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 can inspire you to work out.
Factors to think about
Before determining what color to paint a house gym, review some important factors in regards to the room first. Take the dimensions of the room into consideration. A rather small space feels even smaller when painted a dark color. Also, review the lighting within the room. If a room doesn’t receive much natural light, a dark colored paint creates a dungeon-like environment. Also, determine how the paint color will coordinate with the flooring.
If your exercise room consists mostly of weight lifting equipment, consider painting the room blue. Tranquil shades of blue produce calming chemicals within 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 principle 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 complete. 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, think about using them as accent colors.
If your private 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 great accent choice in a yoga room.