If you’ve been looking out of the window recently and thinking “you know what? that shed is becoming a bit of an eyesore”, then you may well have thought about different things you can do to jazz it up and make it look a little bit less repulsive. However, if you’re no Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, you probably don’t really know where to start. Well, luckily for you, we asked for ideas for some of the most prominent garden designers in the UK, and this article contains all of their best advice.
Take a quick read through and see if you can pick up on some useful tips and tricks to brighten up your shed.
Paint in Pastel
This is perfect if you’re trying to brighten the building up whilst also creating a vintage look. Although white is the best colour for this aesthetically, it’s much more hassle to maintain, so the designers advise you opt for pale pink or mint shade, as this won’t get quite as dirty, quite so fast.
Alternatively, if the vintage look really isn’t for you, why not consider painting your shed in very bright and unusual colours. Over the last year or so, many people have opted to use purples and reds, as these colours often fit in well with the most luxurious flowers in the garden.
Add Window Boxes
Flowers are the best thing for brightening up any garden, so planting them around the outside of your shed and installing window boxes can be truly beneficial. You could even plant some vegetables in your window boxes, as this will give them a real purpose.
Try a Living Roof
These have several advantages including; providing better insulation, protecting your shed from harsh weather conditions, and creating an area where more colourful plants can be grown.
You’ll want to take certain precautions when installing a living roof, as they do have certain safety issues. First, you’ll need to think about the weight involved. Although your shed might be more than capable of supporting the weight of wet soil, you may encounter problems in the winter if it snows. This excess weight can sometimes cause roofs to collapse, so finding out exactly how far you can push your shed is essential.
Here is a quick step-by-step guide:
Get some soil or planting medium.
Lay some waterproof sheeting over your shed roof.
Apply a thin layer of soil or planting medium (just enough for your chosen plants to grow).
Find a suitable way of watering (most people opt for using a garden hose with small holes in it).
If you’re thinking about growing plants that need more than a couple of inches of soil or growing medium, you may want to consider picking up some planting containers from your local garden center, but again, don’t forget to think about the excess weight!
Get a New One
If your shed really is that old and dull, you might think that spending lots of money on making it look cool is completely pointless if it will probably need replacing soon anyway. So, why not just bite the bullet and purchase a new one now. This website happens to be rather good for checking out current trends, and they’re also rather competitive when it comes to pricing.
So there you have it my “I wish there was a program on TV called Changing Sheds” friends. That was a quick and simple guide to making your shed look far more appealing. Hopefully now you’ll be in a better position to impress your family and friends with you newly acquired eye for design.
Just remember that spending a lot of money on an old shed is pretty pointless, so if yours should really be condemned, take a trip out and pick up a new one.