Styling your coffee table with books is the ultimate decor staple. Styling books is a creative art form on its own. Books lends themselves to any style, or any color theme. Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, styling your coffee table with books just works. When I finally decide to wind down on the couch, wine glass in hand, nothing is more pleasing than perusing through beautiful books. They can be well styled no matter if your is table is square, rectangular, round or oval. I really enjoy looking at all the pretty things. Whether it’s a beautiful floral bouquet, perfectly fluffed cushions, or a jeweled scented candle – I find that a tower of coffee table books just enhances the layered look.
Here are a few ideas to help you style your coffee table with books no matter that kind of table you have.
- Start with a base layer: Place a stack of books at the center of the table as a base layer. This will anchor the rest of the styling and provide a sense of balance.
- Mix and match: Use a variety of book sizes, colors, and textures to add visual interest. Mix hardcover and paperback books, and consider using books with different spine colors.
- Create a theme: Group books by color, subject or genre to create a cohesive theme. For example, you can stack all your travel books together, or group all your cookbooks in one place.
- Add some height: Use taller books to create height and add dimension to your table.
- Use accessories: Add other decorative items such as candles, vases, or flowers to complement the books. Make sure to keep the accessories small and simple so as not to overpower the books.
- Experiment: Try different arrangements until you find the one that you like the most. Keep in mind that it’s easy to change the look by simply swapping out a few books or accessories.
- Keep it tidy: Make sure that the table is clean and free of clutter, this will make the books look more attractive and organized.
Where to Find Cool Coffee Table Books for Decor
Here are some of my favorite places to find décor books:
- Try your neighborhood local thrift shop or used bookstore. The Good Will or Salvation Army usually has loads of options.
- Hit up thriftbooks.com. This site has loads old editions.
- Need Supply if you want has a mix of new books and magazines.
- The Strand in NYC is the place to be for new, rare, and old books.
- Scrolling Etsy or Ebay for vintage books is also worthwhile. Can take a little digging but your sire to find some gems.
Be sure to experiment with different arrangements and see what works best for your space.