History of Interior Design provides a comprehensive survey of architecture, interiors, furniture, and accessories from ancient civilizations through the twentieth century. While primarily focusing on Western civilizations, the book expands on traditional studies and includes design histories of African, Eastern, and Indigenous cultures. Drawing on her experience as an instructor, Ireland covers not only social and technological influences but also specific characteristics of each of the periods and styles. The world has become a global community and though much is the same, much is different. Interpreting history can lead to a better understanding of the past, furnish a greater appreciation for the present, and inform the very future of design. This text provides the tools for designers to understand the differences across history and across the contemporary world and how to interpret history to complete their design projects successfully.