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Explore The Interior Inspirations Behind the MARKDAVID salon

Explore The Interior Inspirations Behind the MARKDAVID salon
Sam Robinson

The MARKDAVID salon is situated in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, one of the city’s most vibrant areas, and one of the most sought after in Edinburgh. Elegant Georgian and Victorian terraced houses, quaint cafes and trendy gastro pubs surround the area. Stockbridge is also home to Stockbridge Market, which provides jewellery, crafts and food.

The salon has only been open five months and is already an incredible success and is in the midst of expanding to open up the salon further.

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Designing The Salon

When designing the salon, Owner, Mark McCarthy, had a vision in mind and created a mood board with his ideas and colour schemes for the new salon. His inspiration and mood board had the vibe of an exclusive club or speakeasy. He wanted the salon to be reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era – elite, welcoming, aspirational and Edinburgh’s best-kept secret!.

Eclectic Aesthetic

Mark’s aim was to inspire clients and instead of the salon looking like a salon, he wanted it be decorated and styled like a house, with a welcoming feel and eclectic aesthetic. Mark chose green as his primary colour way in the salon, as it’s a very luxurious colour that worked perfectly with the accents of gold, providing a contemporary, elegant finish. The use of green is a bold choice but actually it’s the colour of life, renewal, finance and energy.

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Little Touches

The marble lighting at the styling stations along with the marble worktops in the colour bar section of the salon add a new texture to the salon interior and timeless beauty to the salon.The colour bar section is completed with brass tiling. This is another stand out feature in the salon and has an art  deco feel, which links back to a bygone area.

Statement Wall

The back wall of the salon is a statement wall, with floral/tropical wallpaper and is also panelled a quarter of the way up the wall. The panelling continues around the salon with above the styling stations featuring herringbone dark oak panelling, which compliments the dark green paint shade and styling stations beautifully. This colour palette works well with the gold accessories, particularly the large golden vintage style mirrors at the styling station areas.

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People Watching

The window space was completely empty prior to refurbishing the salon and Mark decided to turn this into a sitting area with window seats featuring beautiful tropical cushions. Client’s sit whilst waiting for their appointment and are able to look out the large windows onto the beautiful area of Stockbridge, people watching and admiring the surroundings.

Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers feature around the salon from a local florist, alongside beautiful glasses, champagne flutes and gold crockery, inspired by Jonathan Adler, along with gold display trays that are used to deliver client’s beverages on.

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Salon Products

The products Mark chose to stock in the salon were also taken into consideration, as they needed to complete the aesthetic. He selected Wella colour and Davines wet and styling products. For Mark and the team, Davines was a brand that was not just about hair but also about aromatherapy and sustainability, and clients always compliment how it performs and the beautiful aroma it gives out in the salon.

All The Details

Some of the companies bought from for interiors and furnishings included Wayfair, for tables and mirrors, Direct Wood Flooring for the wooden paneling, Muck N Brass for soft furnishings such as curtains, House of Hackney for Wallpaper, Work To Express for worktops, Pooky Lights for lighting, Porcelain Superstore for tiling, Farrow and Ball and Little Green Paint Company for luxurious and sustainable paint, The Handle Studio for handles and Rocket St George for accessories. To break up the colour in the salon, Mark decided to opt for brown leather styling chairs, which rotate backwards and can also be used for beauty treatments. These were purchased from Living It Up Salon and add further texture and introduce depth to the salon colour palette.

For more information on the brand, please visit MARKDAVID salon here.