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Which design trends from New York to Milan are hitting the fitness scene?

Interior design matters to millions of fitness consumers. From millennials to baby boomers and beyond, the look and feel of a training space is an integral part of the overall experience. That’s perhaps especially true at the boutique and luxury end of the market, where premium prices must be matched by premium experiences.

But the fitness industry isn’t typically the place setting the trends in interior design. Even the most design-savvy operators are usually picking up on trends established elsewhere. That’s why it’s always interesting to take a look at what the design industry movers and shakers are saying about what’s hot, and what’s on the way out.

CHALLENGING THE TRADITIONAL VIEW OF WHAT GYMS SHOULD LOOK LIKE

report on interior design trends that caught our eye recently reviewed some of the big design trends from the spring and summer of 2017. The theme throughout is one of colour palettes that are ‘simple, beautiful and functional’. There’s a shift away from a neutral wash (magnolia and white walls, for example) that has dominated many spaces in recent years.

The look now is earthy and natural, often complemented by raw metals like bronze and deliberately rusty steel. There’s also a shift towards richer shades of colour, with deep reds, blues and browns finding their way into everywhere from hotels to office spaces.

Deep browns and greens were the choice of a new upscale dining concept at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Richly-coloured woods and fabrics dominate the design, with emerald green chairs integral to the design. Taking a similar approach in Australia is the InterContinental Perth City Centre, a luxury hotel that opened on 15 October. Here, there’s an earthy feel to the design with natural shades running throughout its rooms and lounge areas.

Interior design matters to millions of fitness consumers. From millennials to baby boomers and beyond, the look and feel of a training space is an integral part of the overall experience. That’s perhaps especially true at the boutique and luxury end of the market, where premium prices must be matched by premium experiences.

But the fitness industry isn’t typically the place setting the trends in interior design. Even the most design-savvy operators are usually picking up on trends established elsewhere. That’s why it’s always interesting to take a look at what the design industry movers and shakers are saying about what’s hot, and what’s on the way out.

A COLOUR PALETTE FOR FITNESS?

There will always be a place for fitness spaces with bright, bold colours. But there’s no doubt that the more subtle colour palette making its mark on interior design is working very well for fitness too. Boutique clubs and fitness facilities in luxury hotels in particular are changing how we think about gym design.

Take a look at New York club The Class by Taryn Toomey, with its marble slabs and soft pink-and-grey colour palette. This Tribeca studio feels more like a boutique hotel than a studio. From its lobby area all the way through its studio spaces, the colour scheme creates the feeling of tranquillity that’s perfect for a facility dedicated to ‘cathartic mind-body experiences’.

It’s also commonplace to see earthy colour tones in home gyms created for private individuals. Check out Boat International’s round-up of superyacht gyms, where these colours dominate. On Cloudbreak, a 70 metre yacht with interior design by Christian Liaigre, the gym is dominated by richly-coloured wood, with chrome pillars providing an accent colour.

DELIVERING DESIGNS FOR CHANGING TASTES

Here at Escape, our specialist gym designers are working with a number of customers on designs picking up on this style. A good example is a concept for a luxury hotel gym in a compact space (see below) that puts browns, greys and blacks to good use in a coordinated colour scheme with an air of luxury and calmness. The design works really well, with the bright colours of the Escape equipment adding a note of vitality to the feel of the space.

Another concept the team is working on with a customer is for a larger gym space within the hotel’s fitness centre. Cool greys and copper shades complement the choice of wooden flooring. An Escape Octagon functional training frame is the area’s focal point. It’s shown here in white, but using Escape’s visualisation tools, our team can show the customer what the frame would look like in a variety of standard or custom colours.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GYM DESIGN INSPIRATION?

The Escape design team can help you to keep ahead with the latest design trends. The team spends a lot of time studying what’s happening in the design world and working on ways to translate it into fitness spaces. Let them bring to life a vision for your facility, with stunning and detailed 3D visualisations integrating colours, layouts and equipment into stylish and functional concepts. Contact us for more information: [email protected]

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