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The Essential Interior Design Books

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A living room just isn’t complete without a couple of glossy tomes stacked on the coffee table. Here’s our pick of the best interior design books, from classic country to contemporary chic. They make the perfect gift for any interiors fans, or act as the perfect pick-me-up when you want to brighten up your home in an instant. Inspiration awaits: shop the edit below.

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Emma Sims Hilditch book cover - Evolution of the home

The Evolution Of Home

Step inside the English home. Emma Sims-Hilditch and her globally-renowned team have created elegant living spaces the world over – everything from compact townhouses to cosy cottages, to chateaus and sprawling estates. The firm has seen interiors evolve as new ways of living emerge, and they’ve documented the process. Take this book as a firm welcome to step inside the porches, bathrooms, living rooms (etcetera) of their most glorious projects to date.

Nina Campbell's 'A House in Maine', new interior design book

A House In Maine

The latest from the venerated veteran of interior design, Nina Campbell, A House of Maine charts the renovation of three family homes in Maine that’ll leave you dribbling with serious house envy. The houses, perched waterside in the north-eastern state, are the height of luxury – but it’s not just focused on that (although the images are opulent and awe-inspiring). Rather, Nina gives insight into how the home evolves, the importance of ‘place’, and how to set aside a space for calm in a chaotic world. £45, Rizzoli.

Fancy a peek inside Nina’s new book?

Interior Designer and Artist Luke Edward Hall is publishing a new book, called It's a Kind of Magic, on interior design, that's out this November 2022, the cover features a bust, and a maximalist wallpaper behind

A Kind of Magic

We’re getting an object of delight this November, with English columnist, artist, and designer, Luke Edward Hall’s new book out, It’s a Kind of Magic. Expect his signature style (that of a Brideshead Revisited meets Call Me By Your Name, meets the Cotswolds, kind of aesthetic), to be splashed on the pages of this hardback cover.

The book is split into three parts: Country, London, and studio. Hall takes us to his creative whimsical world of colours, flowers, vintage photography, passions, and a whole host more.

It’s a Kind of Magic is out now, order a signed copy here.

Rooms With History Interiors and Their Inspirations Ashley Hicks, Christian Louboutin

Rooms With History

Interior designer and author Ashley Hicks curates a book of the most beautifully historic homes (including their own). Rather than aesthetic ‘codes’ and ‘good taste’, Hicks is a believer of interiors as more rooms of living souvenirs. Hicks, through twelve chapters, traces his creative process, with themes like memory, or flowers presented in this process.

£45, Blackwells,

The Interior Design Handbook

The Interior Design Handbook

The much-feted Scandivanian design consultant, Frida Ramstedt will elevate the way you see a room, whether that’s through, industry tricks, practical tips, and her own aesthetic insights. You’ll finish the book feeling like you’ve got a professional designer’s eye.

The Interior Design Handbook by Frida Ramstedt,

A Modern Way To Live The Modern House

A Modern Way to Live

If you’re not aware of The Modern House yet, it’s a happy hybrid between boutique estate agency and aesthetic editorial magazine, that’s been Instagram’s latest property obsession. The book, written by Matt Gibberd, co-founder of the agency, lays out The Modern House’s fundamental principles that make a beautiful home.

A Modern Way To Live: 5 Design Principles from The Modern House,, £26

Image credit: The Modern House

Nina Campbell Book

Nina Campbell Interior Decoration

Often revered as the doyenne of British interior design, Nina Campbell has been in the business for over 50 years. This collection of residences in London and abroad features the best of her elegant, quintessentially British approach to interior design, and creative use of colours and wallpaper.

Nina Campbell Interior Decoration, Rizzoli, £45,


Maximalism by Sig Bergamin

Allow yourself a break from the sleek, scrubbed surfaces of Scandi minimalism by delving into this colourful interiors book, a look into the world of Brazilian architect and designer Sig Bergamin. A lover of travel, his rooms are a delightfully harmonious blend of classic French and Italian furniture, mid-century design and eclectic treasures collected from around the world.

Maximalism by Sig Bergamin, Assouline, £70,

Terence Conran My Life in Design

Terence Conran: My Life in Design

Ever spent hours wandering around the Conran Shop, mentally furnishing your imaginary dream home? While not quite the same experience, this newly-released book contains over 400 illustrations and archival imagery that map the career of Sir Terence Conran, who, in founding Habitat and the Conran Shop, permanently changed the landscape of British design. Its signature bright Conran blue cover is bound to add a stylish touch to any living room.

Terence Conran: My Life in Design, £30,

Greco Disco Luke Edward Hall

Greco Disco: The Art & Design of Luke Edward Hall

Fusing classical imagery with a peppy colour palette and prep sensibilities, Luke Edward Hall has taken the design world by storm, collaborating with brands from Habitat to Liberty and Stubbs and Wootton. Filled with Hall’s signature line drawings, travel writings, snippets of literature and colourful interiors inspiration aplenty, it offers a glimpse into the imagination of one of the most exciting designers working today.

Greco Disco: The Art & Design of Luke Edward Hall, teNeues, £45,

Inside Luke Edward Hall’s Whimsical Imagination

The Big Book of Chic

The Big Book of Chic

Bold use of colour, a high-low sensibility and a certain cosy glamour are hallmarks of interior designer Miles Redd’s brand. Collecting a range of homes infused with fantasy and playful sophistication – including the designer’s own spectacular townhouse – The Big Book of Chic distills, in one glossy volume, the pleasures of living life beautifully.

The Big Book of Chic, Asouline, €105,

Pearl Lowe Faded Glamour

Faded Glamour: Inspirational Interiors & Beautiful Homes

When she’s not busy making exquisite vintage-inspired frocks for her eponymous brand, Pearl Lowe puts her trademark blend of romance and rock’n’roll into interior design. Take a peek into her grand Georgian home – think plush velvet fabrics, tarnished brass and lacquered cabinets – and look out for Pearl’s episode on the House Guest Podcast.

Pearl Lowe Faded Glamour, CICO Books, £25,

India Hicks Island Style

India Hicks Island Style

Considered the last word on Caribbean island living, India Hicks is renowned for championing an undone, bohemian decoration style. This beautifully-photographed book showcases her timeless Harbour Island home in all its unfussy splendour, with tips on how to get the island look.

India Hicks Island Style, Rizzoli, £38,

At Home With India Hicks

Alidad: The Timeless Home

Alidad: The Timeless Home

Award-winning interior designer Alidad’s breath-taking rooms are aglow with rich colours, patterns and sumptuously upholstered furniture. A visual feast for the eyes, this design book is crammed with brocade, vivid textiles and divine wall coverings, an elegant testament to Alidad’s signature controlled grandeur and a helpful resource for discerning readers wishing to create their own timeless home.

Alidad: The Timeless Home, Rizzoli, £29,

Designers And Their Dogs

At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs

In a quirky spin on classic country interior design books, this volume spotlights the homes of some of the UK’s top designers, and their most esteemed inhabitants – the dogs. Designers from Kit Kemp to Anouska Hempel offer tips on how to integrate your dog into a stylish home, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into their own chic country residences and gardens.

At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs, Rizzoli, £40,

Featured image: Guy Goodfellow