In the past, we have discussed examples of colour palettes for office. We have also discussed examples of colour schemes used within interior design. One office may vary greatly from another in its purpose though. An office may be a reception area for a holiday park, it could be a car dealer’s office, a developer company and many more.
An office is in fact quite a broad term and the subject of interior
design is as broad as customers’ needs. Today we would like to discuss a subject
of early decision making when choosing a colour palette. We will be focusing on
consideration of potential colour palettes for a beauty salon or spa design during
this early decision-making process.
First of all, let’s not get overwhelmed with the amount of options. It is
important to start with some visual references for your design while at the
same time consider the purpose of the building. This enables you to imagine the
real outcome a lot clearer.
Because the palette we are considering is for beauty salon or spa we will perform a small experiment in relation to these. As an experiment, let us start by thinking of potential words in response to the word BEAUTY.
Words that may come to mind are; air, delicate, cosmetics, fragrance, white,
natural, clean, clear, blue, pink, soft. Your responses may vary.
When you do have your words written down, look at the visual
representation of those words. Ideas will spark instantly through looking at
the images. That in itself may be enough to sharpen your idea of what you want
the colour palette to be. When you will select your final choices, it will
become your visual reference guide, it will become your colour palette. It is
worth remembering about colour schemes at this point. This is in order to not
get carried away by choosing too many colours. Keep it simple.
You can perform the same exercise by choosing to respond to the word SPA. This will generate other visual references.
We can look closer at generated words in order to figure out what your colour
palette can be. From the list above, let us take, for instance, the word cosmetics.
You can look at the examples of cosmetics packaging, for instance. This is in
order to analyse what colours are used there and why. First of all, you may
notice that majority of packaging is made mainly in white colour, with addition
of smaller amounts of one or two other colours, usually soft and light hues.
Quite often text and logo of the brand is printed in black/silver or gold. Those
colour palettes are not too complicated and kept in fresh bright hues. It means
that these colours will portray feelings of cleanliness, freshness and youth.
These could as well be good colours to go for as a base for beauty salon.
The above analysis would generally exclude fragrance packaging. Fragrance
packaging is often designed in darker colours.
Having this as an example, you can go back to your other words on the
list and consider colour scheme for your chosen one or two colours in order to expand
on the idea.
If, for instance, you will take the word air as an example, you will most
likely think of clear images of a blue sky, light clouds or air swirls in white
or semi-transparent colour. The decision is to put these colour findings next
to each other and decide which colour palette works best as a beauty salon or
More general advice would be to remember the building purpose when choosing
your colour palette. Consider if your visual responses match the purpose of the
space and adjust your idea if needed. Because both spa and beauty salon are
places to relax, remember soothing colours. This means cool colours such as
blue, green, white and/or pastel colours. Many people will appreciate addition
of warm colours as well, as an element of cosiness and warmth in the space. Feeling
of cosiness could also be created by the use of natural decorations such as
sand, plants or wood. Other option could also be the use of warm, atmospheric
Initial idea can be adapted to match different styles. Once the step of
choosing colour palette is undertaken and decided, the rest is easier. The rest
is to stick with the plan. When final decorations overwhelm you with the amount
of possible choices, have your colour palette with you and remember what is the
feeling you would like to portray. Ask yourself if a particular object will do
that for you and reflect accordingly.
Enjoy the fun of designing.