Aura Hair Salon

Aura salon, located in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, is the most recent hair salon renovation to be completed by MMP Architects. The primary goal of this refresh was to create a more modern environment with an open concept layout that included clean lines, bright lighting, and a muted palate featuring only a hint of turquoise inspired by the Moroccan Oil product line.

A major challenge of the renovation was determining how to successfully update existing elements to match a more modern aesthetic. In the case of the retail shelving, the existing built in units were kept, but updated by adding under-cabinet lighting and painting the outdated wood paneling white. Additional challenges of the space included the constraints of working within a small footprint, and under a tight timeline.

The storefront upgrade was a significant undertaking as the existing front section was completely demolished to make way for a more open and inviting reception and retail area. This renovation allows clients to have a direct line of sight from the front to the rear of the salon, as well as providing an expanded entry space for reception desk access and additional space for product displays.

A grand re-opening for Aura, Kildonan Place is planned for the coming weeks. Patrons will be welcomed into the new space by the large asymmetrical storefront façade that frames the entrance feature, the custom ultramodern quartz reception desk. The waterfall edge and back-painted glass front of the reception desk are highlighted by three unique diamond shaped pendants hanging from the reception ceiling above. As patrons move through to the back of the space, they are greeted by a neutral palate with hints of turquoise. The existing ceiling, a mishmash of acoustic ceiling tiles, dropped bulkheads and drywall was removed to make way for crisp white ceiling panels and multiple rows of pot lighting.

Please see the gallery above for a few photos of the new space, and click here for more about Aura, Kildonan Place.


Aura Project Team
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Project Architect: Chris Daly