Every year we get a glimpse of what’s trending in the salon and spa world, thanks to the various submissions to the Salons of Year competition. And 2018 didn’t fail to give us the inside scoop. We discovered some delightful details we hope will inspire your future salon renovations. Get ready to mark your favorites.

White Space:

Clean and pristine was the theme for some of the salons this year. With all the color creation happening inside a salon, the white décor lets the color shine where it really matters: as part of your clients’ new looks. By choosing to create mostly white palettes, these salon owners made their spaces seem luxurious and high class. (For photos of these examples, scroll through the gallery at the top.)

The Arsen Gurgov Salon in New York, New York

Blaze Color Salon in Coralville, Iowa

Down to Earth

Fabulous hair is even better when clients and stylists can feel at peace with the environment. We saw several salons looking to bring the great outdoors inside by using wooden and green elements to create a sense of Zen.(For photos of these examples, scroll through the gallery at the top.)

Aspire Salon in Parkersburg, West Virginia

Arbor Hair Studio in Waite Park, Minnesota

Focal Points

In terms of salon design, drama can be both good and bad. Luckily, this year’s entries utilized drama in the best way possible, with gorgeous focal points that took our breath away. We know clients will feel special and exclusive when visiting these salons, thanks to their show-stopping elements. (For photos of these examples, scroll through the gallery at the top.)

A Robert Cromeans Salon in San Diego, California

Current Salon and Color Bar by Nese in Ashburn, Virginia

Rock Solid

Marble patterns are trending on everything from notebook covers to phone cases, so it makes sense we’re seeing this trend in the salon world, too. The classic rock can turn any space chic. (For photos of these examples, scroll through the gallery at the top.)

Monaco Salon Extension Lounge in Tampa, Florida

Anges O. Hair Design & Derma Spa in Chicago, Illinois