The best interior design books for style inspiration

Love Scandi but don’t know how to work it? Find it hard to balance cool and fresh with homely and comfortable? We’ve put together a list of the best interior design books to help you create your perfect style

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Not everyone can afford an interior designer but once you know the rules, there’s no reason why you can’t have a go at decorating your home yourself. Interior design books are great things to have if you’re looking for hints, tips and inspiration. Whether you’re looking for help with creating the clean lines and muted tones of Scandinavian styling, or want to put a unique spin on your place but don’t know how to, we’ve put together a small library of interior design books that should help you get on your way.

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If you’re a lover of the ever-popular Scandinavian style, Niki Brantmark's The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light explains how you can play with light, simplicity and colour to create the Scandinavian feel. For those looking for an interior design book that offers advice when it comes to individuality, Tamara Maynes' The Maker: Beyond Decorating: Crafting a Unique Space is certainly worth a look. 

We aim to cover all bases in our guide to the best interior design books; from practicality and party decorations to taking inspiration from your home’s surroundings and your own life journey. 

The best interior design book

1. Niki Brantmark 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

2. Tamara Maynes 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

3. Bowles & Hamish 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

4. Erin Gates 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. 

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

5. Will Taylor Dream Décor

A book that teaches you to take inspiration from where you live, with it’s a city centre loft apartment or a small cottage by the sea

Specifications
Release: 2016
Pages: 256
Publication: Jacqui Small LLP
Reasons to buy
+Create a home that reflects your surroundings and experiences

If you’re looking to add a splash of vibrancy to your home, whether it’s through colour or decor, this book will show you how. Featuring 15 homes that take inspiration from their surrounding areas, the full analysis of each will advise you on how you can replicate these designs in your own home. It’ll also teach you how to integrate personal influences from your own travels or life stories so you home is truly unique to you.  

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

6. Joa Studholme & Charlotte Cosby 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

7. 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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