How I Use Coffee Table Books to Style My Home + 7 Titles to Invest In

Coffee Table Book Styling Tips

Raise a hand if you’re a coffee table book fiend. I certainly am. I can happily spend hours browsing the shelves at TASCHEN and Assouline, and I’m always on the hunt for a new tome to add to my collection.

Coffee table books are perfect for escapism and inspiration; and I also love using them to decorate my home. They can instantly elevate any room, by adding personality and depth. And here are three of my favourite coffee table book styling tricks…

Coffee Table Book Styling Tip #1: Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise

In a straightforward case of coffee-table-book-placed-on-a-coffee-table add some more personality by playing around with accessories. I love to use candles, pretty matchboxes, marble coasters, decorative dishes and small, brass objects (this pretzel bottle opener was from Antropologie a few years ago, and West Elm have a great range of decorative objects).

Don’t be afraid to layer, but be careful you don’t go overboard. You shouldn’t need more than 4-5 accessories to make a beautiful coffee table book shine!

Styling Notes: Marble coffee table from Zara Home | Berber rug from La Redoute | Velvet footstool by Made.com | Candle by Sainsbury’s Home (gift) | Pretzel ornament by Anthropologie | Matches by The Fine Matchbox Company (gift) | Los Angeles coffee table book

Eat Drink Nap Best Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Book Styling Tip #2: Play With a Colour Palette

Whilst I usually wouldn’t advocate buying a book just for the cover, when you do find a tome that matches your decor perfectly it’s worth the investment, because it will look so luxe styled in your home!

I already had a neutral colour palette going on my IKEA storage cabinet – with West Elm’s lacquer tray, Jigsaw’s silk candle and hints of greenery. And the addition of Soho House’s Eat, Drink, Nap book helped tie the whole look together and give the side cabinet a luxury feel.

Style Notes: Storage cabinet by IKEA | Gold tray by West Elm | Plant and plant pot by IKEA | Pineapple dish by Anthroplogie | Leaf print dish by Zara Home | Candle by Jigsaw (gift) | Eat, Drink, Nap coffee table book

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Coffee Table Book Styling Tip #3: Utilise Hidden Spaces

I feel like it’s a shame to tuck gorgeous coffee table books away on a bookshelf. So, if they’re not within reach on a coffee table or side table, I like to group them together and place them around my apartment.

This trick works perfectly when it comes to TV cabinets. They’re usually such bulky pieces of furniture. And once they’re weighed down with speakers, Tivo boxes and the like they often look really ugly.

I elevate my TV cabinet by placing stacks of coffee table books on the shelves. It helps draw the eye away from all of the technology on display, and instantly adds character to an otherwise boring piece of furniture.

Style Notes: TV cabinet by Argos | Marble handles by Zara Home | Blue vase by Zara Home | Brass candle holder by Anthropologie | Styled coffee table book | Love X Style X Life coffee table | The Women Who Made New York coffee table book


7 Coffee Table Books to Covet


The Best Coffee Table Books

Los Angeles: Portrait of a City by by Kevin Starr, David L. Ulin & Jim Heimann

Buy it for the cover, stick around for the content that documents Los Angeles’ cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history.

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Love X Style X Life by by Garance Doré

Possibly the most Instagram-friendly cover known to man, Love X Style X Life will light up any coffee table. It also makes a great gift!

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Love Style Life Coffee Table Book

Morning Noon Night

Morning, Noon, Night: A Way of Living by Soho House

This is the follow-up to Eat, Drink, Nap. The cover isn’t as photogenic, but the contents is a lot stronger. Buy it for the interior inspo and Soho House recipes.

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Sex and the City Kiss: and Tell by Amy Sohn

This book is now out of print, but if you can pick up a second-hand copy on Amazon or eBay you’ll be the envy of your BFFs. It’s a brilliant guide to the beloved TV show!

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Sex and the City Kiss and Tell

Coffee Table Books to Gift

100 Getaways Around the World by TASCHEN

This visual compilation of 100 luxury hotels and guesthouses is next on my wish list. I won’t actually be using it to plan holidays, but it’s great for daydreaming…

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Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

Whether you choose to read this memoir cover-to-cover, or dip in and out of it over time, Grace will bring plenty of personality to your coffee table set up.

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Vogue Coffee Table Book

The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places by Hamish Bowles

This book – packed with 300 glossy photographs of the world’s most famous celebrities, socialites, models, artists and First Ladies – is pure glamour!

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Do you have any coffee table book styling tips of your own? And which coffee table books are your all-time favourites? I’m always searching for more titles to add to my collection, so all suggestions are welcomed…

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