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Coffee Table Books to Suit Every Living Room Design Style

Coffee Table Books to Suit Every Living Room Design Style

From modern industrial to coastal contemporary

Written by –
Jess Ng
on November 23rd 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

I know we’re taught never to judge a book by its cover, but I think I may have found the one exception to the rule. Coffee table books. Whether stacked on their namesake coffee table, or piled on shelves and atop credenzas, they’re part and parcel of interior vignette styling 101. But just how do you choose the right one? One that’s equal parts interesting and aesthetically pleasing? A book which complements and highlights your design style and color scheme? Well that’s easy – just simply refer to the list below. Happy reading!

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Coffee Table Books for Design Lovers

Floral Fancy

For the Traditional Living Room

Celebrating the work of painter and botanist, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, ‘The Book of Flowers’ is as pretty as they come.

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This whimsical floral cover is the perfect fit for a traditional modern classical living room. With its intricate bloom details, this book could double as a work of art!

Shop ‘The Book of Flowers’ HERE.

Spot On

For the Kooky Eclectic Living Room

As a book dedicated to artist extraordinaire Yayoi Kusama, it was only right that ‘Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Light’ featured her signature dot motif.

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Much like Kusama’s work, this book is loud and vibrant. As such, it deserves a wonderfully eclectic room to match. Pair with an equally vivid print, or stick to complementary red accessories for a more cohesive overall look.


Head HERE to buy ‘Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Light’.

The Great Escape

For the Coastal Contemporary Living Room

Gray Malin’s ‘Escape’ is the epitome of wanderlust. From the snowy mountains of Aspen to the dry plains of Namibia and sunshine of Bora Bora, this book boasts a collection of awe-inspiring images of exotic locales from around the world.

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The refreshing blue tones of this book cover reminds me of all things bright and breezy. It’s just calling out to be styled in a coastal contemporary living room with LA cool vibes!


To get your hands on ‘Escape’, head HERE.

Back to Black

For the Monochrome Minimalist Living Room

Tom Ford’s eponymous coffee table book is an oldie but goodie. Filled with over 200 photographs showcasing a complete catalog of Ford’s design work for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, it’s a must-read for all fashion design lovers.

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Its strikingly simple black and white cover makes this book an obvious match for a monochrome minimalist living room. As ever, less is always more when it comes to making a style statement.


Shop ‘Tom Ford’ HERE.

Tickled Pink

For the Millennial Insta Living Room

What’s more millennial than a book about Ibiza? ‘Ibiza Bohemia’ is a picture-perfect ode to the Mediterranean island, showing off its roaring nightlife and abundance of peaceful yoga retreats.

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The vibrancy of this cover captures the party spirit of Ibiza to a T. Pair this hot pink beauty with other Instagram faves: a potted succulent, neon wall light and boho rug.


Click HERE to shop ‘Ibiza Bohemia’.

Raw Deal

For the Modern Industrial Living Room

‘In The Rough’ is a celebration of raw materials and handicrafts in interiors. Think industrial rusted iron, brushed granite and untreated wood. All have become en vogue once again in the realm of design, and this pick is the ultimate guide to mastering the trend.

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The dark rugged cover of this book is nicely in keeping with the subdued moodiness of a modern industrial aesthetic. Meanwhile, the splash of yellow is just enough color to pack a punch without distracting from the overall look.


Buy ‘In The Rough’ HERE.

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