Kitchen Casual
Jul 14, 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 looking at current trends and checking out how men use color in their homes. Casual, easy-going style is an effective antidote to the drama of day-to-day life; everyone needs a place in their home where they can chill out and sit down with a cup of coffee after a long night out.

The Casual Guy's Kitchen

Creating a relaxed space doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. It's hard to unwind in a cluttered kitchen, so keep surfaces clean and clear. Go for quality over quantity, and use colors that make your home feel warm and welcoming. Painting just one accent wall or backsplash, for example, can completely transform a kitchen, making all the colors in the room appear more vibrant.

The Casual Kitchen 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. A clean and simple kitchen is the kind of place where a guy can scramble eggs or show off his knife skills. Cool colors like pale greens and ocean blues create a relaxed vibe, while upbeat, sunny yellows round out the look.

Want More?

Check out GQ's Kitchen Casual 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: Janel Laban, Greg Henry, Kayla Hicks, Emily Johnston Anderson / Apartment Therapy

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