May 23, 2024


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17 Best Interior Design Books 2021

Regardless of how much of a design buff you are, there’s always room for a bit of inspiration now and again. An interior design book, which is a simple way to dress up your coffee table, desk, or bookshelf, can amp up your decorating skills. Whether you’ve longed for a more stylish living room, a cozier bedroom, or a relaxing bathroom retreat, this collection of interior design books is filled with more than enough tips and tricks to inject personality into your home.


“Live Beautiful” by Athena Calderone

In Live Beautiful, Athena Calderone, the creative force behind the lifestyle site Eyeswoon, offers a glimpse into the homes of accomplished creatives ranging from decorators like Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent to fashion tastemakers like Jenna Lyons. They share the inspiration behind their well-decorated homes and how the average homeowner can recreate the look. 


S Is for Style: The Schumacher Book of Decoration

If you’re obsessed with patterns like stripes and florals, this is for you. In this coffee table book, Schumacher—the iconic fabric and wallpaper company—celebrates the creative ways designers have used their most beloved prints over the years. 


The Home Edit

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit have organized spaces for everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Gwyneth Paltrow. If you haven’t had a chance to steal tips from their Netflix show, Get Organized, now’s the time to sit down with their book, which is full of advice on making just about any room look more polished.


Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave: Target Exclusive Edition

If you consider yourself a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, where Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed old homes into Instagram-worthy properties, add her book to your collection. In it, you’ll find ideas for decorating with antiques, experimenting with industrial decor, and more.


Kelly Wearstler: Evocative Style

When it comes to leading interior designers, it doesn’t get any better than Kelly Wearstler. Evocative Style shows off Wearstler’s mastery of fashioning spaces that tell a story, whether it’s through mixing vintage and contemporary pieces or experimenting with unique textures and organic shapes.


The New Southern Style

Look no further than interiors photographer and stylist Alyssa Rosenheck to uncover the truth about Southern style, thanks to glimpses of her stunning home as well as those of design influencers, like Leanne Ford. This refreshing look at Southern culture, including its emerging design trends, will tempt you to bring more charm into your own abode.


Modern Americana

Leave it to interior designer Max Humphrey to reveal what it takes to pull off a modern Americana aesthetic. Think pointers on decorating with gingham, old maps, flea market treasures, and custom furnishings—all with a focus on crafting an interior that feels layered and lived-in. 


Rebecca Atwood: Living With Pattern Coffee Table Book

There’s an art to layering patterns in an interior and Brooklyn-based textile designer Rebecca Atwood shows exactly how it’s done in this book. A healthy mix of design inspiration and practical how-to’s makes this title a must-have for any decor lover. 


Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life

It’s no secret that lifestyle blogger and decorator Erin Gates knows all about designing a beautiful room. Steal a dose of her style with this book that has all the tips you could ever need to make your home stylish, comfortable, and most importantly, functional for a busy family. 


Made for Living: Collected Interiors for All Sorts of Styles

Sometimes all it takes is browsing through a book of picture-perfect rooms to land on a brilliant design idea for your own space. Amber Lewis’ Made for Living has more than 250 photographs that offer pointers on paint colors, throw pillows, lighting, and just about any other design element you’ve always been curious about.


Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide

More is more is the perfect way to describe Abigail Ahern’s Everything. Learn the ins and outs of nailing the maximalist design aesthetic, from going bold with color to mixing furniture styles. 


Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home

An organized space never fails to exude beauty, and Nikki Boyd’s Beautifully Organized proves just that. This inspiring book will encourage you to rid your home of clutter once and for all and put the items that hold special meaning to you on full display. 


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

New York magazine editor Wendy Goodman has covered some of the most breathtaking homes in the world over the years. In May I Come In?, she opens the doors to more than 75 of her favorites and highlights some of her own memorabilia and photos along the way.


“Travel Home” by Caitlin Flemming

Any travel enthusiast would appreciate this book’s engaging look at homes around the world, from Portugal to Marrakesh. Its beautiful photography and tips on arranging a global-inspired room makes it perfect for any design obsessive. 


Home For The Soul

We can all do our part to live a more sustainable life and Home for the Soul offers thoughtful interior design pointers to point you in the right direction.  


“More Beautiful” by Mark D. Sikes

What does it take to make your home more beautiful? That’s the premise behind Mark D. Sikes’ coffee table book. The top designer, who is known for his love of a blue-and-white color palette, shares some of his top all-American spaces that are equal parts sophisticated and comfortable.


Jungalow: Decorate Wild

Get inspired to be a bit more daring with your design style, thanks to Justina Blakeney’s upcoming book, Jungalow: Decorate Wild. Read it from cover to cover and you’ll feel more confident in choosing color schemes, going bold with patterns, and breaking away from traditional design principles.

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