Best Shed Paint Ideas for a Quick Touch Up

A lick of paint is a quick, easy, and relatively cheap way to give your outbuilding a lift. And the right paint colour can offer your garden shed its maximum potential.

Take this opportunity to learn a bit more about colours and treatments. With our shed paint ideas, you can choose a tone that’ll make you want to return to your shed time and again, no matter the task!

Colour Paint Ideas

1. Whitewash

Whitewash paint colour helps brighten dark materials, such as reclaimed wood. It’s perfect for achieving a rustic but clean farmhouse look for your shed.

The fresh colour also provides smooth polish that lasts for years and is low maintenance. For weatherproof and child-safe paint, opt for this Protek Wood Stain and Protector (1L) in Whitewash.

Whitewash shed exterior wall paint

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2. Green

Green is a classic exterior colour, but if you want to modernise the hue, we recommend sage green. This subtle colour of green is the perfect reference to nature.

With a hint of grey, it gives an instant refreshing look to the shed. The dried thyme shade of green also works beautifully with its natural surroundings.

Green shed exterior wall paint

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3. Neutral blue

Neutral tones of blue can provide your shed with a calming effect. A sea colour shade, for instance, is timeless and elegant.

It matches the landscaping well while giving off a modern coastal look. For a darker shade of blue, it’ll look amazing with tans and beiges, a common exterior colour.

Neutral blue shed exterior wall paint

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4. Pastels

Make your shed the focal point of your backyard by painting it with a happy-go-lucky hue, such as a pastel palette. Take these lovely garden storage units, for example.

The bright and soft shades of baby pink, mint green and buttery yellow add a colour pop feature to the exterior. They also work well with neutral colours, creating a feeling of earthiness.

Pastel shed exterior wall paint

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5. Grey

Grey is no longer a dull colour but a versatile one that can offer a touch of warmth to your shed. It’s an ideal shade if you’re keen on a black exterior but don’t want to paint the whole structure too dark.

A stylish shade of grey (like the one in the photo below) can impact the exterior. Moody charcoal colour also makes a good choice.

Grey shed exterior wall paint

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6. Black and white

If you’re looking for a paint colour that can coordinate with the exterior of your house, go for black & white. This shade scheme can give your shed a modern and sophisticated look.

The monochromatic colour makes it look stylish and interesting but sleek and simple. It also elevates its appearance and enhances the architectural aspect of the structure.

Black and White shed exterior wall paint

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7. Orange

Go bold and ‘citrusy’ in your garden with statement shades of orange for your garden building. This vibrant and saturated shade gives that energising boost, creating a focal point.

Alternatively, choose a calming coral hue for a Mediterranean sun-baked goodness vibe. Orange would also look amazing if your yard is filled with terracotta pots.

8. Ombre

If you’re feeling experimental, play with two or more different colours in the same palette. Take a cue from this dreamy, ombre garden shed in various shades of violet.

The ombre effect creates drama and interest, a step further to a fully blended finish shed.

Ombre shed exterior wall paint

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9. Red

Red is the traditional colour for farmhouses. But nowadays, the colour suits any garden building, including sheds.

Ideal for a farmhouse-inspired shed look, paint it a sophisticated shade of red. It’s also great for small sheds as it isn’t too overpowering.

Red shed exterior wall paint

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10. Black

Painting your potting shed black is a brilliant way to make it look modern. It’s one of today’s hottest trends in exterior painting.

The dark colour is ideal for highlighting the greenery that surrounds it. If you love this colour scheme, consider extending it to your garden fence ideas, too.

Black shed exterior wall paint

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11. Pink

Pink is a lovely and attractive colour perfect for sheds, particularly she sheds. It’s soft, calm and has the power to brighten up a dull room.

A light pink exterior can make your shed feel playful. Neon pink, in contrast, is sensational and can give it an edge over others. It’s also welcoming and very retro.

Pink shed exterior wall paint

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12. Brown

If you want your shed to look like a bungalow or modern lodge, you can never go wrong with brown. It gives off a wooden look to the exterior walls, and it’s less harsh on the eyes.

Nature lovers also love brown as it has that welcoming and soft vibe. Another timeless colour for exterior walls is light brown.

Brown shed exterior wall paint

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13. Highlight the windows

Transform your shed windows into a focal point statement by painting them with a vibrant shade. Take inspiration from this highlighted window!

It was brought to life thanks to the striking yellow paint colour. The shade also makes it stand out boldly from the dark base.

Highlighted shed window paint

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14. Bright contrasting colours

Go for two colours and try to recreate this shed masterpiece. The inside of the door is painted orange, while the exterior features two bold colours: black ash and honey mango.

This mini garden office extends the space outdoors by adding a bench – also painted in azure blue. The variety of playful cushions also contrasts with the colour palette.

Bright contrasting colour for shed wall exterior

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15. Colour blocking

Another painting trick worth trying is the colour blocking. It’s almost the same as the contrasting colours in number 14.

But in this approach, you aim to match the environment. Take this adorable shed, for example. The colour palette matches the greenery surrounding it: sage-like grey-green and purplish Bordeaux.

Colour blocking approach for a shed exterior wall

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Colour Paint Products

The paint product you choose will depend on the protective qualities you’re looking for. Your budget is also included, as well as how quickly you need the job to get done.

Below, we’ve curated a selection of shed paints of various brands to help you with your choices.

16. Protek Wood Stain and Protector 2.5ltr

This wood stain and protector from Protek is a multipurpose and versatile wood paint. What’s more, it’s weatherproof and guarantees to protect all varieties of outdoor timber.

The product is very low in VOC (volatile organic compounds). And the use of blended organic pigments ensures that colours are bright, pure and long-lasting.

Long-lasting up to 30 years and quick drying-fry in 30 minutes! Available colours include:

  • Green
  • Light blue
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Turquoise
  • Pale pink

Also available in 1 litre and 5 litres.

Protek Wood Stain and Protector 2.5lt
Protek Wood Stain and Protector 2.5lt

17. Protek Royal Exterior Superior Finish 1ltr

The Protek Royal Exterior Superior Finish is perfect for use on wooden sheds and furniture. Hard-wearing, water-repelling, fast drying and rainproof in just 2 hours.

The high-quality finish with a soft lustre allows the wood grain to show through! With a range of options for a lovely colour finish, you can protect the wood from harsh weather, mould, and fungi.

Available colours include: Snow, Cornish Cream, Slate Grey, and Silver Grey.

Protek Royal Exterior Superior Finish 1ltr
Protek Royal Exterior Superior Finish 1ltr


Sheds provide a focal point and can set off the design of your garden. But a well-maintained one, both the interior and exterior, can add value to your property.

The best colour for your shed will depend on your home’s exterior and the elements of your backyard. But it won’t hurt to experiment with other tones and shades!

For one, a complementary colour, such as deep blue for the house and vibrant orange for the shed. This gives a more playful look – an unexpected pairing that looks great.

We hope our best shed paint ideas will help you find the ideal colour palette for your garden building. Also, be sure to check out the products that we’ve listed to make your online shopping hassle-free!

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