If You’re Looking For Interior Inspiration, Here Are My Favourite Interior Design Books For Family Homes
Hands up, I love interior design books and could happily read them all day long. If I didn’t have small people asking for snacks and stuff to do, of course.
There are a lot of interior design books out there, but the best interior design books for me are ones for and about family homes, books that offer ideas for creating practical yet beautiful homes when you have kids. Or ones that just have really lovely photos to look at.
Here are the best interior design books that are brilliant for families and for creative family homes.
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Why Are Interior Design Books for Family Homes Useful?
Since we’ve been renovating our family home, interior design books have been a source of ideas and inspiration, and during lockdown they were pure interior escapism (I also love looking at house tours online…anyone else?).
My favourite interior design books are ones which are great for families, with lots of great photos but also of ideas for creative family homes that really embrace having children in them and aren’t full of things children can’t touch and adults dread getting damaged.
Here Are My Favourite Interior Design Books For Family Homes:
Creative Family Homes by Ashlyn Gibson
This is a brilliant book showcasing creative, colourful and bold family homes and how people live in them with children. There are lots of ideas for family life, and it’s just lovely (my kids love looking at this too).
Creative Children’s Spaces by Ashlyn Gibson
The follow-on book to Creative Family Homes, this book delves further into spaces specifically for children, from bedrooms to reading nooks and dens. There are more lovely photos and enviable homes with lots of creative ideas.
The Little Book Of Living Small by Laura Fenton
I love this book – If you’re living with limited square footage, as lots of us are, this book highlights how families happily live in small spaces (top tip – less stuff!). Although lots of these houses are in the US and I probably wouldn’t exactly call them small by UK standards, there are some beautiful houses and lots of tips and ideas.
Design Bloggers At Home: Fresh Interiors Inspiration From Leading On-line Trend Setters by Ellie Tennant
If you ignore the title, this book showcases some really lovely family houses. We actually had the idea for our side return extension from this book (which was a Christmas present for me that ended up costing an awful lot more).
Design Mom: How To Live With Kids, A Room By Room Guide by Gabrielle Blair
Blogger and influencer Design Mom aka Gabrielle Blair shares all her knowledge for creative family life and how to still have a stylish house when you have kids. There are lots of tips in here for creative family living and family life in general.
Faded Glamour by Pearl Lowe
While I wouldn’t exactly call most of these interiors family-friendly – although Pearl’s amazing house is home to her children – there are some gorgeous homes in here, with the kind of vintage glamour you’d happily find at the charity shop. And it’s lovely to look at.
You can also buy her new version, Faded Glamour at the Seaside, which looks fab. Buy it here.
Once You’ve Read About My Favourite Interior Design Books, Read These:
- How we made an art and craft station
- Brilliant bookshelves for kids
- How to make a cardboard camera for kids
- Our IKEA spice rack bookshelves and IKEA storage ideas
- Adding colour to your family home
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