Elegant coffee table books that offer both style and substance

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  • As well as being a stunning addition to any space in your home, these beautiful books are also thought provoking, inspiring and great conversation starters.

    Coffee table books deserve a place in your home. What better way to add a touch of sophistication to your living room?

    There’s something quite exciting about placing your new book on a usually uninspiring tabletop. And, as you sit sipping a cup of something comforting and slowly flicking your way through the beautiful printed pages, it’s impossible not to feel inspired.

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    There’s endless choice when it comes to coffee table books, so we have whittled down and hunted out the best elegant coffee table books to read in 2019.

    From the obvious classics, to mouth-watering recipe books, as well as ones that will feed your wanderlust, we’ve assembled a well-rounded list of coffee table books that will offer both style and substance to your living room.

    Elegant coffee table books to add to your living room

    Love Colour: Choosing colours to live with by Anna Starmer

    Choosing colours for your home decor can become seem confusing process. Colour expert Anna Starmer’s Love Colour helps you to bring your favourite colours to life by successfully making all those challenging decisions for you. Anna will teach you everything you need to know about hues, tones, accents and foundation colours. It’s awe-inspiring and you’ll be reaching for a paintbrush once you’ve finished browsing.

    BUY IT NOW, £25, AMAZON 

    The Book of Tapas by Simone and Inés Ortega

    This will soon become your Spanish cooking bible and the vibrant full-page photographs of the 250 delicious recipes will leave your mouth watering. You’ll be introduced to traditional tapas culture and the Spanish way of feasting. From gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) to tortilla española (Spanish omelette), you will be in awe at the magnificent classic bite-size tapas dishes.

    BUY IT NOW, £27.95, AMAZON 

    Buckingham Palace – The interiors by Ashley Hicks

    This is the perfect coffee table book for Royal fans. This luxury book documents the lavish State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, home to the British Royal Family since 1837. Hicks’ gorgeous photography captures the formal spaces, and the magnificent rooms furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Starting at the Grand Staircase, Hicks takes us on a tour through the palace, leading us through the opulently decorated State Rooms, the spectacular Ballroom, and the Throne Room, used by Queen Victoria for costume balls.

    BUY IT NOW, £26, AMAZON 

    Chanel: Collections and Creations

    The story of Chanel is truly magical and this book explores six central themes of the luxury fashion house – the suit, the camellia, jewellery, fragrances, make-up, and of course the little black dress. This sophisticated journal  includes previously unpublished photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld.

    BUY IT NOW, £18.53, AMAZON 

    Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel

    The most witty coffee table book you will ever come across – and we promise you won’t want to put it down. If you’re a lover of fashion, textiles, and interior design this dynamic coffee table book is one for you. It’s a unique and lavishly illustrated collection of musings and anecdotes on all matters of life and style. Iris’s infectious energy is a must to your living room.

    BUY IT NOW, £17.50, AMAZON 

    Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design by Phaidon Editors 

    This stunning coffee table book celebrates the explosive impact that floral designers from the last decade have had on a previously under-appreciated art. Blooms showcases the work of more than 70 designers across the globe who have pushed the boundaries of modern floral design. You’ll be searching for your nearest flower arranging classes to pick up this new art form.

    BUY IT NOW, £22.75, AMAZON 

    La Grotta: Ice Creams and Sorbets by Kitty Travers

    We should’t eat ice-cream every day, but it’s okay to stare in wonderment at it and not pile on the pounds. La Grotta Ices is the collection of Kitty’s obsessive exploration into 75 ice cream, sorbet and granita recipes. The gorgeous coffee table book shows off playful pastel-coloured ice-cream, juice-drenched granitas and tongue-tickling sorbets.

    BUY IT NOW, £13, AMAZON 

    As It Was: Frank Habicht’s Sixties by Heather Cremonesi and Valerie Mendes 

    Want to relive the uninhibited spirit of the 1960s? Add this iconic black-and-white coffee table book to your wish list. Every page of photographer Frank Habicht’s iconic work will leave you lusting after the Swinging Sixties. It’s an eye-opening work of art reflecting the social and political transformation on the streets of Britain in the decade.

    BUY IT NOW, £45, AMAZON 

    Scrawl: An A to Z of Famous Doodles by Caren Strauss-Schulson

    This book holds sketches, drawings, and scribbles from within the private letters and notebooks of figures in art and literature, fashion and film. This unique coffee table book is filled with doodles from Charlie Chaplin, Clara Barton, Mark Twain, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall and many more. Even the most influential minds in history have doodled their time away…

    BUY IT NOW, £20, AMAZON 

    Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton 

    Featuring more than 400 photographs taken across New York, photographer Brandon Stanton takes us through a visually stimulating depiction of the city capturing ordinary New Yorkers in their daily lives. It displays a breathtaking scope of humanity and delves into extraordinary moments of the inhabitants.

    BUY IT NOW, £13.97, AMAZON

    National Geographic: The Photographs by Leah Bendavid-Val

    This bold coffee table book offers a sharp-eyed view of the world. The book showcases the skill and imagination notable Geographic photographers such as David Doubilet, William Albert Allard, and Sam Abell. As well as photography this book is complete with personal and colourful anecdotes about individual images and the photographers adventures in the field.

    BUY IT NOW, £9.80, AMAZON

    Living in Morocco by Barbara Stoeltie

    If you’re searching for a enticing and inspiring coffee table book that will induce severe wanderlust Living in Morocco is for you. Mesmerising photographs of mountainous and desert landscapes, labyrinthine souks, delectable cuisine, exquisite rugs and textiles, open your eyes to the vibrant and exotic destination.

    BUY IT NOW, £10.50, AMAZON

    The White Company, For the Love of White: The White & Neutral Home by Chrissie Rucker & The White Company

    The White Company is the ultimate home decor destination. This book offers a gorgeous guide to creating a home with white and neutral tones. This stunning book explores 12 inspirational homes providing you the best decor styles for any home interior.

    BUY IT NOW, £20.18, AMAZON

    Natural Wonders of the World by Chris Packham

    This book explores the planet’s most amazing natural wonders and landscapes continent by continent. From South America’s Amazon River to Asia’s Himalayas, Iceland’s Northern Lights and Australia’s Ninety Mile Beach , this captivating coffee table book will help you add a few destinations to your bucket list.

    BUY IT NOW, £20.94, AMAZON

    The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker

    Sophie explores art of the Japanese garden and it’s significance in more than eight centuries of the history. This exquisite coffee table book features 100 gardens, from ancient Shinto shrines to imperial gardens and contemporary Zen designs.


    Food in Vogue by Vogue Editors

    This collection the most elegant, mouthwatering food will leave your palette tingling. Including portraits of world-renowned chefs, and food editorials photographed by Irving Penn this outstanding book documents Vogue’s changing relationship with food.


    Which one will take pride of place in your living room?

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