5 Types of Coffee Table Books Every Home Needs

Coffee table books are an art form. Whether they're filled with stories, information or stunning photography, it's the easiest way to bring life, colour and personality to your home.

Here are the 5 types of coffee table books every home needs:

 

1. A book on one of your heros

My pick: Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit, by Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit

Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit

Audrey Hepburn is one of my idols. She was beautiful, inside and out. I own about eight Audrey Hepburn books but this one is particularly good, as one of her sons - Sean Hepburn Ferrer - wrote it. (Meaning it’s as close as you’ll get to an autobiography as there will ever be.) It’s filled with photos from their family albums, archival documents, letters and even artwork by Audrey itself. Hepburn Ferrer tells her story like only a son can. It’s the perfect coffee table book.

 

 

2. A fashion or art based book 

My pick: Vogue Covers ‒ On Fashion’s Front Page

Vogue Covers - On Fashion's Front Page

Vogue Covers - On Fashion's Front Page

Because you need a picture book for adults. For me, it’s Vogue. Vogue has been a fashion institution for over 125 years. This book documents a century of British Vogue covers, starting from it's launch in 1916. It features over 200 covers that move from bold illustrations to innovative photography. It's a fashion time capsule, showing changing fashions, and evolving beauty trends. You remember why Vogue has the reputation it does ‒ “the original style bible”.

 

3. An autobiography or memoir

My pick: Grace ‒ A Memoir by Grace Coddington

Grace - A Memoir

Grace - A Memoir

An autobiography or memoir adds a bit of variety to the coffee table. Plus there is so many amazing people to learn from in this world - Grace Coddington’s one of them. From model to Creative Genius (with a capital G) ‒  she is Anna Wintour’s right hand woman. Coddington’s memoir documents her journey and the tragic accident that ended her modelling career, but enabled her to be where she is today. Plus, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but…

 

4. A helpful information-based book

My pick: Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster Blake

Amazinger Face

Amazinger Face

Whether it be a cook-book or a travel book, you need an information-based book. For me, that’s Amazinger Face. Amazinger Face isn’t just a coffee table book though, it’s a by-the-bed book, a bathroom book as you try to copy Foster Blake’s nifty tips and tricks. But if you’re a beauty lover, you need this beauty bible on your coffee table (or by the bed, or in the bathroom, or on the shelf).

 

5. A book that shows your interests

My pick: 50 Shoes that Changed the World

50 Shoes that Changes the World

50 Shoes that Changes the World

Whatever your interests: art, travel, food, design etc ‒ it's a coffee table must-have. Shoes are one of my great loves so what better than a book on the 50 shoes that changed the world? Really, it’s informational AND cute.