Garden Shed Design Ideas And Inspiration

Lurking in a dark back corner of many Australian backyards is a tired, overgrown and neglected shed. And it’s easy to see why: many old-style steel sheds were already hideously unattractive, even BEFORE they were attacked by the neighbour’s privet and partially caved in by old fence palings and garden debris tumbling on top of them!

In the era of travel restrictions, more pressure is being put on household space, so it’s more important than ever to use every bit of space to maximise our comfort at home. These little dynamos are incredibly handy, but this little Aussie Icon has had a facelift, earning its rightful place in the spotlight! Don’t put Baby in the Corner – let her shine on centre stage in your backyard.

Check out three styles to inspire your shed design below!

Shed Ideas and Garden Shed Designs

There are many options when it comes to garden shed ideas and designs. Here are some popular styles:

1. Brighton Beach Box Style

Backyard Brights

This Iconic style looks just as amazing on the beachfront as in your backyard, as shown below.

Displayed: Aarons Noosa Shed.

Playful Pop

Add a pop of colour to your Childcare centre or backyard play area as shown here – perfect for storing your equipment and kids’ toys!

Displayed: Aarons Noosa Sheds.

Creative Kids

Give your older kids a space to be themselves and work on their hobbies or inspire their artistic flair!

Displayed: Aarons Glenelg shed with subfloor and single steps.

Rainbow Paddle Pop

This rainbow-inspired option brightens up your tropical oasis, providing a useful place to store your backyard tools.

Displayed Aarons Bondi shed with subfloor.

2. Coastal Chill

Hamptons Haven

This design reeks of Hamptons chic – Dulux Dewpoint panels and a Pearl White glass sliding door and window make this space breezy and light.

Displayed: Aarons Glenelg Shed with subfloor, glass sliding door, shed window and single steps.

Poolside Cool

Give yourself a shaded hideaway while you supervise the kids. This combination brings out both the turquoise hue of the pool and the bold blue sky to make this pool a statement in its own right.

Displayed: Aarons Surfers Shed with subfloor and double doors.

Aqua Annex

These little guys pack serious storage punch, storing backyard cleaning equipment and paint adjoining one of our Studios.

Displayed: 2 x Aarons Bondi Sheds with subfloor, painted in Taubmans Aqua Bay and Lexicon.

Palm Springs

Creating the perfect backdrop for summer drinks on the deck, this shed’s subtle colourway brings a practical element to this beautifully considered area.

Displayed: Aarons Manly Shed, elevated with subfloor, painted in Dulux Dewpoint Quarter and Vivid White.

3. Classic and Modern

Industrial Chic

This dramatic colour combination brings depth to its surroundings and doubles as a hidden garden retreat!

Displayed: Aarons Surfers Shed with subfloor, double doors, shed window and a ramp. Painted in Dulux Hog Bristle and Night Sky.

Side Passage Storeroom

This clever solution co-ordinates with the adjoining house using a disused side passage to create a “Mini-Me” effect.

Displayed: Aarons Portsea Shed with subfloor, painted in Tranquil Retreat with stained cedar trims.

At Home in the Trees

Timber sheds sit comfortably among their cousins (even on unlevel ground) while also bringing the colours of the house out to the rear of the garden.

Displayed: Aarons Sorrento Shed with subfloor, painted in Colorbond Dune and Monument.

Common Shed Materials

Several common materials are used in garden shed construction, including corrugated steel, timber, Colorbond steel, and brick. Each material has advantages and limitations to consider.


Timber garden sheds have a natural, earthy aesthetic. Popular timber types include treated pine and hardwood. While timber blends nicely with garden surroundings, it requires more maintenance, like staining or painting, to protect it from rot. Termites and fungi can also be an issue in some climates.

Colorbond Corrugated Steel

Corrugated steel is a very affordable material option. However, if exposed to the elements, unpainted steel is prone to rust over time. It also tends to heat up quickly without good insulation. Regular painting is needed to protect the steel. Colorbond is a pre-painted steel that is very durable and maintenance-free. It won’t rust, even close to salt water. Colorbond sheds have a modern look and come in a wide range of colours to match any garden theme. However, the upfront material cost is higher than corrugated steel.


Brick is a very sturdy building material that is long-lasting and can complement the style of an existing home. Brick sheds provide sound insulation. However, brick is significantly more expensive than other options and requires construction expertise.

The suitable material depends on budget, intended use, aesthetics, and location/seasonal temperature changes. Speak to local experts for the best shed materials for your needs and garden space.

Unlock Your Backyard’s Potential with Clever Garden Shed Ideas

Garden sheds provide the perfect opportunity to add storage and functional space to any backyard. Whether you need a simple garden shed for garden tools and equipment or want to transform your shed into a detached outdoor living space, there are endless design possibilities and ideas to suit your individual needs and style.

You can easily create your beautiful backyard oasis by considering shed ideas like colourful paint schemes, modern materials like Colorbond steel, or incorporating windows and lighting. You may opt for classic garden shed designs or get creative with coastal or industrial-inspired looks. Don’t limit yourself – with the right garden shed design, you can have your own perfect space for potting plants, crafting, entertaining or simply enjoying the outdoors.

With some landscaping touches like climbing plants and green walls, your garden shed will blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings of your garden. So start browsing shed ideas today and turn that neglected corner of your yard into your own personal garden shed retreat! Aarons Outdoor has thousands of options to customise the perfect shed to work with your chosen aesthetic and preferred budget. Contact our helpful team or view our Sheds range online.

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