Decorating a Tanning Salon (Mexican Theme)?

I have hit a decorating dead end. I own a tanning salon and I am in the process of adding another room for airbrush tanning. So because of the solution overspray situation I need to stick with a dark color. I have decided to go with a Mexican theme. Dark brown (terra cotta) color or green walls?


I've already purchased some Mexican theme wall prints. I'm not sure if I should texture paint the walls. I also need some ideas for more unique decorating ideas to pull the theme together. The room is 9'-10' w/no windows.

Thank you in advance for any replies


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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

I'm not sure about texturing, although I think it fits with the theme. Have you tried the Oriental Trading Company or a local party store? You might be able to find some reasonably priced decorations there.

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January 27, 20050 found this helpful

If you could find one of those big, colorful striped Mexican-style blankets, that would help pull the room together. You might even be able to find some that are washable.

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January 27, 20050 found this helpful

What about a couple of large 'cacti' about 5' tall. Cut some cacti outlines out of thin board with a jigsaw and paint. Attach a stand to the base at the back so they stand up right - and hang a sombrero or two on them. Or attach them to the wall - or just paint them straight onto the wall away from the 'spraying area'.




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By ATM (Guest Post)
January 27, 20050 found this helpful

Here's my perspective as a designer: Darker paint color is practical, but go with the terra cotta color, not green. Dark green is oppressive without sunlight, so terra cotta would be a better choice for a windowless room. Avoid the texture paint -- you need to be able to clean the walls occasionally. Plus, you can never get rid of the texture once you put it on. Figure out which wall will be the focal point of the room, (probably the one facing the door), do something high impact on that wall, and do very little on the other walls. It's a pretty small room, so avoid clutter and don't have decorative items on the floor -- just the walls. I would suggest: a large, tonal mexican blanket hung on the focal wall for maximum impact, and mexican prints to take up the "blank space" on one or two other walls. Make sure the prints, blanket, and paint colors work together (lay them all together and look to see if anything clashes).

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By Crystale (Guest Post)
January 27, 20050 found this helpful

it would be really cute if you could find some sombreros and a stamp of a chili pepper, putting these together with the cacti and painted walls are a sure fire way to start a fiesta!

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By kelly tan all u can (Guest Post)
February 13, 20070 found this helpful

If you are going to decorate a spray tan room I wouldn't! I have a spray tan room. IT will need to be painted brown because there will be over spray everywhere. Caltan Suggests you paint it brown almost the same color as the spraytan.


ALSO spray tan is very sticky!! it leaves a residue everywhere. ANy decorations will be covered in a brown sticky solution. I would also advise getting an overspray reduction fan. Anything put in that room will get ruined.

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By Chickey (Guest Post)
February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Terra cotta color walls sound great, do not do the serapes, unless you are planning to serve food. Texturing the wall, sort of a Monterrey finish is very nice, what prints do you have? Hopefully, Frieda Kahloe type or something. No Zapata or anything like that. Use silver mirrors or gilded gold and they have beautiful star shape chandeliers that you can hang in different sizes. They can be wired for lights or not. I have white fairy lights in mine. Lots of wooden candle holders with gazing balls on them would also be nice. The sarapes on the floors also would be nice.

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By tonk99 (Guest Post)
May 31, 20070 found this helpful

go to

There you can find palm tree murals for the wall. They look fantastic on the walls, and are really inexpensive.

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July 16, 20070 found this helpful

you might like this idea ,take an old window and fit it to an old dresser drawer.with hinges.create a shadow box add shelves and possibly. a self adhesive light . fill with mexican decorations also cover the background with a mexican flag .find some flamigo dancers statues ,castanets,our lady of gaudalupe figurine.sitting siesta senors. burros.


hang an ornate crucifix which a white finish on one wall .the spray accumulation will make it look antique .
find some mexican prints of people stitch around the figures and some batten.trim all excess batten off. staple this to a cardboard photo backing.this will make the figures 3 dimentional.use old frames fom yard sales to frame them.maybe you can hang a pinata from the ceiling.
use an eggshell paint on the wall and let the spray do the blotching and make the walls to look like they have been marblizing.
mexican women crochet a lot so fined some of this to frame . they also embroider their clothes to cover tortillas.similar to our clothe lined bread baskets

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By Kenee (Guest Post)
September 29, 20070 found this helpful

I live in idea I want to suggest is get a hammock... I've seen them on the walls as decoration and it gives the idea of what their tan is for! Kenee

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June 20, 20080 found this helpful

I've been hand sprayed, mysic sprayed, magic tanned, and self sprayed, from the west coast to the east coast, all of them countless times..........the one thing about hand air brushing that seems to be consistant with salon hand air brushing is that there is never enough light for the tech to see that they are spraying evenly..............make sure you have good bright light....the decorating thing isnt all that important to me as long as I get a good even tan........

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By Kim (Guest Post)
October 3, 20080 found this helpful

I wouldn't recommending texture walls unless you are having a professional to come out and spray it. I just painted my tanning room with texture wall stuff NEVER AGAIN will I do that.

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