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Must-Read Interior Design Books to Inspire Beautiful Decor

18th March 2021

Inspirational reads that every interior lover should own, if you are anything like us you will always find room to add one (or two) more beautiful coffee table books to your collection.

Covering the basic principles of great design as well as delving deeper into artists and their inspirations, these books will equip you with useful tools and tricks to build beautiful schemes and inspire your interior design. Rewarding readers with endless pages of stunning interior imagery, we’ve done the joyous task of rounding up the very best interior design books that any interiors enthusiast will enjoy.

This beautiful book is Molly Mahon's love letter to block printing. Sharing the personal inspirations behind her stunning wallpaper and fabric range, readers will join her on her creative journey from the bustling print houses of India to her rural Sussex home and studio. Inviting you along on nature walks as she shares tips on how to find the right colour palette, Molly also looks back in history to the work of artists like Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group to reflect on the enormous impact that they have on her own designs. The perfect book for those who love colour and print, this visual feast will brighten up your coffee table or shelf in an instant.

Publisher: Pavilion Books

Format: 160 page Hardcover

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In this personal account of colourful stories, Blue & White takes readers on a journey through some of William Yeoward's most dazzling home interiors. Known for his fondness for this classic colour combination, the book reveals expert styling tips and colour secrets featuring cobalt silk sofas, indigo linen armchairs, aquamarine cushions and white patterned ceramics. Each combined to evoke a sense of luxury, this colourful guide also tells tales of red, white and blue, hints of pink, lavender and amethyst to name a few. Published before he sadly passed away in 2019, this wonderful collection of inspirational images holds his passion for colour at its core. If you are a fan of opulent textures, prints and proportions, this is the book for you.

Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small

Format: 191 page Hardcover

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A stunning portfolio of her own London residences, this interior design book showcases the finest Nina Campbell interiors from past decades to present day. Having established her mastery of designing for style and ease, readers will be whisked away to a hotel in Germany, pieds-a-terre in New York, a town house in London and a designer show house in Los Angeles to interiors that demonstrate the versatility and timeless quality of her interior style.

Complementing the breath-taking imagery of her work, this book also includes a biographical essay which follows Nina Campbell throughout her career. From starting out as a design assistant at just 19 years old, to harnessing her natural talent in developing unmistakable rich colour palettes, this book is a celebration of her highly sought-after collections of wallpapers and fabrics that feature in the homes of the Duke and Duchess of York, Ringo Starr and the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge to name a few.

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

Format: 240 page Hardcover

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A unique, lively and informative masterclass which will become your touchstone for interior design top tips, Kit Kemp gives readers a new way of looking at interiors and the confidence to be bold in their designs. Including her expert 'do’s and don’ts' and a treasury of creative projects featuring fresh and exciting ways to create character in your home, it even includes its own colouring book to explore new colour combinations!

With a natural skill for making the most of the often forgotten details, from dado rails to the leading edge of a curtain, Kit Kemp will guide you through her creative methods and infectious passion for celebrating raw materials and adding a touch of magic to your rooms. If you are looking to make your home as individual as you are, then this book will be of great inspiration to you.

Publisher: Hardie Grant UK

Format: 240 page Hardcover

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Neisha Crosland's extraordinary eye seeks out symmetry, order and structure wherever she goes. Present in artefacts, buildings, paintings and nature; she sees pattern everywhere. A visual feature of pattern, colour and surprising personal stories, Life of a Pattern is an extraordinary exploration of why pattern matters to every single one of us.

From the first spark of an idea to the finished decorative design, Neisha invites readers to explore a myriad of unusual pathways as she draws on conversations about pattern she has had with musicians, mathematicians, psychotherapists as well as other designers. Including wonderful examples of Neisha's early work to an abundance of photographs featuring the interiors of fashionable restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and homes around the world. This unique book offers a truly visual experience for the reader and is a loving tribute to the power of pattern.

Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd

Format: 360 page Hardcover

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If you are anything like us, it is near impossible to pass up the chance to enter the homes of 20 of the most influential names in British interior design. Giving readers VIP access to the personal spaces and intimate rooms of these well-loved artists, this visually enticing book profiles and photographs each designer in their own home.

Publishing details of their working life and the story of how they became interested in home decoration, this carefully curated collection of traditional spaces and contemporary homes has been put together to inspire and inform the reader. Ideal for anyone interested in interior design (as well those curious individuals amongst us) this intimate read will take you on a journey inside some of this country’s most beautiful homes and gardens.

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

Format: 320 Hardcover

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Image credits to individual writers and design houses. British Designers at Home image photography by Simon Griffiths.