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Five Fabulous Home Decors - Red Home Gyms

Former certified fitness professional who remains an active exercise ambassador.

I am not a fan of red very often. Oh, yes, I have a red coat and several pieces of jewelry which offer red accents. But in my decor, I have sadly left red out. In feng shui, it is imperative to use the right colors in the right places and in the right quantities. According to "In Chinese feng shui, red stands for luck and happiness."

One room in my home where I can see the "need" for red is the fitness room. For you see, red to me, is a wonderful pair to the often cold lines of the metal on the exercise equipment.

Red can warm up a room and add richness but in a fitness room, I feel it evokes the spirit that I most need - energy.

And red can energize the basic black that seems to plague the many fitness fundamentals - from barbells to machines to resistance bands. I don't know about you but my fitness palate is almost exclusively black.

Searching for some home decorating ideas for your fitness room? Need to brighten up a drab garage or basement that houses your treadmill, your elliptical, your barbells. Is the metal of your equipment shouting drab? Check out these many great rooms and see how they incorporated red in their fitness room.

Jane Eyre

A book by Charlotte Bronte, a novel set during the reign of George III (1760–1820) published in three volumes on October 15, 1847. The plot is essentially a narrative about the life of the title character set in northern England during the Victorian era - a time of "transition away from the rationalism of the Georgian period and toward romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts". It is famous for the ideals of feminism. When published it was not well received and one critic contended it was anti-Christian. Today it is considered one of the literary cornerstones for secondary education.

Famous Red Room in Literature

Perhaps one of the most famous rooms in history is the "red-room" of Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre' red-room was a grand room from a romantic time in history complete with the quintessential four poster bed. Yet the room was not a good memory for Jane. For you see, red energizes a room. Yes, red is romantic but if red is used excessively it is like all good things - excess turns the good to a bad.

Five Feng Shui Elements

Red in small doses accents a room. Red in a fitness room, if combined with various elements can add just the right touch. Professional decorators earn their keep because they know the right balance will create a space that feels comfortable and inviting. In the world of feng shui, there are five elements that provide a healthy balance: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Red is the fire element. Combining this color in proper proportion will provide a decor for you and your family for many years to come.

The red-room was a square chamber, very seldom slept in....yet it was one of the largest and stateliest chambers in the mansion. A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask, stood out like a tabernacle

in the centre...

— Charlotte Bronte

Red - Feeling of Anger OR of Energy

Some experts suggest that red is too strong of a color to be used on a wall. Often it is recommended to be used as simply as accents. This may be true for all other rooms of the house with the exception of the fitness room.

Remember, red is more than richness and luxury, it is more than just about love, it is not just the fire element in feng shui, it is the color of energy and a fitness room demands energy. To some, red is stated to create too much energy and can provoke anger.

Ponder deeply how red affects your personal modes, canvass your family about their feelings associated with red before considering red in your home gym.

So while most rooms the consensus of the experts' recommendations is to use red in small doses and never consider red as an accent wall, the one exception might be in the exercise room.

Red is associated with fire, which supports life energy. The color of blood, it can increase heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. It also can promote activity and alleviate depression. It's clearly the color of passion and love.




House Beautiful's view of bright red is it fortifies you and provides courage and fearlessness.

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Bright Red: Fortifies You

It is a stimulant. It promotes courage and fearlessness. Use this color when you want to increase self-confidence. But too much red can make you feel overly excited or agitated. A little goes a long way. Try a bright red candy dish, picture frame, or accent pillows.

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Bright Red: Fortifies You

It is a stimulant. It promotes courage and fearlessness. Use this color when you want to increase self-confidence. But too much red can make you feel overly excited or agitated. A little goes a long way. Try a bright red candy dish, picture frame, or accent pillows.

— House Beautiful


Deep Red: Inspires Passion

Deep Red: Inspires Passion

It helps awaken the libido. Use it to move you through inhibitions and emotional blocks that prevent you from expressing yourself. It will remind you to live life fully and to love your body. Try a deep red ottoman, lampshade, or accent chair.

— House Beautiful

Deep Red and Into Burgundy

If bright red is not your passion, consider its close cousin - burgundy. Burgundy is often best described as a a reddish-purple color. In feng shui, red, pink and burgundy are all elements associated with fire.


What's Your Red Rubber Ball? Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work

Home Gym Ideas

Home Gym with Red Balance Ball

One of the best motivational speakers I have ever heard was Kevin Carroll, who was the Katalyst for Fortune 500 companies. His legendary book What's Your Red Rubber Ball is a book for every adult - both young and old. Kevin provides a new energy, a new perspective of what is really important in life. If you don't know who you are, if you find you need more refined goals, this book is a must.

Video with Red Balance Ball

In this video about home gyms, you will note that it begins with a fitness room complete with a red balance ball. See for yourself how the energy of the room is elevated with this one single element. To me, this proves conclusively, that color, even in small portions, does matter.

Color, even in small portions, does matter.

— Easy Exercise


Add a Splash of Red Color to Your Equipment

High end manufacturers know the value of red. As the photos to the right showcase, fitness equipment with red accents works beautifully against the cold high polished glistening steel and stoic mat black.

Is your fitness equipment in need of a rehab? Why not try taking it up a notch by re upholstering the worn out black vinyl with red vinyl?

Repeat Color Three Times

What I have found that works well for me is to repeat a bold accent color such as red three times in a room. Add a poster with inspirational red words, a red balance ball, fitness mat or my personal favorite the red punching bag! The choices are almost endless!

Red Home Gym Punching Bag

Red Gym Garage

Red Gym Garage

Still desirous of more red gym inspirations? Then you must check out this video of a red gym in a standard garage. It is amazing to me how a little bit of color goes a long way in dressing up a space - even a garage space!

Share Your Feelings

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2016 Kelly A Burnett


Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on March 29, 2016:

Hi Venkatchari M,

Thank you for stopping by - I greatly appreciate it. Red is not my favorite but I have new found respect for the use of the color - especially in the cold fitness rooms.

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on March 27, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Somehow it is very fitting for you to love splashes of color and not to be afraid of using them! Thank you so much for stopping by. I am not normally a lover of red but oh, my in the exercise room, it really does pop!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 26, 2016:

I especially like the red accent wall with blocks. I'm not afraid to use splashes of color!

Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016:

Thanks Modernavjestica, for stopping by. I was a squidoo writer before tho a novice hence the my handle then i stopped for a few years but decided to start writing again and see how i do on hubpages.

Kelly A Burnett (author) from United States on March 25, 2016:


Thank you so much for stopping by.I visited your page and wished to welcome you to HubPages - looking forward to learning more about you.

Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016:

Nice Hub!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 25, 2016:

I came to view home decoration ideas. But it was Gym ideas. Even then, I got fascinated by these ideas. Very beautiful tips. I am passionate of red. Our car is red. And some furniture red. And my keyboard has some red keys here and there, which I like.

playa from star on March 24, 2016:

This is good stuff

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