The new paint scheme at the Commonwealth gym is a burst of citrus orange, lemon yellow, apple green, with a Caribbean blue/green accent for trim.

Saanich in Style: New paint scheme at Commonwealth gym helps energize workouts

By Sheri Peterson

Many of us start our new year with resolutions to eat better and exercise more, and it’s always a struggle to switch gears after the holidays. All the eating, drinking, lounging and general coziness makes it hard to get on the clean and healthy living bandwagon. I know the greyness of January is often not motivating and I’m not an early morning exerciser. The after-work darkness isn’t super appealing to go out running or walking, so it’s off to find a good class or gym.

I went to the gym at Commonwealth Place for the first time in a long time and was so pleasantly welcomed by the new paint scheme in the weight room. Wow, it’s bright, cheerful, fresh, happy and motivating. Most people wouldn’t notice the colours on their gym walls, but for those of us who do, invigorating and energizing colours are important.

The new paint scheme at the Commonwealth gym is a burst of citrus orange, lemon yellow, apple green, with a Caribbean blue/green accent for trim. With the pool on the other side of the windows, you feel like you’re in the tropics. Kudos to the person who chose the colours – you nailed it. Happy new year.

Sheri Peterson is a Saanich-based interior designer with over 20 years of experience working with residential, commercial and hospitality clients. Find out more at

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