HJ Interiors: Bad Apple Hair’s Urban Jungle
Bad Apple Hair is a luxurious salon based in Stratford-upon-Avon that is fresh, edgy and on-trend. Managing director Gavin Mills always knew he wanted to open a Bad Apple salon in Stratford-upon-Avon. The West Midlands salon group couldn’t have found a more fitting place to open their ninth salon than the Bell Court Shopping Centre. Gavin explains: “We’d had our eye on the shopping centre for a while. It’s already home to a vibrant mix of up- and-coming brands and established names across the premium fashion, beauty and lifestyle sectors. These brands really complemented our own image.”
Interior inspiration for Bad Apple Hair Stratford-upon-Avon
Gavin and his design team had to renovate the whole shop space before opening as it didn’t have walls, a concrete floor or even electricity. Rather than be put off by the enormous task ahead he motivated his team by encouraging them to truly make the interior space their own.
The hard work has paid off with Gavin fulfilling his aim of creating a stylish urban jungle. The interior
is inspired by the iconic House of Hackney Palmeral print with a feature wall decorated in the palm-leaf wallpaper. A monochromatic colour scheme dominates the space with the team painting the salon walls and floors in white and the salon’s double- height ceilings in black. “I love how the green-on-white statement wallpaper makes a dramatic statement against the graphic pattern of the metro-tiled walls,” explains Gavin.
Photographic studio lights complete with visible electrical trunking, hang from the recessed ceilings in the main salon floor. This enhances the salon’s studio atmosphere, while also filling the salon with bright white light. Plus, brass lined pendant lamps fashionably hang above the reception area to create a warm ambiance as clients enter the salon.
The salon has an industrial theme, yet the elements of nature dotted throughout, create an air of tranquillity such as plants in the reception and waiting area trailing across the retail shelves. Gavin explains it best: “Just like the cult House of Hackney Palmeral print, the Stratford-upon-Avon Bad Apple Salon harmoniously blends modern and minimalist features. It juxtaposes luxurious and plush details alongside organic and natural elements.”
Bad Apple Hair announced its New Talent Art Team in February 2020 and Bad Apple Hair’s James Earnshaw won Midlands Hairdresser of the Year at HJ’s 2019 British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.