We just finished the first of our five Inside Man makeovers with Valspar Paint. In little more than five weeks, my amazing team has helped me put together a really beautiful room for David that's chic but manly. Check out all the before and afters below the jump (including links to a full slideshow) and get inspired!
DAVID'S BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE PALETTE David's palette is inspired by a man's gray flannel suit, and is the darkest choice of the five rooms. Gray is a very stylish and overlooked color choice for men (as well as women), and I love the way it makes his traditional room really pop to attention.
David sent me an email with his thoughts about the new room. He says, "When I first thought of a gray room, I thought it would be very dark; after having pure white walls for so long I thought it would be a huge shock. But the gray works, and even prior to the room being fitted with shelves and other niceties, the paint made the room feel more enjoyable and less like a transient's way point."
"I really like the Larson chair. It's comfortable but also isn't imposing in the room. And I like the planters (which the stylist painted with London Coach 4002-1B and Modest Silver 4002-1A). They subtly match the walls and don't draw attention to themselves."
"I'll use the room more for entertaining then I had before, especially now that people feel more comfortable in the space and my bike isn't the main focal point. The whole process was fun; I really like the room and how it's still pretty minimal but is much more welcoming."
The dresser above is from New York thrift store Housing Works, but we painted it with Modest Silver for a little more style. There are a number of surprising places that we added a coat of paint to personalize the room a bit more. See if you can find them.
A special thank-you to our painter, Mark Chamberlain, for his excellent work. And a HUGE thank you to our incredible stylist, Joe Maer, and our photographer, Jim Franco, who really helped us bring the final layers of style and detail to David's room.
ABOUT THE INSIDE MAN We've teamed up with Valspar Paint to create The Inside Man, a special feature dedicated to daily (Monday — Friday) posts from Apartment Therapy and GQ about men's color conundrums and style questions. From sofas with cup holders to brilliant bachelor pads, we’re focusing on the décor dilemmas men often bring to us.