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Cheeks & Co by Proem Studio

Proem Studio uses muted shades to design Cheeks & Co facial spa

Hues of soft pink and bold grey are coupled with tiled surfaces in this California facial studio designed by Los Angeles firm Proem Studio.

Cheeks & Co is a facial spa and skincare boutique located in a narrow building in Old Town Pasadena that was previously a travel bookstore.

Cheeks & Co by Proem Studio

To give the space its "high-end" feel, interior design firm Proem Studio completely overhauled the space leaving only the front glass windows and plumbing in place.

"The client wanted a bright, unique space that was luxurious, yet warm, approachable and relaxing," Proem Studio told Dezeen. "They also really wanted the studio to feel on-brand with their high-end, modern services and appeal to like-minded clientele."

Cheeks & Co by Proem Studio

The studio referenced the spa's branding by Studio Lowlights, which features pastel shades and a curving wordmark, as well as work of other designers to realise the concept.

"We were inspired by some French and Australian designers and the way they used colour and pattern in unexpected ways," the studio added. "The colour palette was taken from the branding for Cheeks that Studio Lowlights created."

Dark laminate flooring is used throughout the space, which comprises a reception area, five treatment rooms and a restroom. The ceiling is a shade of deep burgundy to contrast the white walls and pale accents.

In the entry area a rectangular check-in desk is clad with square, pewter-coloured tiles. Blue-tiled benches topped with matching cushions are situated in front of the large glass windows to form a waiting area for patrons.

Cheeks & Co by Proem Studio

A narrow hallway detailed with geometric black and brown tiles leads to each of the treatment rooms. At the end of the corridor there is an accent wall covered with blue tiles and circular, black light fixture.

The doorways to the suites are outlined with a soft pink similar to the colour used on the walls inside. Each room is furnished with a treatment bed, striped chair and oval-shaped mirror.

Cheeks & Co by Proem Studio

Walls in the bathroom are covered with a blue wallpaper by Maison C that features several dancing women.

"We chose it because it feels so feminine and beautiful," Proem Studio said. "To us it evokes a sense of women celebrating their skin, which is what Cheeks is all about."

The spa is furnished with white built-in and metal shelving units for displaying products and a grey vanity counter decorated with a round mirror and curvy wood chair.

Cheeks & Co by Proem Studio

Proem Studio is a Los Angeles interior design firm founded by Ashley Drost and Marie Trohman in 2017.

Other creatively designed beauty spaces include a skincare store in England with cane and ash wood cabinets and a spa in Greece carved into a mountainside.

Photography is by Tim Hirschmann.

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