Whether you are looking to get inspired for your next design project, are a design lover looking to scroll through fabulous designs, or you want to gift your designer friend one of the best interior design books that the market has to offer, this list of the ten best interior design books of 2019 is sure to do the job, and will leave you more inspired than ever.
1. May I Come In?, by Wendy Goodman
May I Come In? is an all-time best-seller in the world of interior design. In this astonishing book, Wendy Goodman, design editor at New York Magazine, shares some of her best design secrets and best designs that she has witnessed, in regards to her decades of work in producing magazine photo-shoots for some of the world’s most exclusive and extravagant private homes. In May I Come In?, Wendy Goodman shares with us her own snapshots of designs within more than 75 of these beautiful houses, together with dazzling images taken by the top-notch interior photographers. This book surely holds some of the most alluring photographic records of interior art, as seen from the eyes of one of the world’s most admirable observers. Take a trip into the very own home of fashion icon Donatella Versace, or a sneak-peek into the home of Richard Avedon, one of the world’s most admirable artists. The list goes on, and this book is sure to leave you with an endless feeling of inspiration.
2. Mark Hampton on Decorating, by Mark Hampton
Mark Hampton on Decorating, is an all-time classic, published during the end of the 20th century in the year of 1989. American designer Mark Hampton offers the key signature design principles, that you can apply with ease to any home. If you are just beginning your life as a designer, or are looking to expand your design knowledge with some magnificent tips and tactics, then Mark Hampton on Decorating is a book that will leave you with some of the best knowledge, coming from one of the world’s most talented and trusted designers.
3. Home: A Short History of an Idea, by Witold Rybczynski
Expand your intellectual conversations and make yourself an expert in the field of design. Home: A Short History of an Idea is filled with historical tidbits that will leave you feeling more knowledgeable and inspired than ever. Turn the pages and immerse yourself in homes throughout five centuries, all the way from the Middle Ages, to today’s modern designs. Learn about the influence of modern design, and take a look at the transformation of design throughout centuries.
4. Design Sponge at Home, by Grace Bonney
Design Sponge at Home, by Grace Bonney, is known to be the “Bible of home-decor.” This greatly descriptive book features real-home tours, as well as DIY (do it yourself) projects. The mind-blowing before-and-after home decor images that this book provides will leave any reader rushing to the closest furniture store, or a designer filled with inspiration for his or her next interior design project. If you are looking to get a gift for a design-lover this “Bible of home-decor” is a must-have in his or her collection.
5. Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, by Hamish Bowles
“Every page is candy,” claim credited designers. This book is known to be “an endless source of inspiration. This book contains fabulous images of 36 marvelous gardens and houses respectively. The owners of the houses displayed in the book’s pages are known to be the best of the best in the fields of art, fashion, and music, amongst them, Madonna and Karl Langerfield. The photographs displayed are taken by some of the most iconic photographers in the world. What else do you need to know to be convinced that Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles is one of the best and most exciting design books that you need in 2019?
6. Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, by Stephen Drucker
“Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years”, by Stephen Drucker, is one of the most enjoyable design books. Rather than focusing on a specific time period, a specific type of design, or a specific designer, this design book merges the top 100 designers throughout history, into one single unified interior design book. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on different design types and diverging designers in the field of interior design, this book is definitely worth the look. Learn about the best and most respected designs that each of the 100 artists has to offer, and learn how their decorative designs change the world of interior design, forever.
7. Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, by Lauren Liess
Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, is a book filled with tips and secrets from the very own remarkable designer Lauren Liess herself. Her signature aesthetic is composed of merging sophisticated and quirky, together with combining the modern and vintage, to create some of the most beautiful interior designs yet. She is famous for bringing the outdoors inside, and fostering a whole new mood in the world of design. The lessons provided in regards to furniture layout and design basics in her book are of impeccable standards and hold tremendous value.
8. The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details, by Christian Lemieux
Christian Lemieux is a well-respected designer, who incorporates all of the basic elements of home decor that you need to know, in his book: The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details. If you are looking to truly understanding the distinguishment between regular design and craftsmanship design, this book discusses what to look for when seeking fine design quality. This book is suitable for designers, as well as art-lovers who are looking to understand the depths of design quality and standards. A “well-researched source” that is also a light and fun read, for anyone.
9. The Domino Decorating Books Box Set: The Book of Decorating and Your Guide to a Stylish Home, by Domino Books
The Domino Decorating Books Box Set: The Book of Decorating and Your Guide to a Stylish Home is a book that is written from the very own editors of Domino magazine. This book contains two critical decorating and interior design guides in one. This book is filled with luxurious design art and photography, together with resources, tips, and tricks, that will leave any artist or designer filled with inspiration. This is a great gift for any type of home decorator, or any art-lover who is fond of interior design.
10. Keith Haring, by Jeffrey Deitch and Julia Gruen
As many of you may already know, Keith Haring is known to have been one of America’s most influential artists during the 80s. Keith Haring was famed for his pop-art, influenced by New York graffiti street art. This book incorporated images of some of Keith Haring’s best designs and unpublished photos and describes some of his most memorable design concepts. It is the “perfect book of art, design, function, decor, etc.,” claim many respected designers worldwide.