Coffee-table books are decorative elements in their own right. Arrange them in a way that gives your space some impact. Take these tips from Chicago interior designer Andrea Goldman, who designed this gorgeous room in Highland Park.
1. Intersperse books with art objects to add texture. Try jars, bowls, and trays—maybe a beautiful horn or hide box.
2. Considering color blocking? “Try a palette of cream, blue, and gray—super quiet and graphic, almost like a grid or an art installation.”
3. “Shelves should have rhythm.” Some books should be upright, some should be lying down, and there should be objects and space in between.
4. Jackets? Take them off. “There’s a lot of beauty to be found underneath and publishing houses put a lot of thought into bindings.”
5. Make it personal. “Books on a table are more likely to be picked up and interacted with, so make sure the topics say something about you.”
6. Stack large to small. “Three looks great. It also can be lovely to stack two books with an object on top.”
“The Rise of David Bowie” by Mick Rock
“Jonathan Becker: 30 Years at Vanity Fair”
“Andy Warhol, Polaroids, 1958-1987” by Richard B. Woodward and Reuel Golden
“You Should Have Been With Me” by Stan Shaffer
Jayson Home, Barney’s and Kurt Gippert Bookseller