So, you’ve just invested in a new wooden garden shed. No doubt the first thing on your mind will be organising the interior, so you can make the most of the space in there. But it is also worth concentrating on the exterior. Neglecting this will limit the lifespan of your shed, since it will need some protection from the elements.

While some people stain their sheds, others prefer to paint them. And there are far more paint colour options available than you might think. Whatever colour you choose, do read the instructions on the tin, to ensure you get 100% protection from it. Outdoor paint often requires two coats, but it dries quickly to allow the job to be completed within a day.

All of which means your new shed could look amazing much sooner than you might think. But which colour will you opt for?

Shy and retiring…

How to Maintain a Wooden ShedSome people like their sheds to fade into the background rather than standing out. If that suits you, think of natural shades. Greens and neutrals work well here. You can also consider blues, especially the paler ones. Another option is to go for a super-dark green if you’d rather your shed wasn’t that obvious at all.

Look at the scenery around the spot where your shed has been erected (or will be, if you haven’t constructed it yet) for inspiration. If there is a fence nearby, you could also choose to paint it the same colour as that.

Cuprinol is a leading name in the field of garden shades, with lots to choose from. They also divide up their collection into various colour ways, such as neutrals, reds and pinks (yes, really), and oranges and yellows. Within each colour area, you will find numerous options – one of which is undoubtedly ideal for your needs.

…or big and bold?

Of course, you may not be the kind of person who wants their shed to go unnoticed. However, bear in mind the overall look of your garden if you want to go for a bold shade. If the shed is the only thing in your garden that is painted in a bright colour, it could look very out of place.

With that said, a whitewashed gate and fence makes a white shed more than ideal. Similarly, if you want to turn your shed into an outdoor bar, a rest and relaxation room, or anything out of the ordinary, you can use a brighter colour to fit with your theme.

A bright red or pink shed would certainly pop out. One person painted their shed bright pink, inspired by all the pink flowers and planting she’d worked on in her garden. You rarely think of putting a colour scheme to good use in your garden, but it can work beautifully.

Are you going with the times?

If you are keen to follow the latest trends, look online to see which colours are currently in. Of course, if you are going to follow fashion, you should be prepared to repaint your shed quite often. This can be a challenge, especially if you are going to try and paint over a bold colour with something subtler. Bear this in mind before heading down this route.

Test your colour choice before painting the whole shed

This is very important, yet it’s something not everyone thinks about. It is certainly vital if you are going big and bold with your colour choice. Follow the instructions and see how a colour will look once it has had two coats. Try and view it in bright sunshine as well as on a dull day, to give you the most accurate idea of what the whole shed would look like in that colour.

How often should you repaint your garden shed?

The rule of thumb is always to follow the instructions on the paint tin. However, if you do it properly, you shouldn’t need to repaint it more than once every two or three years. Do keep an eye on it though; if the paint begins to peel or is starting to fade, it’s time to apply another coat. Ideally, you need to repaint it before the peeling begins, as this will allow water to seep into the wood.

Lightly sand it first to make sure the paint adheres properly. A lot will depend on which part of the garden the shed is in, how much sun falls on it in the average day, and whether there are overhanging trees or anything else that might weather it faster.

You can see there are many ways to personalise your shed and give it an individual look, simply by using some paint. Once you’ve chosen your colour, it’s time to grab a brush and get started.