HGTV star and fan favorite David Bromstad is done with your boring brown kitchens. He’s also over your white cabinets. Instead, he wants you to paint your cabinets whatever color makes you feel happy — and that means giving pink a whirl.
In a recent interview with Apartment Therapy, Bromstad expressed that he wishes more homeowners would go pink for their kitchen cabinets because it’s such a happy, fun color. And Bromstad practices what he preaches: In season two of “Rock the Block,” Bromstad completed a blush pink basement, complete with painted cabinets and gold hardware. Bold, beautiful, and gutsy.
“Personally, I love to add color to my kitchen by painting the cabinets,” Bromstad told Apartment Therapy. “I prefer to keep my backsplash neutral and classic with some interesting shapes. Painting your cabinets is such a powerful [form of] self-expression. It’s not gonna cost you an arm and a leg, and it’s definitely going to make a huge impact.”
However, Bromstad recognizes that pink cabinets are not for everyone. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives that can have you refocusing on living in your house, not just playing it safe for resale value. He suggests trying green as a pink alternative, saying it’s “definitely next on the list for being bold and brave with your kitchen. There are so many delicious shades…” If that doesn’t work for you, opt for black. “It’s making a huge resurgence because it’s sexy, it’s bold, it’s still classic, but also very daring,” Bromstad said.
The color Bromstad says is on its way out: blue. “I’m so over it because it’s become too safe,” he said.
As for other trends that do work, open shelving — a controversial topic among HGTV designers — is his favorite, especially if you are organized and have some beautiful dishes. “It allows so much more visual space to be happening in the kitchen and makes the kitchen look so much larger,” Bromstad said.
Can’t keep up with all the kitchen trends? Bromstad says it’s more important to focus on what makes you happy in your space. “People get stuck on design trends because they feel like that’s what’s happening and they have to lean into it, but to me, the biggest trend that needs to happen is people need to buy things that they love and make them giggle,” he said. “When you bring in personal touches of things that are a little odd or a little weird or just unique to you, that is powerful storytelling. Honestly, it’s your house and if you love it then that’s all that matters.”
To see more tips from David Bromstad, check out HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home” where he recently looked for his own dream home.