Home Gyms and Coastal Grandmas

Home Gyms and Coastal Grandmas

We have installed flooring in home gyms for several clients recently. Maybe this is something you are considering. Here’s some good information if you have, or want, a home gym.

A gym is a convenient home feature and amenity to have for multiple reasons. Renovating a space to create a home gym can save you–-and your entire family–-money in the long run by eliminating monthly gym memberships. Not to mention, it removes any excuses for laziness and ensures you never skip a workout! Better still, a home gym can also increase your home’s resale value. 

But where and how do you incorporate a home gym into your home? From choosing a durable flooring type to adding some motivational decor, here are some ideas for your home gym setup. 

Choose a Proper Space

It may not seem like it, but there are many areas and spaces where you can create your home gym setup. Remodeled basements make great home gyms, offering lots of space and a quiet place to work out in the early mornings so as not to disturb family members. 

A finished attic can also work as a home gym setup; however, just be sure the floors are adequately braced for heavier equipment and weights. Air quality is essential, too, so make sure there’s no exposed insulation and have AC or a fan to keep the attic cool as you work out and break a sweat. Even extra space in your two-car garage can make an excellent space for a home gym. The point is, almost every homeowner can find somewhere to perform their daily workout rituals, even if there’s not much room for large equipment. 

Install Durable Flooring

Since your home gym setup includes heavy equipment and rigorous workouts, it’s essential to have durable flooring that can absorb shock and be easy to clean. Consider the type of exercise you typically do. If it’s a light-impact exercise like yoga, you don’t quite need the same flooring strength and resilience as more intense exercises like weight training or jumping rope.  

Rubber and higher end vinyl floors (glue down or WPC construction with a 20 mil or higher wear layer) are both good options for home gyms. LVP floors look quite attractive and resemble hardwoods, giving a sleek gym studio vibe. Laminate flooring is also a good choice for a home gym due to its incredible durability and impressive commercial wear ratings.

For the ultimate home gym setup, we highly recommends a commercial gym flooring option such as PuzzleTile Rubber Flooring by Centaur Floors. PuzzleTile offers a vulcanized rubber composite that’s perfect for both lightweight fitness like yoga or Pilates, but also offers shock absorption for more intense workouts. This versatile flooring is made of interlocking rubber tiles that can be installed on almost any type of existing flooring and doesn’t need adhesive to hold it down. Since it can be moved from room to room, it’s a very flexible option. Being high quality and commercial grade, they are suitable for any home gym. Made in the USA, Centaur PuzzleTiles come in a lot of colors so you can create your own inspiring designs.

Another excellent option is the Speckled S Flooring Collection, also by Centaur Floors. This commercial grade fitness flooring creates a virtually seamless look. Although it is easy to install and clean, this flooring needs adhesive so it is a more “permanent” floor. 

Add Some Color and Motivating Decor
Once you have your flooring installed, be sure to add some color and decor that inspires and motivates you. After all, one advantage of having your own home gym is that you can personalize it. 

Bring a little of the outdoors in with some scenic wallpaper along a feature wall. Also, don’t forget to set up speakers and mount a television to the wall so you can stream your own music and favorite tv shows. What better place than a home gym to showcase your medals and trophies or hang up memorabilia from your favorite sports teams. Wall decals make a fun addition, too! 

Add Fitness Equipment and Accessories
Last but not least, invest in the fitness equipment and the accessories you need. Whether you go all out and purchase a treadmill or bike, some free weights to build muscle mass or a yoga mat to strengthen your core, get what’s going to keep you motivated and have you returning to your home gym each day. If you have the space or height, you can also add unique things like a climbing wall, row machine or speed bag to change it up and have some fun.

However, don’t feel like you have to invest in any equipment right away. You can always perform simple bodyweight exercises to build muscle and increase your overall strength. Push-ups, squats and lunges are just as effective. 

Hope this helps you get your home gym project started. Just do it!

How Much Does It Cost?

The puzzle tiles are a relatively easy do-it-yourself installation. Each tile is 23" x 23" and is $21 per tile. We can also install it for you if you are not a DIYer.

Coastal Grandma?

Just when you think you have heard everything, did you know there was a design aesthetic called Coastal Grandmother? The term coastal grandmother was first used by Tik Tok influencer Lex Nicoleta and refers to a relaxed, elevated way of living–the kind of chic lifestyle exemplified by Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give and Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated.   

Think of light-filled rooms, fresh flowers, an abundance of books, comfortable slipcovered furniture, neutral hues, baskets, and natural elements –anything that represents a relaxed, elevated, lighter way of living and decorating. 

Here are some items often found in this carefree and relaxed look:

· Jute, wool or sisal rugs.

·        Soft cotton or linen slipcovers and bedding.

·        Ceramic or terracotta planters.

·        Fresh herbs on the windowsill, a vase of fresh flowers, orchids, or lush plants in terracotta pots.

·        Linen aprons, napkins, and dish towels

·        Display lovely items used for cooking: a salt & pepper cellar, a marble mortar and pestle, olive oils, wood utensils and rolling pins gathered in a crock

·        Copper pots and pans displayed on an iron pot hanger

·        Fruits and vegetables on display on the kitchen counter

·        Wood cutting boards and marble pastry boards

·        Flowing white or off-white curtains in cotton or linen

·        Baskets

·        Candles

·        Mementos from your travels

·        Lots of books, stacked and displayed on shelves, side tables, console tables, and coffee tables.

Some things to avoid overdoing include signs, ropes, anchors, sea creatures, and nautical motifs.
Wonderful World of Window Treatments

Coastal Grandmother Window Shades

A home near the beach evokes images of a tranquil, unfussy lifestyle, where shoes are optional and the daily sunsets never disappoint.

That comfortable vibe extends to a beach home’s interior design, with textures and colors inspired by the sea and sand. Coastal elements, like driftwood and shells, lightweight materials, and a palette of blue and white, often accented with pops of color, are hallmarks of a seaside look.

Window treatments play a starring role in a beach home, too. They’re key to anchoring a room—but they also need to pre
serve the view, protect furnishings from sun and stand up to heat and humidity.

Faux Wood Shutters

The closer your home is to the water, the more important it is to have window treatments that can stand up to humidity and moisture. Faux wood shutters are a good choice; when you opt for faux, you don’t have the concerns you get with real wood in terms of warping. Plus, shutters have a beachy feel—and you can throw them ope
n to welcome in the refreshing sea breeze.

Woven Wood Shades

The natural fibers of woven wood shades infuse texture into a home and create visual interest in rooms that are primarily white—all while beautifully filtering sunlight.

Provenance® Woven Wood Shades—crafted by hand from natural woods, bamboo, exotic reeds and grasses—are a lovely complement to any beach-themed home. Of superb quality, the weaving techniques used to create these shades minimize stretching, bowing or breaking.

Solar Shades

As their name implies, solar shades are designed to beat heat and glare, making them ideal for rooms that get a lot of sun. They also provide UV protection, all while maintaining your view to the outside.

Solar shades are available in a variety of openness factors—that is, how much light and UV rays can filter through the shade material, depending on the tightness of the weave. The tightest weave provides the most privacy (though fabric color also affects view-through).

Designer Screen Shades were designed to provide the ultimate in light control and UV protection, blocking the sun’s damaging rays. Available in five varying levels of opacity, they work beautifully in all spaces, but are particularly effective in sunrooms.


One type of beach house window treatment you may not have considered? Drapery. With so many options in color, pattern and material, it’s easy to find drapery that complements a coastal home.

Pair a coastal striped drapery with a Roman shade in a warm neutral to elicit the sandy tones of the beach, or opt for a tropical blue to bring the ocean hues indoors.