Garden sheds do more than provide outdoor storage. They can create a comfortable work space, provide a backdrop for prized plants, or deliver a destination where you can relax and entertain friends. This cottage garden shed serves as a sweet focal point amidst a whimsical garden.
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If you’re wondering how to make a garden shed look nice, add a little vintage character. Salvaged windows and barn-board siding give this garden shed visual appeal. Thoughtful details, like the window trim on the exterior and the cupola perched on the roof, transform what could be a basic storage shed into an inspiring garden-side retreat. And don’t be afraid of a little color, either. Because sheds are smaller, a bright and bold color will simply pop, rather than overtake, like it would on a larger house or garage.
This all-glass garden shed doubles as storage and greenhouse area in colder months. A light and airy design like this works well in an yard where you really want the surrounding landscape to shine. Adding window boxes and gingerbread molding ensures the design leans homey, not austere.
A backyard shed’s design hardly need to be basic or subtle. This large shed looks like a grand home in miniature, thanks to its copper roof and welcoming porch with a handsome colonnade. A colorful bench and potted plants makes the shed a true extension of the home.
This garden shed matches its exuberant cottage garden surroundings. Architectural details such as the scalloped fascia, clapboard siding, window boxes, windows with lace curtains, and weather vane make it the perfect focal point for the garden. Terra-cotta roof shingles and a gray-blue exterior fashion a just-right color palette.
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Look for ways to incorporate your shed into your landscape. Here, a steeply pitched roofline on a simple garden shed echoes the angles found in the triangular raised beds and birdhouse. Even the picket fence behind the Adirondack chairs carries the theme through with pointed peaks.
A flagstone path leads through this potting shed, making for easy access to the tools stored on the wall. Peeling paint and wide-plank construction provide rustic charm.
Gothic arched windows add to the antique feel of this garden shed. Stamped-metal roofing and hanging planters on the fence repeat the arched shape. A row of boxwoods brings order and definition to the entry garden.
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Peeled hemlock porch columns, random-width pine siding, and a durable metal roof turn this shed into a rustic retreat. The shed rests on a concrete block foundation surrounded by stacks of stones, giving the building a sense of permanence and providing an attractive way to level the shed and disguise the change in slope.
A steep faux-slate roof and king post porch gable lend Tudor style to this potting shed. Oversize metal false door hinges are in keeping with the shed's Tudor references. A bench adds intimacy to the front porch.
A playful profusion of flowers, whimsical sculptures, and found objects set the tone for a practical but lighthearted approach to gardening. An ample storage shed with a sun-drenched potting-shed annex makes maintaining the garden a snap.
Join the green roof craze by growing sedum and other succulents on top of your garden shed. The succulents keep the shed cooler, soak up rainwater, and brighten the garden with their colorful foliage and blooms.
Detailed scrollwork on the porch of this playhouse potting shed brings a playful touch to the structure. Heart-shape cutouts in the shutters, a Dutch door with lace curtains, and a white wicker chair complement the casual country look.
Add drama to your potting shed by extending it upward. A second story dormer window infuses this shed with natural sunlight. Dentil detailing at the eave line and doorway impart a touch of elegance, as do the checkerboard tile floor and topiary planters flanking the doorway.
A wide entry door, with sidelights and an arched top window, creates an elegant, welcoming approach to this garden house. A sturdy brick walkway leads from the millstone fountain in front to the doorway.
This courtly glass-walled potting shed was designed to complement the Victorian farmhouse on the property. Antique paving bricks, a wrought-iron fence, and sweeping planting beds anchor the shed in the expansive landscape.
Cedar-shake siding and shingles adorn this elegant garden shed getaway. Decorative white trim, mortared stone steps, and a curved metal handrail enhance the appeal of this destination structure perched atop a matching retaining wall.
Construct a cute garden shed in a weekend with a kit. Prefab wall panels go up quickly, and doors and windows slip into precut openings. Dress it up with hanging baskets suspended from beams and window boxes overflowing with flowers.
Give your garden shed country appeal. Barn-board siding, cedar-shake shingles, and rustic wooden trellises set the tone. A sunny stoop provides the perfect place to grow herbs and tomatoes in pots.
Latticework and sturdy beams provide screening and a sense of enclosure for this potting shed. But they also allow breezes to flow through, and they let the homeowner keep an eye on the garden while working at the potting bench. Saloon-style doors swing open for easy access.