Simple Tips for Decorating with Coffee Table Books

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Elevate your coffee table décor with these simple tips for decorating with coffee table books!

Choose Books with Meaning

Select coffee table books that reflect your interests, hobbies, or passions. Whether it’s art, fashion, travel, or photography, choose books that resonate with you and spark conversation. This personal touch adds a unique and meaningful element to your coffee table décor.

On the coffee table, I love incorporating books in unexpected ways to tell the story of the space and the people living in it. Try creating groupings of them in stacks to center a long rectangular table, using them to bring height to decorative objects, or even leaving them open to a page that speaks to you.

Use as Decorative Platforms

Coffee table books can serve as decorative platforms for other items. Place a small vase of fresh flowers, a decorative object, or a scented candle on top of a stack of books. This adds height and visual interest to your coffee table arrangement.

On the nightstand, stacked coffee table books are a great way to bring interest to a bottom shelf or, if you have enough space, next to a lamp with a candle on top to switch up the levels.

Stack and Layer

Create visual interest by stacking and layering your coffee table books. Place larger books at the bottom and gradually stack smaller ones on top. You can also experiment with different orientations, such as stacking books horizontally or vertically, to add variety and dimension.

Try introducing an element of personality to your dresser with coffee table books by stacking them or styling them alone to elevate your personal items.

Color Coordination

Consider the color palette of your space when selecting coffee table books. Choose books that complement or contrast with your existing decor. You can create a cohesive look by selecting books with covers that match your color scheme or opt for a bold pop of color to make a statement.

While you may not think about styling books in the kitchen, it can be a great way to soften the space and make it feel more conversational. Style your favorite cookbooks on open shelving or leaning in a corner for easy access to all your favorite recipes.

Showcase Book Covers

Display coffee table books with visually appealing covers. Arrange them with the covers facing outward to showcase their beautiful designs. This not only adds a decorative element but also makes it easy to grab a book and flip through its pages.

Coffee tables aren’t the only place you can style books in the living room. I love using coffee table books on side tables for easy flipping-through access or tucked under a candle or vase for added height.

Rotate and Refresh

Keep your coffee table décor fresh by periodically rotating the books on display. Swap out books seasonally or whenever you feel like a change. This allows you to showcase different books and keep your coffee table décor interesting and engaging.

An entryway is a perfect place to introduce your style that continues throughout the rest of the space, and expressional coffee table books are an easy way to showcase what you love. Almost all of my books are design focused since that is my love, so just be sure to incorporate books that bring attention to your favorite interests or hobbies.

Remember, coffee table books are not just for reading but also for adding style and personality to your space. Use these simple tips to create a visually appealing and curated coffee table display that reflects your interests and enhances your overall decor.