior Design Trends 2020

Interior design trends for 2020 salons and barbershops encompass a mixture of ‘fun’ influences from pop culture and bold confident fashion statements. If you are looking to change the overall look and feel of your salon, this guide is for you!

This year we have seen a strong resurgence of mixed metals, classic patterns and textures, warmth, and plenty of new and hybrid styling options. henceforth, say goodbye to boring and follow this guide for flawless furniture placement and ideas that will revolutionize the way you do business, in 7 minutes or less!

What are the 2020 interior design trends?

Salon Interior Design Trends 2020: Old Versus New

Back in the 50s, salons in Australia and most of the western world were very colourful.

Particularly, the checkerboard floors, bright red or pink waiting lounges, and top to bottom windows all fit that era. In recent years we have seen a resurgence in bright colours especially in pop culture and Instagram. But not in the way you think.

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How do You Mix Old with New?

What story are you trying to tell?

A beautiful union of old and new is a bold statement that blends familiarity with clean lines common in modern furniture pieces. It is a marriage of wood, metal, plastic, leather, and colour. There are two ways to embrace this look.

One, go for fun or playful, and two, bold and confident.  If you are going for fun and colourful, I’m guessing you are targeting millennials. Certainly, Millennials are a tough bunch to impress, especially with colour and style alone, meaning you will have to go the extra mile here.

A simple look

Being the first generation to grow up with the internet, millennials have seen almost all. Consequently, the easiest way to impress them is by simplifying things. See, these are people who value their time; thus, you should focus only on the main points.

What are these main points?

  • Evoke the right emotion: awe, laughter, or amusement. These are the emotions to target according to com
  • Listen: if you have a son, daughter, or regular clientele, listen to their ideas and go the extra step of starting a social media account. The idea is to get connected and adapt to modern styles.
  • Practice the right values: according to Adweek majority of millennials support business brands that give back in some way, could be charity, animal protection, or any other cause.

Old versus new furniture

Old storage spaces such as a desk you found at a flea market or distressed furniture, can be perfectly blended to create a modern vintage look. Also, an easy way to set up a focal point is through art.

It doesn’t have to be the Monalisa, all you need is a nicely curated gallery or a large prominent painting.

Interior Design Trends 2020: Black Makes a Comeback

Cabinets, sinks, countertops, washbasins and sometimes even walls are turning black, you must think, “wait! Black is bad for walls.” But, contrary to popular belief, black does not make your space look small if its blended right.

Is black furniture in style?

Black has never gone out of style, in fact, in the last few years, searches for black salon trends have gone up 70%. The most popular search is “black and gold and black and white”. LOOK IT UP!!

Black and gold versus black and white

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if you are looking for a solid bold look this year, black and gold is the way to go. But it is not a good idea to paint your walls all black if your furniture will be the same colour. Obviously, some sections will work, but, if you go overboard, the walls might hinder lighting as black absorbs light.

The overall idea is to use artwork, decoration, lighting, and wallpaper to create a bold and confident black and gold scheme or black, white, and gold aesthetic. This will act as your base palette, from which you can experiment with other colours or design ideas.

Is grey still in for 2020?

Unlike black or white, grey is not a neutral colour, meaning. It might not go well with your colour scheme. But you never know, experiment with it and show us your results!

That said, for softer edges and a smoother feel, go for black furniture or upholstery and neutral walls. On the other hand, for some warmth, let some sunlight in and contrast it all with green from plants.

Neutral colours on the walls and black furniture can be improved upon by bringing in bold colours such as green, blue-yellow, or purple. These should be used subtly alongside neutral colours to create a unified look that stands out.

Eclectic Glamour

Eclectic simply means quote “deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources”. For example, you may have seen a salon or barbershop on television then decide to take the best bits and put them in your business.

With this style, matching colours is out the window, instead, it’s about making your space your own.

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Bring the ‘outside’ inside

Indoor plants have a way of livening up any space, because, green represents life, thus it’s calming and will blend with almost any colour. You can shake up this look by combining it with old storage or distressed furniture.

The idea is to ‘play’ with colour, the more the better, but too much colour is bad, consequently, the mistakes you should avoid are:

  • White walls: plain white grey is boring, blend it with bold colours or black
  • Overly bright colours: can be distracting. And too much yellow will cause anxiety
  • Use red: increase employee performance/motivation
  • Blue: create a calm feeling
  • Decorate for your target demographic
  • Strong colours should not be overdone
  • In-effective use of space, especially for awkward shaped salons

Interior Design Trends 2020: Simplicity versus Minimalist

Minimalism and simplicity go together very well if done right! This is an aesthetic that delivers styling services in a barebone manner. Meaning, if it doesn’t have a use, get rid of it.

The trick is to go for multipurpose furniture and mobile storage such as this.

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The overriding principle for all salon minimalist setups is “there is a place for everything” thus, at the end of the day, everyone knows what goes where and why. That means getting the right type of furniture for a minimalist salon.

The barbershop above takes minimalism to the next level. It is a combination of simplicity and minimalism blended with eclectic glamour to create a classy look sure to impress your clientele!


Interior Design Trends 2020: Biophilic Design

Biophilic design as the name suggests is a style that blends natural elements such as vegetation, light, or materials to create a space that feels outdoorsy and comfortable. The idea is to incorporate the indirect and direct elements of nature into your salon, this will not only help you save on lighting and heating, but it will also make your salon stand out. After all, we are all products of nature.

The style is very simplistic, all you have to do is get direct sunlight into your space could be via skylights or clever placement of mirrors. On top of that, to give your salon a more outdoorsy look, add some plants of different colours and proportions.

To improve aesthetics, find ways to incorporate natural materials such as stone, wood, marble, and or metals.

Artwork, is another important aspect, my advice, go for landscape paintings or ones using natural colours such as white, green, yellow, red, blue, and black.

What are the Most Popular Interior Design Styles for 2020?

Some styles never run out of fashion, for example, the industrial look has been with us since the ‘50s and is still going strong. If you are still on the ropes trying to figure out what to go for, here are some styles to help you achieve the perfect look!

  • Vintage style: from the ’50s and ’60s, this look can be created by mixing old designs with newer ones. The overall aesthetic is a warm and loving space.
  • Hollywood regency: the ’30s was a good time for Hollywood cinema, back then salons were spacious, open plan, and simplistic. Furniture stood out with bright colours, metallic finishes, and glossy surfaces.
  • Free spirit/bohemian style: based on rebellion and hippy culture, bohemian is a style that is a mish-mash of colours, designs, and lots of accessories. Furniture wise, go for a mix of modern and old-school.
  • Art deco style: connoisseurs of the arts rejoice; this style is for you! The style is all about balance and restraint stemming from 1920’s Europe. At the heart is a sensual exploration of symmetry and order.
  • Industrial style: beams, ducts, exposed concrete, columns, and an overall ‘machine feeling’ with masculine overtones is what industrial style is all about.
  • Traditional style: traditional is all about indulgence and classic European décor, this look brings back 18th-century neoclassical styles to a modern setting.

The Hybrid Beauty Parlour: Modern Problems require Modern Solutions!

Furniture pieces from the previous century are often expensive., saving money is a must in business, sometimes buying new is cheaper! You have to find a style that’s both unique and functional. This begs the question, what is a hybrid salon?

A hybrid salon is a parlour that is staffed by employees and renters, meaning, if you have extra space. You can rent it out to a stylist. The thing here is, renters bring in their styles or in some cases their equipment. Consequently, if not done right, your hybrid salon may end up feeling disjointed.

To create a unified look, you should create a unified brand experience by:

  • Add individual personality to your brand.
  • Logos and colour schemes should be simple and focused.
  • The tones you use in all communications online and offline should have a similar tone.
  • Get as much exposure as you can on social media.


For barbershops and salons, 2020 has been a mixed bag. But, styling your salon is not something that should be overlooked just because things are bad. Right now, is the time to do it, because, salon furniture prices are at an all-time low, and with a little elbow grease and ideas poached from this article, you should be on your way to creating the salon or barbershop of your dreams!

To sum it up, design trends for 2020 are a mix of everything including old versus new, eclectic glamour, and bold fashion statements, to say the least… thus it is up for you to decide what works best for your space!


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