The Best Design Coffee Table Books and How to Style Them

Although we’re bombarded with home design and decor inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram every day, there is still something appealing about flipping through a big, beautiful coffee table book. Not only does it feel luxurious to sit with a coffee and take in all the glossy images, adding a stacked grouping to your living room decor is equally gratifying.


How to Style Your Coffee Table Books


  • Stick to odd-numbered groupings (three will always work!) and consider the colors of the book’s jacket and how it compliments the overall combination. If you prefer, you can take the jacket off and just go with the bare book cover.


  • With a round coffee table, think of your space as a triangle. Stack your coffee table books in one corner, a floral arrangement in another, and then a tray or candle in the last, creating a balanced and dynamic table vignette.


  • With a bigger, square coffee table, opt for quadrants and don’t be afraid to keep it simple and have four clean stacks of books — and nothing else!


  • Layer it up and add a tray or decorative accessories on top of your books — a candle, vase, bowl, whatever suits your style. This will create more interest and also add more height


Here are the best design-related coffee table books to add to your collection:

Joanna Gaines

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

I think most people will agree that this lovely lady can do no wrong! In fact, you probably already have this book sitting on a shelf somewhere because it’s such a comprehensive guide to finding your own design style and implementing it into your home. It’s as beautiful as it is useful!


100 Interiors Around the World

Want to span six continents without leaving your sofa? This edition is the ultimate sourcebook for stylish spaces across many countries. It’s enough inspiration to keep you coming back for years.

Christiane Lemieux

The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details

Could a coffee table book be any more eye-catching?! We’d buy it for the gold-emblazoned cover alone! But inside, Christiane Lemieux expertly researched and curated a book that educates on every inch of the home and gives advice for decorating a timeless look.

Frank Lloyd Wright

An Organic Architecture

The list wouldn’t be complete without one of the biggest to exist in the biz! But here, it’s not about the pictures! In fact, this particular book features some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important lectures, revealing even more charisma behind the design icon. Looking for more of an image-based book? Then check out Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses.

Nick Voulgaris III

The Seaside House: Living on the Water

In need of some coastal decor inspo? These serene settings, gorgeous interiors, and lust-worthy gardens are sure to bring the beach to you.

Kate Watson-Smyth

Mad About the House

If you don’t know about the award-winning blog, it is so worth adding to your must-follow list. Then you’ll really appreciate this detailed guide on how to make the most of your home — a place that should tell a story! Plus, we love the pastel pink cover!

Soho House

Eat Drink Nap

The first book from Soho House, Eat Drink Nap, provides the perfect peek behind the heavily-guarded doors, helping you to bring a piece of the House back to your own home. Plus, we love the simple cover design.

Nathan Williams

Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

We are all fans of Kinfolk here, and we love this glimpse into 35 residential homes from all over the world. The homes featured in the book all reflect some of the key principles of slow living, which we can all get on board with!

Nancy Braithwaite


Less is definitely more in this stunning book by design veteran Nancy Braithwaite. It is perfect for the minimalist lover and anyone who appreciates the power of simplicity.

Emily Henderson


She might just be our favourite human being... and designer extraordinaire, of course! Her book has been a major source of inspiration with the thousands of ideas she brings to the table. There’s no one that can style a space like Emily can! We can't wait for her next book to come out.

Michelle Slatalla

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces

Fans of Remodelista can rejoice that the sister site, Gardenista, also has a beautiful book! It has something for anyone interested in horticulture and outdoor living — stylish gardens and exterior spaces, DIY projects, a shopping guide to top products, and expert tips.

Lauren Comilleri and Sophia Kaplan

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants

To continue on the greenery trend, this organic, minimalist book offers all the information any plant owner could need regarding how to choose and care for more than 100 houseplants. You get practical information coupled with outstanding imagery, which is always a great duo in our books.

Rebecca Atwood

Living With Pattern

Need to add in some color and pattern to your life? Rebecca Atwood has you covered! With beautiful photographs and helpful tips, you’re guaranteed to be inspired to add a little playfulness to your home!

Ines De La Fressange and Marin Montagut

Maison: Parisian Chic at Home

We can all benefit from a little Paris in our life. In Maison, you can tour the interiors of 15 tres chic apartments, each styled with the timeless and sophisticated elegance that makes a space truly Parisian.

Grace Bonney

Design* Sponge At Home

After this last year, we will miss Design Sponge and all the inspiring stories that have come along with it. So now may be the perfect time to add a piece of that universe to your coffee table collection so it can continue to inspire — long after the blog says its official goodbye.


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