Home Gym...paint color ideas??

lizzie_growDecember 5, 2008

We have recently been able to turn a room in our lower level into an exercise room. It does have a west facing window, so gets some sunlight. The trim in the room is creamy white & the carpet is sort of "builder's beige neutral, but maybe with a hint of taupe in it...pretty neutral.

So, we have a blank slate which houses a treadmill, bike trainer & small pilates, silver metal shelving for a flat screen tv & that's about it. I'd like the color to have a tranquil effect, but with some life to it, if that makes sense. The hallway outside that room is a sage green.

Any ideas how to make this a fun inspiring space?


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My husband and I turned a portion of our unfinished basement into an exercise space -- basically concrete walls and floors, but with a full size window and plenty of light. We got a berber carpet remnant for the floor. I painted the floor and walls in colors I love (because I need all the encouragement I can get down there), albeit the color choices were limited because I needed to use a special paint for concrete. I did the floor in a creamy yellow, and the walls in a spring green. I also have a large piece of batik fabric with a dramatic and colorful tropical scene, which is mounted on a piece of foam core, to decorate the space. Despite the drama of the "art", it's a pretty mellow looking space. (But I still need to force myself to go down there to use the elliptical...).

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 8:21AM
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Thank you callaloo...that sounds very cheerful & I agree that we need all the enticement we can get to go down & use those machines!! I had actually been thinking of a cheerful green & I really like the idea of something large on the wall...something graphic. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 12:25PM
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Our guest room doubles as our workout room. When I set about fixing it up, I knew that what would inspire me best towards getting in good, long workouts was thinking about where I really wanted to look my best, and that's at the beach. (We travel to Mexico a couple of times a year.) I painted the walls in S-W Aqueduct, which is a breezy aqua/turquoise that reminds me of cool water, and decorated with vintage bathing beauty and tropical photos, prints, etc. It's a fun room to "sweat" in ... and when I'm reminded of my next trip to Cabo, I'm definitely inspired to get in the best workout possible! :-)

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 12:37PM
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My exercise room is painted BM Man on the Moon, a very pale yellow. It puts me in a sunny mood. I also have large mirrors on one wall to encourage me to stay in shape.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 2:08PM
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Thanks for the ideas, ladies! We are going to do a tropical look to remind us of Hawaii, my husband's favorite place! I'll take some of our vacation photos & enlarge & frame them...hope it motivates me to get down there more...hee!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 11:47PM
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Sounds like a great plan, Lizzie! I found a pic of my workout room, such as it is. It's quite colorful, but helps me to feel motivated! (We've replaced the white blinds with wood-stained blinds, which helps bring more of a natural look to the room.)

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 1:15PM
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Cool! I like AJ's room a lot!! Makes it fun to go in there!
I would definitely do something spicey---not a color so sedating that you lose your motivation to work out. But I can understand not wanting to paint your walls a screaming orange or red either!
My local gym painted their walls a really soft yellow too. It's non-offensive and sunny. I think the trick is finding the *right* yellow.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 1:53PM
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