What coffee table is complete without a few well-selected, chunky books full of gorgeous photography? These ones will help you create your dream home interiors, written by some of the brightest minds in interior design, and will sit pretty in any freshly decorated space too.
A beautifully put together book by the paint and wallpaper specialists Farrow and Ball, with some excellent tips and ideas on how to use colour in the home. It is full of photography from stylish homes across the world, demonstrating lots of different looks and decorative styles to help inspire you to work magic in your own home. There are ideas on how to work with all shades of the colour wheel and how to successfully combine shades, as well as tips on the proper use of paint, primers, undercoats and papers. They also show you how painting floors and staircases can have a dramatic effect. A perfect starting place if you are looking to insert a bit of colour into the home, from making the most of a feature wall to creating cosy living spaces.
This little book is excellent when it comes to arranging furniture and deciding on those important finishing touches. It’s packed with over 300 user-friendly illustrations that will help empower the DIY interior designer in you and there is a large glossary of different types of furniture, from sofas, beds and coffee tables to tile patterns, doors and cabinet knobs. Once you have decided on which pieces are right for you, the book also helpfully suggests well thought-out ways of arranging rooms and adding extra touches like rugs, wall hangings and throw pillows to tie everything together harmoniously.
Now this is a coffee table book! Redd is a New York based, internationally acclaimed interior designer, having worked with big names in fashion and interior design such as Oscar de la Renta. Known for sophistication, bold colour and cosy glamour, this volume takes you through some of his most iconic interiors. Redd is all about injecting a whimsical touch with a knack for adding in curiosities and unique items that hint about the people and places that have inspired him the most. If you are looking to create a colourful home that’s full of elegant character, this is a great place to start.
A great book for beginners in the world of home décor, Gates compiled this book after the success of her home interior blog of the same name. It aims to teach the basics and help anyone learn to design and create rooms that are a beautiful reflection of your own tastes and personality. Each chapter covers a different room in the home, making it a great book to have at your side if tackling a full-scale decorative project, with lots of ideas and photography to help inspire you.
The main aim of this book is to help you build confidence when it comes to your decorative choices, whilst teaching you how to decorate in a way that reflects you and your lifestyle. It helps you learn how to first analyse a room and break it down into parts you can change and the bits you can’t, being logical but also helping to stir up those creative juices too, helping you have fun with any decorative project. Again, lots of lovely photography to help you envisage your newly decorated home.