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Best Interior Design Books to Read

There are countless Interior Design courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces, Third Edition (2016)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadResidential Interior Design: A Guide To Planning Spaces is the industry-standard reference for all aspects of residential space planning, with a practical focus on accessible design, ergonomics, and how building systems affect each space. This new third edition has been updated with the most recent code information, including the 2015 International Residential Code and the International Green Construction Code, and new content on remodeling. Packed with hundreds of drawings and photographs, this book illustrates a step-by-step approach to design that applies to any residential space, and…
Author(s): Maureen Mitton, Courtney Nystuen

2. The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book updated & revised: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day (2018)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadThe Interior Design Reference & Specification Book collects the information essential to planning and executing interior projects of all shapes and sizes, and distills it in a format that is as easy to use as it is to carry. In this new, revised edition, you'll also find interviews with top practitioners drawn across the field of interior design. Some of the topics this excellent reference will explore with you include:- Provides a step-by-step overview of an interior project, describing the scope of professional services, the project schedule, and…
Author(s): Chris Grimley, Mimi Love

3. Interior Design Materials and Specifications: Studio Instant Access (2017)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadThis complete guide to the selection of materials for interiors has been updated to reflect recent industry changes and contemporary awareness of topics. Written from the viewpoint of the working designer, Interior Design Materials and Specifications, 3rd Edition, describes each material’s characteristics and teaches students how to evaluate, select, and specify materials, taking into account factors including code compliance, building standards, sustainability guidelines, human needs, and bidding processes. Students will learn how to communicate with suppliers and vendors to achieve the…
Author(s): Lisa Godsey

4. Foundations of Interior Design: Bundle book + Studio Access Card (2017)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadFoundations of Interior Design, 3rd edition, offers a thorough update to this introduction to the creative, technical and business aspects of the interior design profession. By surveying design history, the elements and principles of design, professional practice, and more, Susan Slotkis provides a practical and comprehensive overview. This new edition provides a wide range of examples of design in different styles and applications. Projects and applications designed by both individuals and as collaborative efforts locally and globally are featured, from rural America to modern Dubai. The…
Author(s): Susan J. Slotkis

5. Interior Design: A Critical Introduction (2011)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadThe practice of interior design has become ever more specialised as new technologies have expanded how designers can use light, space, colour and decoration. At the same time, the study of the interior – private, public and corporate – has become a complex field. Interior design is now a rich and sophisticated discipline which draws on many others: psychology, cultural theory, philosophy, gender studies, anthropology, and history, as well as design history, architecture, art and craft, furniture, and fashion. Interior Design presents a critical…
Author(s): Clive Edwards

6. Foundations of Interior Design: Studio Instant Access (2017)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadFoundations of Interior Design, 3rd edition, offers a thorough update to this introduction to the creative, technical and business aspects of the interior design profession. By surveying design history, the elements and principles of design, professional practice, and more, Susan Slotkis provides a practical and comprehensive overview. This new edition provides a wide range of examples of design in different styles and applications. Projects and applications designed by both individuals and as collaborative efforts locally and globally are…
Author(s): Susan J. Slotkis

7. Home Quick Planner: Reusable, Peel & Stick Furniture & Architectural Symbols (1993)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadThe Home Quick Planner includes 700 precut, reusable peel-and-stick, 1/4-inch scale furniture and architectural symbols, plus a 5,600 square-foot floor plan grid to help you design your own building, remodeling and decorating projects. (Also good for moving.) Symbols include everything you need from tables, chairs, couches, beds and pianos to every standard kitchen cabinet and appliance, an extensive assortment of bathroom fixtures and cabinets (for example, twelve sets of sink designs, six different showers, and a dozen various baths and whirlpools), plus windows, doors, walls, switches, outlets, lights and much more. Simply lift the…
Author(s): Daniel K. Reif

8. SketchUp for Interior Design: 3D Visualizing, Designing, and Space Planning (2014)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadAlready a common and popular tool for architects and landscape architects, SketchUp is increasingly finding a place in the professional workflow of interior designers. SketchUp for Interior Design is a practical introduction for interior designers and students who want to learn to use the software for their unique needs. The book covers the basics of creating 3D models before showing how to create space plans, model furniture, cabinetry, and accessories, experiment with colors and materials, incorporate manufacturers’ models into project plans, and…
Author(s): Lydia Cline

9. Interior Design: Adult Coloring Book with Modern Decorated Home Designs And Room Ideas for Relaxation and Unwind (2018)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadHouse coloring book for adults. Unleash your creativity and dive into 40 beautiful created images of living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. …
Author(s): Markus Mangold

10. Interior Design (4th Edition) (2007)

Best Interior Design Books to ReadFor one/two-semester introductory courses in Interior Design. A comprehensive, applications-oriented introduction to the evolving field of interior design, with a focus on the challenges facing designers in the 21st century. Emphasizing good solutions to real problems by examining best practices from the past and present, the author details case studies using a broad range of projects from modest home and work-place designs, to public areas, to full professional involvement in large commercial spaces….
Author(s): John F. Pile

Best Interior Design Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some interior design books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Interior design for small dwellings

Author(s): Halbe, Sherrill Baldwin; Mark, Rose K
Publisher: Routledge;CRC, Year: 2019, Size: 40 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2415719

Interior Design Masters

Author(s): Mark Hinchman; Elyzza Yoneda
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 240 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2257011

The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book Updated & Revised: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day

Author(s): Chris Grimley, Mimi Love
Publisher: Rockport Publishers, Year: 2018, Size: 36 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2335850

New York School of Interior Design: Home: The Foundations of Enduring Spaces

Author(s): Ellen S. Fisher, Jen Renzi, Alexa Hampton (foreword), Mark LaRosa (photo)
Publisher: Clarkson Potter, Year: 2018, Size: 270 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2338252

Interior Design Illustrated, 4th Edition

Author(s): Francis D. K. Ching, Corky Binggeli
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2017, Size: 148 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2325917

Building Systems for Interior Designers

Author(s): Binggeli, Corky
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2016, Size: 49 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1421823

Designing commercial interiors

Author(s): Piotrowski, Christine M
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 2016, Size: 114 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1594043

Designing Commercial Interiors

Author(s): Christine M. Piotrowski
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2016, Size: 114 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1600364

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really hot items according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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