Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bathroom Seating

I think that one luxury everyone should have if space allows in their bathroom is a bench, chair, or stool of some sort. They give a more comfortable space than the toilet or tub edge for sitting to apply lotions, provide a space for your towel or robe while you soak or shower, and for the exhibitionist in all of us - a place for someone to rest while we have our moment in the suds. Smart planning allows for the most utility in the space as well, when you look for hinge topped stools which provide you with space for storage in the body of the furniture. That extra shallow storage is a great place for vanity mirrors, combs, brushes - that sort of thing.

So, initially, I thought that I really wanted to use a blue and white porcelain garden stool for my bench in the bathroom. Interesting in their pattern, they're a perennial favorite in homes of the north east, and with the white subway tile I have in my tub/shower, it took me back to our vacation in Newport. But after some thought I decided the garden stool, while beautiful, lacked softness - something the room is missing with it's tile, geometric wall paneling, and porcelain console sink. So, I'm opting for something a bit more substantial, with a padded top which will be upholstered.

Something similar to this:

Or perhaps something a bit more like this:

Either way, something with an open leg and upholstered seat. Keep in mind that we'll be adding a brushed nickel nailhead trim to whichever fabric we choose. Kinda like this:

Here's where you come in! I'm not sure what fabric I should use for the bench. my initial thought was linen, but then I realized this is actually a piece that could take a loud fabric, something with more personality. So, I leave it up to you!

Poll is on the right side of the blog. Just pick what you like the best, and vote. I'd love to hear your opinions too, so if you wish - leave a comment! :)


  1. Artie, this is tough. I'm not sure my monitor is showing the true colors. I'm seeing a lot of yellow undertones and I had thought your palette was based on whites. That being said I think the second and third choices would be my preference. But then, any room benefits from a little animal print... Hmmm...
    xoxo Pattie

  2. Like the wild animal, but I am thinking something darker or maybe more texture? IDK, my monitor seems to favor a more pale color palate too.

  3. Great subject.. i like the post.


  4. Have you considered a blue toile (to match the piece on back of your toilet?

  5. Just an idea but I've always thought I would like a chair or bench covered with thick cottony bath towel material in a bathroom. Would absorb any drops of water without spotting and would be so comfy to sit on.
    Maybe a leapord print towel would work?

  6. You have such strong graphic lines with all your tile already, I'd stay away from the first choice, and probably the third (such small stripes tend to blur together and you pretty much lose the pattern anyway). If I had to choose from the other two - and I think there are other choices out there - hmm, I guess I'd pick the toile, esp since I can imagine that working with your planned brushed nicklehead trim. I'm not sure I like the idea of that trim with the animal print.
    I'm enjoying your project and can't wait to see the final!

  7. I must admit that I voted "keep looking". Though I do like every fabric you chosen have you considered a textile with a nap? ie: Terry, Cotton Chenille, Minky, Velvet etc. all of which come in a wide range of colors, pattern and texture. (Just a plain white fabric with black contrast piping ....or vice versa, would make an elegant statement.) Your towels are ????