You can save money by buying a small bouquet of flowers for a vase on a table, then enhancing it with a few leaves from your bushes and trees to add depth. Instead of books, display colorful city guides, even ones you pick up on travels, to show your love of certain destinations.
Designer Michael Habachy topped a coffee table purchased at a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams warehouse sale with a gold-studded tray by L'Objet and coffee table book, magnified by a Ralph Lauren crystal lens. Habachy used these items in a condo at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.
A dark wood finish and industrial framework makes up this contemporary shelf unit. The sturdy piece is a beautiful balance to the light color scheme and floral wallpaper. The shelves are dressed with a marble table lamp, complimenting the white walls, wicker baskets for texture and sizable coffee table books creating slight height variations in the display.
Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says to clear the clutter off of your coffee table and use varying heights to make the surface a showpiece. She styled this tree trunk coffee table with a taller potted plant and a small stack of coffee table books.
Use a glass vase with colorful, fresh flowers and coffee table books as a cost-effective way to infuse color into a living room. Atlanta designer Michael Habachy styled this table in a high-rise Atlanta condo with a trio of books that serve as a pedestal for the vase.
Have you kept any beloved books from your childhood or recent favorites? Then pair them by author, topic or color to add personality and height to a coffee table, in an affordable way. Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta uses flowers that remind them of the drawings in the books.
One of the ways interior designers add sophistication and timelessness to rooms is by accessorizing with books. Since coffee table books can be pricey, an excellent way to use books as decoration without breaking the bank is to pair high-end books with vintage books found at flea markets, like is done on this table. To maximize an old book’s charm, remove its book jacket to expose the canvas, cloth or paper surface.
The rosette pattern gives this hand-carved coffee table so much visual texture that you don't need to over-accessorize the top, which can save money. Terracotta Design Build used a natural element - antlers - on top of one coffee table book. The new mango wood coffee table cost less than $350.