How To Choose the Perfect Coffee Table Book

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A Guide to Finding the Perfect Coffee Table Books for Your Home or as a GiftAnd a List of Our Favorites

Coffee table books can be interesting addition to your home décor because, not only are they aesthetically pleasing and functional (if you decide to read them), but they can also shed a little insight into who you are as a person. When I’m looking for coffee table books for my home or as a gift for a friend or family member, there are a few things I like to keep in mind:

COVER COLORS

If the colors on the cover match the rest of your décor, the book can be stacked
on top of others or placed alone on your coffee table. Or, if your home is mostly
whites and neutrals, it can provide a nice pop of color.

SPINE COLORS

Sometimes, all you see is the spine so it doesn’t matter what the cover looks like.
If the spine matches your colors in your home, it’s perfect for stacking beneath
other books or placing it vertically in a bookshelf. Too many different colored
spines next to each other can look chaotic, unless you organize them by color.

BOOK SIZE

I prefer a coffee table book to be on the larger side, but it all depends on the size
of the table or shelf. You can get away with smaller books on smaller tables and
shelves, and you can stack smaller books on top of larger ones for a little depth.

TEXTURE

Hardcover books are sturdy and substantial looking, and if it has some kind of
texture on the front, even better! Occasionally, I will use a magazine or paperback
to stack between the books if it has a thick enough spine.

STYLE AND PERSONALITY

Lastly, but most importantly, when choosing a coffee table book, the book should
reflect the personality and interests and hobbies of the people in the home.
Otherwise, it would look like someone barged into your home and left a random
book on your table. If you are a gardening enthusiast, it would make perfect sense
to have a book about beautiful gardens or how to grow vegetables on display.

A few of our favorite garden themed coffee table books are:

1. Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening by Matt Mattus
2. Gardentopia by Jan Johnsen
3. Raised Bed Revolution by Tara Nolan
4. A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach
5. Gardenista by Michelle Slatell

Are we missing some good garden coffee table books that we should know
about? Share them with us on Instagram at @gardenandgreenhouse.

 

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