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Designer Tips of the Trade: David Bromstad

David Bromstad

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About David Bromstad

David Bromstad, Artist, Designer and Television Personality, is the original winner of HGTV's Design Star, which led to his gig as host on his first hit series for HGTV, Color Splash. He is the host and mentor of HGTV's Design Star, Color Splash, Beach Flip, My Lottery Dream Home, and HGTV Star. David has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Ricki Lake, Nate Berkus, TODAY Show, Good Morning America and The Wendy Williams shows. David's design advice has also been featured in CNN, DWELL Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Marie Claire, Huffington Post and USA Today, to name a few.

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A Few Of David's Top Tips For Interior Design:

Adding Unexpected Elements

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People ask me how I define my personal style. Many of my fans always think my design style is "super mod" or contemporary, but I would never define myself in that way. I always define my personal style as eclectic with a touch of whimsy.

You can always add some fun touches in unexpected ways. I love walking into a traditional home only to glance upon the walls to find a fabulous outrageous piece of art or sculpture that in most cases wouldn't necessarily "match" the style of the room. It's that unexpected moment that will create conversation in your home. I love a surprise in design and I love to bring a bit of fun and excitement when I create a space.

Adding unexpected elements to your homes can be very easy. It can be from the very simple to the very dramatic. Unexpected can be with color, materials, fabric and most definitely the furniture. If your style tends to be more simple and safe, add a pop of unexpected color in your accents and accessories. If you have a very neutral room, these colorful accents/accessories really make a statement.

How about something a bit more fashionable? Instead of painting that accent wall with paint, choose a unique wall covering made of textured fabric or natural materials such as wood, glass or stone. There are so many options with wall coverings (formerly known as wall paper), you will be amazed!

Design Tips For Small Spaces

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I know many of us don't live in large houses or apartments, but if you do, that's awesome-sauce. You can fill it all up with some Bromstad furniture and art! LOL. However, many of us, including myself, live in a small spaces and sometimes, those small spaces can be easily cluttered. I have been asked over and over for the best tips and tricks to decorate and maximize your space. Here are a few of my favorites:

Don't buy furniture/accessories without a plan, instead, measure the area of your entire room including the height and either draw the space on simple graph paper or on computer using a simple design program. Whatever you please. When purchasing furniture, measure each piece and add this to your space plan. Literally use the graph paper as your guide. Each block is a foot. This will make sure proper room design without purchasing something too big or too little. Remember, small spaces doesn't necessarily mean you buy tiny pieces of furniture. Maximize your space with proper size furniture choices that fit your space.
Pick out your paint color last!!! Picking out a $500-$5,000 couch or chair or rug is more important than picking out a paint color that cost $50, and paint has limitless color opportunities. You can literally customize your paint color according to the more expensive items.
Donate all of those old clothes and trinkets that take up space. A clean palate is a great way to restart. Proper shelving and storage is a must. So many pieces of furniture today have dual purposes; that ottoman can be a storage trunk, your bed can lift up and also serve as storage, dining tables that seat two, can extend to seat six. These types of interior pieces are a great and unique way to maximize the use of your space and avoid clutter. Remember, clutter creates a suffocating feeling. Be smart when choosing all of your furniture.
Having a small space does not mean you can't have your own personal designer home. You need to bring out the smart designer and work some simple magic. You can create a gorgeous designer look with the correct furniture, some fantastic but smart accessories and space planning. Color choice is also very important and will bring the room together. Find the look you want and and keep that in mind when you design your space. The internet is a fantastic tool for that. Just take a look at Pinterest; the possibilities are endless.

8 Rules For Hanging Photos & Paintings Like A Pro

A tape measure and a level are the most important tools you need when it comes to hanging art anywhere in your home. I suggest using a laser level. It will make the tricky task of getting frames even with the simple push of a button.
Hooks, nails or French cleats? It all depends on what you're hanging. If it's light (less than three pounds), a hook or nail should be strong enough to hold your piece on the wall. If it's on the heavier side, I suggest using French cleats, which are two metal pieces or two wooden pieces that wedge on top of one another. It's a heavy duty solution that will ensure that your artwork stays put.
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When it comes to choosing that all important piece to go over your mantle, make sure that it isn't wider than the mantle itself. Otherwise, the piece will look top heavy. After you've decided on the right piece, center and hang it so the bottom of the artwork sits three inches above the top of the mantle.
Although sofas come in all different shapes and sizes, the center of the art should always be hung slightly above eye level (around 5' 8" to 5'10" for most). As with art above the mantle, art should also be centered above the sofa, regardless of any windows or doors that may take up space on the same wall.
Clustering artwork on a single wall is trendy right now. You want to make sure you have a plan. Take all your pictures, objects, whatever you're clustering, lay them on the ground and play with placement. The more pieces you have, the closer you should cluster them together. If you're clustering just a few pieces, leave more space between each piece to keep everything balanced.
While you should avoid placing fine art in the bathroom (humidity levels can damage the piece), there are still plenty of options for toilet friendly pictures and paintings. Try to find something that's both water resistant and small. Go with something unexpected.
Sun-filled rooms give you the opportunity to go bold with your artwork. Look for images with a little metallic in them. It's going to reflect the light and be really dynamic in the room. If you are already set on a particular piece for a bright room, Make sure that it has a UV coating or UV protective glass to protect it from fading from the sun. or add a piece of UV protective glass to the piece, available at specialty framing shops.
Despite following all the rules, even professionals still make a mistake (or two). If you've accidentally made a hole where you don't need one, pick up non-shrink joint compound and a putty knife online or from the hardware store. Fill in the hole (or holes), let it dry and sand it. Repeat the process. When the wall is flush, prime and paint it.

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