The kitchen may be the heart of the house but the bathroom is pretty darn close in terms of importance. If you’re having people over, you know that a clean, stylish bathroom makes a huge difference in how they view your home. The bathroom is also a great place to take a home décor risk. It’s an easy space to go a little wild and dress it up in colors and themes you might find shocking anywhere else in the home. The bathroom can also feature some unique challenges — small spaces and big organization needs. If your bathroom needs an overhaul, check out these great places to shop for your bathroom in Boston.
1731 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
If you’re looking for something fun, colorful and totally unique, Abodeon is the place to go. The store, which has won a number of local awards, carries many items that are great throughout the house, but its bathroom collections really get noticed.
325 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
If you’re redoing or trying to reorganize a bathroom on a very tiny budget, Home Basix is a one-stop shop that can help both needs. It is often likened to Bed Bath & Beyond at a MUCH nicer price point. You’ll find discounted storage options, towels, shower curtains and everything else you can think of to outfit your bathroom. The store gets new stock in every day so if you can’t find what you’re looking for the first time through, it’s worth making a second trip to see what’s new.
8 Union Park St.
Boston, MA 02118
If you’re looking for something truly special, maybe a little exotic and almost guaranteed to not be in any of your friends’ bathrooms, it is time to go to Michelle Willey. Everything at Michelle Willey, from the clothing, to the bathroom hand towels, to the eclectic little area rugs, is carefully selected by the owner for its quality and uniqueness. Think of it less as merchandise in a retail store and more like beautiful artisan goods that have been carefully curated. You will be sure to find many little items that just can’t be duplicated elsewhere.
743 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
If your bathroom needs run more towards DIY or home improvement, Pill Hardware is a great alternative to bothering with enormous big box home improvement stores. Looking for new drawer pulls to update a cabinet, paints or sandpaper to refinish old furniture or to switch out an old rusted shower head for one with better spray? Pill Hardware has you covered. And if you’re a hardware store novice, never fear. The staff has an amazing mental inventory of each and every item on the shelves and can point you in the right direction.
776B Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
If you have an absolute love of high-end luxury and a budget that allows you to splurge, Frette cannot be beat. This gorgeous Boston boutique features the most deliciously extravagant bathroom goods you can imagine. Cashmere robes, plush bathmats and Turkish cotton towels are just some of the treasures for sale at Frette. If you are looking for the finer things in life, and in your bathroom, you won’t find anything finer in Boston.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.