Instagram and Pinterest are constant sources of inspiration, but nothing beats a good coffee table book. Not only serving the purpose of being informative, they’re also a little piece of eye candy for your surfaces.
Here I’ve curated an edit of my favourite interior design books, from classic and understated to unashamedly bold and bright. There’s something for everyone…
For the all-rounders
Spanning six continents to offer you a glimpse into the most stunning houses from Acapulco to Tokyo, this catalogue is the ultimate in interior inspo. Profiling every style you can imagine, this is the perfect choice for those who are in the midst of starting a home design project, but find themselves unsure of which path to follow when it comes to décor.
Packed full of ideas for every budget, award-winning blogger Kate Watson-Smyth shares her practical tips and tricks, room by room, to ensure every corner of your home reaches its maximum potential. From how to achieve the right lighting and making the most of small spaces to her top 10 design hacks, these essential guidelines can be translated into any aesthetic.
For the minimalists
A striking lesson in the power of simplicity, interior designer Nancy Braithwaite demonstrates the impact that scale, repetition and subtle colour can command in a space. She explores three different categories – country, classic and contemporary – showing that this ethos can be easily translated into a multitude of styles and has a place in every home. Her underlying rule is that every element in a room should strive to be simple and powerful without compromise.
Perennial and eternally chic, black and white is a colour combination that will never go out of fashion. Celebrating the stylish simplicity of a monochromatic home, interiors stylist Hilary Robertson analyses five different schemes with a collection of mood boards. Examples of homes with a brighter, whiter approach are contrasted with darker décor to show you how effective this trend can be at both ends of the spectrum.
For the urbanites
Industrial design has grown from strength to strength since the “loft living” phenomenon of 1950s New York. This book is special as it showcases homes and conversions with a genuine manufacturing past, rather than focusing on ways to mimic the warehouse aesthetic. With exposed beams, bare brickwork, structural columns, and steel doors in abundance, this truly is an aspiring loft dweller’s bible.
Vacant factories, warehouses and studios are becoming increasingly sought-after and changing the traditional concept of city living and working. From transforming non-residential spaces to tapping into key industrial elements, such as copper piping and exposed brickwork, Sara Emslie explores 12 inspiring and varied real-life homes that showcase the very best of this urban look.
For the thrill seekers
Lucy St George and Jane Rockett will revitalise your passion for interiors and help you create a home which is both imaginative and personal. They specialise in curating weird and wonderful objects into a considered aesthetic. From selecting paint colours and wallpaper to arranging furniture and styling treasured trinkets, the duo’s light-hearted approach to decorating makes it a fun and undaunting task.
Revealing his lifelong passion for colour and the effect it has on our emotions, Hans Blomquist encourages readers to be adventurous and experiment, moving away from bland neutrals. From rendering a room cool and calming with a deep teal to creating a dramatic and moody ambience with charcoal grey, there is no doubt that colour is a powerful and easy way to transform a space.