21 Stylish Coffee Table Books To Buy Now

Time to spruce up your collection.

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by Alice Hall |
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They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to coffee table books, we beg to differ. Because, as any interiors aficionado will tell you, coffee books double up as works of art, personal reflections and statement pieces.

There really is no rhyme or reason when it comes to coffee table books - they're about injecting character and charm to your space, after all. But, if you're looking to give your interiors an upgrade, there are some helpful tips and tricks to know. From styling to placement and colour coordination, we've asked interior design consultant and mentor Aarti Popat for the low-down on coffee table books so you can make them work for any room.

How should I style coffee table books?

Although there's no right or wrong way to stack coffee table books, careful placement can go a long way when it comes to creating a chic environment. Popat explains that stacking books in different heights is key to creating visual interest. 'Place bigger books at the bottom and smaller ones on top. You can also lay individual books and place decorative items on top - no more than three,' she says.

Although this might be difficult for bookworms with busy shelves, Popat explains that leaving some 'breathing room' around your books prevents the space from feeling cluttered, which is particularly important for people who live in small spaces. 'Aim for a cohesive look by arranging items in a group or cluster. Odd numbers are best, so ones, threes or fives,' she adds.

Should I colour-coordinate coffee table books?

Popat explains that mixing different colours, textures, style of spines, and front covers helps to create a more interesting aesthetic. But if you want to keep things coordinated, she suggests choosing books with covers that complement your existing colour scheme or that add a pop of colour to the room. 'Some might suggest arranging books in a gradient of colours for a cohesive look, but I find that this only works well on shelving and with a larger volume of books,' she adds.

Coffee table books are one of the best ways to accessorise any room but don't just stop there. Popat says we should never let a book 'do all the hard work' when it comes to styling. 'Always incorporate decorative objects like vases, candles, trays, small plants or sculptures to break up the monotony of books and add depth to the display,' she says.

What kind of books should I put on a coffee table?

Whether you're having friends round for coffee or trying to impress a date, coffee books are a great way to spark conversation, so don't be afraid to show off your creative flair. 'Invest in books that reflect your interests, hobbies, and personality. This makes the display feel more inviting, and it gives you more scope to tell a story, talk about them and express your passions,' says Popat. She also recommends mixing up the sizes and shapes of books. 'Pair larger, heavier books with smaller ones to create visual contrast. It makes people look twice to understand what books you have on your shelves or on your coffee table.'

SHOP: The best coffee table books to buy

From fashion books to interiors, travel to food, there are countless coffee table books on the market to suit every style and interest. Read on for our pick of the top ten coffee table books to bring your interiors to life...

Best Coffee Table BooksOliver Bonas
Price: $12.99

Oliver Bonas has some of the best coffee table books on the market. Inject some girl power into your room with this bold and bright book, which features cocktail recipes inspired by sixty of the world's coolest and most influential women, from Frida Kahlo to Rihanna.

Best coffee table books Anthropologie

If you're not ready to leave barbiecore behind, keep up the trend with this coffee table book dedicated to the fascinating history of the world’s most popular doll. The book explores Barbie’s evolution through the decades, from 1959 to today, with amazing facts and unseen imagery.

Best coffee table books Urban Outfitters

Artist or not, anyone would be delighted by this beautiful book, which shows Andy Warhol like you've never seen him before. The XL-volume collection showcases reprints of Warhol's seven hand-drawn books created during his pre-fame years.

Best coffee table books Waterstones
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This highly anticipated book by celebrated interior designer Athena Calderone provides all the inspiration you need for a beautiful home. Athena documents the incredible homes of interior designers, fashion designers, and tastemakers to reveal how stylish homes are made. She also gives readers a glimpse of her own two homes, for the ultimate interiors inspiration.

best coffee table books H&M
Price: £59.99

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Celebrating 40 years of iconic catwalk collections, this book charts Vivienne Westwood's incredible career, from her first runway show in 1981 to collections designed by her husband, Andreas Kronthaler. Complete with an introduction and collection texts by Alexander Fury, and biographies written by the designers themselves, this book offers an exciting insight into one of the world's most influential fashion designers.

Best coffee table books Soho Home

This cloth-bound book invites you behind the scenes at the Soho Houses, for tips on style, cooking, and home interiors. Take inspiration from the Houses's expert designers, with advice on their favourite sources and suppliers that you can apply to your own interiors.

Best Coffee Table BooksAmazon

Rrp: $40.00

Price: $15.74
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Explore the world through the eyes of iconic director Wes Anderson. The photography book documents the world through Anderson's unique aesthetic, showcasing beautiful locations around the world that you won't believe are real.

Best coffee table books Coggles

This beautiful book chronicles the culture and society that has defined Mykonos over the past century, from the Greek myths surrounding it to becoming a sanctuary for the gay community and a party paradise for jet setters. Be warned: it will spark some serious wanderlust.

Best Coffee Table BooksOliver Bonas
Price: $14.99

From swimming to skincare, cold water is making a comeback this year. This handy little book teaches you everything you need to know about harnessing the power of cold to improve your life, from managing anxiety to coping with grief. Starting with small alterations to daily routine, such as turning the knob to cold at the end of a shower and spending more time barefoot, the author Niall O Murcho shows how these habits can be life changing.

best coffee table books Amazon
Price: $35.22

No coffee table collection is complete without a cook book, and what better place to start than with Ottolenghi? Discover the perfect inspiration for your next meal with Ottolenghi's flexible, flavour-packed dishes, from harissa butter on a roasted mushroom to coffee mousse with tahini fudge.

Best coffee table books Waterstones

Archive is the first book by Sofia Coppola, which covers her influential film career. From photographs to early work and annotated scripts, this book is a treasure trove of her amazing work.

best coffee table booksAmazon
Price: $22.16

One that's sure to delight any coffee lovers, this book covers all aspects of where coffee is grown, as well as how it is roasted, brewed and enjoyed, from Bolivia to Zambia.

best coffee table books Julian Fashion

This beautiful book gives a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels interior designer Miles Redd, known for his quirky, glamorous aesthetic. Feel inspired by his unique approach to design, and explore the bold and bright interiors he has created.

best coffee table booksThe White Company

This calming book by The White Company's founder, Chrissie Rucker, celebrates the power of neutrals. It offers useful guidance on how to create a home with white and neutral tones, and features beautiful photography of homes in every style, from country to coastal.

best coffee table books Waterstones
Price: $10.99

For when you need a little pick me up, this mood-boosting coffee book is sure to spark joy. From a child's laughter to a grandmother's smile, each photograph in this handy book captures a moment of pure, unadulterated happiness.

best coffee table books Oliver Bonas
Price: $16.99

This simple yet stylish book will help your houseplants thrive, while also looking amazing on your kitchen table. From rescuing unwell plants to watering tips, it's a helpful guide for any new, or experienced, plant mums.

best coffee table books amazon

Rrp: $79.95

Price: $37.52
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A book that charts the extraordinary height of Beatlemania in 1964 as the band tours America. Featuring hundreds of previously unpublished photographs from Paul McCartney's archive, this book captures an iconic moment in musical history.

Best coffee table books Foyles

An important book showcasing sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life, including politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers, fire fighters and film stars. Featuring beautiful photography by Brigitte Lacombe, this gallery of portraits is the perfect addition to your coffee book collection.

Immerse yourself in the bold and bright world of celebrated interior designer Luke Edward Hall and his whimsical, eclectic style. This colourful book explores Hall’s universe through his homes and workspaces, drawing on his influences, from local mythology and folklore to 1980s pop music.

best coffee table books Waterstones

Get ready for some serious wanderlust with this breathtaking book which features fun, eclectic activities you can to enhance your life. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to directing a movie, it's the perfect ode to living freely.

best coffee table books Anthropologie

Immerse yourself in the glamorous world of Karl Lagerfeld's homes. From Art Deco to Ultramodern, explore the fascinating interiors style of a man who 'changed his decor even more often than his image' in this eclectic and wide-ranging book.

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