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When it comes to interior design, there are range different ways to learn, such as blog posts, online courses, video tutorials and lectures. One format that many overlook is interior design books. Interior design books are still very useful—and they often explore topics in greater depth than a single article ever can. The right books can offer a great deal of value to readers, especially for their extremely low cost. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the fact that oftentimes, an interior design book acts as a piece of decor itself. Gracing coffee tables and consoles with beautiful covers that provide visual interest.
I have compiled a list of 10 Interior Design books that you can buy now on Amazon UK for great prices. These books range from interior design guides, to how to use colour and pattern and how to accessorise your home.
The Interior Design Handbook- Frida Ramstedt- £16.63
Design consultant Frida Ramstedt runs Scandinavia’s leading interior design blog. In this book she tells the the secrets of successful interior design and styling to help you create a home that works best for your space, taste and lifestyle. Filled with practical tips, rules-of-thumb and tricks of the trade, ‘The Interior Design Handbook’ will help you to think like a professional designer. This is a technical guide that goes digs deep into interior design principles. I currently have this book on my coffee table and I love it – it’s the ultimate design guide.
Mad about the House: How to decorate your home with style- Kate Watson-Smyth- £14.99
Packed full of ideas and inspiration for every budget, work through your home room by room with Kate’s expert and practical tips that ensure every corner reaches its maximum potential. As well as her top 10 design hacks, Kate reveals the rules of rug layout, explains how to buy a sofa, and shows you how to get the lighting right in every room. 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.
Wild Interiors: Beautiful plants in beautiful spaces- Hilton Carter- £14.99
Bestselling author Hilton Carter brings his unique eye and love of plants to show you how to create luscious interiors that not only look amazing but are good for your well-being, too. Packed full of interior design advice such as using ‘statement plants’ like Fiddle-leaf figs to create a focal point, how to layer your greenery by using hanging baskets, and how to assemble the perfect plant shelf, Hilton shows you how bringing houseplants into your home creates instant impact.
The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for slow living- Nathan Williams- £22.29
When The Kinfolk Table was published in 2013, it transformed the way readers across the globe thought about small gatherings. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams showcases how embracing that same ethos—of slowing down, simplifying your life, and cultivating community—allows you to create a more considered, beautiful, and intimate living space. The Kinfolk Home takes readers inside 35 homes around the world, from the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. Some have constructed modern urban homes from blueprints, while others nurture their home’s long history. Featuring inviting photographs and insightful profiles, interviews, and essays, each home tour is guaranteed to inspire.
Live Beautiful- Athena Calderone – £30.10
Beautiful design isn’t just pleasant to look at; it improves the quality of our lives. It helps foster the traditions, rituals, and ceremonies we create in our homes. In Live Beautiful, the highly anticipated design book by Athena Calderone, the EyeSwoon creator taps into her network of interior decorators and designers to reveal how carefully crafted interiors come together.
She also opens the doors to two of her own residences. With each homeowner, Calderone explores the initial spark of inspiration that incited the design journey. Followed by the deeply personal objects, stories, and references that accompanied it. She then breaks down the details of the rooms―like layered textures, patterns, collected pieces, and customised vignettes. She also offers helpful tips and advice on how to bring these elevated elements into your own space. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home that’s unique and thoughtfully put together.
Happy Inside: How to harness the power of home for health and happiness – Michelle Ogundehin – £14.39
Be happier, healthier and more empowered with Michelle Ogundehin’s step-by-step practical guide to creating a home that supports your well-being. This comprehensive guide covers everything from how to create more light and space to how to get a good night’s sleep; the path to a perfect sofa and why a dining table is your most vital piece of furniture. Plus, how to decorate to promote joy; the importance of play (and circular side tables); your definitive capsule kitchen kit; and why your hallway is where it all starts. Combining Michelle’s knowledge of mindfulness, colour psychology and good design, Happy Inside is your one-stop guide to living well.
Living with pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home – Rebecca Atwood- £18.59
Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house. She covers pattern usage you probably already have, such as on your duvet cover or in the living room rug, and she also reveals the unexpected places you might not have thought to add it: bathroom tiles, an arrangement of book spines in a reading nook, or windowpane gridding in your entryway. This stunning book showcases distinct uses of pattern in homes all over the country to inspire you to realize that an injection of pattern can enliven any space, helping to make it uniquely yours.
Sustainable Home: Practical projects, tips and advice for maintaining a more eco-friendly household – Christine Liu – £13.58
Sustainable lifestyle blogger and professional Christine Liu takes you on a tour through the rooms of your home offering tips, tricks and 18 step-by-step projects designed to help you lead a more low-impact lifestyle. Whether its by making your own toothpaste, converting to renewable energy sources, reducing your consumption of plastic, growing your own herb garden or upcycling old pieces of furniture, there are numerous ways – both big and small – to make a difference.
With environmental issues a worldwide priority, the desire to make small changes is on the rise. This book will guide anyone hoping to make a difference, but who perhaps don’t know where to begin.
Home Sweet Rented Home: Transform Your Home Without Losing Your Deposit – Medina Grillo- £10.69
You’ve got the keys from your landlord, moved into your new home, and the boxes are unpacked. Now you want to put your stamp on the place. But how do you do this when you can’t paint the walls, refurbish the kitchen or replace the old, tired flooring?
In this invaluable book, award-winning interiors blogger Medina Grillo shares her favourite tips, tricks and DIY projects for transforming a rented space. Discover ways to add a splash of colour with removable wallpaper. Learn how to hang art without damaging the walls, and learn to upcycle those furniture bargains you picked up at the flea market. With chapters covering all aspects of the home, from walls, flooring and lighting to storage and accessories, Home Sweet Rented Home will enable every reader to make their house feel like home, whether they are a DIY expert or have never before lifted a paintbrush.
Farrow & Ball How to Decorate: Transform your home with paint & paper – Joa Studholme & Charlotte Cosby – £19.99
Published on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the iconic brand, the book brings together the expertise of Joa Studholme and the Farrow & Ball creative team to demystify the nitty-gritty of transforming a home – from deciding which colours work best in a north-facing room to creating accents with paint and making the most of a feature wall.
Whether they’re favourite designers, architecture writers, or celebrated stylists, there are so many genius interior design books out there. To level up your home’s aesthetics and gain a new coffee table book to proudly display, look no further than the books on this list. Do you have any of the books I have included above? Are there any interior design books I haven’t included above that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below.
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