If you’re planning to remodel and redecorate your home, the following ten interior design books will help you define and realize your vision.
I love researching before any remodel and these books are so inspiring. I know they will inspire you too!
Interior Design Books to Inspire!
Brimming full with expert tips, they are also a brilliant aid for interior design students and professionals. Whether you choose one or all of them, you’ll find no shortage of inspiration and practical advice. These books range in detail from minor changes to creative risks.
Best of all, these interior design books will look gorgeous on your remodeled coffee table too!
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas
With more pages than you can count, this thick volume provides a comprehensive overview of some of the coziest, most stunning, and high-in-demand interior design ideas that any beginner can bring to fruition.
The images and advice come from the world’s leading interior designers. This results in a guide that covers all themes and combines step-by-step how-tos with abstract inspiration.
So, with that said, let’s make a start!
Written by Nancy Braithwaite, Simplicity is an ode to minimalist design. Among many other things, the author will teach you how to scale a room and decorate it with pieces that are functional and gorgeous at the same time.
If you’re a fan of clean and tidy places, but you don’t mind an occasional pop of personality and color, Simplicity is for you. It’s also a great-looking coffee table book.
Known for her single-minded devotion to the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite’s devotion to the principle has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity.
In case you prefer a splash of color and admire the designers’ ability to mix and match different styles and themes, you’ll like Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera better.
Kisahni Perera offers a sneak peek into her creative process and interior design. Her designs are an effortless blend of contemporary and classic looks. It makes them both unique and budget-friendly.
Her mix-and-match philosophy will help readers discover and express their own tastes. He book proves that ‘eclectic’ does not have to be code for messy or absolute disarray.
Styled: Secrets for Arranging
Perfect for people who cherish order above all else. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, is a book with over 1,000 ideas for how to contain your mess and make it a focal point of any room.
Written in a delightfully compartmentalized form. Styled offers expert interior design advice and is one of my favorite interior design books this year. It includes both practical tips for beginners and in-depth guidelines for every room.
At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic.
Elements of Style
All things considered, Elements of Style by Erin Gates is a great read. You don’t even have to like interior design concepts to love Gates’ charming voice and witty remarks.
Interior design students often recommend it to their fellow colleagues, and for a good reason. Elements of Style is a collection of tips. But it is also an anthology of cautionary tales on how to avoid common remodeling and decorating blunders.
If you love interior design books, Elements of Style offers so much inspiration!
The Maker: Beyond Decorating: Crafting A Unique Space
Brilliantly written by Tamara Maynes, The Maker is an unusual interior design book that encourages you to think outside of the box. Instead of offering the same old pinteresty tips.
It provides a host of inspiring guides on how to get creative and start making your own decorative (but also functional) pieces. The Maker includes several DIY projects, from wall art and textiles to furniture.
Dream Décor: Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live
If you’re passionate about interior design, then you’ve certainly heard of Will Taylor and his popular blog Bright Bazaar. His book, titled Dream Décor: Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home,
Wherever You Live, features a collection of gripping photographs taken during his travels around the world. It encompasses the decor of 15 destinations, from New York to Paris to Scandinavia.
Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home
Melissa Michaels’ Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home is an ideal choice for beginners in pursuit of easy and budget-friendly projects.
With the help of this bubbly book, you’ll learn how to spruce up your space and use patterns to add personality to your home without much time and effort. The motto of the book sums it all up really well: forget the renovation, just add inspiration.
Terrariums & Kokedama: Stylish Ideas for Low-Maintenance Indoor Planting
Terrariums & Kokedama: Stylish Ideas for Low-Maintenance Indoor Planting, written by Alyson Mowat, is a very special interior design book.
Instead of still-life arrangements used by most interior designers, it offers lively terrariums, aeriums, kokedama (moss balls), and other pieces of decoration that include plants and greenery. It comes with detailed instructions for 20 botanical projects.
Farrow & Ball: How to Decorate
Signed by the paint manufacturer giant Farrow & Ball and written by the company’s in-house wizards, this unusual book will take you on a journey through color palettes and their uses in beautiful homes around the world.
Offering a range of different decorating styles, Farrow & Ball: How to Decorate will teach you everything about the many effects of color on the interior and exterior design.
Inspiration from the Crafty
An additional treat! I love books that also inspire the crafter in me for my home decor elements as well. It’s so nice to read books about creativity that influences my home decor preferences too.
And of course, I had to end off with one of my favorite books – A Year of Creativity: A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create by Petra Hoeksema. While it’s doesn’t fall under the category of interior design books, it one of my monthly favorites!
A Year of Creativity is a book for everyone with a basic knowledge of crocheting, knitting, and sewing. It does not teach you how to crochet or explain how a sewing machine works. I’m sure you can find loads of books on that!
Instead, this book truly inspires and motivates you to learn and gather inspiration from others. You can also visit the publisher’s website for additional purchasing options and info.
What it does do is inspire crafting enthusiasts to make something together, learn from each other, and have fun doing it. You’ll find within:
- An introduction to craft dates and how they work
- Tips on planning your craft date events
- Plenty of project ideas (short, long, and cooperative)
- Plus recipes for party dishes that keep the creative juices flowing
A Year of Creativity Inspires
You will share ideas, discover new inspiration, and find new friends while creating uniquely beautiful aprons, knit garlands, infinity scarves, haberdashery bags, cards, pencil cases, and more.
I especially love A Year of Creativity because for instance, on Instagram, you can tag your photos with, or search for the hashtag #craftdates.
You can have a look at each other’s work and drum up inspiration for your own dates. It’s so nice to invite your Insta-friends or organize a “blind date” with creative people from your town or city that you don’t know yet.
Perfect as light summer reads, these books don’t just look gorgeous – they also travel well. Don’t leave them at your coffee table at home, but have them on your Kindle when you hit the beach.
I LOVE using my Kindle Fire for reading especially interior design books. In case your feet are already in foreign waters, you can download them in the eBook format using a VPN for Kindle Fire.
I recommend it because it doesn’t limit you to a specific region as well.
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