Copper outdoor showers are having a resurgence, and it’s easy to see why. Practical and pretty, they’re perfect for rinsing off after a splash in the pool or hosing down from muddy adventures with the kids. And using copper rather than stainless steel gives a look of luxury that we just can’t ignore.
When planning outdoor spaces, some functional ‘must-haves’ make the garden an effortless extension of the home, from storage and seating to lighting and shade. And now we’re adding outdoor showers to the list. Whether you set it against a wall of white bricks or surround it with lush greenery and timber, an outdoor copper shower is a standout feature in your outdoor zone – and a fabulous conversation starter too!
To help you recreate the dreamy exterior trend at your own home, we’ve searched high and low to find the best inspiration and ideas – from sleek resort-style soaking to rustic post-surf washdowns.
Benefits of outdoor showers (especially copper ones!)
- They keep mud and sand out of your house – With a trusty outdoor shower on hand, you can rinse off dirty bodies, dogs and surfboards before they enter the house.
- They take the load off your bathroom – Having a shower outdoors is a brilliant way to take the pressure off your indoor bathroom – especially during holidays when the house is choc-full of extra people.
- They’re a fab use of empty space – An open-air bathroom with an outdoor shower gives dedicated use to an otherwise deserted area of the backyard.
- Cooper works in harmony with nature – Because they sit next to each other on the colour wheel, copper and green are known as analogous colours and they’re a match made in heaven. This means a copper-toned shower is going to positively sing amongst the greenery of an Australian backyard.
- They’re a little bit indulgent – There’s just something extra special about showering in the great outdoors. Elevate the experience with fluffy towels, luxury soaps and a soft robe on a gorgeous hook for a home-style retreat. Ah, bliss!
17 Copper Outdoor Shower Ideas For The Backyard
From the exotic to the rustic, this list of open-air copper showers will get you itching to overhaul your outdoor space. So grab a cuppa and prepare to swoon!
From Slightly Garden Obsessed comes a polished copper showstopper that delivers even more fun to the pool zone. Against the crisp white wall, the copper shimmers and sparkles in the summer sun. Take us there!
(Source: Mon Palmer)
The Designory shows us a fine example of how to keep things simple and let the shower do all the talking. This minimalist shower and sleek separate tapware blend in beautifully with the modern outdoor space. Loving the combination of warm copper on a cool grey backdrop.
Source: The Designory
Ingeniously imagined and brought to life by the Californian interior expert, Palmer Weiss, this combination of crisp white timber with an understated stool adds a spa-like touch to this tucked-away sanctuary.
(Source: Palmer Weiss)
We can’t take our eyes off this pared-back outdoor shower set-up. Situated right next to a glistening pool and very proud cactus at Bali Bungalow, this contemporary alcove is the epitome of tranquillity. It’s absolutely where we want to be.
(Source: Bali Interiors)
Take your copper outdoor shower to the next level with a metallic backdrop to match! Surrounded by tropical greenery, this glamorous hideaway was designed by Haver & Skolnick Architects and won the 2021 Sonoma Forge Design Competition. It was inspired by the idea of showering amidst the jungle – and boy, did they nail it!
Source: Haver & Skolnick Architects
With a feature wall of corrugated iron, this outdoor shower is as Australian as it gets. Whether you’re coming in from a surf or working the farm, we can’t think of a better place to cool off and cleanse.
(Source: Outdoor Showers AU)
A Seaside Solution
Love the coastal lifestyle? This outdoor copper shower at Bilgola Beach House is perfectly positioned to get cleaned up fast after a day in the surf and sand. We’re completely in love with the deep blue backdrop. Heavenly.
(Source: Hugh-Jones Mackintosh)
A feature wall of sun-kissed timber and a gorgeous hot and cold shower in warm copper. Whether it’s for an urban courtyard or a bushy acreage, this fabulous pairing makes the perfect place to wash away the day.
A Sunny Patch
This slimline beauty brings this backyard nook to life – and paired with a timber backdrop in a similar hue, it’s oozing loads of summer warmth. We’re giving bonus points for the strategically placed plants for little pops of green.
Source: Hollow Tree Showers
Set In Stone
Perfectly perched against a rather spectacular natural stone wall, this copper number is as inviting as it is functional. Having taps situated on a separate pipe adds even more visual texture to the beautiful scenery. Genius!
(Source: Tallowood Landscapes)
Paradise Among The Palms
From an award-winning NSW landscaper comes a seriously Pinterest-worthy outdoor shower set amongst the palms. The assortment of warm and cool colours in this backyard nook work in perfect harmony. Just love those giant stepping stones!
(Source: Outside Indulgence Landscaping)
A Shower With A View
Who said outdoor showers had to be fully plumbed? This clever outdoor shower connects to a garden hose for a joyful shower anywhere you please (but especially on a grassy hill with a view!).
(Source: Proper Copper Design)
Follow the wooden steps up to an unforgettable shower experience. Set against a lush New Zealand backdrop, this hot and cold copper shower draws you to it, and it’s just the spot to stop and unwind at the end of a long day.
(Source: Te Kawa Tropical Oasis)
Double The Fun
Why have one shower when you can have two? From All Copper Co, this gorgeous ensemble is perfect for busy families (who just know the kids will fight over one shower) or outdoorsy couples. Positioned against solid wooden beams, it’s both earthy and luxe.
Source: All Copper Co
Balinese paradise is found in this tropical haven belonging to LA-based, Rebecca Raskind. Sheltered by banana leaves and palms, there’s no better place to enjoy a refreshing shower.
(Source: Bethany Nauert Photography with Dunn Edwards)
Pretty And Private
From Interior design studio, Shapeside, this spectacular walk-in outdoor shower brings all the vibes of Mexico and the practicality of modern living. Step from the beach straight into your own private outdoor shower, complete with a barn door for rustic goodness and welcome privacy.
Let The Outdoors In
Not fully sold on the outdoor shower idea? No problem. This full-length glass door merges the indoor bathroom and outdoor terrace in one small step. Keep the door open for a shower in the open, or close it up when you’d rather be inside. Just look at that view!
Source: Eric Olsen Design
Top image: via Bethany Nauert Photography