When you’re looking for inspiration for your home, there’s nothing quite like browsing through the pages of an interior decorating book.
While of course, the internet is a great source of information and aspirational images, there is something special about getting comfy with a cup of coffee and a good book.
Whether you’re looking for new ideas for a home makeover, a gift for a loved one or you simply love new books to arrange stylishly on your coffee table, we reveal the best interior decorating books to buy this year…
- How to Live with Objects: A Guide to More Meaningful Interiors by Monica Khemsurov
- More Beautiful: All-American Decoration by Mark D Sikes
- Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People: Houses, Gardens, People
- Vern Yip’s Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway by Vern Yip
- The Secret Lives of Color by Clair Kassia St Clair
- Inspired by Nature by Hans Blomquist
How to Live with Objects: A Guide to More Meaningful Interiors by Monica Khemsurov
The hardcover version of this book is a work of art in itself, perfectly gracing any coffee table and a truly inspirational read.
Once you delve into this book, you’ll discover a whole new way of thinking about the objects in your home.
It takes us away from focussing on the items that are on-trend or created by a particular designer who’s fashionable right now.
You’ll step away from color coordination for the sake of it, and you’ll learn to instead, look within.
This book is all about embracing what you love, forming collections of objects, yet ensuring they look amazing in your home.
Do you have something you love to collect but feel it would look out of place, or not sophisticated enough in your space? This book will teach you how to embrace your own style, and also how to display your objects in the most beautiful way.
Every page oozes color, quality, and quirky ideas.
It gives you permission to throw away the ideals that are holding you back from creating the home that YOU want to live in.
Your interior decoration doesn’t need to be ‘perfect’, it simply needs to make you happy. This is by no means the cheapest book on our list, but it’s perhaps the one that will most make you smile as you leaf through the pages.
More Beautiful: All-American Decoration by Mark D Sikes
More Beautiful is the sequel to Beautiful, a New York Times best-seller.
If you’re unfamiliar with the first title, then I certainly recommend you pick that one up alongside this newer release.
Mark D. Sikes is a talented interior designer who shares his love of classic American style through the pages of his books. From country to coastal, this aptly named book is packed full of exquisite ideas to create the perfect look in your own home.
What I love about the work of Mark D. Sikes, is the way he manages to create spaces that are both comfortable and elegant, perfectly blending practicality with charm and sophistication.
Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People: Houses, Gardens, People
Is this the ultimate coffee table book for interior design enthusiasts?
It’s certainly a great book to pick up and browse through and a conversation piece for guests.
Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a world of interiors and exteriors belonging to an eclectic mix of the rich and famous.
Ever wanted to see inside Madonna’s rural English retreat or take a peek at Christian Louboutin’s houseboat on the Nile? It’s all here!
This stunning book offers up to 36 celebrity residences for your delectation. Whether you’ll find any ideas that can be transferred to your own home is perhaps debatable, but if you’re intrigued with how the other half lives, you can certainly satisfy your curiosity with this delightful book.
Vern Yip’s Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway by Vern Yip
When you step into a hotel, you’re filled with emotions.
You suddenly feel calm and relaxed, yet excited, filled with eager anticipation in your luxurious surroundings.
These positive feelings arise partly perhaps because you’re on vacation, but luxury hotels also put in a great deal of expertise to create that atmosphere that we all aspire to.
Vern Yip’s book Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway provides a wealth of tips and tricks used in the hotel industry to create that 5-star feeling, and offers practical ways to implement them within your own home, to get that vacation vibe every day!
What’s great about this book is that the information focuses on real living.
So many interior decorating texts seem to be written for people who live the perfect life, free from clutter, with kids and pets that are perfectly behaved and never make a mess.
Vern Yip helps you to create a relaxing, luxury retreat, but in a realistic way, taking real life into consideration.
This book is highly illustrated, with some stunning inspirational images, but there’s also plenty to read, so it’s more than simply a picture book to be browsed through.
The Secret Lives of Color by Clair Kassia St Clair
Perhaps the wild card of our list, this book delves deeply into the history and meaning of color.
It’s a wonderful addition to any interior decoration library, but it would make a fantastic gift for anyone with an interest in science, history, or art, or simply for someone who has an inquiring mind!
It’s a fascinating and riveting read, and it certainly does give you some food for thought when you’re next choosing a color scheme for your décor.
The author has a wonderful way with words, it’s a true pleasure to read, and you learn a lot along the way.
This is one of those books that you’ll struggle to put down, and that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
Inspired by Nature by Hans Blomquist
Exploring the natural world around us is a brilliant way to get inspiration for your interior decoration.
Taking a long walk in beautiful surroundings allows your mind to clear and your imagination to run free and unhindered.
Being amongst the beauty of nature can really help to bring forth amazing décor ideas, and this book by Hans Blomquist is all about bringing that natural beauty into your own home.
With a focus on natural materials, Hans has an eye for perfectly blending colors and textures to create showcase homes that are warm and welcoming, while also having a substantial ‘wow-factor’ appeal.
This book will certainly help you to create a cosy timeless retreat. If you love natural earthy tones and organic materials in your home, you’re certainly going to enjoy perusing the pages of this hardback.