Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Interior Design Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Design Secrets: How to design any space and make it your own

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

In Design Secrets , Kit Kemp plants that creative seed giving readers a new way of looking at interiors and the confidence to be bold in their designs. Design Secrets is a unique, lively and informative masterclass which will become your touchstone for top tips, do's and don'ts and creative projects to add a fresh and exciting feel to your living space. It even has its own coloring-in book to explore new color ideas. Discover how to create character in your home by making the most of the often forgotten details, from dado rails to the leading edge of a curtain. Learn about celebrating raw materials, creating a collection and even adding a touch of magic, as Kit shares creative ways to bring personalized details to make your home as individual as you are. Kit reveals her 'Dos and Don'ts', including clever tips on how to hang art to tell a story and designing your own signature Kit Kemp headboard. This chapter is an invaluable glossary of creative ideas, with playful yet practical guides exploring topics from how to use color in design, tips for lighting up a room, how to use found fabrics and more. In 'Meet the Maker' readers can delve into the creative minds of some of Kit's favorite artists and craftsmen, from the retired sailor turned woolworker, Colin Millington to renowned ceramicist Martha Freud, sustainable fashion designer Clio Peppiatt and figurative painter Joe Fan. In the final chapter, Kit intends to awaken 'the maker' in every reader with a series of fun and creative projects to do at home, from embellishing a shell mirror to painting candlesticks and a step-by-step guide to appliqué a cushion. There is even an opportunity to add your own personal flourish to the book itself in the one-of-a-kind hand illustrated coloring-in book, which invites readers to reimagine some of Kit Kemp's most iconic interiors. In Design Secrets , Kit Kemp welcomes you into her colorful world and reveals how to create interiors which capture the imagination.

  • Author: Kit Kemp
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant (May 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1784884246
  • Dimensions: 8.45 x 1.15 x 10.1 inches


2. Bathrooms, Revised & Updated 2nd Edition: Complete Design Ideas to Modernize Your Bathroom (Creative Homeowner) 350 Photos; Plan Every Aspect of Your Dream Project (Smart Approach to Design)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

Learn to think like a design pro to get the bathroom you've always wanted! Design a new bathroom that suits your space, your budget, and your lifestyle Over 350 color photos help you visualize your project Learn about the latest trends , products, and innovative ideas for the bath Create your own showcase bathroom in today's most popular styles Plan every aspect of your project , from layout and design to fixtures, fittings, finishing materials, storage, lighting, and air quality Narrow down your choices by discovering what works best for you Get the bathroom you've always wanted without making the types of mistakes that cost money or leave you less than thrilled with the result. Bathrooms, Revised & Updated 2nd Edition explains everything homeowners need to know about budgeting; hiring contractors; designing and working with space; selecting cabinetry and hardware; shopping for fixtures; choosing appropriate countertop, flooring, windows, and other finishing materials; and how to bring off all these elements together cohesively with style. Completely updated with the latest trends, products, and innovative ideas, this new edition offers a smart approach to bathroom design with a bright new layout and updated color photography.

  • Author: Editors of Creative Homeowner
  • Publisher: Design Originals; Revised & Updated 2nd edition (May 14, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1580118040
  • Dimensions: 8.56 x 0.56 x 10.88 inches


3. Easy Interiors Coloring Book: A Large Print Coloring Book Featuring Fun, Cozy and Relaxing Home Interior Designs (Large Print Coloring Books)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

Unlock your imagination and embrace relaxation with these fun and simple interior designs! Perfect for seniors, beginners, people with low vision and those who prefer simple designs. Do you want to enjoy a collection of simple coloring designs? Are you looking for a thoughtful and unique gift for your senior parents or relatives? Or do you want to color your worries away with simple designs? Then this book is for you! Specially crafted by Best-Selling brand of 100+ illustrated masterpieces, Coloring Book Cafe , this fun and simple coloring book contains everything you need to relax and release your creativity, featuring a wonderful selection of house interiors with cozy bedrooms, charming living rooms, elegant dining rooms, and so much more! Specially crafted for beginners, seniors, people with low vision, or anyone who loves simple designs which don’t require tons of detail, now you can channel your inner artist and embrace the magic of colouring in an enjoyable and stress-free way. Coloring is also a scientifically-proven method of relieving anxiety, helping you focus, improving concentration, and promoting the soothing benefits of meditative mindfulness. Plus, you’ll also discover bonus thumbnails, so you can try out your coloring styles and practice before going big! Coloring Book Details: 25 hand-drawn images exclusively designed to stimulate your artistic ambition Separately printed sheets to prevent bleed-through and allow you to easily remove and frame your favorites! Suitable for markers, gel pens, colored pencils, fine-liners, and watercolors An assortment of simple and intricate designs to accommodate every skill level And hours upon hours of coloring enjoyment and meditative relaxation Each one-of-a-kind illustration is a blank canvas which sparks your inner artist, so you can curl up in your favorite chair and let your imagination run wild. Ready to start coloring these fun and relaxing designs? Then scroll up and grab your copy now!

  • Author: Coloring Book Cafe
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Graphic Design
  • ISBN: 979-8703438640
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.19 x 11 inches


4. Lighting Design Basics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

A visual, real-world guide to professional lighting design Lighting Design Basics is the essential guide to this basic, but difficult-to-master aspect of interior design. Offering fundamental concepts and prescriptive techniques in a highly visual format, this book provides clear, practical guidance on utilizing the latest in lighting techniques and technology to showcase a space without sacrificing utility. Covering more than 25 different design scenarios with in-depth rationale for proposed solutions, this book provides insightful distribution diagrams, floor plans, and details for lighting installation and construction. Real-world case studies illustrate lighting design in residential, commercial, healthcare, education, and hospitality settings, and skill-building exercises offer practice for real-world projects as well as NCIDQ and NCARB exam preparation. This new third edition includes new instructor support materials, coverage of computer calculation software, and in-depth discussion on the latest in LED lighting. Lighting is changing, both in the technology itself, and in the way a designer must approach it. This book provides immersive instruction through real-world settings, and practical guidance suited for immediate application in everyday projects. Get up-to-date on the latest methods and technology for lighting design Examine more than 25 design scenarios for different types of spaces Complete exercises to hone your skills or prepare for the NCIDQ or NCARB Create simple lighting designs and collaborate with architects on complex projects Lighting can make or break a space. Improper lighting lends a space an uncomfortable feel, can induce headaches or eyestrain, and can even be hazardous―but thoughtfully designed and executed lighting adds that extra element so often missing from typical spaces. Lighting Design Basics shows you how to elevate any space through the fundamental tools and concepts of professional lighting design.

  • Author: Mark Karlen
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3rd edition (September 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1119312277
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches


5. PPI Interior Design Reference Manual, 6th Edition (Paperback) – A Complete NCDIQ Reference Manual

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

The Interior Design Reference Manual (IDRM6) offers complete review for all three divisions of the NCIDQ® Certification exam. This book works in conjunction with division specific practice exams to help you pass every division the first time. Topics Covered Design Concepts and Programming Design Constraints Building Systems and Construction Research, Analysis, and Selection of Products and Details Communication and Documentation Project and Business Management   Key Features: Complete coverage of content areas for every division of the NCIDQ® Exam. Updated for the IBC 2015 changes included in the exam. An updated study schedule to keep your studies on track. Over 200 figures in SI and U.S. measurements to illustrate design details. Study guidelines, exam tips, and tables to support exam preparation. A downloadable study schedule to organize study priorities. Binding: Paperback PPI, A Kaplan Company   Add the eTextbook for Additional Benefits eTexbook access benefits include: Ability to download the entire eTextbook to multiple devices, so you can study even without internet access An auto sync feature across all your devices for a seamless experience on or offline Unique study tools such as highlighting in six different colors to tailor your study experience Features like read aloud for complete hands-free review

  • Author: David Kent Ballast FAIA NCIDQ-Cert. #9425
  • Publisher: PPI a Kaplan Company; Revised, Sixth Edition,Revised (March 4, 2013)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1591264279
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 11 inches


6. Macramè: Plant Hangers Guide- 179 Easy and Budget-Friendly Steps To Learn How To Create Gorgeous DIY Plant Hangers Models for Beginners

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

Make gorgeous Macramè plant hangers models with projects that put a twenty-first–century spin on this age-old craft. Includes photos with steps. It may seem complicated. If you're a beginner, it can definitely be overwhelming to get started, getting everything correctly, and producing some nice projects. However – with the proper guidance, even a beginner can produce AMAZING Macrame's projects that can leave everyone speechless! In this Macramè guide you’ll discover: The history of Macramé How to make all the most important Macramè knots In-depth Instructions to make your first plant hanger model Many step-by-step projects to create numerous plant hangers models And much, much, more…. In this guide everything is explained in-depth, with pictures, so in no time you will be able to start to furnish your home! Even if you are a complete novice to the Macramé world, with this easy to understand step-by-step guide you will master the art of Macramé in a week or so. What are you waiting for?  Scroll Up Now and Click the Buy Now Button!

  • Author: Carolyn Walker
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design


7. Creating Luminous Spaces: Use the Five Elements for Balance and Harmony in Your Home and in Your Life (Feng Shui, Interior Design Book, Lighting Design Book)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

On Interior Design, Biophilic Design, and the Five Elements of Feng Shui “It will change the way you think, how you view your surroundings, and how you live." ― Dr. Eva Selhub , author of  Your Brain on Nature  and  Your Health Destiny #1 Bestseller in Interior Design, Lighting Ancient and global modern design come together in this down-to-earth workbook and guide for home interiors. Fun with feng shui.  The Five Elements of feng shui refer to an ancient Chinese system that brings the cycles and benefits of nature to your home interior. Part spiritual growth workbook and part treatise on the power of nature,  Creating Luminous Spaces  brings an energy boost to home interior design. Nature’s elements (of style).  Discover which of nature’s elements represents your energy. Should you enhance your home with natural light or a fishbowl? New organizational habits or tall, vertical lines? Featuring practical exercises, meditations, and real stories about clients and students, as you embark on this mind-body-spirit connection with your home, you’ll find out how: Indoor lighting and lighting design can strengthen the fire element Organizational behavior is influenced by the metal element Space planning with plants nourishes the wood element If you have read  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up ,  Feng Shui that Makes Sense , or  The Holistic Home , and are ready to create a home-life balance and incorporate feng shui into your life, then you’ll love  Creating Luminous Spaces .

  • Author: Maureen K. Calamia
  • Publisher: Conari Press; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1573247337
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches


8. The Making of Things: Modeling Processes and Effects in Architecture

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

The Making of Things is about effect and intention in the schematic architectural model, a deep dive into the nature of architectonic form as the underlying syntax for all architectural work. By focusing on primitive geometries alongside fundamental principles of architectural thinking and making, this book enhances the reader’s capacity to intellectually and physically craft models that effectively communicate intention. With over 650 diagrams, this book acts as an expansive visual glossary that reveals the underlying structure of architectonics and acts as an encyclopedia of formal possibilities. Supporting essays in the book explore the nature of perception, abstraction, and metaphor to provide a theoretical basis of formal effects in architecture. This structure enables readers to make clear and direct connections between the things you construct and the reasons you construct them. This book is a bridge from the what to the why of form-making. It is a pedagogical notebook, a design primer that prompts discourse about the nature of objects. This is a must-have desk reference for beginning architecture and interior design students to stimulate their creative approaches and gain foundational knowledge of the underlying effects of formal typologies and how they manifest themselves in built forms around the world.

  • Author: Frank Jacobus
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (July 30, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0367415198
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches


9. PPI NCIDQ IDPX Sample Questions and Practice Exam, 2nd Edition – More Than 275 Practice Questions for the NCDIQ Interior Design Professional Exam

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

Everything You Need to Prepare for Your NCIDQ IDPX Exam Updated to the Current NCIDQ Exam Specs. NCIDQ IDPX Sample Questions and Practice Exam contains 275 exam-like, multiple-choice questions that will help you prepare for the Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX). The most realistic practice for the IDPX exam, the Sample Questions and Practice Exam book includes detailed explanations and solutions to reinforce theory and application of fundamental concepts. Key Features Covers all knowledge areas. 125 practice questions reinforce the connection between relevant theory to exam-like problems. 150-question practice exam is consistent with the level of difficulty, format, and content areas. Binding: Paperback Publisher: PPI, A Kaplan Company

  • Author: David Kent Ballast FAIA NCIDQ-Cert. #9425
  • Publisher: PPI a Kaplan Company; Revised, Second Edition,Revised (February 2, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1591265276
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches


10. Shipping Container Homes: A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners To Cost-Effectively Building a Home Using Containers + Construction Tips & Plans Advices

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Interior Design Reference - August 2021

Looking for a step-by-step guide to building your own shipping container home? Look no further! Shipping container homes are great because they’re low-cost, highly customizable, and with a little imagination, can tick every box you have when building your home! An excess of used and abandoned containers means they can be found and purchased for very little , especially if you compare the costs of a traditional lumber home to the price of shipping container homes. Whether your taste is in a single tiny home container or a more elaborate stacked and adjoined container home, this book walks you through everything you need to go to bring your dream home to life. ✅ You’ll learn: What to consider when buying a container What to look for when choosing a site How to receive and convert containers Foundation 101 Insulation dos and don’ts Roofs, framing, and ceilings Interior and exterior Security Exterior design ideas Interior design ideas And so much more... If you’re ready to own a home but want to spend less than traditional homeowners, then this book is a must-read!

  • Author: Karl Schrod
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture