The Big Kickback
Sep 8, 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 how color in a man's home reflects his personality. The 'Big Kickback' is a casual, down-to-earth style. It's for the kind of guy who feels at home in sneakers, cowboy boots, or maybe even a well-worn pair of flip-flops.

The Laid-Back Guy's Home

The no-drama guy keeps things uncomplicated by controlling clutter. His style is low-maintenance, but warm and welcoming, and he goes for colors and textures inspired by nature: leafy greens, tree-bark browns, and campfire reds and oranges. Warm colors like these match up well with an easygoing, friendly outlook.

The Laid-Back 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. Dark browns make a room feel grounded, but they need a kick of color to keep them interesting. A deep, rich red has sex appeal and brings out the warmth in a neutral shade. When you decorate a room in earth tones, it's usually a good idea to use one or two bright accent colors to shake things up - sort of like wearing red Converse sneakers with blue jeans.

Want More?

Check out GQ's Big Kickback 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: Molly Anderson, Liezel Strauss, Adrienne Breaux / Apartment Therapy

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