Reading design book a great hobby of me, I end up reading many many design books, either for work or as a way to take a break and relax.
So, I decided that although design books are a dirty term in the worlds of Pinterest and Instagram, the time has come to return them to their former glory and tell you about 5 books that even a virtual post can’t replace them!
1. Domino- the book of decorating
In 2008, the editors of the popular American magazine, Domino, decided to publish a book that takes the reader by the hand, room by room, and helps him to understand and design the space to make it complete.
Each chapter is dedicated to a different room in the house. In essence, the book is a guide composed of steps to design a home including budgeting tools, choosing a style and colors, explanations on how to mix and match, and creating a timeline.
Oh, and it is also absolutely stunning.
2. The right color by Eve Ashcraft
Eve Ashcraft is a woman with a particularly rare profession: a color consultant. Throughout her career, she has consulted for many companies including Godiva chocolate, Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Nordstrom.
The book doesn’t just comprise of “pretty pictures”, but rather it also explains the whole theory behind each choice and color combination using a visual perspective that manages to convey its message.
I felt a lot more color-knowledgeable after reading it!
3. The Bohemians- Justina Blakeney
A particularly bohemian book by the designer Justina Blakeney, also known as the author of the blog, The Jungalow.
The book surveys 20 stunning bohemian houses that she designed on both the East and West Coasts of the US and 12 DIY by Justina projects, for which she is also well known.
The book, which is very down-to-earth, reminds of us the Israeli style in its warmth and simplicity, and this is especially why I loved it. So much green and color! Hooray!
4. Domino- your guide to a stylish home
Well, what can I do? I love them! They are a really serious crowd, these Domino people.
After their first book was a successful bestseller (see section 1 on this list), they published the second book in 2016 that is divided according to materials: walls, art, floors, shelves, lighting, plants, etc.
The book focuses on all possible topics related to home design- hanging pictures on the wall, where to place the lighting in a space, window frames, the correct size of a rug, types of flooring materials, and more of the great things of life.
It mainly helps you avoid amateur mistakes.
5. Styled- Emily Henderson
Trying to design a house before we even know what our style is, is like going on a trip without directions, an address, or Waze.
Emily Henderson is a home style expert that helps the reader understand her style and design her house accordingly.
She begins the book with a questionnaire, and from there she continues to present all the major design types and codes them into a complete index. LIKE A LOT.
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