How to Decorate Your Home Gym
Instead of a drab corner space, brighten up your home gym with tips and decorating gear that'll make you want to tone at your own addy.
By Monica Khemsurov
How to Decorate Your Home Gym
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Do It With Mirrors
They transform a dark, claustrophobic space into an airy studio by reflecting light and expanding the view. Actress Brook D'Orsay splurged and hung two 5-foot-by-8-foot panels for about $450 apiece so she wouldn't feel as if she were pumping iron in a mechanic's shop. If covering a wall is too pricey, look to IKEA, which sells full-length versions for less than $100. Position a mirror near your weights so you can check your form.
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Wake Up That Wall
Paint a surface, or just a strip, an inspiring color that invites you to work out. Then hang decorative hooks to hold bands and jump ropes. Yes, you could hide gear in a closet or under the bed, but when something is on display, it reminds you to use it, says Martha Angus, an interior designer in San Francisco.
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Lay Down a Fit-Friendly Floor
Your workout surface should be kind to joints (shock-absorbent), keep you and your gear stable and look good, advises Chris Fisher, who owns Out-Fit, a start-to-finish design company for gyms. Cover your workout area in easy-to-connect tiles in any color you dang well please. You can also do as D'Orsay did and treat the floor with epoxy, a waterproof coating that adds traction and is a cinch to clean. She did the whole garage for less than $100!
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Light Your Way
Standing floor lamps with a built-in dimmer or track lighting that you've wired with a dimmer switch (so easy, no electrician needed!) puts you in charge of mood control: Go bright for high-energy kick-boxing, low for relaxing yoga.
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Stock a small roller cart with chilled water bottles, towels and scented wipes for a postworkout refresher. You get the benefits of a locker room without the naked people!
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Pipe in tunes from your iPod with this teeny but powerful speaker/radio (iPal, $220; TivoliAudio.com). The rechargeable battery runs for up to 16 hours.
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Step on It
Waterproof, vinyl tiles ($6 each; MyGymFloor.com) come in a range of colors and patterns. Click 'em together to fill any space. Each square-foot tile has hundreds of support "legs" for serious impact absorption.
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Stash tone-up tools in this cheap and cheery bin. Wipeable resin straps cover a sturdy steel frame, so stuff stays tucked in safely. $17; LandOfNod.com
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Paint a wall blue to push yourself to bust through plateaus. "We associate blue with the limitlessness of the sky," says Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute in Carlstadt, New Jersey.
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Green taps into the restorative power of nature, making you feel recharged. Pick a semigloss or eggshell finish so you can clean off sweaty handprints. $37 and up per gallon, BenjaminMoore.com