Color ideas for a shed

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Color ideas for a shed
Your shed need not look grim and dreary. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

While some consider a shed to be simply a place where they store tools and gardening equipment, a shed can easily become so much more. A shed that has a magical look can give the entire garden an intriguing vibe, turning your backyard into a destination.

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Red is a wise choice for any shed, for several reasons. This bright colour warmly contrasts with the green grass and plant-life that no doubt colours a great deal of your yard's landscape. A red shed brings a strong sense of lushness and life to your yard, and is also evocative of a traditional red barn, giving your yard more of a classically rural feel.


White is a more timeless way to create understated contrast with the green backdrop of your yard. A white shed stands out from the rest of your yard in a bright, cheerful way, but without being overbearing. A white shed gives your yard a sense of cleanliness and a clear destination, because the white paint almost makes the shed seem like a little house. You can enhance this feeling by painting the shed's trim another colour that matches your house or the green of the plant life in your yard.

Stain and Color

If your shed is made largely of wood, you can accentuate this natural aspect by staining it a shade that enhances the natural tone. For example, adding a warm honey or a cherry stain to the wood gives the wood a more regal, vivid quality. If you're feeling adventurous, paint the shed roof a bright colour such as blue or yellow to give you the best of both worlds: the accentuated, stained wood to bring out the earthy quality of your yard, and the dynamic colour on the roof to perk up the surrounding environment.

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