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Art Gallery or Gym?

Behold the genius of interior designer Frédéric Méchiche. In his Paris apartment, Méchiche put together the most beautiful workout space I've ever laid eyes on. If I had a room like this, I'd definitely make exercise part of my daily regime. And the incredible art and architecturally detailed Paris apartment don't hurt matters either.
 
Although Méchiche's space is clearly inspirational and perhaps not attainable for everyone, here are a few tips gleaned from this decorating master for anyone creating a work-out at home space.
 
1) Stick to a color scheme.
Méchiche's signature is classic black and white which makes the space a continuation of his home, not a room that's been set aside. Try painting or wallpaper your workout nook to integrate into the rest of your decor.
 
2) Mix the precious with the everyday stuff.
It's all about contrasts. Somehow, the barbell and bench press machine look even better situated next to the sculptures and paintings. I know, I know. Not everyone has modernist Japanese sculpture on hand, but try a simple drawing or even a beautiful mirror instead of the standard gym stuff. Just one beautiful thing will make a huge difference.
 
3) Treat workout gear as if it were furniture.
Notice the perfect positioning in Méchiche's room? That's no coincidence. Try a few different layouts, just like you would a sofa.
 
4) Invest in some high-end gear, like Méchiche's sculptural barbells.

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