In a world full of apps and blogs (ahem) there is something so tangible about leafing through an actual book on home decor. An idealist’s paradise, it feeds the mind with dreams of, if only’s … and one day’s … And there tends to be good reasons why these ideas and images have been permanently captured in the armour of a hard back. But in recent years, and with the now infamous “don’t move, improve” mantra in full swing, we’ve been bombarded with all sorts of interior styling advice, making it a more time consuming and expensive task sorting the Amanda Talbot’s from the Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen’s.
So here are 10 of our tried, tested and approved books on interior decor and design. If nothing else, at least they’ll look the part on the coffee table.
Paris objet trouve by Herbert Ypma; Enchanting and eclectic, Paris filled with old-world charm.
Living Modern by Richard Powers and Phyllis Richardson; The ultimate resource for those with an interest in contemporary design and modern living.
Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey; Stripped-back simplicity, discovering the potential of rescued objects.
Remake it, Home by Henrietta Thompson; Smart and savvy. A wealth of fantastic projects and money-saving tips.
Bringing Nature Home by Ngoc Minh Ngo; A real beauty. This book presents an alternative to traditional flower arranging.
Creative Walls by Geraldine James; Will inspire you to organize and arrange your collections on any surface in your home to create character and charm.
A perfectly kept house… by Mary Randolph Carter; For all those who choose to live “imperfectly” with the messy things they love, this book shows how to do so with considerable style ideas.
Choosing Colours by Kevin McCloud; Love him or hate him, Mr McCloud really knows his paint and how to deal with colours in a non ridiculous manner.
Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick; Of the hugely popular design blog Decor8; This bible holds over 1,000 professional tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget.
Domino, the book of… by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello & Dara Caponigro A little bit coffee table book, a little bit how-to guide, the book takes you step-by-step through each area of the home.