4 Ways to Brighten a Dark Room

A guest room with fresh painted walls.

Designing a room is difficult when it doesn’t have enough natural lighting to brighten it up. With a few smart decorating tips, though, it’s possible to transform a dark, moody space into a stylish, comfortable one. From interior painting with bright colors to bringing in accent pieces that pop, here are a few ideas for the dark corners of your home.

How to Bring Brightness Into Your Space

1. Hang Mirrors in Strategic Locations

Use mirrors to their full potential. Hanging one adjacent to lighting fixtures or windows amplifies extra brightness throughout your room. They’re also a strategic tool to expand your visual space and create the illusion of additional square footage.

2. Throw Down a Bright Rug

Spruce up bare, dark floors with a large area rug. Choose a solid color like ivory or yellow or a pattern with a brighter color scheme to inject personality and provide additional softness and texture beneath your feet. Rugs also expand your visual space when strategically placed partially under larger pieces of furniture.

3. Choose Light Paint Colors

Interior painting is another creative method for livening up your room. Using neutral tones like eggshell, ivory, or light pastels for your walls or ceilings will immediately brighten your space. It’ll also reflect natural light to other surfaces, making your room appear more open and spacious.

4. Decorate With Vibrant Accent Pieces

Use vivid accent furniture and decorative items to sprinkle more pops of colors in your room. Cheerful paintings, bucolic indoor plants, Lucite® side tables, and brightly upholstered sofas and chairs elevate your space’s ambiance and mood. Be sure to use them sparingly, though, since too many dark accents can make a space look cluttered and closed in.

Contact BRS Custom Painting to brighten up your home with a fresh coat of paint. Serving St. Louis and St. Charles County, MO, their licensed and insured contractors utilize premium products and techniques for your exterior or interior painting project. They also provide wallpaper removal and drywall repair to restore your walls to near-perfect condition. Learn more about their services online and call (636) 219-9749 for a free estimate.

How to Know When Your Deck Is Stained

An outdoor patio that is painted a light brown thanks to BRS Painting.

Whether you’ve had a deck for years or just finished building one, staining protects it from rain and inclement weather. For the most effective application, stain your deck under the right conditions; as any commercial painter can tell you, it’s not a year-round activity. Here’s how to know when to stain your deck.

Temperature & Humidity

Contrary to many people’s assumptions, spring and summer aren’t necessarily the right seasons to stain your deck. Wood is easily affected by humidity levels and draws moisture from the air. The more moisture it pulls in, the harder it is for the stain to absorb. Staining in the spring or summer, when the atmosphere is often damp, can lead to cracking and peeling. The seasons’ high temperatures can also cause the stain to evaporate before it’s settled into the wood, which means your hard work goes to waste.

Professional painters recommend staining in milder weather: when temperatures range between 50 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity level is no higher than 15%. For many regions, this means fall is the ideal time for staining; the air is drier, but temperatures aren’t yet cold enough to make outdoor work uncomfortable.


Proper staining needs about 24 hours to 48 hours to dry completely. That means absolutely no rain should fall in that period of time. When scheduling time to stain your deck, professional painters recommend checking the forecast to ensure no showers disrupt your work. You should also avoid staining in direct sunlight, which might dry the stain too quickly and leave watermarks.

From exterior painting to power washing, the experts at BRS Custom Painting in Wentzville, MO, offer a wide range of services to completely transform the look of your home. Their painters are trained in the latest techniques and use products from top brands, so you can expect a job well done every time. They even offer color consultation, ensuring you select only the top paints for your environment. Call (636) 219-9749 for a free consultation, and learn more about their services on their website.

3 Tips to Prevent Wall Damage

A master bedroom with a light green painted wall.

Because they often fade into the background, interior walls don’t get the love and care they deserve. Scrapes, dents, and other imperfections can draw attention, making an entire room appear dingy. To cut down on the frequency of needing drywall repair, interior painting, and deep cleaning to remove blemishes, follow the advice here.

3 Ways to Keep Interior Walls IntacT

1. Place Protectors on Furniture & Doors

When getting out of chairs, people might accidentally bump the backs into walls. The furniture can scratch through the paint and damage the drywall. That’s why it’s beneficial to put slipcovers on couches and chairs near walls. The plush fabric cushions contact to prevent wall damage. Covering sharp corners of bookcases, consoles, and tables with corner protectors will help, too. The foam padding provides a barrier between the sharp edges and your walls. To prevent the edges and knobs of heavy doors from slamming against walls, place doorstops at the bases.

2. Monitor Children’s Playtime

Little children gravitate toward walls, as the expansive surface is a blank canvas to showcase their drawing skills. The tips of pencils and pens can leave deep scrapes a drywall repair specialist would have to fix. Crayons and permanent markers can also leave stains you’d need paint to conceal. To avoid these headaches, set up easels so kids can draw on paper. Ensuring they have washable markers will offer some protection if they doodle on walls. Soccer balls, water guns, and any other toys kids use in the yard should be for outdoor play only to eliminate the risk of wall damage.

3. Keep Wall Art to a Minimum

When decorating interiors, display artwork on tables and bookshelves instead of the walls. Driving a nail through the surface will leave a large puncture in the drywall. The weight of supporting a heavy picture could cause the surface to crack. If you do hang artwork, use adhesive strips to hold it in place instead. Keep the artwork in the same position, as this will prevent sticky residue patches all over walls.

Even with the above precautions, accidents can still happen from time to time. That’s why the team at Wentzville, MO-based BRS Custom Painting is standing by to provide drywall repair and interior painting when needed. Serving clients in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, the fully insured and licensed technicians can also perform power washing and exterior painting to boost the curb appeal of your home. Learn more about the services online and call (636) 219-9749 for a free drywall repair estimate. Check out photos of the crew’s work on Facebook.