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Must-Reads: 7 of the Best Interior Design Books

The one thing I love more than an interiors mag is an interior design book. A hard cover, some embossing, glossy pages to flick through – I’m there! But what makes an interior design book good? Well for me, the criteria is somewhat hard to articulate, but the ones I’ve featured in this post – all of which I’ve already read or am in the processing of doing so – definitely offer a point of difference that sets them apart from what seems to be a saturated marker at the moment!

So here are seven of the best interior design books around – as voted, of course, by me!

Best Interior Design Books - Bright Bazaar Book by Will Taylor

For Colour, you can’t go past Bright Bazaar, which is written by Will Taylor and acts as an extension of his highly successful blog of the same name. Will is an unashamed lover of high velocity hue, and in this release he explores it in great depth. Offering insight into how to nail a variety of colour cocktails as well as providing imagery that contains his signature make-you-smile style, Will’s book will motivate you to rock bright and bold decor in your own home with gusto.

Best Design Books - 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your life by Jonathan Adler

For Quirk, there’s nobody else to look to than the irreverent Jonathan Adler – and while his 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life is more of a guide on how to live an amazingly eclectic life, it’s all based around design and creativity, as well as letting you into his home to see how breaking the rules and pushing boundaries can result in an aesthetic that feels truly unique. Jonathan is the master of meshing – with so many interesting takes on the ordinary that you’ll truly rethink a lot of what you’re doing with design at home.

Related Read: Jonathan Adler on why you should Embrace Ugly Decor.

Best Interior Design Books - 82 Modern Style Ideas

For Crafts, 82 Modern Style Ideas to Create at Home, which is an extension of awesome projects from the pages of Inside Out Mag, is your go-to bible. The country’s darling of craft, Tamara Maynes is the talented lady behind the crafty undertakings in this book, with so many ideas for every room in the home that you’ll be the reigning queen of DIY in no time. The projects are all pretty easy, too, with some left-of-field ideas that you may not have even considered trying. This is an oldie but an undeniable goodie and a great little gift idea for Christmas.

Best Interior Design Books - The Tailored Interior by Greg Natale

For In-Depth Advice, the latest book to have hit my home is the amazing Greg Natale release, The Tailored Interior. This is, thankfully, an interior design book that really delves deep into the elements and principles of design, giving readers a lot to process. With so many books on the market offering no more than inspirational imagery, this is a welcome arrival. Not to say there aren’t oodles of luxe and lovely interiors in this book, of course. They all exude Greg’s signature style and are paired with advice you’ll really benefit from. Greg – when are you opening a school?

Related Read: Greg Natale shares his tips for coffee table styling and more!

Best Interior Design Books - Design Your Home by Shaynna Blaze

For the Real Deal, Shaynna Blaze is your go-to gal. I’ve been so smitten with this lady since she hit my screens many moons ago on Selling Houses Australia and I was even more delighted to get my hands on her book when it was released last year. This interior design guide is a ‘real world’ book – with ideas, advice, practical explanations and imagery you can use to design (as the name suggests) your own home. It’s a down to earth tale in true Shaynna style and it’ll give you loads of knowledge that can be carried through into every room of your home.

Related Read: Shaynna Blaze shares her 10 Commandments of Colour.

Best Interior Design Books - New Zealand Interior Style

For Overseas Inspiration, I couldn’t pass up including the divine New Zealand Interior Style. This look at homes from across the pond offers a different perspective altogether. The New Zealand aesthetic is a hard one to describe. It’s bright, bold and quirky, yet it retains an interesting sense of foundation and history. Pieces feel like they tell a story in these homes, and this release left me wanting to make more of my spaces – showcasing mementos, celebrating the eclectic and marrying different trends and styles for a well resolved interior. Can’t get enough.

Best Interior Design Books - Things I love by Megan Morton

For a Stylist’s Insight into the world of interior design and decorating, Things I Love by Megan Morton is a breath of fresh air. I love the way this local lady opens her world up for us to become immersed in – giving her take on life as a stylist, how she decorates, what she adores and how you can make the ordinary become extraordinary. I remember reading this when it first came out a few years ago and wanting so badly to become a part of that world. It’s truly charming and captivating. Definitely a book for anyone who’s thinking of becoming a stylist.

Now it’s your turn to tell me what your fave interior design books are. Drop a comment below and let me know if there’s a release I’m yet to discover. I’d love to hear from you 🙂


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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