Five Inspirational Interior Design Books

25th Apr 2023
Five Inspirational Interior Design Books

If you are interested in the world of interior design or are just looking for a few ideas to refresh your home, then why not learn from the experts! Here are some inspirational home design books that will look great on your coffee table or make lovely housewarming gifts.

Design the Home You Love by Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer

If you are a little bit intimidated by all those perfectly curated posts on Instagram and Pinterest, then this is the interior design book for you. It’s full of practical tips that are accessible and will help you make a home that is both comfortable and stylish. 

The authors are both successful and experienced interior designers and their ideas are fresh and appealing. They also intuitively understand that the home should be both stylish and functional, and that most of us don’t have an unlimited budget to spend. 

Mad About the House by Kate Watson-Smyth

This is the perfect book for those who are settling into their first home and are looking for some practical advice on issues such as room layout, colour schemes, lighting, zoning, and more. Whatever the size of your home and your budget, you are sure to find plenty of inspiration and guidance here. 

Buckingham Palace: The Interiors, Ashley Hicks

This may not be the most practical of books for takeaway tips, but it is fascinating to glimpse into the interiors of one of the world’s most famous residences. The sense of tradition and history seeps through the pages, which are richly illustrated with photographs by the interior designer Ashley Hicks. 

The Palace is opulently decorated with  the finest soft furnishings, fabrics, and furniture from the Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian eras and are a treasure trove of vintage maximalist style inspiration. 

It's the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff, Susanna Salk

This book is devoted to the small but all-important details that make up a room, such as the trim on fabrics and the perfect table ornament. After years of bland minimalist spaces dominating the interior design landscape, it is a refreshing change to see homes with more interest and personality. 

The perfect volume for anyone who loves to collect artworks and mementos and wants to display them to best effect in their home. 

Making Living Lovely, Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe

The authors of this book are experienced interior designers and may be familiar from the new Changing Rooms TV series. They are not slaves to the latest trends, but instead are well informed and interesting in their discussion of the basics such as colour, texture, and creating livable spaces. 

Their advice is backed up by real life examples and plenty of practical tips. This is a great place to start for anyone who is just starting to take an interest in interior design and needs some no-nonsense confidence boosting tips.

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