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16 shed paint ideas: exterior decorating tips and inspiration

Some great shed paint ideas are all you need to give your shed a stunning makeover. Well, paint and a paintbrush might come in handy too. Browse our broad spectrum of colours to inspire your shed design.

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Looking for some shed paint ideas to brighten up a weathered shed?

Painting your shed is a speedy way to update any garden. From bold to subtle, there’s a weatherproof shed paint to suit your outdoor space. Here, we’ll share 2024‘s best shed paint ideas, along with some shed painting top tips.


Stunning shed paint ideas

First things first, it’s important to pick a weatherproof shed paint to increase your shed’s longevity.

But what is the best colour to paint a shed? And what paint and finishes should you consider before choosing your final design? Find out below.

1. Bold shed paint ideas

Bold mint green shed

Fancy having fun with your garden design? Bet on bold shed paint ideas for a popular, eye-catching choice.

Go bold or go home with a bright red, blue or green shed design. Or, why not copy these homeowners and mix it up with a mint-green shed? A white trim, roof and window frame provide the cutest contrast.

Get the look by hiring a professional who specialises in painting sheds and fences today!

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2. Pastel shed colour ideas

Shed colours ideas in pretty garden - she shed ideas

Looking for floral and whimsical garden shed colour ideas? This pretty pastel shed colour idea might be for you.

We love how the blossom pink brick cladding and nearby fencing blend. The grey door also complements the blush perfectly, with a touch of white offering extra interest.

Adding a tiled shed roof brings it all together. This shed could be a gorgeous playhouse, garden room, storage unit or tiny home. You decide!

Get inspired with lots more shed roof ideas.

3. Subtle garden shed paint ideas

Small green garden shed

Choose a forest green for an unassuming shed. This shed paint colour blends in perfectly with lush grass, plants and bushes, allowing bright flowers to pop against it.

Give your green shed a modern twist with a black felted roof, matching plant mount, and shed clasps.

A subtle vintage lantern, trellis, and black lawn border tie it together. These subtle details work together to create an aesthetically pleasing garden design.

4. Shed mural ideas

Fun fish mural idea for your shed

Inject a bit of fun and frivolity into your garden by turning your shed into a piece of art!

Shed mural designs let you express your personality and get creative with colours and themes. It’s no wonder murals are swiftly becoming a top garden trend.

This distressed blue shed is giving us nautical vibes, so the colourful fish is a fitting addition. The pops of red, pink and yellow really draw the eye in too.

Take a look at our mural painting cost guide to learn more.

5. Shed door paint ideas

Shed doors in various colours

Another idea that will help you inject fun and style into your garden is to paint your shed door.

Choose a bright paint colour and paint your rafters to match to give your shed (and garden) an instant lift. For a stunning contrast, keep the rest of the shed white or natural.

These seafront sheds demonstrate how bright and bold colours look striking against any skyline.

Get your paintbrush ready and try this simple idea. Or, hire one of our professionals today.

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6. Shed floor paint ideas

Shed floor paint ideas

Consider how much traffic your shed will get when painting a shed or decking floor.

Sheds mostly for storage might only need a hardy wood stain. But, if your shed is a home-from-home, pick a durable floor paint. A jute rug is also a great way to dress the space.

On a separate note, we love the wavy rafters and window boxes on this blue shed. They’re a great way to add character – in fact, they’re giving us cottage-core vibes perfect for an afternoon snooze.

Check out our guide to painting floorboards to get started.

7. Grey shed paint ideas

Beautiful grey shed in sunny garden

Painting your entire shed in a lovely light grey hue is a popular shed paint idea.

Grey is an excellent hue because it’s muted yet stylish. Neutral-painted sheds look stunning in a bright and beautiful garden. Let your shed sit in the background for perennials to steal the show.

The attractive stable doors, window frames and light-coloured garden patio all stand out thanks to the neutral grey.

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8. Colourful shed ideas

Blue barn shed with colourful design

This fun stable shed is finished to a beautifully high standard. We love how royal blue paint contrasts with this neat garden’s green foliage and pink blossoms.

The white shed frame and window box also create a vibrant contrast. Overall, this is a classic design that would work well in most landscapes.

Consider pairing your blue shed with a similar dark brown roof to give your shed a rustic vibe.

9. High gloss shed paint ideas

Red shed in simple garden

Do you want your shed to stand out? High-gloss shed paint is the way to go.

Not only will you get a smooth and shiny finish, but high-gloss shed paints also provide weather protection and easy maintenance. So, your shed will stand the test of winters to come.

Take inspiration from this vibrant shed and go extra with red gloss shed paint. That way, you’ll match your roses in bloom.

A precise finish is essential when using high-gloss paint. To avoid imperfections, consider a professional painter and decorator near you.

10. Green shed paint ideas

Green garden shed and matching fencing

Whether bold or subtle, your shed paint ideas should match your garden aesthetic.

For a natural, rustic feel, go for earthy tones like green or brown. Or, choose painted shed colours that blend seamlessly with nearby fencing or flower beds.

This green shed creates stunning but subtle cohesion with the nearby fence, patio and greenery.

11. Modern shed paint ideas

Black painted shed

Is your garden vibe chic and sleek rather than rustic? Then, consider black shed paint.

This shed combines stunning matt black shed paint with two tones of stain for a professional-looking finish. We love how it blends seamlessly with this contemporary garden design.

12. Colour-blocking shed paint ideas

Colour block shed paint ideas

For bold and bright shed paint ideas, consider colour blocking. Colour blocking works to break up large sheds while adding interest.

Go for contrasting colours or even geometric shapes for a stylish, intentional look that stands out from the landscape.

Alternatively, pick two colours that work together to create a subtle pop of colour that blends. The pale blue of this shed combines with a darker blue door and window frame to lift and contrast.

13. Pick purple shed colour ideas

Purple shed paint ideas

Add warmth and vibrance to your garden with a warm tone, like a Bourdeaux purple.

Look how this shade of purple shed paint complements the rustic grey of the bricks. It pops against the nearby plants and timber to create a cottage-chic garden look.

Forget storing tools in this shed! It’s giving us all kinds of she shed ideas.

14. Coastal shed paint designs

Pale blue and white shed ideas

Is your shed destined for more than storing your hedge cutter or unused bikes? For example, is it used as a summer house or garden hang-out zone? If so, why not paint the outside to match its purpose?

Pale blue or grey with white shed paint combos are perfect for a beach hut or whimsy cabin shed. Here, string lights, lush greenery, and a log store work with this classy colour scheme to create a rustic but uplifting cabin feel.

15. Yellow garden shed ideas

Yellow garden shed ideas

2024 is all about yellow. It could be sunshine yellow, ochre or mustard! Homeowners are letting in the sun with yellow colour schemes.

This ochre yellow garden shed is perfectly on-trend with its matching white trim. Paired with plush garden furniture and pretty perennials, it’s a garden that anyone would love to lounge in.

Contact a professional shed builder today if you’re green (or yellow) with shed envy!

16. Shed interior paint ideas

White shed paint ideas

White is a timeless and classic look for any paint job. Because it reflects light, white shed paint creates the illusion of space.

Choosing white for the inside and outside gives this shed a spacious and airy feel.

Take inspiration from this shed design and add a hint of red for a farmhouse, barn-style look.

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Remember, Checkatrade has many professionals ready to help with your shed design. We verify and approve every Checkatrade member. So, you know you’re getting the best.

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Shed paint FAQs

When should I paint my shed?

You need a dry day to paint your shed. Depending on where you live, spring and summer are the best times to paint a shed.

Don’t forget to check the weather forecast for rain! You might need several days of drying time.

What paint can I use on my shed?

You shouldn’t skimp on shed paint.

Exterior wood is at the mercy of the elements. So, always use a specialist exterior wood paint. Otherwise, you’ll have a shed full of mould and rot.

Pick premium quality paints to ensure your paint job lasts. 100% acrylic latex paint offers a robust and long-lasting finish.

Should I prime my shed before painting?

Always prepare your shed before painting. Strip away any previous paint and smooth away impurities.

Then, apply a base layer before applying your chosen paint on top. Choose a quality primer for a cleaner and more durable paint job.

Don’t forget to finish with a waterproof sealant!

Now, stand back and enjoy your shed’s new look!

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