Book Smart
Jul 28, 2010
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As part of our ongoing Inside Man guide to guy style, Valspar Paint, Apartment Therapy, and the GQ Design Group are working together to report on how color can impact a guy's daily life. Guys who work from home have the added task of keeping a crisp, professional look going at all times. This 'Book Smart' style works well for a guy who's always well-dressed, whether he's hanging out at home or meeting with clients.

The Book Smart Guy's Home

The book smart guy is savvy; he stays one step ahead of the game by keeping his home and his wardrobe in top form. You won't catch him working on the laptop at 11 am in his pajamas. He wears a clean shirt to the 'office' and keeps a neat, organized workspace with carefully curated artwork that reflects his personal style.

The Book Smart Guy's Palette

As a leading color authority, Valspar Paint's commitment to style leads them to develop the kind of colors that convey a sophisticated masculine point of view. This color scheme is built around sharp, unexpected colors like deep purples and burgundies. Paired with lux furnishings like a leather Chesterfield sofa and built-in bookshelves, this look has the unmistakable stamp of high style. One 'hero' wall in a rich color has the power to make a room feel grounded, and it elevates all the other items in the room.

Want More?

Check out GQ's Book Smart style guide at, and read more posts on guy style at

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 decor dilemmas men often bring to us.

Photos: Elizabeth Setterfield, Brando Cimarosti, Phillip Maisel, Nathan Kraxberger / Apartment Therapy

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