25 of the Best Interior Design Books

Get a hold of the best interior design books that will not only enhance your knowledge but also take you on an inspiring journey in the world of interior design.
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Good interior designing has become the need of the time. Interior design serves both functional and decorative purpose as it helps make the living space aesthetically appealing and ensures it is used to its full purpose. For example, a poorly designed area may have unreasonable space that you may not need. Plus, you may not enjoy spending as much time in there as you may if space possesses high aesthetic value and provides all the required functions.

Your space may accommodate a lavish sofa, pretty desk, comfy armchair, and a modern bookcase, but space won’t come to life until they do not work in unison. In order to make them work in harmony, interior designing is something you will have to consider. With the help of interior designing, you can turn a boring office or small room into a place where people love to be instead of having to be.

Interior designing holds an immense amount of importance in the modern lifestyle. However, there are numerous challenges to achieve that make interior design a tough job. Without specialized skills and knowledge, it is nearly impossible to transform a space into an aesthetically pleasing one. This is why we bring you the best interior design books that will allow you to learn and grasp the wonderful world of interior design.

1. Dream Décor: Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live

Get ready for an inspiring journey all around the world with this inspirational volume. Time and time again, Taylor – a well-acclaimed lifestyle blogger – has expressed his love for colorful design, fashion, and travel and he has touched upon these subjects in Dream Décor.

This book explores fifteen unique décor destinations in different parts of the world. Each of them has a distinct design style. The aim is to help you discover your own personalized design for your unique space!

2. The Perfect Bath

The Perfect Bath

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Many don’t realize it but the interior of bathrooms is just as important as any other room. To create your dream bathroom, this design book will come in handy. In here, you will find a thorough guide to transform your sanctuary according to your personal expression of style. Hence, it can be as indulgent, stylish, or minimalist as you want.

With the inclusion of expert advice and interviews with top designers, Barbara Sallick examines the process of bathroom designing in extensive detail. Besides how-to guide and advice, you will come across picture-perfect photos too!

3. Farrow & Ball: How to Decorate

Farrow & Ball How to Decorate

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Whether you have a small or large, urban- or country-styled house, Farrow & Ball will be your ultimate guide to achieve your dream interior design. The design book covers mesmerizing shots of stunning houses around the world, including a wide array of modern home designs.

The volume also answers complex queries like which combination of colors works best together or how to make the most of a feature wall, etc.

4. The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light

The Scandinavian Home: Interiors inspired by light

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Written by the wildly popular blogger, Niki Brantmark, The Scandinavian Home unravels the mystery behind the beauty of Scandinavian homes.

As the name gives away, Scandinavians are inspired by light and so are their homes. Their interior design tends to capitalize on the natural light as summers are abundant of it. The incorporation of wood and other natural materials add coziness to their cold winters. All of this and more is beautifully curated in the Scandinavian Homes. Get this book to explore ways to integrate remarkable Scandi style into your house interior.

5. New York Living: Re-Inventing Home

New York Living: Re-Inventing Home

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Most of us have a very specific interior in mind when we think of New York. However, a home in the twenty-first century New York is diverse from the houses in the past. It is much more beyond the sleek moldings, crystal, bright chandeliers, with lavish backyards.

Today, New York houses have unlimited décor potential and New York Living discusses all those limitless options along with modern apartments and townhouses in all areas of the city – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

6. Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease

Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease

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If comfort with style is what you want to achieve with your interior, look no further than Nina Campbell Interior Decoration. The highly praised British decorator shares tips and secrets of her trade. The book features examples of the designer’s London residences, outlining design aesthetic in several contexts.

This selection of design styles is apt for those who look for classic English styled houses. It celebrates long-lasting interior designs of the past fifty or so years. This is a must-have book in order to get a deeper insight into the incomparable English style.

7. Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home

Just as the title hints, this book is all about sprucing up your home sweet home, without having to break the bank. What we love the most about Michaels’ wallet-friendly ideas is that they require little time and effort to work upon.

Add personality to your space by following simple yet elegant décor methods detailed out in this inspiring book. Go through the terrific 50 ways to experience an eye-opening moment. Among numerous things, one thing you will realize is how a simple furniture choice can bring a huge difference to your home design.

8. Remodelista

Remodelista

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Remodelista is the go-to book for home design lovers, enthusiasts, creators, and remodelers. While many authors tend to focus on different interior themes, Julie Carlson sticks to a single aesthetic value – a classic minimal over everything else.

Remodelista takes readers on the journey to achieve this aesthetic; the manual also sheds light on the nitty-gritty details of the remodeling process, preparing readers for unforeseeable challenges of remodeling.

For more home design and decoration ideas, you can consider Carlson’s other Remodelista books such as Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House, Remodelista: A Guide to the 100 Most Beautiful, Useful Household Objects, Remodelista: The A-Z Guide to Remodeling Your Home, and Remodelista: The Ultimate Shopping Directory.

9. Thomas O’Brien: Library House

Thomas O'Brien: Library House

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Thomas O’Brien has been known for his timeless elegant designs so it is no surprise that his lavish homes in Bellport, Long Island, have been in the spotlight.

Thomas O’Brien: Library House encapsulates the minutiae of the stunning architecture and interior of his classic home and the library (Library House). While disclosing the details of his luxurious homes, O’Brien delves into the entire process of the construction of his elegant house.

The gorgeous photographs of his designs elevate the book’s authenticity. This book is nothing short of an inspirational step-to-step guide to bring timeless beauty to your life and home.

10. Home Décor Cheat Sheets: Need-To-Know Stuff for Stylish Living

Home Decor Cheat Sheets: Need-to-Know Stuff for Stylish Living

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This visually-appealing book consists of over 300 graphic illustrations for DIY interior décor ideas. The interesting guide features a comprehensive glossary of various kinds of house furniture – sofas, coffee tables, doors, beds, cabinets, tiles, etc.

The designer – Jessica Probus – along with the graphic designer – Alice Mongkongllite – will help you determine ways to achieve harmony through the house interior.  The ideas are brilliant but simple to follow at the same time. For example, the author points out the stylish ways to arrange the wall art or add elegance by using throw pillows.

11. May I Come In? Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses

May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People's Houses

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Let’s admit it – we often wonder what our favorite artists’ houses are from the inside. Courtesy to the design book of Wendy Goodman, we get a sneak peek into the homes of some of the top artists, fashion moguls, socialites, and many more!

Goodman shares her visits to seventy-five popular houses which are known for their unique character and spirit. This collection of jaw-dropping abodes is also visually appealing as it contains their gorgeous photos.

This one is for all the curious observers out there!

12. Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook for Living

Bunny Williams' Scrapbook for Living

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The world-renowned interior designer – Bunny William – imparts her incredible knowledge of décor and design in this design book. She shares pearls of wisdom drawn from the wealth of experience in interior design and décor.

Bunny William’s Scrapbook for Living explores a number of houses, room by room, presenting ideas on how to organize your house. Your house should showcase your personality and Williams shows precisely how. From how to decorate your dining room to the type of lighting to use to functional decorative items – this scrapbook covers it all!

13. Down to Earth: Laid-Back Interiors for Modern Living

Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living

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Prior to Down to Earth’s success, Liess’ critically acclaimed “Habitat” took the world by storm. While Habitat was a step-to-step guide to decorating your house, Down to Earth is beyond the basics of house designing.

In this insightful book, Liess teaches how to incorporate modern aesthetics without giving up on the easy lifestyle. The book is the perfect guideline for incorporating six main principles in six types of homes – a farmhouse, an American historical house, a lakeside modern house, a contemporary villa, a cedar and glasshouse, and an American Foursquare. Although each type of house is unique in its own way, what remains constant among all of them is the down-to-earth aesthetics of Liess.

14. The Maker: Beyond Decorating: Crafting a Unique Space

The Maker: Beyond Decorating: Crafting A Unique Space

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Written by one of the most popular interior designer, Tamara Maynes, The Maker sheds light on how to add a personal touch to your new home.

The guidebook encourages readers to showcase their creative side by creating their own DIY decoration items. For example, it provides step-to-step guidelines for creating fun wall art, lighting fixtures, etc. By bringing out “the maker” in you, you are bound to create something that will be an extension of your personality. In this way, you will be adding unique, personal touches to your houses.

15. The New Bohemians: Cool and Cool Collected Homes

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes

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The New Bohemians by the designer Justina Blakeney boasts a new image of the New Bohemians as highly creative people who are free-spirited and creative folks with diverse professions like bloggers, boutique owners, artists, etc. They believe in limitless lifestyle and apply this no-rule attitude to every aspect of their life including their home interior.

Blakeney takes the readers to a voyage to twenty different homes situated on the East and West coasts. Each home section comprises of décor and styling ideas and shopping tips to help readers transform their house in a boho style.

16. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

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The number one New York Times bestseller inspires to create a home that showcases the personalities of the people who live there. This guidebook helps you determine your preferences, favorites, and personal style which will eventually shape your final design. But the ideas are not restricted to the theories. Gaines provides an insight into how to bring the styles you are attracted to together to create a distinct space of your own.

The book comes with a design template that features a comprehensive guide to planning and sketching your design ideas.

17. Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life

Looking for design inspiration for your new or recently renovated home? Go for Elements of Style!

This book is packed with pieces of honest advice, suggestions, and lessons about designing a home that is a reflection of your personal style. By the author of the blockbuster blog “Elements of Style”, Erin Gates decodes guidelines for designing a personalized home for yourself and your family.  However, the book is not just limited to advice and inspiration.

To readers’ delight, Erin includes professional photos and illustrations too!

18. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to Bookshelves

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

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Want to know the secret to achieve your personalized space? Read this book!

Style any space you like by following ten easy styling steps by Emily Henderson. With insider tips, you can create an eye-catching interior in just a few minutes! Yes, you read that right. Unlike decorating your house, styling is often done faster, especially if you swear by the guideline discussed by the author of this amazing book!

Think and feel like a stylist by getting your hands on Styled. With over a thousand unique style ideas, you sure will find what your heart desires.

19. The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day

The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day

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In the massive world of interior design, a vast amount of information is dispersed online and in design books. Collecting all of that information on your own can be mind-boggling. But with The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book, you won’t have to worry about the crucial information regarding interior design.

It details out all the essential details concerning planning and executing interior projects of all sizes and shapes. The book also features interviews of the big fish in the field of interior design, inspiring people to take interior designing in their own hands.

20. Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home

domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home (DOMINO Books)

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Built on the first book “Domino: The Book of Decorating”, this second book – Domino: Your Guide to Stylish Home – is a more extensive guide on how to create a space you love. This guidebook helps readers discover their unique personal style and ultimately create a beautiful home.

The hundreds of inspirational photos of real homes help readers identify their own customized interior. By the end of the book, you will realize the importance of both major and minor elements and shopping for quality products.

21. Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration

Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America's Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration

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Whether you are a design student or an expert, this book has something inspiring to offer to everybody.

This is a brilliant collection of a hundred essays from a hundred talented interior designers. This thought-provoking book highlights opinions, suggestions, advice, and knowledge of each design legends working today.

22. Tara Bernerd: Place

Tara Bernerd: Place

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From London-based designer Tara Bernerd, this book explores luxurious interiors which ooze comfort and warmth. The book expresses clever planning ideas, color compositions, and textures for the interiors of happening beachside villas and modern urban apartments.

Bernard’s design ideas are nothing but extraordinary; she encourages the blend of old and new and use of elements that enhance the overall outlook of a space.

23. Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style

Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style

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Are you in love with California houses? A part of the reason that makes them so ravishing is the clever inclusion of timeless elements like French chairs, chinoiserie, mirrors, etc. The rooms are also filled with fun floral designs that make them bright and alive.

Each chapter includes beautiful images of the designer’s looks that are inspiring and approachable. Although the designs are mostly classical, they appear to be refreshingly new!

24. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

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The Kinfolk Home like its predecessor The Kinfolk is a game-changer. The author walks the readers through 35 homes all around the world.

While each house is unique in its own way, every space embraces the intimate living style. Kinfolk Home focuses on how you can achieve simplicity and elegance through your interior. A message that this book beautifully conveys is to never hurry when creating a work of art. Take your time to put together your ideas!

25. Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections

Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections

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The renowned interior designer Clerie Kemble greets you with over a hundred unique spaces that are worth incorporating into your house interior. What will motivate you more to pick these designs are their vivid photos by the top-class photographer.

Throughout the book, Kemble maintains the stance that the black and white theme is never restrictive. There are limitless options that you can opt for and the author explores them all.

 

To ensure that the inside of your house is picture-perfect, you will need to do extensive research on the house interior. And these wonderful books can be a great starting point for you. So, if you want to get beautiful vibes flowing from your house, consider investing in these design books









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