Best Colors for Gyms and Fitness Rooms

best colors for basement gym room or fitness room

Are you ready to choose color schemes for your home exercise gym or fitness room? Perhaps you are the owner or manager of a commercial fitness gym facility and wish to enhance your patrons’ experience by choosing top ‘fitness stimulating’ color combinations. May be you want to ‘Feng Shui’ your exercise room. Whatever your reasons for reading this article may be, you are in the right place! Here we will discuss what colors best represent fitness and motivate one to achieve their wellness and health goals.

Factors to consider when choosing your fitness color palette

How to color exercise gym

Home gyms or even commercial fitness facilities vary in space and number of equipment. Some people have very large home gyms with rows of fitness machines to rival any health club. Others have a small basement gym with just the basic equipment.  In order to choose the right fitness color palette, you must take into account the number, age and gender of the people using the gym. Secondly, you also need to consider the location of your gym room. If the exercise room is located in the basement, then do consider its lighting. Adequate lighting is the most critical factor when decorating home gyms and that also decides the paint schemes for your gym.

best colors for home gym or exercise rooms

Some more tips

Here are some more factors to consider before zeroing in on a home gym color palette:

  • Make sure you have a plan in place to set up all the equipment. You can always consult a trainer when selecting the kind of equipment for your home gym. This may not impact your choice of wall colors, but it can set the tone for its design, layout plan and other detailing.
  • Every gym should basically have three main areas: a place to do cardio workout, some free space for floor exercises and an area to stack up weights.
  • The floor-exercise and weight training areas should ideally have a mirror where one can see their form and movements while working out. You may even want to fill up the entire wall, ceiling-to-floor, with mirror or conversely only place a small single mirror on the wall.
  • Be sure to already have a plan in place for the flooring -whether you want wooden flooring or tiles and have it covered with rugs or carpets. Certain exercises also need special rubber or foam flooring to prevent muscle fatigue. The color of the flooring can also influence wall colors.
  • If men and women are both planning to use the gym, then choose color palette that is pleasing to both.
  • Commercial gym facilities can include colors from their brand’s logo to paint the walls.

Although the above gym colors and layout selection factors are suited for home gyms, commercial gyms can also take them into account.

Best colors and home gym paint schemes

When you decorate your gym room with the right colors, you will feel motivated to work out and it will help create a personal space to unwind after a long day (or start the day right!). The right gym color scheme will also carry out the right emotional impact. Here are some of the best color combinations for home gyms:


Red is an action color-bold, vigorous and stimulating. It actually raises the blood pressure and stimulates appetite, stamina and strength. You can play around with red, grey and orange with accents of burgundy, wine or maroon. Darker shades of pink or lighter red shades also promote sense of well being and happiness.


Orange is considered one of the best colors for fitness rooms. Like red, orange is stimulating and pleasing to the senses. It is a cheerful, energetic color. Orange is warm, friendly and invigorating; qualities which make it a great color for home gym paint schemes.


Looking for a happy, joyous, uplifting color to boost your workout routine? Yellow is all of this and more. Go for lighter or paler shades of yellow and gold that stimulate mindfulness and clear thinking. Depending on the accent colors, deep yellow can seem exotic or intimate.


best colors for home exercise room

Small doses of pale or light blue as well as navy blue teamed with orange, yellow or white can slow down breathing and bring down the blood pressure. Avoid using blue is large quantities otherwise that can become overwhelming. Blue-green tones are more calming.


Green is the color of fresh promise, growth and renewal. It is also the color of restful reflection. Green revives but it also soothes. Yellow-toned greens are stimulating whereas blue toned greens are more calming. Choose green warmed with yellow in case your gym is situated in a cold basement and, conversely, for blue mixed green in case your gym is a south facing recreation room.


Did you know that purple and lavender are off-beat colors but they are also some of the best colors for meditation rooms? Purple and its many shades add a hint of regality to a space and also induce a state of restfulness.


Neutral shades include shades of brown, grey, white, beige, and black. These can be used standalone or with to tone down other bright shades, acting like ‘peacemakers’ in the process. You can use either pale or darker tones of these neutral shades to either achieve a ‘reasonable and expansive’ or, conversely, ‘dramatic and graphic’ effect. Note that the best colors of fitness websites also fall in the category of neutrals. This can be seen from the websites of top gyms in United States including Throwback Fit, Gold’s Gym and Crossfit Foundation.

Feng shui exercise room tips

feng shui exercise room decorating tips

According to Donna Stellhorn’s book on Feng Shui Form, use following rules when designing your exercise rooms:

Keep it attractive

By choosing attractive schemes, you will feel more inclined to spend time in the exercise room. You can paint the walls in any color you love. Choose earth colors that are grounding instead of pink and lavender which can be physically empowering. Hang pictures of lakes, mountains or places you want to visit, on the walls.

Design the room efficiently

The home exercise room should encourage you to freely move about instead of bumping into equipment or walls. Place exercise pieces so that they are accessible but also not obstructive.


Qi/Chi and circulation of life energy is an important factor in Feng shui design for exercise rooms. SO make sure the room is well ventilated. If you can add plants, it is best but if you cannot, you can place pictures of plants on the walls.

Proper placement

Depending on how many equipment/benches you need, make sure you have adequate space. If you need a TV in the room, make sure you can see both, the TV as well as the door. It is nice to have a window in the room to keep eyes on distant objects and prevent eyes from tiring.

We hope these decorating tips for home gyms help you come up with your own ideas. Good luck!