Best Decorating, Design and Home Improvement Books in 2018

Books can help you accomplish any home improvement or home decorating project. They can also inspire a wide range of ideas for making your home look and function exactly the way you want it to. Check out our choices for the best decorating, design and home improvement books in 2018:

1. The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book

The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day by Chris Grimley and Mimi Love, Published by Rockport Publishers, Inc. This is the newly revised and updated edition for 2018.
The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day by Chris Grimley and Mimi Love, Published by Rockport Publishers, Inc. This is the newly revised and updated edition for 2018.

This compact 288-page volume covers every essential topic relating to interior design specifications. If you want to brush up on various design topics including color theory, the subtle differences between laminate flooring types or what the various symbols on a floor plan represent, this book will be an essential resource for you.


This excellent book is the perfect specification manual to take with you if you are working at a remote building site that doesn’t have internet access. Even in situations when you’re easily able to access the internet, the book’s careful organization and concise format could save you hours worth of Googling.

Where to Buy The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book

Books on Cleaning, Organizing and Decluttering Your Home

2. Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Decluttering at the Speed of Life Book by Dana K. White -- This book will teach you simple decluttering methods that really work!
Decluttering at the Speed of Life Book by Dana K. White — This book will teach you simple decluttering methods that really work!

If you own bunches and bunches of stuff, yet your home doesn’t look like you want it to, this book holds the keys for sorting the situation out. Decluttering — the process of narrowing down the belongings you own and getting rid of the ones you don’t need — may just be the key to creating a home that you would truly adore.


This is absolutely the best book we’ve ever found on the topic of decluttering.


This book is NOT a cleaning manual — decluttering is the one and only focus of the book. It’s also not a decorating manual — but if you are having a hard time decorating your home because too many distractions and too much junk are getting in the way, this book is probably going to help you lay the foundations for decorating your home just the way you want it.

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3. The Modern Organic Home: 100+ DIY Cleaning Products, Organization Tips, and Household Hacks

The Modern Organic Home: 100+ DIY Cleaning Products, Organization Tips, and Household Hacks by Natalie Wise, Published by Good Books
The Modern Organic Home: 100+ DIY Cleaning Products, Organization Tips, and Household Hacks by Natalie Wise, Published by Good Books

If a cleaning manual is what you need, I highly recommend The Modern Organic Home. This is an excellent book to consider owning if you are interested in cleaning and beautifying your home naturally, with no toxic cleaners or harmful ingredients. It’s a beautifully designed book, with gorgeous color photographs and easy recipes and instructions for making and using your own organic cleaning supplies.


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So far, these are our picks for the best decorating, design and home improvement books in 2018. We think these books are outstanding, and we’re sure you’ll find them useful, too.

This page was last updated on 6/8/2018.

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