5 of the Best Design Books to Buy If You Love Colorful Home Design

Interiors & Decor

Colorful design books on a blue-painted bookshelf
The ever-changing bookshelf in my office

Design books are one of my favorite places to source inspiration for home projects of all sizes. They help spark ideas for creative choices in the home—and they look good on a coffee table too.

Today I’m sharing five of my favorite colorful design books and why I think they’d make a great addition to your collection. 

1. How to Live with Objects by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer


I’m fascinated by the items we bring into our homes and what they say about us. This book is decidedly against “decorating” and instead encourages readers to surround themselves with objects of meaning. It’s so full of insight, you can’t help but see the objects in your own home in a different light after reading it.

2. How They Decorated by P. Gaye Tapp


What’s more interesting than getting a peek into the homes of some of the most interesting people in history? This is another great design book that highlights how personal our home design decisions can be, from the colors we choose to the objects we decorate with. 

3. Greco Design by Luke Edward Hall


Designer Luke Edward Hall pushes the limits of bold design in a way like no other. He can make the most garish of color choices look effortlessly chic. There’s endless inspiration to be found in his work, and for this reason, I’m often recommending this book.

4. A Dictionary of Color Combinations by Sanzo Wada


A staple on the desk of a number of graphic designers I know, this Japanese book is simply a collection of unique color combinations. It’s great for getting unstuck and into new territory when designing. 

5. British Designers At Home by Jenny Rose-Innes


I’ve recommended this design book a few times before, and for good reason. It offers a look inside the personal spaces of the best designers in Britain. It’s a feast for the eyes that’s absolutely full of colorful interior design inspiration.

If you liked this article, read these posts next:

8 Interior Design Books That Are Inspiring Me Right Now
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BY Kate Arends - March 22, 2023

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March 22, 2023 1:25 pm

I’ve never used a design book before (mainly stuck to magazines) but there are a few here that I would be interested in getting to help give me some ideas about how to introduce colour into my apartment. Thanks for this!

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