Can you really do-it-yourself, or DIY, with interior decorating effectively? Doesn’t it take a professional for it to be right? There are certainly both sides to everything, including interior decorating. The pros of hiring an interior decorator are if the client is too busy to do it themselves or they need a professional touch if they’re entertaining people on an ongoing basis in their home. The cons are the costs, trying to stay within a budget, and dealing with an interior decorator that understands what your wants and needs truly are.
With do it yourself interior decorating the only drawback is time and commitment. If you have that on your side this is the definite path for you. With that said, now is a better time than ever to pursue doing it yourself, because there is home improvement stores everywhere, maybe even one near you that caters to your needs. There are numerous DIY interior decorating television shows on HGTV, Style, Bravo, ABC, and many others. Best of all, you’ll find many books on the subject of DIY Interior Decorating that are worth checking out at your local library and for purchasing to have on-hand during your entire DIY interior decorating project.
I’ve listed five of the best DIY interior decorating books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble that offer the best tips, advice, and ideas, along with easy steps, exceptional photos, and what you’ll need specifically for your projects. Before you get started on your DIY interior decorating, check out what these books all have to offer. These are in no particular order, because each one is unique depending on what your situation is.
1.) Tommy Walsh Living Spaces DIY – $27.95: Tommy Walsh may not be familiar to American TV viewers, but in Britain he’s their most popular TV home-repair expert. His DIY book is for every level from beginners to advance. Tommy will help you turn your house into the ideal home for you. He will share his wisdom of making the most of your living room, bedrooms, hallways, and stairs. You’ll also get from the book practical advice, insider tips, and even some good humor. Learn more about putting up wallpaper, replacing a door, or installing a fireplace with Tommy Walsh’s step-by-step instructions, hundreds of solutions, and over 400 color photos giving any DIY-ers the confidence and knowledge they need. Barnes & Noble.com – Book Search: Tommy Walsh Living Spaces DIY
2.) Interior Divine: Walking You Through the Transformation of Your Home – $22.45: The author, Jayne Pelosi, brings a fresh and novel approach to do it yourself interior decorating. For starters, she does not prefer one style over another, but loves them all. She encourages the reader to get to know their design personality. From her book you will get over the hump by becoming inspired to decorate, learn how to select coordinating fabrics, and where to put color in a space. “Interior Divine” has beautiful photography, helpful charts, and should become a part of your interior decorating library. The author’s writing style is practical and straight-forward. It will seem like you are talking to a close friend. Jayne Pelosi has been featured in the top newspapers and is a regular contributor to HGTV.com and HGTV Decorating. Interior Divine Walking You Through the Transformation of Your Home, Amazon.com – Google Search
3.) First Digs: Quasi-Adult’s Decorating Style—Without Blowing Your Budget – Prices may vary as low as $1.14: This extraordinary book is well-suited for the first time dweller whether they are renting, buying, or sharing a home or apartment. Yee-Fan Sun is the founder of disgmagazine.com and her book is a compilation of her design and decorating knowledge. They say Chapter Four of her book will be the most read and saved of all the chapters. Here you will learn about finding focal points, paring down to the essentials, and planning it first out on paper that will help the novice without spending a lot of money. There are illustrations throughout the book. It also features tips on painting like a professional, savvy bargain-hunting tips, and DIY projects for lighting, wall hangings, and window treatments. Amazon.com First Digs: Quasi-Adult’s Decorating Style—Without Blowing Your Budget
4.) Oliver Heath’s Home Book – $14.95: A brilliant one-stop guide for interiors and home design for the individual. Oliver Heath is the star of the TV program “Changing Rooms” and one of the most exciting interior decorators today. The book features his expert advice along with color photos showing many options to choose from. Planning rooms will be so easy by learning more about the costs and effects of lighting, flooring, and wall finishes. These can fit any budget, need, or desire. Heath’s Home Book will be an invaluable tool for every DIY interior decorator. Amazon.com: Oliver Heath’s Home Book
5.) The Natural Home: Stylish Living Inspired by Nature (The Small Book of Home Ideas series) – $15.56: If going green is what you want to achieve with your DIY interior decorating, then this is the definitive book for you. This book describes a variety of natural decorative styles such as the coastal and country to the contemporary and retro. More and more homeowners are looking for ways to obtain natural materials and substances into the home and in their design. This book will show you how as well as advice on how to conserve energy, use recycled materials, and choose surfaces, furnishings, and accessories that are natural or naturally inspiring. The author, Judith Wilson, is a former editor for Homes & Garden magazine, plus the book “Harmonious Home”. Amazon.com: The Natural Home: Stylish Living Inspired by Nature
Each of these books offer something for anyone interested in DIY interior decorating. If you are a first time homeowner or apartment dweller just out of college or you want to simply go green in your home, or just find the best ways to budget and effectively decorate a room or rooms or even your entire home. These will certainly help your DIY project every step of the way.