Photo books are one of the best pieces of home decor you can have. While there are many places where you can display your beautiful photo compilations, none are better than having it on top of your coffee table. By having your photo book in your living room, guests are sure to notice them and be interested to know more – photo books are great conversation starters, after all.
This isn’t the only reason why you should have a coffee table photo book. If you have a small office, coffee table photo books are a great alternative to magazines. You won’t have to worry about getting new magazine editions anymore, and it’s also the perfect moment to showcase your full range of services through a portfolio photo book.
Types of Coffee Table Photo Books
If you’re creating a coffee table photo book to have in your house for your guests, you should design one with a topic you want to talk about. There are no rules, as you are the one calling all the shots, but there are a few things you may want to consider:
‘Year in Review’ Photo Book
These are one of the most popular types of photo books. They display everything that happened throughout a given year through your photos and are the perfect way to reminisce about the past.
‘Baby’s First Year’ Photo Book
Children really grow up fast. So, it’s essential to record all your baby’s first moments on paper. There’s no better way to do that than with a lovely photo book where your baby is the main star. Moreover, it’s the perfect way to embarrass them when they invite their partner over in the (not so distant) future.
Vacation Photo Book
Just had the vacation of your dreams? Perfect! Gather all the best photos and put them in a coffee table photo book. Any guest who comes over will want to know everything about it.
Wedding Photo Book
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It’s the day that you and your partner promise each other to stay together forever. Celebrate this very special moment with everyone by designing a wonderful photo book and placing it on your coffee table.
If you’re looking for a photo book to have in your office’s waiting room, then design a photo book showcasing your services. Visitors are bound to grab and quickly flip through it, so it’s the perfect moment to show what you can do for them.
What to Consider When Creating a Coffee Table Photo Book
Since coffee table photo books are on display 24/7, it’s essential that you create one that looks amazing. To do so, there are a few aspects you need to consider:
1. Photo Book Cover
We all know how the saying goes: ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’! However, if you’re going to have a photo book displayed in such a prominent place in your home or office, you want to make sure it looks gorgeous. Of course, beauty is subjective so you should choose the most appealing cover for you.
That being said, there are a few things you should consider. First, you need to choose between a hard or soft cover. We recommend you go for a hardcover photo book, as it’s guaranteed to last longer. What’s more, they look more substantial compared to softcovers, which makes them more eye-catching.
Next, you need to think about the cover image. From all of the pictures you selected for your photo book, you should save the very best to be showcased on the front cover. It’s also essential to add an informative and creative title both on the book’s cover and spine.
2. Photo Book Size
You’ll also want to print your photo book in the correct size. Although there isn’t a universal measurement for this, you should use common sense. You don’t want to make it too small – it’s not a pocket-sized book – but you don’t want to make it too large either since the book would become too heavy to handle. Instead, go for a middle-sized photo book with a size between 7×9 and 11×14.
Of course, there are other important factors to consider, such as page layouts, which pictures to use, adding text, etc. These are important rules to apply on all types of photo books you may want to design (including coffee table photo books), as they make sure you end up with a gorgeous and professional-looking photo book that everyone will want to look through.
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