7 Best Interior Design Books for Beginners

Do you want books about interior design to gain the design knowledge for your project? In this article, we will show you the 7 best interior design books.

Finding Best Interior Design Books 

Since your home is the place where you spend most of your time, we believe you can make it a much better place to live by simply learning a little bit about home designs or interior design.

With some books about interior design on hand,

- You will find that interior design is actually easier than you think.

- You can save money because you don't really need an interior designer at all.

- You can avoid cost overrun because some costs are subject to change due to the change in work scope, the time required to complete a project, the change in decorative items, seasonal price change, and so on.

- You don't have to deal with the interior design contract because it is too complicated.

- You don't have to deal with the interior design terms like the Statement of Work, Project Timeline, Approval Process, and Termination Clause.

- You can choose the scope of work that fits your schedule. For example, you can start a home organization project when you are only available on one weekend and do the full-scale home improvement during the summer.

Interior Design Books Ranking

One of our readers asks if we can recommend books for her home improvement project. To provide the list of books for beginners, we reach out to the team of architects and interior designers and ask them to help. Then, we rank the books on interior design as below,

- First, we develop the list of books by checking the bestseller lists on Amazon.com in 2 categories, namely, interior design and home decor.

- After that, we remove the books on interior design that are not really about interior design from the list, for example, books about web design, product design, and furniture making.

- We also remove interior design and decoration textbooks from our list because we think they are not practical enough to create the design of every day.

- We group books on interior design based on 5 categories, namely, DIY projects, home organization, general interior design, interior design on the budget, and vintage style interior design.

- We use customers' feedback on Amazon.com to make the final cut. For example, we only include books on interior design with a 3-star rating on our list.

- We select a couple of books on interior design in each category that provides guidelines and principles, not just the books that are filled with beautiful photos.

- The end result is the best books for beginners.

Best Interior Design Books are as below:

  1. A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room

  2. The Complete Book of Home Organization

  3. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

  4. 501 Decorating Ideas Under $100

  5. Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home

  6. Better Homes and Gardens Flea Market Style: Fresh Ideas for Your Vintage Finds

  7. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well


- Atkinson, Paul. "Do it yourself: democracy and design." Journal of design history 19.1 (2006): 1-10.

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Last review and update: November 11, 2021
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Ben Benjabutr is the editor of BookWorm4Life. He holds a Master's Degree in business with 10+ years of work experience and 8+ years of experience in blogging and online content production. He enjoys reading books about business, lifestyle and literature and he loves to share what he learns from books. You can drop him a line via e-mail.