How to Create a Homey Home Gym

Start working out in style by decking out your home gym in ways that are both pretty and practical. Get tips from HGTV Dream Home 2017.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Find the Perfect Spot

The home gym of the HGTV Dream Home 2017 is a pass-through space situated between the living room and the terrace level bedroom suite. To give it identity as a full-fledged home gym, the design team tricked it out with texture, color, metallics and reflective touches.


Choosing a palette for a workout space is dependent on the type of activities performed in it. If you're looking for more of a zen spot to relax and do yoga, light and airy colors are the way to go. If you're more into a gritty, cardio-packed type of workout, bright and dark colors work well. Here, a more moody approach was used with shades of dark browns and earthy brown-grays that pair well with the high-end gym equipment.

Underfoot Fitness

Active spaces like home gyms call for durable flooring that's resilient and also somewhat comfortable as seating. Cork flooring was chosen for this home gym due to its sound absorbent qualities and also to offer a more cushy surface for warming up directly on the floor.

See Yourself

Mirrors are a staple design element for home gyms and workout spaces as they help users perfect form and also check personal progress. Instead of a traditional mirror, take a more decorative approach with antique mirrors that offer more of an aged, architectural look.

Wide Open Spaces

Something to think about when space planning for a home gym is the importance of wide open space for ample room to exercise. This can happen in a corner or even directly in the center, as long as you give yourself an eight-foot diameter for things like jumping rope, jumping jacks or burpees. With eight feet of space all the way around you, it's less likely you will bump into your equipment or any furnishings.

Privacy Please

Whether you're simply using your home gym to warm up or for full workouts, it's important to add privacy options. Keep yourself focused with floor-to-ceiling drapery which will also eliminate prying eyes from seeing inside. Conversely, on sunny days, it's nice to have the option to open the drapery to see and feel the sunshine.

Close It Off

If your home gym happens to be in a pass-through area like a hallway, it may be wise to consider addingsliding barn doors to close the space off. Not only will this truly turn the spot into an actual room, but it willalso help keep you focused and concentrated rather than being distracted by things happening inadjacent rooms.

Walls, Uninterrupted

Keep the overall look of your home gym walls seamless by adding wall covering or paint to your switches and outlet covers.

Concealed Storage

If space allows, it's ideal to integrate a closet into your home gym to keep smaller workout gear within arm's reach but also concealed. This will allow for the larger equipment to remain the star of the space without any clutter.

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