Some books to inspire your office at home--your bedroom, sofa, or kitchen. Whatever creative space you are using to Zoom or room-share, these coffee table books and practical guides can improve your space for optimal productivity and comforting style at your fingertips, showing you how to try something new or indulge in therapeutic color, modern design, and traditional art styles. 

Compiled by:
Christine F.
1000 Ideas for Color Schemes: The Ultimate Guide to Making Colors Work

Jennifer Ott
701.85 Ott

The layout of this book will help you easily land on the fabric colors, layers, textures, and shades you lean to, naturally, for modern, minimalist, or the woody interior - all of it will throw a spark into your plans for something fresh, keeping you productive. 

An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

Robert Lipsyte
070.92 Lipsyte Lip

Your next career could be a raspberry for that bully that always kept you out of the game. Robert Lipsyte writes about being outside of the arena when he wasn't cool and preferred books over game, but the sporting life still entertained him (from the stands) enough that he could bring others to any sport with his gift for writing on how people fight an adversary. This work may help you decide to stay in the job you have now so that you, like Lipsyte, can have your own out-of-the-park home run.  

Biophilia: You + Nature + Home

Sally Coulthard
- Design by Helen Bratby
747 Cou

The subtitle - A handbook for bringing the natural world into your life - I'm pretty sure doesn't include snow, right? There is not particular angle or fad with this design approach. It reviews moments in time according to natural light and body rhythms for high alertness, best coordination, and even fastest reaction time and explains how to arrange work and rest spaces to accommodate nature to reduce stress and strive for symmetry. 

Essential Art Deco

Ghislaine Wood
709.04 Woo

Provides examples of design elements you can bring in with just a few picture frames, furniture pieces, mirrors, and gold paint. 

Green Interior Design

Lori Dennis
747 Den

The author cites her muses - her Cherokee ancestry, her childhood poverty, and those who grew up in the Great Depression - and reminds us that it is the planet itself that motivates her to think practically, slowly, and purposefully with design work. The book provides a product checklist for energy usage and building materials. Also makes easy a plan to review where the furniture, paints, and fabrics were produced and explains certification standards, which might open your home to potential buyers with similar interests. 

I too sing America : the Harlem Renaissance at 100

Wil Haygood
- Carole Genshaft, Anastasia Kinigopoulo, Nannette V. Maciejunes, Drew Sawyer, David Stark

Winner of the James A. Porter and David C. Driskell Book Award for African American Art History. This book showcases color and art as it rises from community, showing ways to bring diverse artists and voices from a movement to your wall.

Interiors : The Greatest Rooms of the Century

William Norwich, Graeme Brooker, David Netto, Carolina Irving, Tim Cooke, Rachel Giles, Tom Melick, Anthony Naughton, William Norwich, Tessa Pearson, Fiona Shipwright, George Upton, Rachel Ward.
747.09 Int

This collection of rooms by top designers is encased in velvet fabric, treating you to a piece of furniture and luxury that stops you from this world, transporting you to another experience, bringing a museum to your space - large or dinky.  

Islamic Art and Culture: a Visual History

Nasser D. Khalili
709.1767 Kha

Visual history like this works well oversized to immerse yourself in over 1,200 years of history, giving you ideas for new shapes, styles, and inspiration pieces. 

Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures

Derek Diedricksen
690.89 Die

Feeling claustrophobic? Like the thought of setting up your roommate with up a tree? This book inspires with very small "get-a-way" spaces you can put in the backyard or on wheels. These lofts or study rooms provide shelter and quiet - some large enough for sleeping quarters - and will get you looking at your back and side yards with new ideas. 

Patterns of India: A Journey Through Colors, Textiles, and the Vibrancy of Rajasthan

Christine Chitnis
677.0095 Chi

A punch of colors so vibrant set against shapes and patterns that provide escape, comfort, and wonder - try this book to bring in these design elements into your room. You'll never look at pink the same again. 

Queer X Design : 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ

Andrew Campbell
745.4 Cam

Iconic shapes, poster art, and colorful designs are review here for this community's long history of pride and activism. 

Think Small

Eva Katz
700.905 Kat

Small book with big ideas and fine detail. Not a book for interior design, but this book challenges perspectives on how color, texture, and utilizing resources in the palm of our hands to elevate sensibilities or escape work at your desk or on the tip of your pencil  - or merely take a break from big world problems for fresh angle you can turn on a dime, literally.