David Bromstad Lights Things Up
By BOBBY KILLGORE
Age: 36. Provenance: Cokato, Minnesota.
He knows hues:
“I don’t mind being known as ‘the color guy’—it’s fun,” confesses Bromstad, the host of HGTV’s Color Splash, which shot its latest—and fourth—season in Miami. “I really do have colors of the moment: This year they’re magenta and purple, but acid yellow has stuck with me for more than just a few years.”
A colorful past:
The Ringling College of Art and Design graduate worked as an artist for Disney before moving to Miami to design children’s rooms. Four years ago, he landed a spot on the debut season of HGTV’s Design Star, which he won and parlayed into his own show.
Surrounded by style:
“I’m inspired by what’s around me, which is why I wanted the show to tape in Miami,” says Bromstad, who has plans to launch his own line of furniture and home accessories. “From its architecture, people and culture to how international and young it is, this city is so much fun.”
The reality of reality TV:
“Sure, it gets a little invasive at times, but the more invasive, the more people watch. And the more people watch, the longer I’ll have a job.”
JUST THE FACTS
Your aesthetic: Eclectically fantastic
Dream client: Lady Gaga—she’s out of control, beyond crazy
Biggest design mistake to avoid: Oversize furniture in a small room
Favorite South Beach hangout: The Palace, especially on Sundays
I never leave home without: My iPhone
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