Interior decorating books are a great choice whenever you need to get inspired, educated about a certain design topic, or paint technique. The books I’ve listed below will motivate you and the take the fear out of decorating.
Chris Madden – Haven
Author Chris Madden explains how to find your own decorating style, how to use color/texture together and guides you in finding the perfect accessories for your home. This book is very detailed and provides examples of the different styles of decorating and the elements needed to achieve a certain style (e.g. romantic, adventurous or classic).
P. Allen Smith – Bringing the Garden Indoors
A well-written, enlightening book about bringing the garden inside your home and decorating with the beauty of nature. Every page is packed with inspirational DIY gardening projects for the indoors that are fun and easy to accomplish. This is by far one of the best decorating books I have ever read.
Better Homes and Gardens – Natural Style
For eco-friendly decorators this is a must read. Natural style is about showing you how to use green and organic materials within your home and how to achieve comfort, style and good health. This book covers every topic related to green decorating such as plants that clean the air, eco-smart paints, organic cleaners, and textiles for the home.
Jonathan Adler – Happy Chic Accessorizing
Jonathan Adler teaches you how to accessorize your home by breaking certain rules and infusing your own personality in your home. The principles of arranging, composition, balance and scale are just a few of the topics discussed. This book is full of reference materials and a workbook for taking notes.
Better Homes and Gardens – Real Life Decorating
This book is essentially a decorating guide for homeowners. It offers plenty of tips, and ideas for real life decorating whether you are an empty nester, single, or newly married. A great book for the novice decorator.