So, you found the perfect canopy plans and built a warehouse to hold lawnmowers, rakes, shovels and other gardening tools. There is only one problem, it protrudes like a sore thumb and takes away the landscape. Instead of letting the garden shed draw attention to itself, there are several things you can do to help it blend in with the landscape.
First of all, you can paint your shed. If you have a wooden garden shed, it will be easy to paint. Take a look at the lawn and garden around the canopy. Look at the flowers and foliage. What are the predominant colours? If you have many blue and purple flowers in your garden, you can choose a nice shade of blue to paint the canopy.
Nice green colour can help the canopy blend into the lawn and leaves of any plants or shrubs in your garden. You probably won’t want to choose a colour that exactly matches the surrounding lawn or garden, but something that will complement the garden and help the canopy look like part of the garden. If you wish, you can choose a contrasting colour for the upholstery to make it stand out.
Take a few pieces of scrap wood and paint them in the colours you are considering for the shed. Propose them near the shed and take note of how the colours work in your garden. If they work, use these colours for your canopy. If not, experiment and find a colour or colour scheme that works.
The outer walls of the shed are probably quite bare. If you go to your local home and garden shop, take a look at the garden art they have. Many times you will find wall art, designed to be hung on the outside wall of the house or on a fence. If you have a theme in your garden, chances are you’ll find something to hang on the walls of your shed that will complement the other art in your garden. You can also check out local garage sales, flea markets and antique shops looking for old gardening tools and equipment.
Hanging on the walls or simply resting on an external wall of the garden shed, these pieces can add their unique charm. Anything hanging on the walls or resting outside the shed can do a lot to break the lines of a bare wall and add interest to your garden.
If you don’t have flowers or shrubs around your wooden garden shed, you should consider planting them. You can plant flowers and shrubs around the edges of the canopy to add a touch of colour. A trellis attached to the side of the shed would be ideal for growing ivy, honeysuckle, clematis or other climbing plants.
If your garden shed has exposed eaves, you could hang planters or flower baskets or you can attach planters to the outside of the canopy. Take note of how much sun receives each side of the shed every day and plant accordingly. Even just a few colourful plant containers that are next to the garden shed can make a big difference.
Okay, so you painted the shed, planted flowers and shrubs in appropriate locations and put some pieces of garden art on the walls. Now the canopy appears to be a part of the garden and not just a shed. The canopy is now part of the furniture. Use only your imagination and your shed can become a focal point of the garden, rather than an eyesore.
by Tim Sousa