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Four interior design experts suggest books and magazines to refer to, while doing up your house yourself.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:55 IST
Priyanka Monga
Priyanka Monga
Hindustan Times

Planning a makeover for your home but doubt your skill for the task? How about taking some professional help? But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to hire an interior designer, if you trust your creative streak, just pick up interior design books or magazines that are readily available in the market, and mould the looks as per your requirement and sensibility.

Find a reliable magazine While Indian magazines such as Elle décor and the recently launched The Architectural Digest topped our interior experts’ list, here are a few other international magazines they recommend for successful interior planning.

Architect and interior designer Bobby Mukherjee says, “The Architectural Digest, UK edition and The Interior Design, US edition feature new concepts and products in interior design, and have all the information about the latest design trends that can be indianised for your home.”

Interior expert Sita Nanda says, “Magazines such as US editions of The Architectural Digest, Florida Architecture and AD, Italy, will help you with the in-trend looks and colour schemes in interior design. But to avail similar looking products, it’s best to refer to Indian magazines.”

Interior and textile expert Sarita Handa suggests Elle Décor and The Architectural Digest among the trend focussed Indian magazines. “They are a good source for trends and a ready guide for product availability. My current fascination and recommendation is design books on legendary decorator Billy Baldwin’s works,” she says. “Magazines can help you to form an idea of the look you’d want. If you’re looking for a cutting-edge design sensibility, then Wallpaper, UK Edition should be your choice,” says Farhan Furniturewala, MD, Furniturewala FW.

Make best use of decor magazines
The international editions should be best put to use to finalise on the look you would want for your space. Since, interior design professionals produce the magazines, you can rely on them to get to know the latest trends in interior design and products that are available in your city at different interior décor stores.

Your home should be an expression of your personality. So, if you find a look too international, indianise it a bit by referring to the Indian home design magazines. These will help you find out the places for your required furniture, furnishings and accessories.

It’s not difficult to get international magazines in the city. If you’re lucky then a few international magazines on interior design might be available at a bookstall near you. Or else the bookstands at Khan Market or PVR Saket Complex are the best places to visit. You can also check out bookstores to get the international editions. Most of the current issues of international interior design magazines are highly priced. In such cases, buying older issues is the best option.

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First Published: Apr 13, 2012 18:04 IST