The best interior design books for style inspiration

Looking to learn the basics of interiors design? Or do you simply want to take your interiors inspiration offline? If so, we've put together our pick of the best interior design books for style inspiration

living room with white and wood scheme by furniture village
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Once you know the rules of interior design, there’s no reason why you can’t get stuck into decorating your home yourself and interior design books can be a great place to start, offering hints, tips and inspiration.

Whether you’re looking for help with creating the clean lines and muted tones of Scandinavian styling, have often wondered how best to work a dark scheme into a small space or want to experiment with colour, pattern and texture, but don’t know how, our pick of the best interior design books for style inspiration should help you get started.

And, of course, you can find loads more design ideas and advice on our dedicated hub page.

mad about the house interior design book from amazon

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1. Mad About The House

Expanding on her award-winning blog, Kate Watson-Smyth shares a wealth of experience in home design to help you make the most of your space, be it a house, apartment or single room.

Specifications
Release: 2018
Pages: 208
Publication: Pavilion Books
Reasons to buy
+Amazon bestseller +Helpful designs tips and advice written in a friendly tone of voice+Covers different sizes and styles of home
Reasons to avoid
-Some suggest there are not enough images

Award-winning blogger Kate Watson-Smyth shares an insight into her experiences with interiors and home design, helping you make the most of your home (no matter how big or small).

Packed full of ideas and inspiration, Mad About The House combines handy tips and design tricks that cater for every budget and interiors style, covering everything from the rules of rug layouts to getting lighting right.

Learn how to decorate your home with style and confidence, select colours that work, make the most of small spaces and create the perfect zones for relaxation, entertaining and work sometimes all in the same space.

rockett st george interior design book from amazon

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2. Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors: Show-stopping looks for unique interiors

Friendly and down to earth, Jane and Lucy from Rockett St George reveal how to create a home that reflects your personality, interests and passions in your home

Specifications
Release: 2017
Pages: 160
Publication: Ryland Peters & Small
Reasons to buy
+Written by the brains behind Rockett St George, whose  distinctive collections are renowned throughout the interiors world+Useful in helping create a more unique space
Reasons to avoid
-Does not necessarily cater to all tastes

Self-acknowledged ‘design junkies’ Lucy St George and Jane Rockett launched their online interiors store in 2007. Ten years on, Rockett St George has revitalised the interiors market with their quirky, glamorous and distinctive collections.

Their book, Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors: Show-stopping looks for unique interiors, offers and insight into creating magical, inviting and imaginative interiors that reflect personality.

The best interior design book

3. The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light

A guide to Scandinavian style by celebrated blogger Niki Brantmark

Specifications
Release: 2017
Pages: 176
Publication: CICO Books
Reasons to buy
+Nail the elusively cool Scandi aesthetic

Inspired by her move to Sweden over ten years ago, Niki Brantmark comments on the distinctive nature of Scandinavian style and helps you to replicate it in your own home.

The book features interior examples from a range of beautiful homes, which should give you the confidence to develop your own take on the popular design theme.

The Maker: Beyond Decorating: Crafting a Unique Space

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

There’s nothing more unique than decorating your home with your own creations

Specifications
Release: 2015
Pages: 225
Publication: Murdoch books
Reasons to buy
+Accessible crafting for the home

The problem with buying from a department store is that you know that someone, somewhere, is displaying the same wall art, the same cushions and the same furnishings.

As Tamara Maynes explains, there is a way to make your home completely unique – you decorate it with things you have made yourself. Luckily, she shows you just how to do it in this crafty book. 

Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People

5. Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People

How do the other half live? Find out in this book, which features exclusive images of houses owned by the likes Madonna and Christian Louboutin

Specifications
Release: 2007
Pages: 400
Publication: KNOPF
Reasons to buy
+Aspirational luxury design

You may not be able to afford the same interior designer as pop stars or fashion icons but you can take inspiration from their homes. Featuring exclusive images of houses owned by some of the biggest names in the world, this book provides you with plenty of inspiration for your own home. 

The book recalls some of the best interior design stories that have previously featured in Vogue, giving you a round up of the most influential styles of recent times. 

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

6. Elements of Style

Demonstrating how your home and your life intertwine, this book is about meeting your needs without ever compromising on style

Specifications
Release: 2014
Pages: 336
Publication: Simon and Schuster
Reasons to buy
+Practical decorating and lifestyle guidance

Combining practical guidance, professional photographs, illustrations and personal essays, this book will help you to create a home that reflects your personality and life ambitions. Whether it’s the ideal kitchen countertop, the best way to decorate a nursery or how to tackle the shops when you’re just starting out, this is the best all-rounder for those who need a friendly voice to help them out with a bit of everything. 

Farrow & Ball How to Decorate: Transform your Home with Paint & Paper

7. Farrow & Ball How to Decorate: Transform your Home with Paint & Paper

Many people will argue that the walls are the foundations of any interior design theme, so make sure you get the colours right with this book from Farrow & Ball

Specifications
Release: 2016
Pages: 268
Publication: Mitchell Beazley
Reasons to buy
+In-depth guide to choosing wall colour

Choosing a colour palette is important to any design theme. But what kind of colour palette? Darker colours, lighter colours, or how about a complete contrast? To ensure you get the foundations of any interior makeover right, Farrow & Ball have put together a guide to choosing the best colours; from the right colours for a north-facing room to that all-important feature wall.  

Decorate for a Party: Creative Styling Ideas for Gatherings

8. Holly Becker Decorate for a Party: Creative Styling Ideas for Gatherings

A party is a prime time to show everyone what you’re all about. Impress them from front door to back door with this handy book.

Specifications
Release: 2016
Pages: 160
Publication: Jacqui Small LLP
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for party people

Whether you’re hosting an entire reception or a gathering of your favourite people, this joint effort by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewing will certainly enable you to dress your home to impress. From colour palettes to styles, lengthy projects to quick transformations, make sure your home is ready for when the guests arrive with this incredibly useful guide.

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