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The Interior Design Reference


This excellent reference for home decor is considered the ultimate Interior Design guide. This book contains detailed interior design content with a comprehensive focus on home design, color theory, and space-specific areas.

It offers the key elements of design, rendering it the only book you’ll ever need – it was built on the Home Study Course that is the foundation of the school’s curriculum.

It’s a helpful reference for student and self-taught designers and decorators when it comes to the technical elements of the job.



The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book updated & revised: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day


This updated and revised edition of The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book gives you the information essential to planning and executing interior projects of all shapes and sizes in a format that is as easy to use as it is to carry—now including interviews with top practitioners from across the field of interior design.

With detailed charts, specifications, diagrams, and digital information for planning and executing projects of every scale, this accessible reference explores these vital design topics:

  • Fundamentals: Provides a step-by-step overview of an interior project, describing the scope of professional services, the project schedule, and the design and presentation tools used by designers.
  • Space: Examines ways of composing rooms as spatial environments while speaking to functional and life-safety concerns.
  • Surface: Identifies options in color, material, texture, and pattern, while addressing maintenance and performance issues.
  • Environments: Looks at aspects of interior design that help create a specific mood or character, such as natural and artificial lighting, sound, and smell.
  • Elements: Describes the selection and specification of furniture and fixtures, as well as other components essential to an interior environment, such as artwork and accessories.
  • Resources: Gathers a wealth of useful data, from sustainability guidelines to online sources for interiors-related research.

The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book is an essential sourcebook for designers, students of design, and anyone undertaking an interior design project.


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