If you have a spare bedroom, you can create a fun fitness space in a lot less time than it takes to get abs of steel. No fluorescent lights or gray walls here! A patterned paper on one wall makes a pretty focal point. Here's our take: a Cole & Son paisley paper from Lee Jofa (www.leejofa.com). Use a complementary paint color on the other walls and a second shade on the ceiling. Our walls are Compatible Cream from Sherwin-Williams; the ceiling is Soft Pumpkin from Benjamin Moore.
Tall mirrors are important--how else can you perfect your downward dog? Frame inexpensive back-of-door mirrors with molding and paint them with a pearl metallic paint.
Words of Encouragement
Need more motivation? Put it right on your walls with rub-on decals, available in several fonts and colors. Find some at Uppercase Living (www.uppercase living.com).
Don't forget that you'll need something sparkly to look at while doing those crunches. This capiz shell chandelier by Shades of Light (www.shadesof light.com) provides a glitzy touch to a hardworking space.
Better for the Environment
Take a break in a chair from Ultimate Nourishment (www.ultimate-weight-products.com). The Natural Seagrass Meditation Chair is all natural and scaled to fit in a tight space. Jute, cork, and natural rubber and leather mats get points for eco-friendly flair. You can also find organic cotton towels with low-impact dyes at Gaiam (www.gaiam.com).
Create zones for different exercises. Keep the center of the floor open for yoga and aerobics, and arrange machines against walls. Use large clear acrylic cylinders to store your gear; we found these at Pier 1 (www.pier1.com).
Page 90: Natural Seagrass Meditation Chair with 100% Organic Unbleached Cushions from Ultimate Nourishment, 1-888-858-6687 or www.ultimate-weight-products.com; Capiz Shell Chandelier from Shades of Light, www.shadesoflight.com; wallpaper is Paisley Flowers in Yellow and Turquoise by Cole & Son, distributed by Lee Jofa, www.leejofa.com; wall letter appliques from Uppercase Living, contact Mandy Holton, 364-4649 or www.uppercaseliving.com; ceiling paint is Soft Pumpkin (Flat); crown molding and mirror frame paint is Pearl Metallic, all from Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; wall paint is Compatible Cream (Satin) from Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; Natural Jute Yoga Mat, Orange Natural Rubber Yoga Mat, Brown Natural Leather Yoga Mat, Cork Yoga Blocks, Canvas Yoga Straps, 100% Organic Cotton Towels in Aqua, Persimmon, and Unbleached White, Yoga DVDs and Books from Gaiam, www.gaiam.com; Reebok Pilates Kit w/Yoga Ball, Definity Triangle Weight Set, CAP Barbells 2 and 4 lbs., Arete workout wear (model's outfit) from Academy Sports, www.academysports.com; Cambria curtain rod and tiebacks, Colonial Candle tea lights (Indian Summer scent), and CHF & You drapery panels (empire silk in eggshell) all from Bed Bath & Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com; table lamp and shade, Fleur votive holders in gold, white lacquer Buddha, and bolster accent pillow all from Z Gallerie, www.zgallerie.com; clear acrylic cylinder and twig magazine basket from Pier 1 Imports, www.pier1.com; full-length dressing mirrors, 2¼-inch-thick casing for mirror frames, and 4½-inch-thick crown molding all from Lowe's, www.lowes.com; Avanti Beverage Cooler and Magnavox 15-inch HDTV from Target, www.target.com; iPod by Apple,www.apple.com; iPod dock by JBL, www.jbl.com.
"What a Workout Space!" is from the January 2008 issue of Southern Living.