Intelligent Design

According to Michele Pelafas, a licensed salon and spa interior designer in Oak Brook, IL, it's important to keep the entire experience in mind when designing a pedicure area. Here, she shares her tips on approaching design feet first.

KEEP BOTH CLIENTS AND TECHNICIANS IN MIND. Balancing the comforts and needs of both is important. For example, soft spa music might be relaxing for the client, but it can make the nail tech feel fatigued.

The pedicure area at Mario Tricoci Salon & Day Spa in Libertyville, IL
The pedicure area at Mario Tricoci Salon & Day Spa in Libertyville, IL

MAKE SURE YOUR DESIGN IS PRACTICAL. Put pedicure areas close to the main plumbing drain to keep installation costs low. Seating should be made of commercial-grade fabrics that withstand water and daily wear and tear. Sink basins should be made of nonporous materials, which can withstand chemicals and are easy to clean.


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CHOOSE APPROPRIATE LIGHTING FOR EACH AREA OF THE SPACE. Ambient lighting provides general illumination, while task-oriented lighting helps technicians ensure the finished pedicure is precise. Accent lighting provides visual interest and warmth in the decor.

FOCUS ON THE EXPERIENCE. Current trends, like jetless sink basins, and fun alternatives to standard chairs, like sofas and plush armchairs, put the focus on the experience, not the equipment. Privacy is also important. You can create the illusion of privacy with lighting, drapery and unique seating design. For example, the "wings" on each banquette at Mario Tricoci Salon & Day Spa in Libertyville, IL, allow clients to either be social or to disappear into their banquette. Personalized storage areas for shoes, handbags and coats also emphasize the individual experience. —L.M.

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