Consider the bathroom scenes in vintage movies. Think about the glorious Hollywood stars doing their makeup, sipping cocktails, and listening to music. While you probably don’t want to install blazing lights and huge statues to mimic the bathrooms of the past, there is one thing that will bring a bit of glam refinement – a stool or a bench.

Adding a stool to your bathroom encourages you to take a moment for yourself each morning. It encourages you to linger a little longer in the evenings. And, it can inspire you to breathe a little deeper during your mid-day break.

Stools can be simple, like this one used by Heather Bullard. Wood legs and a cloth top give it a touch of understated elegance. It’s not necessarily the focal point of the bathroom, but lends that little something extra to make you want to sit down and linger.

Going the other direction, this stool (okay chair) capitalizes on the blues in this small nook. Isn’t it just dreamy?

This all wood chair offers a simple addition that can easily be repurposed from the dining room.

Keep a Good Book Nearby to Help You Linger Longer

Reader’s Digest put together an awesome list of hilarious bathroom reads, including The 50 Funniest American Writers, Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac, and The Greatest Stories Never Told.

Barns and Noble has their own collection of fabulous bathroom reads. We’re quite partial to their recommendation of The Groucho Letters, by Groucho Marx.

In 2012, The New York Times released an article ‘Stories, Essays and Poems for the Powder Room’ outlining their top pics for what to read in the loo. It includes fabulous books like ‘Get Jiro,’ by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose; ‘Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Rock and Hip-Hop,’ by Simon Reynolds; and ‘Eat with Your Hands,’ by Zakary Pelaccio.

Need some additional reading material? We have our own list of favorites. Check it out!