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DWAYNE BERGMANN

… isn’t afraid to take chances


A master suite with soft, warm tones and the right pops of color is a great place to begin and end each day. A master suite with soft, warm tones and the right pops of color is a great place to begin and end each day. Whether he’s working with colors, fabrics or textures, Dwayne Bergmann thinks outside the box to create spaces that are uniquely suited to his clients. Chic and sophisticated, with a hint of whimsy, spaces bearing Mr. Bergmann’s distinctive stamp always go bold. Luxe Living’s Michael Korb talked with him about his craft.

Q: Is there a moment you can look back on that was the moment you decided you wanted to be an interior designer?

A: I’ve always loved designing and creating. I have been creating somewhat professionally all the way back to the fourth grade, when I was hired to decorate cakes after several people saw the cakes I had entered into the Missouri State Fair as part of my 4-H projects. I think it was then that I first realized I was blessed with a creative gift that not everyone possessed.


Dwayne Bergmann Dwayne Bergmann Q: Is there a Dwayne Bergmann look? If so, how do you describe it?

A: Our designs are the reflection of our clients’ personalities. We strive to create interiors that are meaningful to each of them and not about our own design aesthetic.

That said, we do not shy away from mixing textures, patterns and bold colors, which is something that does set our designs apart from others in our profession.

Q: What were you doing before you started designing full-time?

A: I was running a division for HD Supply wholesale products — 26 direct reports and a large budget along with hefty annual goals to meet.

Q: What’s the first thing you ask clients when you meet with them?


Above: This condominium went from heavy Tuscany to soothing coastal. Wood-plank tile flooring and walls painted in a shade called Sea Salt enhanced by violet window coverings and appointments create a sense of calm. Above: This condominium went from heavy Tuscany to soothing coastal. Wood-plank tile flooring and walls painted in a shade called Sea Salt enhanced by violet window coverings and appointments create a sense of calm. A: I always want to know how my clients wish to feel in their homes. What makes them most comfortable and what makes them feel the most confident is what is important to me.

For some, this means an environment filled with luxe finishes rivaling the most decadent hotel or spa one can imagine. Others want casual and comfortable, and others yet want midcentury “Mad Men” or Miami modern. For all of our clients, though, my goal is that they get to live in an environment they never dreamed possible.

Q: Is there a current trend that you are excited to see taking place in interior design?

A: I am not a major trend follower. I prefer to think we are on more of the trend-setting side of design. Most of the “trends” making their way through mainstream retail today involve matte finishes with deeper tonality and mixed mediums. We have been utilizing these techniques over the last few years. I believe the future lies in bold, luxurious textures and finishes. Refinement and attention to detail will continue to prevail as minimalism continues to overcome traditionalism. ¦


Right: Mr. Bergmann knows that sometimes designers “just need to break all the rules” — which he did in this playful and artistic powder bath. He used oversized tiles on the walls, penny tiles on the floor and art on the door instead of on the walls. Right: Mr. Bergmann knows that sometimes designers “just need to break all the rules” — which he did in this playful and artistic powder bath. He used oversized tiles on the walls, penny tiles on the floor and art on the door instead of on the walls. — Dwayne Bergmann Interiors 344- 7455; www.dwaynebergmann.com



Below: Hardwood floors, a shaggy, textured rug and luxe metallic finishes turn this dining area into a statement room. Below: Hardwood floors, a shaggy, textured rug and luxe metallic finishes turn this dining area into a statement room.

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