You’ve seen the pictures, been inspired by the shows, and drawn up a plan for precisely how you want your home to look – but you’ve no idea where to start. Interior design can be a daunting prospect to throw yourself into if you’re a beginner. So when you’re jumping into the deep end, make sure you’ve got a strong lifeline to help you out. These six interior design books for beginners are perfect for those just starting out in the world of design. Check them out and see how they can help you create the look you’ve been searching for.

1. Love Your Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Interior Design – Lucy Smith

Start with the basics before you try anything more complicated. Lucy Smith worked for Real Homes magazine and specialises in writing about homes, interiors, and decorating trends. Smith is the perfect gatekeeper into the world of interior design, and her book will guide you through everything from creating your first mood board to choosing a colour scheme. Love Your Home is a practical guide to the basics of interior design. It explains how to develop your ideas through to fruition. The book explains the basic principles from scratch in easy and accessible language, and describes how to maintain functionality within a highly designed space. If interiors have only recently piqued your interest, this is the perfect book for you!

2. Living Modern: The Sourcebook of Contemporary Interiors – Richard Powers & Phyllis Richardson

This is surely destined to be this generation’s interiors bible. Describing ‘modern’ as being much more than simply ‘modernist’, Living Modern showcases clean lines, elegant colour combinations, indoor-outdoor relationships, and open areas for lounging, cooking and dining. Living Modern has hundreds of photographs drawn from stylish residences around the world. With designs from Brazil, California, Scandinavia and Australia, the book has a comprehensive index of designers and architects, and a full directory of stockists. This is ideal for someone searching for the inspiration needed to create a stylish and contemporary interior.

3. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy – Deborah Needleman