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Best Home Gym Paint Colors for 2021

Home gyms are hotter than ever for ripping reps to mastering meditation. Here are our best paint color picks for setting personal records.

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Rev Up With Red

For more intense workout rooms, go with energetic colors like reds and oranges, says Old Crow Painting‘s Travis Nolan. “These will help evoke energetic feelings, giving you that extra psychological boost to power through your reps,” Nolan says. His pick: Emotional from Sherwin-Williams. “It’s a good choice that incorporates red and orange hues,” he says.

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Orange Gym Myles Cummings / EyeEm/Getty Images

Overachieve in Orange

“If high-impact cardio is your workout choice, you’re going to want an energizing color like orange in the room,” says Jamie Gold, a Mayo Clinic-certified wellness coach and author of Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness and Happiness (Tiller Press).

Gold referenced Colour in Interior Design, by Karen Haller, which says orange conveys a sense of warmth, fun and physical comfort — a strong combination for a knockout home workout.

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Win With White

For a more relaxing environment, peaceful and optimistic colors are great, Nolan says. For that reason, one of his picks is white. “It can be accented with lots of greenery and gemstones,” he says. “In fact, Sherwin-Williams has a whole collection of white paints they suggest specifically for this purpose, fittingly referred to as Yoga Whites.

MC Design founder Megan Dufresne adds, “Clean white walls are the go-to for home gyms. White walls minimize distraction, allowing you to do what you came there to do, work! My favorite white is Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee.”

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Green Gym rustycanuck/Getty Images

Go-Go-Go Green

Sage green paint is soothing, says Gold. This is most likely because we connect it to nature and natural surroundings, a natural human affinity called biophilia. So for those practicing Sun Salutations and Savasana, this color can be a great option.

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Blue Ribbon Winner

“For a home gym where you know you’re going to make your body temperature rise, using a shade of blue will visually keep your gym feeling cool,” says interior designer Maureen Stevens. For many, blue can elicit a feeling of calm, composure or concentration, which is great for focusing on fitness.

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Yellow Gym onurdongel/Getty Images

Never-Mellow Yellow

When considering paint colors, consider your surroundings. Note how much sunlight comes through the windows when you normally work out, Gold says. Some colors create high energy, like bright yellow, but it can also add to the rooms “heat.” Plan your color shade accordingly.

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Lift With Lavender

“I love the color Peace and Happiness by Benjamin Moore,” Stevens says. “It’s a calming lavender, perfect for a yoga or meditation room. Lavender is an uplifting and optimistic color, and it’s also inspiring.”

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Exhibition Round: Dry-Erase

OK, it’s also white (or clear), but consider dry-erase paint’s possibilities, Dufresne says. “You’ll be creating a writing surface to jot down workout plans or motivational quotes,” she says. With this unusual paint, there’s no better way to keep track of your personal records and keep your eyes on the finish line.

Katie Dohman
Katie Dohman is an award-winning freelance writer who has written about home, design, and lifestyle topics for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured in Artful Living, Midwest Home, Star Tribune, and Teen Vogue, among many others. She is currently living her own how-to story as she and her husband work through a complete gut remodel on their 1921 home—while parenting three tiny tots and dodging their dog and cat, who always seem to be underfoot.

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