Landscaping Around Your Shed – How Can You Make it “Blend” in
When you’re landscaping your shed, you want to keep two things in mind – aesthetics and function. Your biggest considerations are what you use your shed for, how often you use it, and who exactly uses it. If your shed is a special adult space where you go to get some private time away from the kids, you want it to be a chill, relaxing space for you to unwind.
If it’s more of a utilitarian space for old junk, gardening, tinkering, or mechanical tools, you can design it in a more practical, low-key way. Finally, if it’s a room where you often work with your kids, or where your kids can work without you, then it needs to a bright, well-lit area that puts safety first.
For sheds that are used regularly, several times a day, there is likely to be a well-worn path from the house to the shed. As a key part of your landscaping, consider paving that path with natural flagstones or concrete. This will avoid damaging the grass in your yard, and can also present a clear footpath that kids can use, preventing them from stepping in insects, small animals, or sharp sticks and thorns.
The path doesn’t have to detract from the beauty of your natural surroundings. Dull colored concrete will blend in quite well, or you can use wood, reed, or natural stone that has a green, brown, or earth tone finish so that it fits right in with the grass, soil, and greenery in the rest of the yard.
If your shed needs some kind of tap or cleaning up area, you can create some water features that make it look not just functional, but beautiful. You can install a water trough, which can be as basic as a vintage metal barrel cut half open, or as complex as a small fountain with a well-drained paddle pool with a run-off gutter where family and guests can clean their feet.
Depending on the size of your shed, you can blend it into the surrounding by planting grass, flowers, or herbs near the walls. Another good tip is to plant vines and creeping plants along the walls of the shed, to give it an ethereal lost-forest kind of appearance. This has the added advantage of attracting birds and butterflies that will add to the beauty and allure of your shed.
The simplest way to blend your shed into the landscaping is with the clever use of paint. Decide on the theme you would like for your shed, then pick your colors accordingly. You could paint in vivid reds, yellows and pinks to match the flowers you have planted in your yard. You can also add playful features like bird feeders or wind chimes.
If you’d prefer your shed to be a little more understated, you could paint it a tame green so that it matches the grass and fades into the background. If the area you live in has more tree coverage, you could use greys, browns, and deep fall orange tones to give it the appearance of a modest log cabin.
To complete the look of your shed, you could place a piece of furniture just outside the door. This helps with outdoor tasks, offers a place to sit and enjoy the view, and also makes your shed look more cosy and welcoming. You could use a bench, some reed seats, an antique rocking horse, or even a porch swing.
Be sure that your shed furniture is waterproofed and insect-proof. A few coats of water-resistant paint and some varnish will do an effective job of avoiding rot and rust. Periodically, sand down the furniture and apply fresh coats of paint. If you’re worried about maintaining the vintage look of the furniture, you can artificially distress the furniture after every round of repairs.
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