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14 Design Ideas for an Exhilarating Outdoor Shower

My earliest outdoor shower experiences involved a small wooden surround attached to a simple rental cottage on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In spite of the facts that the soap usually slid under the stall walls into the yard and there was always the danger of a sibling snatching my towel away as a practical joke, I could not be persuaded to use the indoor option. Rinsing off the sand and seaweed underneath the open sky was exhilarating.

While an outdoor shower setup as simple as a curtain and a showerhead can be very enjoyable, there are a lot of ways to spruce up an outdoor shower's aesthetics and comfort. Here are 14 suggestions for both.
1. Carve a niche in the wall. A shower niche will keep your supplies close at hand. This one even has a bit of playful peekaboo going on, as it is open to the other side of the stall.
2. Help the shower stall blend with the house via architectural elements. A pergola overhead, a paint color that matches the home's trim and a showerhead with a similar finish to that of the outdoor lantern all make this outdoor shower part of the house.
Rustic corrugated metal fits right in with this artist's funky home and art studio's exteriors.

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3. Embellish the shower surround. While the pergola and siding help this stall blend into the house, the large driftwood seahorse adds a whimsical punctuation.
4. Blend the shower with the landscape. This stone wall marries the shower's architecture and the landscape architecture, while woolly pockets create vertical garden walls around it.
This unique Australian landscape incorporates three vertical gardens. Layers of succulents emerging from patinated copper troughs look stunning against the translucent outdoor shower surround.

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5. Add a bench. A small bench or stool in an outdoor shower provides a spot for soap and shampoo and a place to rest if your body is warn out from surfing, swimming or sunbathing.

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6. Provide an in-shower spot for a towel. This can be as simple as a Dollar Store plastic hook that hangs over the enclosure. Anyone who has ever had to streak indoors after being pranked knows this is an important detail.

7. Let there be light. An outdoor rinse in the pitch dark can be creepy. This elegant barn light illuminates the stall for nighttime showers.
8. Think about what's underfoot. No one wants to stand around in slime or muddy grass in an outdoor shower. Ipe stands up to water in the shower here, and the teak stepping stones provide an easy path back indoors.
9. Cover up the pipes in an artistic way. This glass mosaic longboard conceals plumbing and creates a tropical backdrop for showering.
10. Or accentuate the plumbing as an architectural element. This steel column has heft and style.

Bonus outdoor shower tip: Add a second faucet down low for rinsing off sandy feet.
These oversize fixtures are at once sleek and almost cartoonish. (I mean that in a good way — the outdoor spigot is the icing on the cake.) There's great contrast between the natural texture of the pebbled walls and tiled floor and the industrial-size metal spouts.

Pipe Shower: Marcel Wanders
11. Embrace the natural surroundings while you're au natural. This incredible shower is up a rocky hillside in the Arizona desert.

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This one, nestled among the oaks in California Wine Country, is not for shy folks.
12. Extend an indoor bathroom outdoors. Glass doors that lead to an outdoor shower let in the natural light, while the rock wall provides a stunning view and privacy.
13. Create a shower that can be indoors or out. Disappearing doors transform this shower into an open-air space. While not recommended for Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston or others stalked by long-lens-toting paparazzi, washing one's hair out here must be a unique experience.
14. Make the outdoor shower work for your pets. A handheld outdoor faucet can be a great way to give dogs a bath, depending on how much they tolerate it before running around and shaking the water off all over you.

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