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Complementary Colors: How to Have Your Shed Match Your Home and Outdoor Space

Picture this: a serene backyard retreat where the vibrant hues of your shed dance in perfect sync with the surrounding landscape while the architecture effortlessly complements the style of your house. A well-designed outdoor space enhances your property's curb appeal and ignites a sense of pride and joy every time you step into your backyard. Part of making everything look amazing is with complementary colors.

The concept of complementary colors might seem daunting, but fear not! We're here to demystify the art of color selection and guide you through the process, making it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 

So, whether you're a design enthusiast seeking to revamp your outdoor haven or a homeowner aspiring to create a cohesive oasis, join us on this colorful expedition. Let's harmonize your shed, your home and your outdoor space into a masterpiece of complementary colors.

The Art of Color Selection

The art of color selection forms the cornerstone of creating a visually captivating outdoor space. To begin, start by analyzing your home's exterior, discerning its dominant and accent colors. Take note of the hues that stand out the most, as these will serve as your starting point for selecting colors for the shed. Once you have a grasp of your home's color scheme, it's time to choose the right color palette for your shed. Opt for complementary colors that balance and enhance the existing tones of your home, creating a harmonious and visually pleasing effect. Remember, complementary colors lie opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange or green and red, providing a delightful contrast while maintaining a sense of unity. Though most houses are probably not bright hues of orange, the same concept works for all colors on the color wheel.

color wheel

You might be asking what the color wheel is. Good Housekeeping says, “Every decorative color combination can be defined by where it resides on the wheel, a diagram that maps the colors of the rainbow. The wheel makes color relationships easy to see by dividing the spectrum into 12 basic hues: three primary colors, three secondary colors and six tertiary colors. Once you've learned how to use color wheel theory—and its hundreds of combinations—it can provide a helpful reference for deciding what colors to try in your home.”

Beyond coordinating with your home, it's crucial to harmonize your shed with the natural landscape and garden colors. Observe the surrounding plants, flowers and natural elements, as these will influence the overall ambiance of your outdoor space. Choose colors that blend seamlessly with the earthy tones of your garden or opt for shades that reflect the vibrant blooms, allowing your shed to become an integral part of the natural scenery. By thoughtfully considering your home's exterior, selecting complementary colors and harmonizing with the surroundings, you'll pave the way for a visually striking and cohesive outdoor space that is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Shed Exterior Design

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Shed exterior design also plays a pivotal role in seamlessly integrating your outdoor storage space with the overall aesthetics of your home. So, once you have your colors figured out, take a look at the design options. Begin by exploring a wide range of shed materials and textures that complement your home's architectural style. 

There are various options to suit every taste, and if you’re unsure about those options, be sure to check out our blog about different shed material types and which one is the best. Matching the shed's design to your home's architecture is essential for achieving a cohesive look. 

Consider elements such as 

  • Roof slope
  • Window style 
  • Siding patterns 

This will create a harmonious visual connection between the two structures that not only enhances the overall appeal but also transforms the shed from a mere utility structure into an attractive extension of your home.

blue and white storage shed

Incorporating accents is the final touch that elevates your shed's exterior design from ordinary to extraordinary. These accents should reflect the theme of your outdoor space while establishing a sense of unity between the shed and the surrounding environment. Introduce elements like decorative trim, flower boxes or trellises adorned with climbing plants. Additionally, use outdoor lighting strategically to highlight the shed's unique features during the evening hours. By thoughtfully integrating these accents, you'll ensure that your shed becomes a seamless and enchanting addition to your outdoor space, leaving your guests in awe of your impeccable design sensibilities.

Utilizing Landscaping to Enhance Coherence:

  • Garden and Plant Choices: The key to achieving a harmonious outdoor space lies in selecting the right vegetation that complements both your shed and home. Consider the elements of each plant such as the shapes, colors and sizes to ensure they blend effortlessly with the overall design. Choose flowers, shrubs and trees that harmonize with the shed's color palette and architectural style, while also enhancing the existing landscape around your home. Whether you opt for a lush, blooming garden or a low-maintenance, native-plant selection, thoughtful plant choices create a seamless connection between your shed, home and natural surroundings.
Mom and daughter taking a bike out of a storage shed
  • Paving and Pathways: Paving and pathways are the bridges that link different elements of your outdoor space together. Utilize materials that complement the shed's exterior and match the overall style of your home. Carefully plan the layout of pathways to guide visitors from your home to the shed and other outdoor areas, such as patios or seating areas. Consider incorporating stepping stones, gravel paths or even eco-friendly permeable pavers to maintain a visually appealing and environmentally conscious design. These pathways not only enhance coherence but also provide a functional and inviting flow throughout your outdoor space.
  • Lighting Considerations: Proper lighting can transform your outdoor space, adding an enchanting ambiance and enhancing the visual appeal of both your shed and home. Use a mix of outdoor lighting fixtures, such as wall sconces, pathway lights and spotlights, to highlight architectural features, plants and walkways. Solar-powered lights offer an eco-friendly option and reduce energy consumption. By strategically placing lights around your shed and garden, you can extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening hours, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere for relaxation or gatherings.

DIY vs. Professional Help:

DIY Painting and Decorating

  • If you're a hands-on enthusiast looking to infuse your personal touch into the project, we've got you covered with DIY tips and tricks. 
  • From selecting the right paint and tools to step-by-step decorating ideas, we'll help you navigate the process with confidence. 
  • Discover creative ways to incorporate accents and personalized touches that truly make your shed an extension of your unique style.
  • If you don’t have a lot of DIY experience, but want to build your own shed, try a shed kit like the ones that Keter sells.

Hiring a Professional

  • For those seeking a polished and expertly executed design, exploring the benefits of hiring a professional is crucial. 
  • Professionals bring invaluable experience and a keen eye for detail, ensuring that your shed seamlessly matches your home and outdoor space. 
  • Involve setting treated wood posts into the ground to support the shed. Suitable for uneven terrain and relatively easy to construct.
  • We'll delve into the advantages of seeking expert advice, including access to a wider range of design options and streamlined project management, saving you time and effort.

Deciding between a DIY approach and professional assistance often comes down to budget considerations. So, keep this in mind as you make your decision.

As we reach the end of our colorful journey, we hope you've been inspired to transform your outdoor space into a captivating oasis. By analyzing your home's exterior and selecting complementary colors, you set the foundation for a cohesive design that will leave a lasting impression.

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If you’re in the market for an aesthetically pleasing, durable and weather-resistant shed, be sure to take a look at Keter sheds. They come in a variety of colors, sizes and designs to help fit your backyard aesthetic perfectly.


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