The 11 Best Interior Design Books

10 best interior design books

The 11 Best Interior Design Books

Whether you’ve just bought your first house, are looking to refurbish your home or just want to add some spark to your study, there are countless reasons why you may be in need of some interior design inspiration.

We’ve compiled a selection of inspiring and useful books here, all recently published, taking care to cover a range of styles, cultures and budgets. They're written by some of the brightest minds in interior designs, from creative professionals to hugely popular bloggers.

This dreamy volume will take you on a trip around the world, allowing you to discover the décor of 15 distinct destinations, which range as far as Normandy, Scandinavia, Brooklyn, Italy, Hollywood, Paris and Miami.

Wildly popular lifestyle blogger Will Taylor, of the site Bright Bazaar, aims to help readers understand what type of decorating style is best for them through the use of evocative travel photographs and snapshots of characterful homes around the world.

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2. Farrow & Ball: How to Decorate by Joa Studholme & Charlotte Cosby: £30, Octopus

This is a beautiful volume by paint and wallpaper specialist Farrow & Ball, written by in-house colour guru Joa Studholme and head of creative Charlotte Cosby. The book features inspiring shots of beautiful houses around the world, encompassing a wide range of different decorating styles.

We thought it was particularly useful how it offers an in-depth look at all the different shades of the colour wheel and their effect on interiors, alongside helpful tips for how to work with paint, primers and undercoats, and suggested colour combinations.

It also provides interesting insight into how painting floors and stairs can really transform a home.

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3. The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick: £35, Rizzoli International Publications

You may not think of your bathroom as the most glamorous room in your house, but this escapist volume by Barbara Sallick will make you start dreaming of all the design potential of your own lavatory.

The exhaustive book showcases many different styles, from gilded sinks to marble showers, and covers everything from bathroom accessories to materials and furnishings. It also includes information about the different types of bathtubs, showerheads, washstands, sinks and toilets.

Barbara Sallick is co-founder of Waterworks, a luxury brand of bath fittings, fixtures, furniture, and accessories.

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4. New York Living: Re-Inventing Home by Paul Gunther: £42.50, Rizzoli International Publications

We may think we know a lot about New York thanks to all those binge-worthy TV shows, but have you ever wondered what it’s inside a real home? Now you can find out, thanks to this interesting volume by Paul Gunther, director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy.

This book takes a look at all the different types of homes in New York, including everything from cosy bedrooms and glamorous kitchens to antique-filled dining rooms, sumptuous hallways, ultra-modern bathrooms and book-rammed libraries, and even gardens and terraces.

Gunther provides great insight into all the different areas, such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, giving the reader a thorough knowledge of the wide variety of homes in the Big Apple.

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5. The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light by Niki Brantmark: £19.99, Ryland, Peters & Small

Flicking through this book is as soothing as a trip to Scandinavia. Niki Brantmark, founder of popular interior design blog My Scandinavian Home, has curated gorgeous photographs of homes across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

This book focuses on how Scandinavian interiors are naturally inspired by light: given the abundance of light in the summer and its scarcity in winter, houses are designed to maximise the amount of natural light in the winter, and to allow the inhabitants to enjoy being outdoors during the summer.

The book covers a wide range of different types of homes, from minimalist urban spaces to country homes, mountain cabins, beach houses and summer cottages, offering a wealth of Scandi inspiration.

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6. Home Décor Cheat Sheets: Need-To-Know Stuff For Stylish Living by Jessica Probus & Alice Mongkongllite: £11.99, Ulysses Press

We love this colourful little book, which features over 300 user-friendly illustrations for DIY interior design ideas. The comprehensive guide includes a glossary on different types of sofas, coffee tables, beds, tile patterns, doors and cabinet knobs.

Writer, editor and designer Jessica Probus and graphic designer and illustrator Alice Mongkongllite will guide you through the various aspects of arranging a well-coordinated space in your home, covering everything from matching furniture styles, arranging wall art and fitting a rug, to how you can make use of throw pillows to add elegance.

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7. The Maker: Beyond Decorating: Crafting A Unique Space: £18.99, Murdoch Books

If you’re going to deck out your new home, you’ll most ly want to add some personal touches. We love this book by popular designer Tamara Maynes, which will inspire you to get to work crafting your own decorative pieces for your house.

Maynes encourages readers to be creative and to think about creating their own projects such as wall art, textiles, ceramics, lighting and furniture.

There’s also a helpful section that gives a thorough run-down on a variety of materials, featuring useful tips for preparing cane for weaving and explanations of different types of clay.

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8. Decorate for a Party: Creative Styling Ideas for Gatherings: £20, Jacqui Small

We love this innovative book by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring of blogs decor8 and A Creative Mint.

If you’ve got a nice, newly furnished home, you’ll want to throw a party to show it off! And what better way to decide how to decorate by for the occasion by flicking through this playful and practical book, which features 100 ideas with easy, step-by-step instructions.

It’s divided into sections that cover a range of different colour palettes, moods styles such as “festive + fun”, “warm + cosy”, “playful + sweet” or “new + romantic”.

 We reckon there are enough themes to cover all types of gatherings, including children’s birthday parties, sophisticated dinner parties and summery picnics. And all the ideas are budget-friendly too, as Becker and Shewring show you how you can make clever use of materials you’ll most ly already have on hand to transform your home for a special celebration.

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9. Terrariums & Kokedama: Stylish ideas for low-maintenance indoor planting by Alyson Mowat: £12.99, Kyle Books

Terrariums, aeriums and kokedama (which is the Japanese for “moss ball”) may not sound terribly exciting, but this book will really make you see them in a different light. Alyson Mowat, who hosts popular indoor gardening workshops in London, shows how you can use greenery to create atmosphere in your home or workspace.

The book features 20 projects (with quirky names such as “It’s A Concrete Jungle Out There” and “Plant-O-Saurus”), to help you plant and take care of your own botanical creations, and includes helpful gardening tips, as well as advice about how to choose the best plants for the space and for your abilities.

All projects include step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations.

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10. Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home by Melissa Michaels: £11.56, Harvest House Publishers

Melissa Michaels, from the popular decorating blog The Inspired Room, urges readers of Simple Decorating to “forget the renovation – just add inspiration”. This wonderful book features wallet-friendly ideas for how you can spruce up your home without needing to spend too much time or effort.

We especially love Michaels’ friendly and empathetic tone: “Do you ever find yourself in a decorating slump or just plain ol’ STUCK?” she asks. If this is you, you can look forward to discovering the 50 different ways in which you can transform your home.

Michaels will help you add personality through the use of different patterns and completely transform a space with simple furniture choices, among many other tips.

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The Verdict: Interior design books

We really How to Decorate and Home Décor Cheat Sheets for their exhaustive nature, while Decorate for a Party and Simple Decorating get a thumbs-up for their focus on budget-friendly ideas. However, our absolute favourite for the beautiful inspiration and wide scope of many different cultures and styles, is Dream Décor.

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15 New Interior Design Books We Can’t Wait to Dive Into This Fall

The 11 Best Interior Design Books

Design books are inherently beautiful things. Visually, of course, they offer an embarrassment of riches. But at AD PRO we also look beyond those vividly illustrated pages and covers worthy of a coffee-table humblebrag.

And it's these 15 books’ ability to shed light on a designer’s inner monologue—their obsessions, their processes, and their challenges—that makes them standouts.

We learn about Ashley Hicks’s affinity for DIY (which would have his late father turning in his grave, he notes), Cathy Kincaid’s secret sauce for mixing periods and patterns, Axel Vervoordt’s enduring exploration of Japanese aesthetics, and much more. If there is something to be learned this fall, it’s that when it comes to interiors, there are so many right ways to do things.

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Lisa Fine, Near & Far: Interiors I LoveBy Lisa Fine with photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Vendome, $60

Floral block prints, blue delftware, crystal chandeliers—these are all design elements that endure, and for very good reason. But when seen through the astute eye of Lisa Fine, they lose any potentially staid connotations.

In her new book Near & Far: Interiors I Love, the Mississippi-born textile designer leads readers through both her own far-flung homes and ones in which she has found inspiration around the globe.

Insightful as her own rooms may be, it’s the residences of Carl Linnaeus, Lee Radziwill, and others that may have readers crying “Encore!” —Madeleine Luckel

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Kelly Wearstler: Evocative StyleBy Kelly Wearstler

Rizzoli, $55

If there’s one thing Kelly Wearstler has proven expertise in, it’s her ability to knock down any design conventions to mix and match whatever she pleases.

Across the pages of this book, the AD100 designer presents a case study in collaged design, where seafoam green chandeliers and upholstered dining chairs live in perfect harmony, and paint-splattered walls and ornate antique chests couple happily together.

Pulling the traditional, modern, colorful, and stark all into the same room seemingly gives each piece a new life and identity though Wearstler’s careful consideration. If there’s a lesson to be learned from the interiors presented here, it’s to always see the forest and the trees. —Tim Latterner

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Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of InteriorsBy Michael Gardner with photography by Laziz Hamani

Flammarion, $75

Axel Vervoordt’s latest monograph, Portraits of Interiors, lovingly paints precisely that: intimate views into some of the Belgian designer’s most masterful projects.

The book, released in time for the 50th anniversary of his company, pulls back the curtain on Vervoordt’s design process—steeped heavily in the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi—and offers candid reflections from each projects’ clients.

From a minimalist townhouse in Tokyo to the Vervoordt family’s private home, the ‘s-Gravenwezel castle, the AD100 Hall of Famer and his collaborators demonstrate an adroit handling of context, infusing each project with a sense of stillness and balance. “There are no mistakes in nature. You can’t impose your will.

You have to accept things as they are,” Vervoordt notes. Indeed, through text by Michael James Gardner and rich photographs by Laziz Hamani, Portraits of Interiors demonstrates that in Vervoordt’s universe everything is in precisely the right place. —Anna Fixsen

A vignette from the Robert Stilin Shop featuring a Massimo Vitali photograph and a mixture of vintage and custom pieces.

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Best Home & Interior Design Books to Buy Right Now 2019 | Style & Living

The 11 Best Interior Design Books

Whether you are a budding designer, a decorating pro, or just a lover of finely feathered nests, interior design books are always good to have on hand.

Yes, there are an insane amount of #homeinspo images available on Instagram that let you scroll quite literally until the cows come home.

But can you curl up with those images on a rainy day? Are you able to display them on your beautifully curated étagère and coffee table? When guests come over, can they leisurely peruse the pages, impressed by your taste level? 

There is nothing that quite compares to a bright and sparkly stack of interior design books, so we’ve assembled our best of the best into a handy list.

Many of these tomes contain not only dazzling inspirational images, but helpful information, secrets of the trade, and even a few projects to try out as well.

Some are classics of the field, others are destined to be, but all of these books showcase a love of design and the transformative power of making the most of your living space. 

So you never got a design degree from Parsons. Don’t worry, with this book you won't need it! Author Jennifer Boles provides a comprehensive overview of the last 100 years of design and the top 100 most important designers. 

Boles also includes sections on what we can learn from these designers and how they changed the art of interiors for good. Inspired Design truly is inspiring and informative at the same time.

Blogger Emily Henderson has taken the design world by storm, and she shows no sign of slowing down (which is good, because we're kind of addicted to her Instagram). In Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to Bookshelves, she shares practical tricks of the trade for styling a space.

Styled contains more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 inspirational rooms and truly helps you curate what you have and reimagine your space as it should be.

As the founder of DwellStudio, Christiane Lemieux built a career on good design. In Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details, she provides a compendium of the basic elements of home decor, from paint and wallpaper to upholstered furniture and ceramics, and shows how to identify quality and true craftsmanship.

Finer Things is an extremely well-researched resource that is also a delight to read. It’s a must-have for would-be designers. 

The home design book of the moment is definitely Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Joanna Gaines' tome on how to create a home that reflects the personalities of people who live there (instead of incorporating someone else’s tried and true formula).

Using her farmhouse as well as other carefully crafted homes as examples, the Fixer Upper host walks readers through the design process and helps them hone in on their own authentic style. There is also a handy design template at the back of the book, which provides a step-by-step guide to dreaming up and sketching out design plans.  

Farrow & Ball are to paint what Einstein is to relativity. They are simply geniuses at what they do —and in their case, that means developing sublime paint colors. In How to Decorate, the British paint company lays out its expertise on color, providing readers with insights on how to transform a space through paint and wallpaper.

With detailed information on everything from how light affects various hues to which colors work best for accents walls, this book is a deep dive into understanding the science of color. It’s also a pleasure to look at. Written by Farraw & Ball veteran and admitted “paint geek” Joa Studholme, How to Decorate should be a mainstay on any design shelf. 

Domino casts a huge net of influence in the home design sphere, whether through its print magazine, its Instagram account, or its website. The domino Collection Box Set brings it all together with stunning photography and art, sidebars, tips, tricks of the trade, and resources.

The first book, The Book of Decorating, takes readers through a home looking at each room, breaking down the elements and creating spaces that are personal and functional (it also includes a helpful updated resource section).

The second book, Your Guide to a Stylish Home, shows readers how to use key elements rugs, lighting, and fabric to build a space and how to develop their own style. This set gets bonus points for its display-worthy covers, too.

If you’re the type that obsesses over tile and faucets and bath fixtures, look no further than The Perfect Bath. Written by Barbara Sallick, the founder of luxury bath fittings brand Waterworks, it not only provides endless inspiration, but shows readers how to create the perfect bath and avoid all the major pitfalls.

Sallick shares her favorite features of well-designed baths, talks with top designers about their work, and offers practical advice and insights. With step-by-step guides for planning and designing, this book is definitely a valuable resource.    

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Justina Blakeney is the patron saint of all things boho. Her book, New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes, came out a few years ago and was an instant classic.

Lush with inspiring images, it features the homes of 20 creatives around the country — boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers, each with their own well-honed personal style and insanely curated spaces with loads of character.

Blakeney also includes DIY projects and a Plant-o-Pedia, which explains how to care for the many plants featured in the book. With its sublime imagery, New Bohemians is a true guilty pleasure that belongs on every design bookshelf. 

Elements of Style is blogger Erin Gates’ practical guide to decorating. At the book’s heart is the notion that designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery — an idea that has resonated with many readers and turned this tome into a New York Times bestseller.

It features many beautiful images along with essays from Erin on lessons she learned through her design journey — including mistakes and real struggles along the way. 

Orlando Soria is the design friend we all need: Not only will he get your space together, he’ll help you get your act together, too! Needless to say, this is not your typical design book. It does include an array of inviting photos and tips of the trade, but there is also Soria’s irreverent humor and brutal honesty.

Some of the subjects tackled include: how to throw a dinner party when you're broke, hanging art a gallery owner, and preparing your home for an unwanted guest.

If you don't follow @thehomeedit on Instagram… well, you should be, so trust us and start doing so now.

Home organizers to the rich and famous (clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Khloe Kardashian, and Reese Witherspoon), Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are the United States' answer to Marie Kondo.

And their results are just a wee bit prettier, thanks to color-coded items contained in a variety of woven baskets, glass jars and plastic bins.

One look at their work and you'll be headed to The Container Store faster than you can say, “Home edit, please!”

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12 Books Every Design-Lover Should Own

The 11 Best Interior Design Books

Design*Sponge at Home, by Grace Bonney (Artisan, 2011)
Billing itself the ‘home decor bible,’ this comprehensive book from the much-beloved blog Design*Sponge features tours of real homes, DIY projects, and before-and-afters that will leave its readers ready to drop what they’re doing and head to Home Depot.

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert Caro (Vintage, 1975)
“Not so much a design book at all, really, but the first book that made me fall in love with the shape of cities, New York’s in particular, and urban design in general,” says AD digital editor David Foxley of this mammoth classic (it clocks in at 1344 pages in length).

Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People (Knopf, 2007) and Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast (Knopf, 2017) by Hamish Bowles
“These Vogue Living books are the best,” says Kathryn Given, AD’s associate market editor.

“The old one that came out in 2007 is an endless source of inspiration and every page is eye candy. The latest title just came out last month, and I can’t wait to dive in.

For someone just starting out these books are so visually stimulating, and it’s so interesting to see how these famous tastemakers decorate.”

Holiday House: Ten Years of Decorating for a Cure, by Iris Dankner (Pointed Leaf Press, 2017)
“As the name implies, it’s a compilation of the past decade’s most memorable rooms at the annual designer showcase, which raises funds for breast cancer awareness and research,” says designer Patrick McGrath. “The book is a fun gift because readers can see how different designers manipulate the same space to different effects.”

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, by Lauren Liess (Abrams, 2015)
This book from Lauren Liess, creator of the popular blog Pure Style Home, delves into her signature aesthetic: mixing vintage with new, quirky with sophisticated, and bringing the outdoors in. It contains valuable lessons on interior design basics from lighting to furniture layouts—to what Liess deems the equally important “intangibles” that ultimately create the mood you want.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (Random House, 1961)
“Any budding design-lover would be lucky to receive this classic—which is actually as captivating a read as it’s chalked up to be—at the start of their career,” says AD digital design editor Amanda Sims. “Written by none other than the mother of modern urban planning herself, Jane Jacobs, it’s the book that made me realize design could truly make a difference (and that there’s always a difference needing to be made).”

Keith Haring, by Jeffrey Deitch and Julia Gruen (Rizzoli, 2014)
“It is the perfect book of art, design, function, decor, etc.,” says Xandro Aventajado of Current Interiors.

“It’s just absolutely perfect in every way down to its size . . . The book is about Haring’s concepts and research and contains a lot of his unpublished photos, written materials, drawings, and journal entries.

This was the last book published before his untimely death.”

The Authentics: A Lush Dive into the Substance of Style, by Melanie Acevedo and Dara Caponigro (Clarkson Potter, 2017)
“If you want to get more personal with some creative talents, this new book is a stunning look into their spaces and lives,” says AD’s Keller.

An Affair with a House, by Bunny Williams (Harry N. Abrams, 2005)
“What’s not to love? Williams has such unimpeachable taste in my opinion, and the concept of taking a long time to really fall for a project of one’s own—and do it really well—is hugely appealing to me,” says AD’s Foxley. “Her passion here is so apparent.”

A subscription to AD!__
Okay, okay, this is not a design book—but we’d be remiss not to include it! A one-year subscription to Architectural Digest is now just $24.99—and if you’re sending it as a gift, our Holiday Box exclusive comes with a tote bag, a coaster set, and a wall calendar, all wrapped up in an AD box to boot.


12 Design Books Sure to Spark Inspiration

The 11 Best Interior Design Books

Some of our favorite design and lifestyle bloggers have been busy creating books inspired by their super popular sites. After making daily online stops to each of their blogs for years, I was super excited to check out these best-selling, blogger-produced titles.

If you love unique, eclectic, boho style, you will absolutely go gaga over this book from Justina Blakeney who runs the blog The Jungalow. She features homes of creatives all across the country and breaks their boho styles down into different categories such as “modern boho” or “nomadic boho.”

Blogger Anne Sage took a unique approach to her design book, featuring homeowners who decorated with their life dreams, wants and desires in mind. There are tons of beautiful photos, as well as some great advice about how to incorporate goal-oriented decorating in your own home.

Erin Gates, who is behind the blog Elements of Style, recently released her debut book by the same name. Filled with gorgeous photos and illustrations, Erin shares all of her best tips and tricks she’s learned over the years as a designer, including her most important discovery: none of our homes (or lives!) are perfect. 

If you’re looking for some advice from some of the most stylish, forward-thinking designers and creators, look no further than the tastemakers. Each of these trendsetters are at the forefront of their industries and share a wealth of knowledge about good design, timeless style and getting clear about living the life that you want.

Interior design superstar Nate Berkus has come a long was since his days as the resident designer on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In this book he shares personal stories and memories about his favorite objects and experiences to help us all understand that our homes truly do tell the stories of our lives.

Combining her beautiful photography and illustrations, this book from fashion and style wonder woman Garance Doré, is a narrative exploration of her life and travels. Part memoir and part style guide, she uses storytelling both visually and with the written word to give you a true inside look into her life.

As the founding editor of Domino (the first one, not the current reboot), Deborah Needleman is an original purveyor of chic and cool home design. All the essentials of easy, achievable home design are here, including ideas for simply mining all of the things that you already own and using them to bring relaxed style to your space.

If you’re ready to roll-up your sleeves and get busy making some changes around your space, these project-based titles are going to have your wheels spinning from page one. Chock full of both visual inspiration and step-by-step DIYs, you’ll have your work cut out for you when it comes to choosing which project to tackle first.

While the word “remodel” is in the title of this book from the creator of the popular site with the same name, there are tons of ideas to incorporate into your home without ever pulling out a hammer or paintbrush. Featuring modern, minimalist spaces as well as vintage and unique custom-made finds, this book is for anyone who loves open, white, clean spaces and simplicity.

Offering specific and detailed advice on how to style your space, blogger and former TV host Emily Henderson packs in 1,000 design ideas in her first book. She shares tips on editing your decor, vignettes and, of course, how to create the ultimate shelfie.  

As the East Coast editor for Better Homes & Gardens magazine, Eddie Ross considers himself a bit of an estate and tag sale ninja. With tips and advice on entertaining and collecting, he shares his best secrets for creating the ultimate table, hosting friends and family and creating a home that you’re truly proud of.  

If you’re after some good, old-fashioned eye candy, then these are the books that will leave you wide-eyed and full of ideas. There’s no shortage of gorgeous photography, rich colors and page after page of design and style inspiration.

From the creators of Kinfolk magazine, this book takes you on a tour of 35 different unique spaces around the world. Showcasing each space with beautiful photography, each of the homes have been put together purposefully, slowly and with great intention, ie. “slow living.”

Featuring the homes of some of your favorite music, fashion, art and celebrity personalies, this book gives you an inside look at some of the most beautiful and unique homes across the world. You can see Donna Karan’s NYC apartment, Madonna’s vacation retreat and Karl Lagerfeld’s house among many others. This one is luxe inspiration overload.  

For those that love the outdoors and using natural elements in their decorating schemes, you will love this title from Pure Style Home blogger Lauren Liess. Get inspired and learn how to incorporate things wood, stone and plants, as well as unique textiles and vintage items. (Liess is a textile designer, as well.)


The 11 Interior Design Books to Add to Your Collection This Year

The 11 Best Interior Design Books

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Picture sitting by a fire, sipping a glass of red, and flipping through the latest interior design book that's hit the shelves. If this sounds your idea of a good time, we have just the thing for you.

Whether you're adding these tomes to your cart for yourself or others, there's no denying that cozy nights are ideal for sitting down with a great book and mulling over the next big design project in your home.

If you're looking to add to your library this year, look no further than the best interior design books. They'll delight, surprise, and inspire.

These books feature it all: grandiose New York estates, cool-kid apartments, and beachfront Mediterranean escapes.

From top interior designers' legacy projects to practical tips for the everyday homeowner, you'll find everything you need in these densely illustrated pages.

Top interior designer Steven Gambrel has a knack for color. His use of color is not done in a bold, in-your-face way; it's subtly juxtaposed so you barely notice it's not neutral. Gambrel is a connoisseur of historical style, and his designs feature compelling reinterpretations of the past coupled with modern-day convenience. 

Buy if you… are looking to repaint your home. 

Acclaimed British designer Veere Grenney eloquently explores not only the hows but also the whys of decorating in his first tome, A Point of View. Featuring 30 years of acclaimed interiors, paired with thoughtful advice, the book is a rich album of Grenney’s decorating work, from London townhouses to Long Island estates.

Buy if you… have a penchant for British décor.

With over 30 years under her belt as a home editor in NYC, Wendy Goodman has seen some truly spectacular spaces. In her book, May I Come In?, she visits more than 75 of her favorite homes that capture and express their owners’ spirit and passions, and showcase individuality and uniqueness. 

Buy if you… love to peek into other people's homes.

If you love Joanna Gaines, you're going to want to pick up her book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave.

 In this book, the HGTV host walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there.

This comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your s and diss, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. 

Buy if you… can't get enough of HGTV.

Most decorating books focus on one designer, but few pay homage to the best designers in recent history. Inspired Design does just that. Featuring all the names of every notable interior designer of the past 100 years—their best work, what we can learn from them, and how they changed decorating forever—this tome is a veritable crash course in design.

Buy if you… would love to go to design school. 

Few interior design books focus on a singular home, but for Thomas O'Brien and his husband, Dan Fink, both AD100 interior designers, it is a labor of love worth capturing in its entirety.

Composed of three separate buildings, the designers' celebrated compound in Bellport, Long Island, may be new, but it looks as if it has been there for generations.

With behind-the-scenes stories about the extraordinary property, this book is an aspirational guide to living a beautiful life in a beautiful home.

Buy if you… are striving to add historic charm to your own home. 

Despite its pricy square footage, New York City is home to some of the world's most extravagant designs, and design authority Wendy Moonan wants to showcase it. In her book, she explores the New York residential spaces that elicit gasps of pleasure.

Some are very grand, others sparingly modern or eclectic. All are exceptional and, Moonan promises, unforgettable.

From Gloria Vanderbilt's sublime patchwork bedroom to Jamie Drake's stunning dining room for the mayor's residence, this book represents the best of New York design, past and present.

Buy if you… have an affinity for historical design.

Apartamento is widely recognized as one of today’s most influential interiors magazines.

It is an indispensable resource for individuals who are passionate about the way they live, and breaks the traditional magazine boundaries by offering readers a glimpse inside the lived-in, often cluttered homes of celebrities Chloë Sevigny.

 The World of Apartamento is a celebration of the magazine’s 10th anniversary, and features the best and most inspirational interiors from the publication’s pages. 

Buy if you… love quirky and individualistic spaces.

You may have never heard of Isabel López-Quesada, but across the pond, she is iconic. Innovatively combining period and contemporary furniture and art in a sophisticated mix, the homes of Isabel López-Quesada are inspirational and unforgettable.

In At Home, the Spanish designer tells the story of her own homes—how she transformed an abandoned wax factory in a leafy district of Madrid into her family home and atelier, and how she created a country home a run-down Basque farm in the hills outside of Biarritz, France.

Buy if you… have always dreamed of living on the Mediterranean.

One of the interior design industry's most illustrious photographers, William Abranowicz has carved a name for himself by shooting the spaces of extraordinary subjects—painters, poets, rock stars, designers, tastemakers, politicians, and performers.

In every one of the more than 250 photographs in this book, most never before published, Abranowicz produces stunning, unconventional portraits of these living spaces, along with texts that recount Abranowicz’s personal interactions with his subjects and their homes. 

Buy if you… enjoy anecdotes as much as décor.

Ryan Korban needs no introduction. From the interiors darling known for his cool-kids spaces comes an alluring book exploring design for today’s generation. Exploring what makes spaces feel truly new and now, this monograph—Korban’s second—presents a fresh look at twenty-first-century contemporary spaces, answering the question, What does “modern” design really mean in today’s day and age?

Buy if you… believe that downtown is better than uptown.


16 Best Interior Design Books to Buy in 2020 – Our Favorite Designer Books

The 11 Best Interior Design Books


In need of some last-minute gift ideas? You can't go wrong with a book full of gorgeous design inspiration. Read on for a list of the titles we'll be putting under the tree this holiday season.

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May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People's Houses

Veteran design writer Wendy Goodman takes readers inside the homes of A-list artists (Richard Avedon), fashion icons (Donatella Versace), socialites (Gloria Vanderbilt), and more.

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Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years

A must-have for any decorating junkie, this book is a crash course on the hundred most influential designers of the modern era, from Elsie de Wolfe to Kelly Wearstler.

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Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease

The acclaimed British decorator offers up a collection of comfortable, cozy, and oh-so-English rooms that prove why pretty is never passé.

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Thomas O'Brien: Library House

A master class in timeless elegance, Library House opens the doors to Thomas O'Brien's historically-inspired home in Bellport, New York.

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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Harper Design

Throw a little pop culture into your interior design library with this book by Joanna Gaines, HGTV celebrity-turned-design magnate.

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Steven Gambrel: Perspective

New York-based designer Steven Gambrel examines the art of refined living in both town and country.

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Dream Design Live

Decorator and blogger Paloma Contreras' debut book is a stylish guide to creating your very own dream home.

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Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity

In her latest book, queen of serene Suzanne Kasler shows that neutrals don't have to be boring.

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The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details

LeMieux Christiane

If you’ve ever wanted to do a deep dive into wallpaper, paints, textiles, and other decorating paraphernalia, this is the resource for you.

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Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design


Amanda Lindroth's treasure trove of tropical interiors are the perfect antidote to a case of the winter blues.

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The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now

Brand: Rizzoli

Gil Schafer creates a sense of history in his projects using a combination of architecture, landscaping, and interior design—learn how he balances the three in this book.

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American Originals

Celebrated photographer William Abranowicz peeks into the private spaces of the creative class, from John Derian and Jeffrey Bilhuber to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

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Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color: (Coffee Table Books, Design Books, Best Books About Color)

Chronicle Books


Discover 100 years of color theory and history in this tome by the ultimate authority on color, Pantone.

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Kerry Joyce: The Intangible

Get the inside scoop on Emmy Award-winning designer Kerry Joyce's lust-worthy textiles and inspired interiors.

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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

Gardening buffs will love poring over images of socialite Bunny Mellon's legendary properties in Virginia, Nantucket, Antigua and beyond.

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Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

Potter Style

Stylist Emily Henderson teaches readers to master the art of styling through this helpful guide, offering ten essential steps and sharing hundreds of inspiring ideas.

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