Home Gym

Selecting Artwork & Wall Decor For A Home Gym

After making my long punch list of things that still need to be done in the home gym, and reminding myself that I only had six days left to get those things done if I want to meet my goal, I went to visit a friend in the hospital and got virtually nothing done. 😀 I knew when I decided to go that I wasn’t going to get any work done. She’s the type of friend with whom I could sit and talk for hours and hours, and that’s pretty much what I did. So now I’m down to five days, but I do plan to hit the ground running right after lunch today.

I did manage to make all of my selections for the art and wall decor that I’m going to use in the home gym. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time making artwork for the room (except maybe a few frames), so I headed to Etsy to see what I could find there.

I wanted to find artwork/decor for three different areas. First, I wanted something for both of the walls of the entrance to the room. And then I wanted something to go in the closet above the TV. I decided that I didn’t want anything on the main part of the room because the colorful stripes are artwork enough for me, and I don’t really want to cover them up. So let me show you what I bought.

First up. I wanted something for the wall to the right as you enter the room.

Colorful home gym walls - vertical stripes in rainbow colors

That is the longest stretch of uninterrupted stripes in the room, and while I love it, I think it could use some artwork to add some variation. So I went looking for gym-themed artwork that didn’t include inspiration messages, wording, etc. I wanted actual pictures (photos, illustrations) of something gym-themed.

Y’all know I’m a big fan of downloadable/printable art. I love the instant gratification of it, as well as the flexibility of it since the downloads generally come with different print size options, and some even come with different color options, just depending on the exact artwork chosen. So I was specifically looking for gym-themed downloadable/printable art.

That’s a pretty narrow niche! 😀 There’s not a whole lot of variety available out there that I liked, but I did come across this series of patent drawings of various types of dumb bells and other exercise equipment.

artwork for home gym - patent drawings for dumb bells and other workout equipment, from Etsy

There are 11 different drawings in the series, and you can find them here.

Next up, I wanted something for the opposite wall, but on this wall, I didn’t want to cover up too much of the stripes.

colorful vertical stripes on home gym walls with black FLOR carpet tiles

So that ruled out framed artwork. Instead, I opted for this “You Got This!” cutout. It’s made of 1/4-inch plywood, and I selected the matte black finish.

You Got This! script cutout made from 1/4-inch plywood

Like I’ve said before, I generally don’t like word art (unless it’s colorful and covered with awesome cut glass glitter), but a home gym (or any kind of gym) just lends itself to word art, motivational quotes, etc. And I really love the font they used for that cutout. I think it’ll look great in matte black against the colorful stripes, while not covering up too much of the wall design.

And I saved the best for last. I wanted something to go in the closet area above the TV. You’ll have to use your imagination, but just envision a large TV on the wall above the dresser, and two full-length mirrors flanking the dresser.

Closet area in home gym with bright color walls and black carpet squares, black dresser for storage

So here’s what I got to go above the TV…

Sweat The Crazy Out yellow neon sign, to be used in our home gym

I mean, come on! Is it really even a gym if you don’t have a neon sign somewhere? 😀 I had been looking at several different Etsy stores that sold neon signs, with various types of motivational sayings. But when I saw this one (you can find it here), I knew it was perfect! It made me laugh out loud for a solid minute.

It’s perfect for our gym because Matt is always (in a loving, joking, lighthearted manner) telling me I’m crazy. I’ll say something like, “This such-and-such and about to drive me crazy!” and he’ll respond with, “It’s too late. You’ve been there for a long time.” 😀 He loves to tease me like that, so when I saw this sign, I knew it would be perfect. Of course, when he sees it, his response will probably be something like, “You’ve got way too much crazy in there to think you can sweat it out.” 😀 But it’ll add to the running joke and make us laugh. I couldn’t resist.

Update: I just told Matt about the neon sign that I bought. His response was, “Oh, well then you’re going to be working out a lot then!” 😀 I knew he wouldn’t disappoint!

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    February 24, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Love it! My husband and I have a lot of banter as well!

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    Sharon W.
    February 24, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Getting the crazy out is the only reason I work out. Unfortunately I have to do it almost daily.

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    February 24, 2023 at 11:20 am

    It’s all coming together so nicely! I really like the artwork you chose, and the neon “sweat the crazy out” sign is fabulous! I love it!

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    February 24, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Something to make you laugh is key! I was looking for a new backpack, and found one that I liked, but wasn’t 100% sure. Then I noticed that there was a small zip pouch inside that said “Running late is my cardio” and I laughed out loud. I am late for everything, so I took that as a sign I was supposed to buy the backpack. Every time I see the small zip pouch I smile.

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    February 24, 2023 at 11:29 am

    I’m genuinely curious. Can you print something like the illustrations on a home computer or do you have them printed at your local shop? They seem like they would require a lot of black ink to achieve desired opaqueness.

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      Kristi Linauer
      February 24, 2023 at 11:41 am

      I have printed downloadable/printable art myself in the past, but I generally like to have them printed. I’ve used FedEx Office, Walgreen’s, CVS, and Walmart.

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    Lauranette Lewellen
    February 24, 2023 at 11:33 am


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    Sheila F.
    February 24, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Firstly, let me say that visiting a friend in need is ALWAYS THE CORRECT ANSWER. And secondly, I love the artwork. My husband is an engineer so I have schematics on a dark blue background for his walls. The gym is coming along wonderfully! So excited for both of you. As for Matt’s teasing, my husband is the same way. I love such a close and friendly relationship. I tell my husband all the time,”I love you as much as ever, but I like you even more,”
    Sheila F.

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    Kate S
    February 24, 2023 at 11:49 am

    So sweet. And no surprise you prioritized a visit with your friend in the hospital. None at all.

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    Chelle Ellis
    February 24, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Love the art you’ve selected, ESPECIALLY the neon sign. 😂

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    February 24, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the black patent prints!!! Perfect touch of black for your gym.

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    February 24, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    All terrific choices! Brava!👍👍

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    February 24, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Don’t sweat out TOO much crazy. That’s what makes people interesting! 😄But hey… laughing is a great abdominal work out!

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    February 24, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    I love it all….especially the neon sign!! That’s a hoot!! Can’t wait to see it finished.

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    February 24, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    Oh, that’s perfect!

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    February 24, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    I love that you chose to visit your friend. Goals are great but relationships are even better <3 Whether you finish it on the day or a day or two later, what you’ve done is a huge accomplishment!

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    Alta Craig
    February 25, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Gosh, I would never have thought to use those particular pieces of art, but they ARE perfect! Love Matt’s sense of humor!