They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to decorating with books you most certainly can! Plants and books are the easiest way to add any personality to any space and the best part is that these two things aren't very expensive and the books can be shipped to your house in under two days! I tend to use the same books over and over in projects so I thought it would be nice to have a little roundup of the eighteen coffee table books that I pick solely based on their covers. (Okay, there is actually some pretty incredible design content in these pages as well!)
When displaying books, I tend to stick with the same color palate and when grouping, the key to making them look great on a large coffee table is to really spread them out. I usually make a few stacks of books with varying heights (typically, 5, 3, 2, and 1) and then sprinkle in a few personal objects or candles / plants. If it's a smaller table or ottoman, like I have in my own home pictured above, I corral everything in a tray and have a rotating single stack that varies from 3- 5 books depending on what I'm reading.
When you are stacking books on a console or with bookends, the same thought process rings true; you basically just want to make your groupings unintentional, like they just naturally ended up there. Don't be afraid to mix things up and play around a little until you get the look you desire and don't forget to read your books once you have them in place, there is a wealth of information housed in these pages!
Here are my favorite coffee table books that are unquestionably worthy of display. With a few of these, the magical cover is actually hiding underneath the dust jacket so I made note of which is which. I'd show you the cover but then it would really ruin the surprise! Xx