Style-Conscious Sheds | Living the Country Life

Style-Conscious Sheds

Give your shed the look or style that complements your home's architecture and reflects your individuality. Consider the following styles and their elements in deciding your overall approach, materials, and furnishings.
  • Traditional

    Taking inspiration from the past, traditional style connects with the Old World and Colonial America. Historically accurate details in a design can be traced to an era or architecture, such as Victorian, Colonial, or Craftsman. Picture a structure with distinctive lines and a manicured garden. Color palettes include dark brown, ivory, white, or saturated hues contrasting with neutrals. The garden may have formal paving and symmetrical beds filled with shrubs and perennials neatly grouped by height, and a sprawling lawn. Matching elements contribute to a sense of refinement and symmetrical balance with precise adornments. 

    The Elements

    • Antiques, heirlooms
    • Decorative moldings
    • Ceramic, porcelain, cement tile
    • Stucco
    • Flagstone
    • Granite, indigenous stone
    • Concrete with bands of brick
    Date Published: May 8, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Cottage

    Casual- and carefree-looking cottage style celebrates country living no matter where you live. It exudes comfort and romantic charm. Relaxing design rules has a liberating effect, but avoiding a hodgepodge requires a careful and managed strategy. Cottage gardens, beloved for their old-fashioned fowers, developed as a way for rural dwellers to grow the herbs and vegetables they needed along with the flowers they cherished. The process of creating a cottage-style retreat entails the deliberate mixing of new and reclimed strucutral elements - the functional - with homey furnishings and pretty finishing touches - the charming. There is a plan for building and decorating, but you might not guess this considering the seamless blending of old and new, practical and frivolous. The effect is cheerful, gently welcoming and endearing. 

    The Elements

    • Clapboard siding
    • Shutters
    • Gingerbread trim
    • Meandering paths
    • Picket fence
    • Flower-covered arbor
    • Rock walls
    • Flowers, and more flowers
    • Mix of new and reclaimed
    • Mix of patterns and light, bright colors
    • Inspired by the garden and nature
    Date Published: May 8, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Rustic

    Picture a modest, utilitarian sturcture made of simple, natural materials. The close-to-nature aesthetic and focus on functionality are timeless. Made tough enough to withstand everyday wear and tear, the construction of a no-frills shed offers affordability within a foreshortened time frame. The organic character, rich with the varied color palette of woods left to weather naturally, blurs the boundaries between outdoors and indoors. Wood structures are typically accented with local rock (from sand and pebbles to slabs), metal with patina, and more wood. Elements have contrasting textures. The essense is outdoorsy, inviting and practical. 

    The Elements

    • Raw wood
    • Rough timber 
    • Bent twigs
    • Wooden crates
    • Woven reeds, baskets
    • Zinc
    • Chicken Wire
    • Native plants, predominantly green
    • Trees, shrubs
    • Bark mulch 
    • Gravel paths
    • Stacked-fieldstone walls
    Date Published: May 8, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Modern and Contemporary

    These individual styles are often mixed. Both rely on the repetition of simple motifs - design elements, building materials, or plants - for cohesive results. For instance, distinct angles, continuous lines, and curves are combined for a sleek effect. Both styles combine natural and manufactured materials with sophisticated design, and exhibit simple elegance without pretentiousness. Often recognized as the mid-20th-century movement of modern design, the minimalist mod look emphasizes asymmetry, graphic lines, smooth finishes, and hardscape. Streamlined furnishings may reflect Scandinavian influence. In modern designs, less is more and form follows function. Contemporary designs reflect current proclivities and new technologies, with an emphasis on comfort and function with ease of maintenance and sustainability. 

    The Elements

    • Geometric patterns
    • Bold angles and curves
    • Steel
    • Concrete or cast stone
    • Slate, tumbled beach stones
    • Glass
    • Tile
    • White, black, and bold colors
    • Flat roof
    Date Published: May 8, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018
  • Eclectic

    This mix and match of elements, materials, and inspiration from different eras results in an utterly comfortable effect with creative flair - when conciously curated. Eclectic style embraces the freedom to forgo one particular look an incorporate the elements you love most. Make selections based on what makes your heart sing. Prevent chaos by avoiding random choices. Design and decorate methodically, aiming for balance. Edit and arrange thoughtfully. Success comes with elements of suprise used wisely. Heighten the effect by contrasting opposites sand repeating a color, shape, or material subtly but often enough to create cohesiveness. Use a few strong, simple elements - walls, floor, windows, ceiling - to provide a peace-inducing background. 

    The Elements

    • Vintage and new
    • Salvaged and repurposed
    • One-of-a-kind features
    • Layers and textures
    • Natural and bold colors
    • Subtle and dramatic
    • Repeated plant and garden elements (plant support, type of stone, color)
    Date Published: May 8, 2018
    Date Updated: May 8, 2018

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