Karen Gastle

Everyone knows there’s nothing better than curling up with a great book and a cup of coffee. For interior designers, books can serve a unique purpose. From helping with the design process to stirring inspiration, the best interior design books help designers solve challenges and create beautiful spaces their clients adore.


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While your reading list might already be five pages long, there are some must-reads every interior designer should push to the top of the list. Keep reading for the ultimate list of design books every designer absolutely must read!

The Complete Book of Home Organization

Every interior designer knows home design and home organization are songs sung to the same tune—it’s hard to have one function without the other. The Complete Book of Home Organization is the perfect field guide for learning the art of creating organized spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Organization should flow within a home, not look like an afterthought. With this book, you’ll learn exactly how to keep your clients’ spaces organized, functioning, and beautiful, all at once.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

Designers always face challenges when clients don’t have the means or budget to make radical changes to their living spaces, but they still want to see beautiful results.

The Nesting Place is one of the best interior design books when it comes to learning how to rethink a room and see it with new eyes. Not every change needs to be massive or perfect, as author and blogger Myquillyn Smith proves in this eye-opening book about how we approach design tactics.

The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a home cozy and livable, this books has the secret. The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes covers a multitude of different homes and the unique people who have built lives within their walls.

Profiling regular people with everyday lives, this books uncovers what it means to create happy, casual, and most importantly, comfortable spaces for a number of clients with different needs and wants.

When it comes to the best interior design books, this is one you’ll find yourself wanting to read time and time again.

The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have

Nothing beats interior design books written by interior designers we know and love. That’s just what The Inspired Room is, written by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room blog.


With a number of loyal followers online, Melissa has taken her greatest no-nonsense home decorating and design tips and tricks and compiled them into a book perfect for ambitious interior designers. From successfully running your design business to updating the spaces your clients love, this book is a must for any interior designer.

Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections

When it comes to colour, sometimes it’s hard to see that less is more. And that’s exactly why Black and White (and a Bit in Between) is on this list. This designer favourite is perfect for learning how to simplify your design palette and introduce creativity in forms far beyond just the colours of a room. From introducing bold patterns to incorporating unique furniture design, this book is perfect for learning how to see beyond the box of colour.


Now that you’ve got a list of books to read, it’s time to get reading! Find your design inspiration, learn some new tricks, and discover how to grow your business with the best interior design books on the market.

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Karen Gastle

As an account manager, Karen has experience working with design firms of all sizes to integrate DesignDocs to streamline business processes, increase administrative efficiencies, and deliver higher profits.
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