Salon interiors

Contemporary Luxury at Barrie Stephen Hair

by sophieh / last updated December 14, 2009

Barrie Stephen had a clear objective for his salon in the upmarket town Ashby de la Zouch: “I wanted to create the most upmarket and talked-about salon in town,” he explains.

The salon, the fourth in his eponymously-named salon group, was previously two inter-connecting shops, which Barrie and salon interior designer Melvyn Allen had to strip back in order to create the perfect canvas.

The salon itself uses a neutral colour scheme that is complemented by walnut veneers on the walls and polished stainless steel detail for a elegant and spacious feel. 


Fact File

Name: Barrie Stephen Hair

Address: Castlegate House, Bath Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Owners: Barrie Stephen and Joachim Zilliken

Size: 1,548sq ft

Clientele: Young, trendy, professional, families and ladies who lunch

Staff: 10

Styling stations: 13

Budget: £141,000

Financing: Self

Design: Melvyn Allen Design

Furniture: Melvyn Allen Design.

Budget Box

Shopfront: £7,700.

Flooring: £8,300.

Lighting: £6,000.

Backwashes: £5,600.

Styling units: £12,200.

Styling chairs: £8,500.

Reception and retail area: £9,100.

Air conditioning: £5,300.

Joinery: £12,000.

Shopfitters: £30,000.

Miscellaneous: £36,300.

How to Achieve the Look

Design and furniture: Melvyn Allen Design – 01923 850733.

Top Tips

  • Obtain expert advice before signing any lease
  • Choose a designer with salon industry experience and references
  • Ensure the salon is designed with a budget in mind
  • Don’t scrimp on flooring or hot water supplies
  • Don’t succumb to faddish designs that will date quickly.

Barrie Stephen Hair in Brief

  • What was the most expensive part of the refit?

    The new utilities – water and electrical supplies – and the complete backwash area.

  • What was the most important part of the refit?

    Initially the look and its impact on the town, closely followed by a high-quality and contemporary feel.

  • What three words best describe the salon’s image?

    Clean, contemporary and luxury.


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