The Best Colors to Paint an Exercise Room

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A woman practicing yoga at home in a tranquil blue studio. (Image: g-stockstudio/iStock/Getty Images)

Color plays such a critical role in energy levels that many professional sports teams paint the visiting team's locker room pink, as pink drains energy. Color creates psychological and physiological responses in people and the color of your gym can affect your workout. A room's color can evoke feelings of peace and tranquility or can create excitement and energy. Decorate your exercise room to match the feelings that will inspire you to work out.

Factors to Consider

Before determining what color to paint a home gym, review some important factors about the room first. Take the size of the room into consideration. A rather small space feels even smaller when painted a dark color. Also, review the lighting in the room. If a room does not receive much natural light, a dark colored paint creates a dungeon-like environment. Also, determine how the paint color will coordinate with the flooring.

Weight Rooms

If your exercise room consists mostly of weight lifting equipment, consider painting the room blue. Tranquil shades of blue produce calming chemicals in the body. The color blue increases people's productivity and research shows weight lifters lift heavier weights in blue rooms. Studies have also shown that the color blue suppresses people's appetites.

Aerobic Workout Rooms

If cardiovascular exercise is the main goal for your exercise room, consider a brightly colored room. The color red increases heart rate and breathing. When the workout has become mundane a splash of red can re-invigorate the mind to finish. Just remember, however, that red tends to stimulate appetite. Yellow speeds metabolism and increases concentration. Orange creates feelings of enthusiasm and cheerfulness. If bright colors on the walls seem overwhelming, consider using them as accent colors.

Yoga Rooms

If your home gym provides a place to practice yoga, consider a calming color on the walls. Colors found in nature evoke feelings of serenity. Ocean-like blues and grass-colored greens create peaceful feelings. Black evokes feelings of power and strength and may prove to be a good accent choice in a yoga room.

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