Home gym wall decor ideas – 12 wall art looks to keep you motivated

These home gym wall decor ideas will beckon you to spend more time with your weights and yoga mat than ever before...

home gym wall decor with yellow walls and neon sign and gym equipment
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Home gym wall decor is a crucial part of home gym design. Your environment can have a huge impact on how you feel, and this is never more prevalent than in a home gym. As a room with one clear, essential purpose, you want to make sure your wall decor is doing all it can to ensure you feel motivated, upbeat and full of energy as soon as you step foot inside.

These home gym ideas will inspire you to create a space that works for you, no matter how big or small your home gym is. Even if it's just a small section of your living room or a transformed garage, home gym wall art can give your home gym the identity and style it deserves. So check out these quirky ideas for a home gym you'll be happy to to spend time in.

1. Go for an inspirational quote as home gym wall decor

home gym with inspirational quote on the wall

(Image credit: Etsy)

Sometimes you just can't beat an inspirational quote, and what better place for one than your home gym. This wall sticker from Etsy  is just what you need to read as you're entering your home gym. 

Any kind of workout is better than nothing, so this quote is sure to pull you up from the sofa. You can choose the size of your sticker, as well as the color of the text and the dumbbell, so you can personalize it to fit your home gym perfectly.

2. Choose a yoga-themed wallpaper 

yoga room with pink yoga wallpaper and a pink yoga mat

(Image credit: Hovia)

If yoga is more your thing, you want a yoga room that's calming and tranquil. This Sukhasana yoga poses and plants wallpaper mural from Hovia is the perfect wallpaper to keep you focused on the task at hand. 

The sweet little poses act as examples of the perfect positioning, so you can take inspiration and mirror these shapes. The soft pink background color is calming and comforting, the perfect shade to aid relaxation. Blond wood is a favorite home gym flooring idea too.

4. Go spa-style with wooden paneled walls 

home gym with a treadmill, weights and panelled walls

(Image credit: The Green Retreats Group)

If you want to feel relaxed and at ease when you're working out – textures can have a huge impact. Natural materials like wood can help to make you feel relaxed and contented, so you can approach you exercise with a positive frame of mind. This wood paneled feature wall idea in this home gym by Green Retreats uses wooden wall paneling, as well as solid wood floors to give the space a spa-like feel. 

'Just like within our homes, wood paneling on walls are really rising in popularity within home gyms to create a focal point. Why not take it to the next level by incorporating LED light strips between the wood to really make a unique feature that’ll add a feeling of energy to your home gym,' says Tammy Daubney, Sales and Design Manager at Green Retreats.

5. Love your exercise bike? Imagine you're cycling through mountains with this wall mural

gym wall mural with cyclists cycling through mountains

(Image credit: Hovia)

If you love nothing more than an at-home spin class, this Henri bicycle race wall mural from Hovia is the one for you. 

Position your exercise bike at the end of the path, and transport yourself out of your home and onto this mountainous race track. It's simply the perfect view, in our opinion.

6. Add some fun with quirky neon weights 

black home gym with a pink and blue neon wall picture of weights

(Image credit: Etsy)

Neon lights are big news. We've seen them everywhere throughout the past year, and we think they're the perfect addition to a home gym too. This LED neon sign from Etsy  is the perfect way to bring some fun, personality and of course, light, to your home gym. 

This neon weight and kettle bell sign can be personalized – you can choose the perfect size and color for your space.

'The age of white box gyms with dark rubber floors really are a thing of the past. Dark moody walls, such as a rich navy, with industrial metal accents works well to create a high energy environment for those hard-core weight and cardio lovers,' says Tammy Daubney, Sales and Design Manager at Green Retreats. 

7. Create a calming focal point with a lotus flower sticker

white yoga room with wall decal and green yoga mats

(Image credit: Etsy)

Wall stickers are a really easy and inexpensive way to to make a big impact in your home gym. This vinyl wall decal from Etsy has a large lotus at its center, and several yoga positions surround it for a truly zen vibe. This simple monochrome scheme allows the earthy green of the yoga mats to pop. 

'For those looking to create more of a wellness retreat keeping things light on the walls and incorporating natural elements like wood and foliage can create the ultimate zen den,' says Tammy Daubney, Sales and Design Manager at Green Retreats.

8. Go bold and bright with a yellow feature wall 

home gym with yellow and grey walls and a neon sign

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Color can have a huge impact on how we feel, so the color we choose for our home gym walls can work to motivate us (or indeed, demotivate us!). 

Bright yellow decor is an inherently stimulating color – think sunlight – which beckons us to get up and active, making it the perfect shade for a home gym. Used here on a feature wall, it's just enough to add a flash of energy and make the whole room brighten up.

9. Hang art prints that'll keep you in the zone 

garden room that's a home gym with gym equipment and gym prints on the wall

(Image credit: Greet Retreats)

If you're after a quick and easy fix for your home office, hanging up some art prints as a wall decor idea, like in this home gym by Green Retreats, is a great way to go. These print spelling out the words, 'Inhale' and 'exhale' are perfectly suited to this high intensity home gym, but would be equally suited to a yoga room too. You could choose prints in bold and funky colors to uplift the space, or even go for some motivational quotes. 

'Light should also be a key consideration as there’s nothing inspiring about working out in a dark box room. If you can opt for a space with an outside view, like a garden room, doors and windows can flood the space with natural light as well as give you a great view to gaze at while you work out! If not opt for LED light panels and strips that can cleverly mimic the look and feel of natural light,' says Tammy Daubney, Sales and Design Manager at Green Retreats.

10. Add intensity with red strip lighting 

A garage converted into a home gym with red strip ceiling lighting and lockers

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Add a whole new dimension to your home gym by adding brightly colored strip lighting at the top of your walls, as demonstrated perfectly here by @ourhomebythebeach

This casts a bold and bright glow from above, ramping up the energy levels in your space and making you feel like you can just do ten more...

11. Go two in one with a climbing wall

A living room with climbing wall made from wood and green/blue colored grips, hammock suspended from ceiling and rope climbing device

(Image credit: Photography By Suzanna Scott; Design by Regan Baker Design)

Don't want to waste an inch of your home office idea? Then use one of your walls to its max by transforming it into a climbing wall. 

Of course, many extra precautions will have to be taken (you really don't want any of the rocks to come loose) so this will be a much more expensive option, but if you're a climbing enthusiast and you've got good strong walls, it could be well worth looking into.

12. Go large with your mirrors to keep your form on point

A home gym with two black framed large mirrors and machinery

(Image credit: KTM Design)

Mirrors are a key feature in any home gym, as they allow you to watch your form when doing everything from lifting weights to mountain pose. 

'Full-length mirrors are always a great option to not only watch your own workout but to help create the illusion of a much larger space which is especially good for smaller home gyms,' says Tammy Daubney, Sales and Design Manager at Green Retreats.

What is a good color to paint a home gym?

When choosing what color to paint your home gym, you should firstly consider what kind of exercise you'll most commonly be doing in it. 

For high intensity workouts that'll require to have high energy, stimulating colors such as bright red, blue, orange and yellow are the way to go. 

These colors react with your brain to make you feel upbeat and motivated. If you will be using your home gym for yoga, where you want to feel relaxed and calm, opt for softer, paler colors, such as cream, pale grey, soft green and pale blue. 

Color found in nature, as well as natural textures such as wood, linen and cotton have been proven to make you feel calmer, optimizing your yoga session.  

How do I organize my workout room?

If you're including several machines in your home gym, ensure you leave plenty of room around each one for you to stretch out, and dismount easily. 

If you're feeling like you're cramped into a tight space, for example when using an exercise bike, this could impact your posture and could lead to problems further down the line. It's a good idea to position your gym equipment so that they're facing out the window. 

This will prevent you from feeling claustrophobic in your home gym, especially if it's on the smaller side. If you're planning a yoga room, it's a good idea to have as little in the space as possible. A empty room is am empty mind after all, so the least distractions and 'stuff' you have in there, the better.

How should I decorate my home gym?

'Before decorating your gym, make sure you think about what you intend on using the space for,' says Matt Flanagan, CEO of e-Bikes Direct.

'If you’re a fan of HIIT and cardio-based workouts, then creating a tranquil space fit for a Yogi might not provide the suitable level of motivation that you need. One of the benefits of having your own gym is that you are able to make it completely your own, so it’s important to inject your personality into the project. While most commercial gyms have a very similar look, you have the ability to decorate your gym however you feel looks best.'

Amelia Smith
Content Editor

After joining Real Homes as content producer in 2016, Amelia has taken on several different roles and is now content editor. She specializes in style and decorating features and loves nothing more than finding the most beautiful new furniture, fabrics and accessories and sharing them with our readers. As a newbie London renter, Amelia’s loving exploring the big city and mooching around vintage markets to kit out her new home.