HGTV's David Bromstad: Making a 'Color Splash' by Breaking Some Rules, Keeping It Simple

He skyrocketed to fame on HGTV, thanks to his win on the first season of the network's "Design Star" series. Since then David Bromstad has become a household name thanks to his work on HGTV's "Color Splash" and national appearances on morning shows.

Bromstad encourages everyone to paint, regardless of the rules. For instance, he explains that what landlords really want are white walls at the time a tenant moves out. "I rented for most of my life and I always painted," he says, "and a majority of the times I was not asked to change the color."

For those not brave enough to take this step, color can be brought in through artwork, glass, pillows and rugs. Pillows, especially, are great because they can be swapped out by season.The designer has more unique suggestions on how to add major color to a room. "Grab some canvases, paint them in a favorite color scheme and hang them over a couch," says Bromstad.

"And furniture can also bring in color," he says. "Take an old piece of furniture, prime it and paint it. I did it with my round dining-room table. It's black and I painted a white stripe on it and it's so much fun, now I plan to keep it."

But Bromstad's advice is not limited to living areas; he's also got some thoughts on the bathroom and patio areas. Amazingly, he's all about making simple, inexpensive changes wherever possible.

In the bathroom, change is as easy as a new shower curtain, rug and other accessories. Most importantly the designer thinks you should "have a color story in mind before shopping. If you want a certain combination, make sure to incorporate as much color as possible into that space."

For the patio, the designer suggests buying inexpensive pieces of furniture, which are widely available at discount stores. He also suggests adding color through sculpture, and through plants and other greenery -- it's these small design flourishes that can completely transform the outdoor space.

Bromstad's road to design fame is an interesting one. A graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, his Illustration Design degree led to a stint in Orlando, where for nine years he worked as artist and outside contractor for Disney and Universal Studios, creating props, furniture or whatever they needed. He loved it.

Then came "DesignStar," where he says "I learned interior design on national television." He obviously had the chops because that led to "ColorSplash," where he's been going strong for five years now.

The last season took him to San Francisco and this season it's bringing him back to his hometown of Miami. After being back home in sunny, subtropical Florida, he sees some stark differences between the two cities.

Of California's City by the Bay, he says, "It's a much more settled city than Miami and it's reflected in the people that live there. Their spaces are a much tighter fit, so they want comfortable and cozy -- because they live in small spaces and they are fine with that." He describes their taste as contemporary but with traditional overtones. Also, the architecture in San Francisco doesn't change much.

In Miami, residents are surrounded by an ever-changing landscape, and constantly introduced to new buildings and architecture. Plus, they've got more space to work with because the homes are larger.

He describes Miami as "contemporary modern with an eclectic edge" and says: "People here are surrounded by incredible spaces, and design made by innovative architects and designers. It's all about the "wow" factor: They want to impress their friends and neighbors with their houses."


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