Designer David Bromstad gives the green light — or at least a flashing yellow light — for using color in home decor. But proceed with caution: Folks can brighten rooms without merely painting the walls, he says.
"I get my color through furniture pieces and through art and through pillows and so forth," said Bromstad, host of HGTV's "Color Splash" and "Design Star." "People are too afraid of it. People think that paint is the only way to bring in color."
On the flip side are amateur designers who love color a little too much.
"People who are not afraid of color, they tend to paint the rooms, like, 14 different colors," he said.
Bromstad, a former Orlando resident who worked at Disney World, will speak on "The Power of Color" on the HGTV Designers Stage at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. He'll be in the Festival Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the last day of the event.
It will be a very visual presentation, Bromstad said, and will explore the dual-personalities of color.
"For instance, red is for love and lust and sex and everything passionate, but it also represents hatred and anger and gore and hostility at the same time," he said.
He'll also talk about "human property" of color.
"Each color has a healing property, which is interesting. Like some colors help relieve blood pressure, some colors help to cure colds," said Bromstad, 39. "Color goes very deep, so I'm going to dive deep."
His current favorite fashionable color is emerald.
"It's the color of the year in fashion, and it will definitely come down into the home in the next few years," Bromstad said.
"The color that I always love is white," he said. "Any color that you put next to it is in its purest form. If you have an all-white room — with white couch and white chairs and white floors and white walls and white ceiling — and you plop a fuchsia pillow onto that white couch, right then you make such a big statement with little effort."
It's Bromstad's first Epcot appearance for HGTV. He has fond memories of working at Disney, but he was not a fan of the pink version of the Cinderella Castle. It was decorated to look like a cake in 1996 as part Disney World's 25th anniversary celebration.
"You don't mess with an icon," he said. "It's like taking the Statue of Liberty and putting ruffles on her."
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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
When: Designer David Bromstad speaks at noon and 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Festival Center of Epcot, off Interstate 4, southwest of Orlando
Cost: Included in Epcot admission. A one-day, one park pass at Disney World is $89 ($83 for ages 3-9).
Online: disneyworld.com/flowerCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun