17 she shed ideas: try these colour schemes and accessories for the perfect garden hideaway

Amelia Smith
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We’ve collected our favourite she shed ideas, so you can turn your humble shed into a haven. Tucked amongst the foliage and blooms of your garden, they’re the perfect place to retreat for a bit of peace and quiet. She sheds are the woman's version of a man-cave – a secret and stylish hideaway just for you.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to exactly what a she shed should be. Whether you need a space for your favourite creative hobby, a relaxing place to unwind at the end of the day, or a room to get your head down and work in peace, a she shed can be a brilliant, and relatively inexpensive, solution.

So if a private retreat at the bottom of the garden sounds like the stuff of dreams, and you're raring to transform your humble wooden shed into a delightful den, check out our favourite design ideas, then take a look at our round up of the best sheds for every budget. 

1. Decorate with bunting

she shed ideas: bunting and outdoor seating
she shed ideas: bunting and outdoor seating

Use strings of bunting to decorate your shed, for a charming look inspired by summer fairs and country cottages. Whether you opt for ditsy florals, soft pastels, or bold patterns in rich colours, it’s a quick and inexpensive update to make. 

Use inside and out, depending on the season. A lovely backdrop for an afternoon tea when the sunshine returns. 

2. Fill with potted plants

she shed ideas: potting shed
she shed ideas: potting shed

Whether you use your she shed for writing, painting, reading, or simply relaxing, extra greenery nearby will always boost the ambience. 

So, why not create a botanical haven with a selection of your favourite potted plants? Try primroses, pansies, heathers, or cyclamens, for starters. In the spring, opt for scented bulbs such as hyacinth and varieties of narcissus for an instant pick-me-up.

Check out our advice on how to force bulbs indoors, for winter colour and fragrance.

3. Go light and bright

she shed ideas: cuprinol white interior
she shed ideas: cuprinol white interior

You can transform the dingiest of sheds with a coat of white paint. Why not paint the floor, too? Your space will feel bigger and brighter in no time.

Add an outdoor rug, a few nifty storage solutions and maybe a brightly coloured chair as a focal piece to finish.

4. Create an artistic space

pink she shed with a chair and canvas inside
pink she shed with a chair and canvas inside

Whether you’re a budding painter, writer or print maker, give your hobby the attention it deserves with a dedicated hobby room in the garden. Painting the inside of the shed as well as the outside goes a long way in making your she shed feel like less of a shed, and more like a room. 

This shed was transformed with Royal Exterior paint in Rose Pink on the outside and Silver Grey on the inside, both from Protek. The soft colours make for a calming environment to get those creative juices flowing.

5. Embrace the dark side

she shed painted black with a wooden bench and cushions and a rug
she shed painted black with a wooden bench and cushions and a rug

Don’t be afraid of a lick of dark paint when it comes to painting your she shed. Dark colours have a cosy and cocooning feel that make you want to grab a blanket and hunker down with a nice cuppa and a good magazine. 

We love how the window frames and ceiling here have been left in their natural wood tones, emphasising the effect of a cosy lodge. This she shed décor matches the main house’s decorating scheme perfectly, making it feel like an extension of the home.

6. Work from home? Work from your she shed instead

colourful she shed with coral painted doors and desk
colourful she shed with coral painted doors and desk

Working from home will always be a pleasure in a separate space like this. This she shed, created by print and pattern designer and entrepreneur Rachael Taylor, is big enough to store work materials and fit in a large desk. 

The bright coral front doors make for a vibrant and welcoming entrance, setting you up perfectly for a good day at the office. We love how the plant pots are painted in the same colours as the interior, blurring the boundary between inside and out. 

Love the thought of having a workspace in the garden? Head over to our garden office ideas for inspiration. 

7. Create a gin bar for a girls' night out

she shed transformed into a gin bar with bunting and deck chairs
she shed transformed into a gin bar with bunting and deck chairs

If outdoor bar ideas are your thing, then how about creating a gin bar in your garden?  It might sound like a dream, but it’s easier to achieve than you might think. 

Here, a wooden bar has been installed, bottle holders attached to the wall, blackboard paint used for a menu, and all that’s left to do is position the all-important gin itself and invite the girls round. 

This was an entry for Cuprinol Shed of the Year awards, and one of our favourites. 

8. Transform with seating

she shed ideas: garden bar
she shed ideas: garden bar

If you’re really looking for something fancy, why not transform your shed with a stylish counter, complete with stools?

It’s the perfect focal point for outdoor entertaining – add one of the best BBQs and you summer gatherings will certainly get a boost! For quieter times, move the stools inside and enjoy a cuppa whilst admiring the view.

We love the blue-grey paintwork and addition of hanging plants too, which finish this shed beautifully.

9. Keep organised with slimline storage 

she shed ideas with shelves and a chest of drawers for storage
she shed ideas with shelves and a chest of drawers for storage

Whatever your she shed’s purpose, ensure you’ve got everything you need raring to go with some handy and stylish storage. A clever tip is to use Ikea picture ledges to display decorative items, such as the tiles shown here. 

As they’re fairly narrow, they’ll take up less of your shed’s precious space, while allowing you to display your personality and inspiring pieces. A small chest of drawers is perfect for larger items, too.

10. Create a second living room 

white she shed with sofa. cushions a heater and mid century modern coffee table
white she shed with sofa. cushions a heater and mid century modern coffee table

This lovely she shed by @life_of_isatu has everything you could want in a living room, with the added bonus that there's no squabbling over the remote, or squabbling over anything for that matter, as this one's just for you. 

Position a mirror facing out of your shed to reflect the garden and make your room feel bigger. For a similar wood paint, try White Daisy at Cuprinol.

11. Find your inner zen with a tranquil den

she shed with low natural furniture creating a Japanese feel
she shed with low natural furniture creating a Japanese feel

Japanese-inspired interiors promote relaxation and order, so if your she shed is destined to be your place of calm, listen up. Low seating, such as a low-level sofa or even an oversized floor cushion, will typically make your room feel larger, and your ceiling higher. 

Simple lines and natural textures, as favoured by homeware brand Mkira, will help to conjure a feeling of tranquility and peace. Exposed wood cladding on internal walls adds to the overall effect. 

12. Extend your she shed décor outside

pretty she shed opening onto an outdoor seating area with cushions, a coffee table, and festoon lights
pretty she shed opening onto an outdoor seating area with cushions, a coffee table, and festoon lights

Maximise your she shed’s potential for social gatherings (cocktails in the garden anyone?) by positioning your shed next to your patio. 

Using the same decorating scheme indoors and out, such as the soft pinks and grey shown here, will help to unify the two spaces. 

To continue the party after dark, go for several strings of the best festoon lights, and invest in a chiminea or fire pit for added warmth once the sun has gone down. 

13. Consider the architecture of your she shed

shed with gothic style windows in a soft green
shed with gothic style windows in a soft green

If you’re investing in a new shed rather than updating an existing one, you’re in the lucky position of being able to choose your shed’s architecture. The shape, materials and finishings of your she shed can make a huge difference to how it feels from both the outside and inside. 

If you're after more of a country cottage look, a she shed with scalloped detailing and a shingle roof will do the job, as shown by this pretty design from The Posh Shed Company

14. Choose colourful flooring for an uplifting vibe 

she shed office space and patterned vinyl fooring
she shed office space and patterned vinyl fooring

Your flooring can go a long way to transforming the entire feel of your she shed. This colourful design, created by owner Rachael Taylor, is perfect for creating an energising workspace. If you’re after something calmer, display your exposed wooden boards, but throw down some soft rugs for comfort. 

If you love a patterned floor tile (and who doesn’t?) you can easily replicate the look on wooden floors by using  a simple stencil and some coloured floor paint – check out Dizzy Duck Designs for a great range of stencils for your she shed project.

15. Create a gardener’s happy hideaway

She shed ideas
She shed ideas

Love nothing more than pottering with your plants? Whether you’re potting, repotting or watering, a she shed where you can tend to your plant babies come rain or shine could be a game changer. All you need is a table big enough for your pots, a chair for comfort, some hooks for practicality, and you’re sorted! 

There is no crisper palette than blue and white, and this shed by Cuprinol combines them to perfection. The patterned window blinds are a great finishing touch for a more homely feel.

16.  Go for added comfort with cushions and throws 

she shed ideas: cushions and string lights
she shed ideas: cushions and string lights

You can never have too many cushions! Choose a particular palette, such as soft pinks, greys and whites as shown here, and go all out. 

We’re talking layers of cushions, and maybe even some for the floor, too. So whether you’re snuggling up to read, lying down for a nap or working at your desk, comfort takes priority.

17. Go ultra modern with vibrant windows

she shed with yellow doors and astro turf flooring
she shed with yellow doors and astro turf flooring

A she shed is the perfect place to experiment with bold décor. We love the bright yellow window panes on this shed from Waltons – not only do they make a real statement inside and out, but they’ll create a warm glow as the sun seeps through too. 

Faux grass used inside as an alternative floor covering creates a fun, chilled out vibe, plus it's hardwearing and won't show up any dirt you might traipse in from the garden. 

What should I put in my she shed?

she shed ideas: M&L
she shed ideas: M&L

She sheds are to be used however you see fit, so fill it with things that bring you joy! Try a comfy chair, a small table to rest a coffee cup, and a blanket or two for a welcoming reading nook. Meanwhile, pots for brushes, an easel, and some handy shelves are great starting points for an artist’s studio. 

If your she shed has no access to power, try battery-operated fairy lights inside and solar-powered lamps around the door for ultimate cosiness. And, add colourful textiles such as bunting, patterned curtains, rugs and cushions too, to make it really snug. You could hang pictures on the wall, too.

How much does a she shed cost?

Winter garden ideas: painted shed
Winter garden ideas: painted shed

A she shed needn’t be expensive, although there are plenty of options to suit different budgets.

For the smallest wooden sheds (around 6 x 4ft), expect to spend around £250 at places like Waltons and Homebase. For a bit more space, prices will likely fall between the £300 to £500 mark. For even bigger sheds, and features such as hinged windows, prices will reach closer to £1,000. 

However, if you fancy treating yourself (you deserve it!), there are plenty of deluxe versions available that are more expensive. Think galvanised roofs, built-in verandas, and other architectural details.

Remember to factor in the costs of paint and all your cosy décor, too (a 2.5L tin of paint can be around £10 to £20).

How do you heat and cool a she shed?

If your shed is connected to your main power supply, you can introduce a portable, electric heater to keep you cosy whilst you relax. And if the summer months make your she shed a little humid, you can get portable air conditioners too, which will quickly cool things down.

Opting for sheds with windows is a simple way to welcome a summer breeze on hot days. Check for cracks and perhaps add a draught excluder beneath the door for the chillier seasons.

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