How to Decorate a Shed

Updated February 21, 2017

A shed doesn't just have to be made for function; it can be an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home. Use a variety of materials, such as paint, siding, furniture, organizational systems and coordinating accessories to decorate the inside and outside of your shed. Transform it into a charming cottage or upscale building by adding these materials and your personal sense of style.

Add the material of your choice to cover your existing shed. This can be siding, cedar shingles or even salvaged lumber.

Attach a decorative roof. Use an awning, a curved roof called a scalloped fascia or a metal roof. You can also use a roof with a different shape than a standard roof, such as a roof that has a triangle peak.

Paint the exterior of the shed. Consider using a bright colour such as blue or green to make the shed stand out in the garden. You can also use a colour that matches the decorating style. For example, use a cream or soft pink colour for a Victorian shed or a brown for a rustic or country shed.

Nail architectural details to the front of the shed. Some options include adding a faux window, shutters or decorative trim. Paint the trim another colour that contrasts with the base colour.

Accessorise the outside of your shed. Add planters full of bright flowers beside the shed. Attach wooden posts to the shed. Add a small white picket fence in front of it if desired. Hang hanging planters from the shed's roof and place flowers in window boxes.

Paint the interior walls. The type of wall you have dictates whether you use a traditional paint brush or a spray gun. Rub sandpaper against the paint to give it a distressed look. Use one colour for the main walls and another colour on trim or on a feature wall.

Address the flooring. Paint the floor, add vinyl flooring, add a rug or install tile. Make your floor fit in with the overall design you hope to achieve.

Install storage in the shed. Hang wall organisers to place your frequently used garden tools. Add shelves to house your plants and supplies. Add a potting bench or hutch to help take care of your plants. Cubby holes provide storage and a place for your decorative accessories.

Hang drapes. Hang a curtain rod and soft drapes over all of the shed windows. Lace curtains or sheers give a romantic touch.

Add furniture and accessories. Place a loveseat or table and chairs in the room. Use decorative containers such as planters, wine barrels, galvanised buckets and produce baskets to house your plants. Place charming accessories around the shed, such as pictures on the wall, an ivy covered ladder to the ceiling, bright vases and a tea set.


Add younger accessories and child-friendly furniture to decorate your shed to make a child's playhouse or teen hangout.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Planters
  • Flowers
  • Window boxes
  • Hanging planters
  • Wall organisers
  • Drapes
  • Curtain rod
  • Furniture
  • Accessories
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Samantha Kemp is a lawyer for a general practice firm. She has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles focus on legal issues, personal finance, business and education. Kemp acquired her JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She also has degrees in economics and business and teaching.