David Bromstad's Color Splash Secrets Revealed

Color Splash 's David Bromstad — a daredevil with paint! — reveals how he pulls off those dramatic transformations.
By: Betsy Goldberg
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Art's Not Hard!

Although the former Disney illustrator and art school grad spends up to five hours painting a masterpiece for each of his Color Splash projects, “anyone can paint a canvas that’s just a flat color with a simple stripe on it,” David says. “You can add glitter or Swarovski crystals — whatever’s your pleasure!”

Cheap Trick: Curtains

David relies on floor-to-ceiling curtains to dress up his rooms again and again. But even luxe-looking drapes don’t have to be pricey. “You can get a polyester dress sheer for $3 per yard, while a drapery sheer is around $15,” says David. “Dress sheers also hang really beautifully and diffuse the light so much better than heavier fabrics.”

Blue Painter's Tape Is His BFF

The crew goes through two to three rolls per episode. They use it to help paint everything from walls to mirrors, to lay out wall-design installations, and to secure brown paper to floors during big renos.

See-Through Furniture Is Genius!

David loves acrylic for chairs, tables and nightstands. Put a clear piece in a small space and the room immediately looks less crowded. Mystic chair, $300 (for set of 2), target.com

No Color Is Too Hot!

Lime green, bright pink and acid yellow are his top picks for paint and accessories. And, yes, he’ll use more than one in a room. “Sometimes it looks crazy, like a bunch of highlighters!” says producer Julie Murphy. But he makes it work by adding calmer hues like black, white and gray into the mix.

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