Upon visiting my local library recently, I discovered an enticing range of gorgeous new hardback books which had been placed on display as new titles available to borrow. Their beautifully styled cover graphics, smooth matte feel and on-trend subject matters set them apart as definitive ‘coffee table books’ and of course I was soon marching out of the library with an armful piled high for my solitary perusal later that evening accompanied by a chilled glass of something nice.
Wikipedia defines a coffee table book as: “an oversized, usually hard-covered book whose place is for display on a table intended for use in an area in which one would entertain guests and from which it can act to inspire conversation”
Couldn’t disagree with that. Coffee table books should also reflect the home owner’s personality and interests – after all they are there to inspire and stimulate conversation and there needs to be a good solid interest in the subject to begin with, no? In this age of online pin boards and instant snaps, it’s a refreshing treat to curl up with a good heavy book and pore over the beautifully photographed images, read the stories behind them and be inspired by what you see in your own time and with no other distractions.
Yet if the thought of splashing out your hard earned cash on a new set of premium coffee table books makes you sweat a little, don’t forget you can browse for second hand editions on the likes of eBay and Amazon or in charity shops and second hand book stores. The Oxfam second hand book shops are great as are those found at many National Trust properties across the country.
Another reason to love a pile of coffee table books is of course that they make for an interesting and chic display in your living room. Place alongside some oversized blooms or top with a carefully chosen trinket or two for instant impact and understated cool.
Sources: 1 Unknown / 2 Natalie Merrillyn
I’ve had a think about some of the titles on my current lust list of coffee table books out there. By no means an exhaustive list and one that is ever changing, of course! Must get over to that second hand book shop now …
What titles would you add to this collection?