Cool & Funky Painted Garden Shed Ideas

Published: 09/01/2023

Tiger Tall Wooden Tool Store Shed

Funky Painted Sheds 

Timber sheds are a blank canvas when it comes to creating unique and funky painted sheds that fit the design of your garden and reflect your personality. After all, who says that you can't have a pink tool shed with turquoise polka dots? Certainly not us.

Perhaps you're not looking to pull off quite such an outlandish shed design, but you would like something slightly out of the ordinary from your shed's aesthetic, and if that's the case then a uniquely painted shed design that’s personal to you can set your garden apart from its neighbours and enhance the look and feel of your outdoor space.

Painted Shed Ideas

Several trends have emerged in recent years that have made it easier than ever to find outdoor wood paint and preservatives to turn your outdoor building into a bespoke creative masterpiece.

Matching your colour scheme with other tones found around your garden is a great way to ensure your painted shed fits in perfectly. For example, considering matching colours to your favourite flowering plants, funky garden furniture or if these ideas are playing it too safe, go off piste and create something totally different and contrasting!  From bold stripes, rainbows, graffiti, bespoke artwork to much softer ice cream colours, we’ve seen it all and are fascinated with the variety of shed designs that exist in gardens across the UK.

Opting for a minimal design can create a powerful effect when it comes to painting your shed. To achieve this look, choose a muted colour such as grey, white, or even black, and paint the outer and inner surfaces of your shed all the same to create a seamless, calming aesthetic.

A picture containing Tiger Potting Shed outdoor, tree, ground

Tiger Potting Sheds | Garden Potting Shed | Tiger Sheds

A picture containing a Tiger Overlap Apex Garden Shed painted in black on patio with painted garden fence and shrubs

All over bold black for a striking, contemporary finish.

Your shed does not have to be painted all the same colour, of course, and if you're painting a product such as the Tiger Overlap Apex Shed you can create an eye-catching look by using a contrasting colour on features such as the bar at the front of the apex roof, the diamond finial at its centre or the door. You could even try painting the outside of your shed in a subtle shade and then go for a bold colour on the interior for an energising welcome as you enter.

Tiger garden shed painted in cream with blue fascia boards on gravel patio with potted plants

Calming cream with sky blue fascia boards and Tiger finial

A Tiger Garden Shed painted in cream and grey with cream bunting in outdoor garden with grass and plants

Effective contrasting in cream and grey with pretty cream bunting

Tiger Corner Summerhouse painted in soft pink and grey with garden furniture and gravel path, plants

Pretty in soft pink and green is the Tiger Corner Summerhouse


Tiger Shiplap Pent Shed painted in green in garden setting with grass and plants

A seamless green overhaul for the Tiger Shiplap Pent Shed

How to Paint a Garden Shed

Once you've chosen your shed and your colour scheme, it's time to get to work.

The first step is to pick a day when it is not raining and when the temperature outside exceeds five by degrees Celsius, to give your painted shed the best chance of drying properly.

Ensure all the surfaces that you're going to paint are clean, dry and in good condition. You can make certain of this by using a hard bristle brush and some all-purpose cleaner to remove any dirt and debris. Then leave your surfaces to dry fully.

Most sheds come already dipped in a water-based treatment designed to protect your shed from the elements for up to a month.   

Once you’ve built your shed, we recommend you apply a high-quality solvent-based wood treatment that penetrates deep into the wood giving years of protection against the elements. 

Tiger has an extensive range of long lasting, waterproof, decorative exterior wood paints with a collection of over 20 stylish colours. Easy to use and ideal for use on exterior wooden windows, garden sheds, log cabins, summerhouses, wooden windows, doors, conservatories, gates, cladding, fencing and garden furniture.

Once you’ve chosen the colour(s) you should always…

  • Do a test area before starting your painting project to assess product suitability and the final finish
  • Use high-quality paintbrushes and paint in the same direction as the grain of the timber for best results (don't be afraid to apply two or three coats to make sure your paint stands the test of time)  
  • Allow 2-4 hours between coats
  • Avoid painting in temperatures below 5°C or if wet weather is expected within 48 hours
  • Do not apply to wet, damp or frozen timber
  • Maintain yearly by cleaning the surface of the wood and following the preparation and application instructions given

For more expert advice on how to paint your shed refer to this article.

Choosing your Shed Paint

If you're planning to bring your funky painted shed design to life, the first thing you need to do is find an appropriate, weather-proof treatment for your shed, and you can find these products in a variety of colours.

TigerSkin® wood protector is one such product, and is available in dark oak, mahogany, red cedar, burnt orange and clear, giving you the option to treat your shed and retain its natural colour if you wish to. The preserver will enhance the grain of your shed's timber and protect it against the changeable British weather. What's more, it is harmless to plants when dry, so you don't need to worry about your shed attacking your garden!

Any Tiger shed paint or preservative will keep your shed in tip top condition.  Do this once a year to ensure your shed lasts for many years to come.  

With an array of stylish shed paints and wood protectors out there, you can truly personalise your garden shed and make it your own.  Choose from classic or contemporary colours for a striking finish.

Funky Painted Sheds Photo Gallery

Love ‘em or hate em, the following photo gallery is not for the faint hearted.  We just love the way our creative Tiger customers have let their creative juices flow and produced their very own funky shed!

TigerFlex Shiplap Apex Shed painted in red and white in garden

 TigerFlex Shiplap Apex Shed

Colourful Painted Tiger Corner Shed painted in pink, cream, green, blue and purple

Corner Shed | Wooden Corner Garden Sheds | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Shiplap Apex Shed painted in blue and white stripes in garden

Tiger Shiplap Apex Shed | Wooden Shiplap Sheds | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Shiplap Pent Shed painted in bright colours in geometric design in garden with grass and garden lights

Tiger Shiplap Pent Shed | Wooden Shiplap Sheds | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Overlap Apex Shed with child painting the shed with rainbows, animals

Overlap Apex Sheds | Garden Apex Shed | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Tool Shed painted in pastel colours in garden with patio and grass

Cute pastel ice cream colours make these Tiger tool sheds a pleasing garden feature with a beach hut vibe

Tiger Tool Tower painted in brown with tree illustration with lavender and brick garden wall

Tiger Tool Tower | Wooden Garden Tool Sheds | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Shiplap Apex Bike Shed painted in bright colours with blue, yellow, pink, cream and grey stripes

Shiplap Apex Bike Sheds | TigerFlex | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Tigercub Magic Mansion children's wooden playhouse painted in cream and blue with veranda in garden setting

Tigercub Magic Mansion | 2 Storey Wooden Playhouse | Tiger Sheds

Tiger Tigercub Funhouse wooden playhouse painted in grey with pink door and pink window boxes

Tigercub Funhouse | Playhouse | Tiger Sheds


Brighten up your garden shed with our quality shed Tiger paint and preservative range.

Easy to apply and will help to extend your shed’s life beyond our market leading 20-year guarantee for peace of mind.

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