Laura Rennie

Decorating tips // Why you should hire a decorator

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Two weeks ago I shared my thoughts on why you should invest in decorating your home. Today I’m taking it a step further by giving reasons why you should hire a decorator. You might be thinking “I can’t possibly afford a decorator” or “I don’t care enough about decorating to hire a decorator” — but hear me out!

A decorator will:

DO THE HARD WORK FOR YOU. 

If the thought of decorating stresses you out, or you want a lovely home but don’t really care about decor, guess what? A decorator will do the work for you! While decorating might drain you, it energizes me! If you were a bride who had poor penmanship yet wanted beautifully handwritten invitations, you wouldn’t address the invitation yourself — you’d outsource the work to a professional. You can trust that a decorator knows how to decorate.

HONOR YOUR VISION FOR YOUR SPACE (OR HELP YOU CREATE ONE).

I ask clients to come up with three words for how they want their space to feel — such as “colorful, eclectic, well-traveled” or “soft, natural, luxurious.” I love to hear what they come up with! I sketch and shop with my client’s vision at the front of my mind. If a client doesn’t know how to describe their style or what they want their style to be, I take a look at their Pinterest boards or talk to them about spaces they admire outside of their home.

ADDRESS YOUR NEEDS FOR THE SPACE.

A good decorator will do his or her homework when it comes to learning about how you want your room to function and feel. For example, do your pets get on your furniture? Are children going to be using the space often? It’s tempting to think of beautifully decorated rooms as unrealistic for families, but a professional knows which fabrics and items to look for to create spaces that are both practical AND lovely.

GIVE YOU NEW IDEAS AND A FRESH APPROACH.

Have you been stuck on how to decorate a room in your house? Or, on a smaller level, maybe you have been unhappy with the way the surfaces in your living room look (e.g., a coffee table, side tables or shelving). A decorator will come in and get your creative juices flowing by suggesting anything from using an existing item in a new way to changing up the wall color to adding one special thing that will change the look and feel of the room. 

WORK WITHIN YOUR BUDGET AND TIMELINE.

I would argue that most people would save time and money by hiring a decorator. There are some people who can decorate slowly and do it well, knowing what to look for and what price they’re willing to spend. But many people don’t want to take months to find a side table — they want to run to Target and grab one and be done with it. Then, while they’re at Target, they might see a cute lamp, a pillow, a tray, a mug, a few candles... and suddenly they’ve spent over $200 when they only wanted to spend $100! (EVERYONE seems to have this problem at Target!) A decorator will not only work within your budget, but will also know how to save you money. I included a $40 item in a client’s mood board but found the same type of item for $10 at an antique market. A decorator will browse stores online and in person and find you the best prices possible. (I’ve e-mailed coupons to clients before!)

CHALLENGE YOU IN A GOOD WAY.

A decorator should help you ease out of your comfort zone and encourage you to try colors, textures and items that might scare you a little bit! Do you adore the look of faux antlers mounted over a fireplace, but you think you could never pull that look off in your home? A decorator will note what kinds of looks you adore and consider your concerns (and even insecurities.) You wouldn’t want a decorator to come in and make your bedroom look exactly like the way you had it — you’d want to try new things! 

GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE IN YOUR SPACE.

A good decorator won’t challenge you without explaining why you should go for that graphic art print or funky vase. If you were trying to convince a friend that she could pull of skinny jeans, you’d say, “look at how they flatter your calves!” (Ha!) A decorator will help you understand their decorating choices and placement, and will leave you feeling excited and confident with your new space.

CREATE A SPACE THAT REFLECTS YOU.

If you haven’t landed on your own style yet, that’s okay. A decorator will help you figure out what your style is and create a room that reflects you. My home may have antique furniture and books everywhere, but I don’t expect my clients to have the same style (or stuff) as me! A decorator will tell your story and leave you with a space you can feel yourself in.

While decorating Cait’s living room I kept in mind her three goals for the space: crisp, clean and cozy. I worked on creating a thoughtful blend of muted and bold colors and brought in a lot of subtle textures for that super important cozy factor! 


Do you feel your space isn’t a great representation of who you are? Are you stuck with decorating and wish you could be given direction? I’d love to help! Read what my clients have said about my work here and check out the many design services I offer here