Nights In
Aug 18, 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 posting about sophisticated color for men. These rooms are soft, sexy, and use the right lighting to bring out the best in the wall colors. It's a layered look that balances color and texture with a sharp sense of style.

The Nights In Guy's Home

Wall colors set the stage for a room's style, but a look isn't complete without a few furnishings and textures that bring out the best in your walls. Warm up a room with rugs, lux upholstery, and pillows that make you want to kick back on the couch. Turn up your style an extra notch by using dimmable light sources in a few places around the room; it creates a more flattering light and ups the cozy factor.

The Nights In 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. Blue-gray and beige are classic guy colors; just think of seersucker and canvas. The addition of a pale violet shakes things up, adding softness and a bit of an edge at the same time. If you want to make a dark color stand out, use a contrasting light wall. Vice-versa if you're trying to enliven a room with light-colored walls.

Want More?

Check out GQ's Nights In 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: Evan Thomas, Sarah Rainwater, Wes and Kayla Schwartz / Apartment Therapy

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