Whether you’re an interior design student, a designer just starting out in the industry, or an established designer with many years of experience under their belt, it’s always a good idea to have interior design books handy.
There are thousands of books out there that promise to educate and inspire readers about interior design. We’ve decided to do the grunt work for you by compiling a list of our favorite interior design books that offer great tools and advice for beginners and experienced designers alike.
10 must-read interior design books for designers & students
Interior Design Masterclass by Carl Dellatore
This book is unlike any other interior design book out there. It contains contributions from 100 of the best designers in the industry and covers everything from theory to structure to style to process to elements and inspiration. A true masterpiece that offers knowledge and unique insights any designer can learn from.
Jungalow: Decorate Wild by Justina Blakeney
If you’re looking for gorgeous decor inspiration, this book is it. It’s filled with beautiful artwork, patterns and style. It teaches readers how to be bold when it comes to interior design and educates on how to draw inspiration from nature and our own personal experiences to make a space really come to life.
Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years by Jennifer Boles
In this book you’ll read about the most inspiring interior designers of all time and how they influenced interior decorating as we know it. These designers come from all over the world, including America, France, Italy, England, and Iran, bringing to the table a beautiful mishmash of different styles.
The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book by Mimi Love and Chris Grimley
A compact book that packs a punch – The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book has detailed charts, specifications, diagrams, and information for planning and executing projects of all sizes. Seasoned designers and amateurs will find a ton of useful information that they can refer to when needed.
[eBook] How to Start an Interior Design Business
We know, we know, this isn’t technically a book–but it’s still worth a read and it’ll help any designer with the ins-and-outs of starting their own interior design business. It covers business registration, services, website design, digital portfolios, design rates, marketing, networking, and more. You can download it for free here.
Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman
If you want a book that offers extensive decorating tips, how-to advice and insider secrets, look no further. Domino’s chapters are organized by room (e.g., entryway, living room, dining room, etc.), making it easy for readers to navigate. Its pages are filled with gorgeous visuals that will inspire any interior designer.
Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces by Maureen Mitton
This extensive guide is essential for any serious interior designer. It covers important topics such as building codes designers must abide by when designing a residential home, proper ergonomics, accessibility standards, circulation, ventilation, and much more.
New York School of Interior Design: Home: The Foundations of Enduring Spaces by Ellen S. Fisher
This book is geared toward interior design students and provides a comprehensive education on home design and decor. It also covers the design process from A-Z, including defining a project, creating a budget, creating the palette and scheme, and much more.
[eBook] How to Choose the Best Interior Design Software for Your Business
Hi, us again. This one’s another great resource for interior designers looking for the right interior design software for their business. Our eBook covers identifying business needs & bottlenecks, professional features to look out for, software training, system requirements, and pricing. You can download it for free here.
Monochrome Home: Elegant Interiors in Black and White by Hilary Robertson
If you’re looking for the ultimate guide in designing in black and white, Monochrome Home is it. This book provides advice on putting together different monochrome palettes and shows examples of beautifully designed monochrome homes of artists, architects and designers across the globe.
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