Asked on Apr 29, 2017

Should a backyard shed be painted the same colour as the main house?

by Wen20270907
Our house is a pale yellow with white trim. The shed is kind of 'storybook' looking and I'd like to paint it accordingly.
  14 answers
  • Totally your choice! If it looks good to you, go for it! How about a few shades lighter or darker than the house color, still with white trim to keep consistent? Or a pale green or a nice lavender color?

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Apr 29, 2017

    I think that would be cute . She shed?

    • Wen20270907 Wen20270907 on Apr 29, 2017

      Yes, I guess you could call it a 'she shed'! It's not very big, only 6' X 8'. I'll be using it for potting plants, maybe starting some seeds, storing garden hand tools, soils, fertilizers and some lawn furniture in the winter.

  • Connie Connie on Apr 29, 2017

    it all depends on the look you're going for. I would prefer it to match. If your looking to add some color or contrast, paint a door/shutters a bright color and/or add some details with decor like wind chimes or plants or something else based on your theme.

    • Wen20270907 Wen20270907 on Apr 29, 2017

      Thanks for your reply Connie. I'm not the most adventurous person, so kind of like the idea of matching it to the house (maybe just a shade or two darker - without being 'garish'.....gotta watch )some yellows! Then adding color, like you said, with the accents.

  • FL FL on Apr 29, 2017

    I would go with a colonial blue. Its not bright, but muted a bit, and maybe like the shade of faded denim? It will complement the yellow and white and yet stand apart. Maybe the same blue for a window box on the house? Good luck!

  • Melissa Melissa on Apr 29, 2017

    That is a matter of your preference. Another thought is that you could paint the shed in a contrasting or complimenting color or you could even use it to try out ideas for paint on you big house, but it would just give you an idea of how it would look in smaller scale. If you want to tie the whole property together, it might be beast to paint it the same color, or very similar color. You could also reverse the trim/house combination on your shed so that the body of the shed is the same color as your house trim and the trim on the shed is the same color as the trim on your house.

    • Wen20270907 Wen20270907 on Apr 29, 2017

      HI Melissa,

      I really appreciate you taking the time and giving me your ideas. I've never posted a question on 'Hometalk' before. It's amazing how many kind people are out there to help with a dilemma! I'm taking each reply into consideration. Thanks so much. /Wendy

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Apr 29, 2017

    I would absolutely paint it to match the house . Just my opinion .

    • Wen20270907 Wen20270907 on Apr 29, 2017

      Thanks Cherie,

      It's people's opinion that I wanted. Greatly appreciated! /Wendy

  • C.B. C.B. on Apr 29, 2017

    It totally is your choice, so take into consideration as to whether you want that building 'to be seen' or 'not'...great project!

  • Wen20270907 Wen20270907 on Apr 29, 2017

    I'm just grateful to everyone who have helped me with my choice of something that I was 'struggling' with. Thanks so much. /W

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 29, 2017

    your choice and no one else opinion.

  • Anapearl Anapearl on Apr 29, 2017

    I'll add one more vote for painting it the same as the house! In the town where I live, there are 6 or 8 houses with sheds painted to match. Especially if it is kind of "storybook" looking, it makes the two buildings look like a "property" rather than a house + shed. Add some shutters and a windowbox, and it looks great. You could put a clever small sign above the door to indicate it's use, such as She Shed, Pout House, etc.!

  • Melissa Melissa on Apr 29, 2017

    Best of luck with your project!

  • Elaine Elaine on Apr 29, 2017

    If it were mine, Wendy, I would definitely paint the shed the same as my house because (a) consistency and (b) one building isn't then taking attention away from the other. When a house has an attached garage, decorators always advise NOT painting the garage door the same as the front door. Why? Because the front door should always be the main focus; the welcoming factor when visitors come. The garage then should be painted to blend in with the brick or siding. The same theory applies to a shed - even though a storybook look sounds lovely! You can always add pretty decor by having urns or pots on either side of the shed door similar to ones situated at your front door and have fun with color choices. I agree with Ficher Luce and am picturing a Wedgwood (Colonial) Blue used say, in flower choices and cushions on any chairs you may have outside. If the shed has a window, put up a pretty blue and white gingham curtain then make a few cushions with the same material. Hang a pretty blue and white wreath on both doors - the shed and the house. You are only limited by your imagination! Have fun!

  • Inetia Inetia on Apr 29, 2017

    If you have a patio on the back side of your house try to carry some of the colors you use for the shed to the patio in the form of patio furniture and accessories. Such as cushions, curtains, planters, patio umbrella and the furniture itself.

  • Sean Sean on Mar 23, 2021

    I'd say it depends on how visible the shed is from outside your property. If it can be seen from the street then it probably should match or compliment the home. If not, then go for it! Like a poster said above, it can be a great way to experiment with a different colour pallet or even architectural style. Drop a shipping container back there, who really cares? it's YOUR backyard!