15 coffee table books that will instantly elevate your home

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If you’ve also been on a home decor kick thanks to, well, spending a lot more time at home in the last two years, then you’ve come to the right place. Coffee table books are one of the easiest, most interesting ways to add zhuzh and life to your home.

From photo essays on travel, retrospectives on designers and autobiographical essays from A+ listers, the options are endless for the coffee table books you can lay out and casually flip through. Or use under your laptop for Zoom meetings because that’s still a thing. You do you!

Scroll down to peruse and shop the best coffee table books if you want to elevate your home to a fabulous level of chic.

1. Rihanna

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Herein lies the question, why wouldn’t you want a massive 504-page visual autobiography of Rihanna’s life on your coffee table? Exactly. It’s perfect, which is why this coffee table book is first on the list.

2. Pools: Lounging, Diving, Floating, Dreaming: Picturing Life at the Swimming Pool

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This stunning visual ode to the enduring allure of the swimming pool is the kind of escapism everyone needs while surviving the winter months.

3. Literally Me

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Julie Houts first went viral with her stellar Instagram account, featuring illustrations that perfectly capture what it’s like to be a woman right now in the media age. This coffee table book is the hilariously dark comic extension of the account.

4. Art =: Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History

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For all of the art connoisseurs who love aimless strolls through New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art= includes more than 800 works of art from the museum itself.

5. Abloh-isms

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While it’s the smallest physical book on this list (who says coffee table books have to be huge?), this collection of quotes from the late great Virgil Abloh will inspire you in more ways than you ever thought possible.

6. Frida Kahlo Paintings Special-Edition XXL Book

She’s an icon and a legend, and she will always be the moment. Having a collection of Frida Kahlo paintings on your coffee table is basically a necessity.

7. 1,000 Record Covers

Whether or not you’re an expert in music history, you’ll find so much joy taking stock of the famous covers in this book.

8. HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style

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Journalist and royal expert Elizabeth Holmes turned her mega-popular Instagram series “So Many Thoughts” into the most riveting book on royal fashion. Filled with pictures and expert analysis of the four most famous fashion icons from the British royal family, you’ll never interpret an outfit the same way again.

9. Amalfi Coast

This enchanting coffee table book will take both you and your living room on a photographic tour of Italy’s breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

10. Selfish

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To omit the (arguably) most iconic coffee table book of modern times from this list would be a horrific mistake. You know it’s true! Full of selfies from selfie queen Kim Kardashian herself, this collection offers another glimpse into the life of the woman who changed the meaning of “celebrity” forever.

11. Tom Ford

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If you haven’t seen this on at least one person’s coffee table, then you must be living under a rock. This super popular retrospective of the designer’s career is 1) a joy to flip through and 2) looks good with every decor aesthetic.

12. Ballparks Past and Present

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A leather-bound coffee table book that details the ballparks of America’s most famous pastime? I don’t think you can get more Americana than that.

13. Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

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This is for anyone who has already watched Dakota Johnson’s Architectural Digest home tour 8,908,820,291 times and needs a break from their screen.

14. Gucci: The Making of

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This groundbreaking book includes thought-provoking essays, commentaries and authoritative anecdotes along with previously unpublished contemporary and archival photographs of one of fashion’s most famous labels — and family.

15. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color

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Go on a rich color tour of the 1900s with the authority on all things color.

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