Challenge: Splurge on Books

Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino Magazine

Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino Magazine

A great way to really enrich my interest in interior design is to buy books. I’m not talking about the ones that are simply colourful pages filled with inspiration that only make you realise how envious you could be over a pinterest-perfect set room. I’m talking about theory so you know what you’re doing, proper vocabulary so you know what you are talking about and step by step guides to take you through the process without you feeling overwhelmed. 

After some research into the top best interior design / home decoration books I came across a few that caught my eye.  


Home Decorating For Dummies - Katharine Kaye McMillan and Patricia Hart McMillan 

$15 (3.7 stars on Amazon)

Published October 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0764541568

Paperback - 388 pages

Simple book with theory to help you create a stylish home. There are no exclusive, expensive, unattainable examples of living rooms the size of your whole house; just basic tips to give your house a sleek makeover. Elementary book to start with. 


Domino: The Book of Decorating - Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

$25 (4.5 stars)

Published October 2008 

ISBN-13: 978-1416575467

Hardcover - 272 pages

An easy guide to find what suits you best; from finding inspiration to determining your style or assessing the things you already own. It includes a diagrammed handbook explaining the details in layered curtains, chair leg styles or sofa skirts - sounds like a fashion catwalk, doesn't it?


Styled - Emily Henderson and Angelin Borsics 

$21 (4.4 stars)

Published October 2015

ISBN-13: 978-0804186278

Hardcover - 304 pages

New York Times Best Seller that helps you find your own interior design style. I never thought that going through my closet and understanding my fashion style would be such a simple method to help me define my interior decorating style. 



Sage Living - Anne Sage and Emily Johnston 

$15 (4.3 stars)

Published September 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1452140063

Hardcover - 208 pages

The book breaks down the different purposes for each room at home and how to address that when decorating. It reminds us that trends do not help us connect, entertain, create, disconnect and grow; our wellbeing and happiness in the place we live does.



Four books under $80? I say that’s money well spent.

Do you have another great interior design book suggestion? Let me know!