Home gym color ideas

Written by lauren fitzpatrick
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When choosing a colour scheme for your home gym, keep in mind that this is not a place where you go to relax. Conversely, it is a place where you are going to (hopefully) spend a regular amount of time, so make sure you decorate according to your taste. Create a space where you'll enjoy being in with colours and bright lighting that will keep you motivated to run the extra mile or complete one more set of weights.

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Mural

For a different take on decorating, consider painting a mural on one or more walls in your home gym, as website Best Home Gyms suggests. Design your own or hire a professional company like Murals Your Way. Either way, use vibrant colours combinations like cerulean and magenta that will stand out and liven up the room. Balance your bright colours by also including a neutral colour such as black or white. You could paint pictures of people exercising, an abstract pattern or even a before and after picture of yourself for inspiration.

Cool Colors

If you plan to use your gym primarily for yoga or Pilates, you'll probably want that space to have a calming and soothing effect, so you can concentrate on your breathing and body position. According to Better Homes and Gardens, cool colours include blues, greens and purples. As a bonus, these colours can actually make the room feel cooler, something you may want when you are sweating it out in the gym.

Avoid dull shades of cool colours like brown and taupe, opting for bright hues like cerulean and red violet that keep you alert. If possible, match the shades with other elements in the room such as a rug, an exercise mat or piece of fitness equipment.

Warm Colors

Gyms summon images of heaving weights, trickling sweat and exhausted muscles. If your gym is going to be a place where you'll be running, lifting, or stair-stepping, consider decking it out with warm colours like orange, peach, banana yellow or bold red. Warm colours can be aggressive and intense, invoking feelings of persistence and determination, giving you stamina to continue.

You could paint all four walls red, or use a Jamaican-inspired colour scheme of jade green, citrus yellow and red orange. Remember, if you don't like it, you can always paint it over.

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