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21 Colorful Coffee Table Books That Will Transform Your Living Room

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Adding a splash of color to your living room is easy with these beautiful coffee table books. From stunning photography to fascinating non-fiction, there’s something for everyone in this selection. So why not pick up a few and add some personality to your space? With so many different options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. These top 3 picks are the perfect way to add personality and interest to any space.

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When it comes to styling your coffee table books you will want to consider the overall decor scheme of your living room and choose a look that reflects that and your personal interests too.  The great thing about books is that you can change the feel of a room just by replacing the style, quantity and color of the books. Imagine a minimalist scheme with little displayed on the table. Now imagine it with a stack of brightly coloured, eclectic, books strewn across.  You get the picture.


Colorful books are playful and will add drama and life to any room.  You can be as co-ordinated or random as you wish to be – anything goes.  Here we have chosen 21 titles that we think will make the biggest impact and still have great content, to delight you and your friends and family.  Are you sitting comfortably…..

Love art history?  This eye catching reference book spans an incredible 30 000 years of art history featuring the work of over 700 global artists. 

  • Over 2500 of the world’s most influential paintings and sculptures
  • Features stunning artwork from more than 700 artists
  • Closer Look’ sections offer a detailed analysis of key paintings

What could be more colorful than a Hermes scarf.  This 160 page book is recently published,   Little Book of Hermès tells the story of the evolution of the House of Hermès, through beautiful illustrations of the most coveted items and authoritative text by fashion historian Karen Homer.


This beautiful book will transport you to the glamor and style of Palm Beach Florida.  Rub shoulders with the British monarchy, Hollywood A-listers and old American money and get a taste of luxury right there in your living room.  This book takes you through the evolution of the famous resort in 272 pages of pictures and text.  It’s bright cover makes an eye catching statement in any room.

Street style from New York and Paris, over a 5 decade period starting in the 1970’s, taken by the iconic photographer Bill Cunningham.  These photographs—many never before seen, others having originally appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere,  exude style and the exuberance of people expressing themselves through fashion.

If you can’t fit in a trip to NYC this weekend, treat yourself to a bit of New York culture with this uber colorful, coffee table book featuring the iconic Museum of Modern Art.  Tracing its origins from 1867 through to 2017,  it features paintings by great artists Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol, among many others―as well as lesser-known but equally fascinating and significant objects of art, architecture and design from around the world.

If you want to be wowed by nature, look no further than this 400 page collection of the best photographs from National Geographic.  Featuring photos from all over the world alongside inspirational quotes, this book will light up your living room and your life.

If you love entertaining you will enjoy this book.  Contributors share their secret of creating the perfect table whether inside or out, often sharing their family traditions passed down over the years.  Beautifully photographed, there are tips and inspiration for all you hosts out there wanting to make a big impression

You may have already created your own bucket list of places to visit but what if there was somewhere you didn’t know that you should be going to? Focusing on colorful destinations all over the world,  it is a perfect and unique gift for adventure seekers, color enthusiasts, photographers, rainbow chasers, travel addicts, and explorers everywhere.

If you are looking for colorful coffee table books and don’t have a passion you want to share, art books are a good place to start.  This slim book featuring pop artist Andy Warhol is coloful and accessible, showcasing many famous images such as Marilyn Monrow and the iconic Campbell soup tin.

Bring the outdoors in with this sweet and colorful book showcasing classic and timeless blooms that have stood the test of time. Author Chris McLaughlin offers tips, tricks, and creative projects for making the most of your heirloom garden, from arranging and preserving to dyes, drinks, and more.

Inject some rock and roll into your design scheme with this 288 page volume celebrating the last 60 years of the Rolling Stones.  Unzipped traces their impact and influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. Packed with evocative archive photos, artworks, outtakes, and memorabilia, this stunning book immerses readers in the world of the Stones.

A lavishly illustrated, irresistible look at some of the most spectacular houses and gardens—whose owners come from the worlds of fashion, design, art and society—that have appeared in the pages of Vogue over the last decade  .If you are looking for escapism within a  wonderfully bright cover, this is the book for your table.


Who knew so much went into designing a sneaker?  This vivid book takes the reader through the whole design process of 10 of Nik’s iconic trainers ever in a stylish and aesthetic journey that will have you donning your running gear in no time.

A colorful coffee table book featuring, well yes,  just color.  Tracing the influence of Pantone in virtually every sphere of life this book is brimming with over 200 images of art, products and fashion from the 20th Century. Inspirational and vibrant it will look great as part of a collection displayed on your coffee table.

Enjoy a vicarious vacation in this beautiful homage to the Greek Islands  The author and the photographer boarded a traditional Greek sailboat and set out to capture the calming atmosphere, quintessential characters and breathtaking architecture of these gems of the Aegean.

British fashion journalist Eloise Moran investigates the meaning behind Princess Di’s extensive wardrobe from designer Versace to family plaid.  Chock full of iconic images of the fairytale Princess this book is bound to be a talking point with your guests.

This gorgeous book will add instant glamor to your living space  with a plush, shiny gold foil hardcover, rounded corners, glossy art paper, and gorgeous photography.  It’s a book you won’t want to hide on a shelf.  Featuring cocktails all with bubbly as one ingredient you can have fun deciding your next tipple.

Yves Saint Laurent caused a scandal in 1971 at his Spring/Summer Haute Couture show where it was dubbed “Paris’ ugliest collection”  However it turned out to be a hit on the streets.This book is beautifully illustrated and documented with well-researched essays, this book is enriched with personal interviews and archival photographs of the show, the models, the designs, and the textile and print samples, as well as sketches and international press clippings

If you can’t decorate with the real thing, how about this beautiful coffee table book showcasing de Gournay designs in situ, in beautiful interiors created by top designers in homes from San Francisco and New York to London, Paris, and beyond.  Full of inspiring interiors and design ideas, de Gournay is an in-depth look at the stunning creations of one of the most prestigious and influential design houses of today.

A sneak peek into another world, this beautifully photographed volume is the ultimate insider’s view of the lifestyles of the wealthy, privileged, and powerful.  From the end of World War II through the 1980s, Aarons photographed the rich and famous, the beautiful and the celebrated brought together in this gorgeous book to add extra class to your living room.

Birds of the world are portrayed in all their colorful glory by Tim Flach, the world’s leading animal photographer.  From birds of prey and birds of paradise to the humble sparrow this beautiful celebration of the natural world will keep you engrossed for hours.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, these books have the power to transport you to exotic climates or take you into the world of the rich and famous. Wherever you go, having such colorful books displayed on your coffee table, is one of the most affordable, stylish and time efficient ways to transform a room. Let your creative juices loose and start playing with these different colorful coffee book options today.

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