Published on August 6, 2020

For far too long now, showers have been the “efficient” sibling of the luxurious bathtub. In order to draw the perfect bath, you have to figure out the ideal water temperature, set a relaxing mood, and even conduct a science experiment around essential oils or salts. It’s a lot of work, and frankly, it’s too much stress.

We’re making the argument that showers are luxurious because of their ease, and that’s especially true of an outdoor shower. There’s nothing more calming (in the realm of good hygiene) than showering with the warm sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair. And the best part? All you have to do is step under running water. We found five outdoor showers we wouldn’t mind spending a few relaxing minutes in, from the beach houses on Long Island to the coast of Australia to the rural retreats of California. One look at these and we bet bathtubs won’t seem so luxe after all.

If You Want to Make a Splash

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Photography by Bali Interiors

Our mantra here at Domino is that there’s nothing some good, colorful tile can’t fix, and this outdoor shower in Bali proves our point. The pink backsplash combined with rich cacti makes for the color story of our dreams.

If You Want to Be Soothed

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Photography by Skye Parrott; Styling by Elaina Sullivan

This half-indoor, half-outdoor shower setup in Alex Boudreau’s Todos Santos, Mexico, home feels like a visual spa treatment. The soft curtains, sea blue tiles, and glass doors offers the beachy vibe we’ve been searching for all summer long.

If You’re Boho-Chic

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Photography by Justina Blakeney

It’s no surprise that the queen of boho herself, Justina Blakeney, has a drool-worthy outdoor shower setup. Patterned tiles are a great way to spice up a plain space, and if you want to really bring the vacation vibes home, take a page out of Blakeney’s book and line your space with greenery. An instant tropical getaway in your own backyard.

If You Want Something Unique

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Photography by Trent Preszler

Craftsman Trent Preszler hand-built his outdoor shower in Long Island by using a Japanese method called shou sugi ban, which requires you to burn, clean, and oil wood to render it waterproof. Not to mention creating a beautiful finished product.

If You Want Something Simple

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Courtesy of Studio McGee

This minimalist outdoor shower only includes the essentials—a faucet and a showerhead. Perfect for everything from quick and easy rinse-offs to a luxurious twilight session. Sometimes simplicity is best.  

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