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Create your very own garden retreat, with these 50 spectacular shed designs

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We never thought we'd say this, but sheds have just rocketed to the top of our dream home wish list.

Beautifully designed spaces packed with twinkling fairy lights, plush upcycled furniture and pastel coloured doors, she-sheds are the antithesis of the dark, dark-smelling dens of common perception. And turning the traditional concept of a garden shed on its head, a shed can be used as anything from a home office to write your own novel from, to an escapist's retreat offering some much-needed peace and quiet.

We've scoured Pinterest to find the 50 of the most spectacular shed designs to inspire you. From full on vintage chic to sleek, minimalist styles, you'll never look at your garden shed in the same way again.

  • Carpets galore

    Vivid splashes of carpet lend a sense of convivality and coziness.

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  • Brilliant bunting

    Cute bunting adds a touch of kitsch.

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  • Glass walls

    Walls made entirely from glass will ensure your she-shed is always light and airy.

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  • Vintage chic

    Scattered cushions and plenty of florals make this cosy she-shed a vintage dream.

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  • Minimalist exterior

    The monochrome, minimalist exterior of this she-shed cleverly belies the beautiful interior.

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  • White delight

    White makes a dazzling statement in a leafy green garden.

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  • Lines and corners

    Eschew the traditional shed shape in front of something wonderfully rectangular (and continue the theme with plenty of stripes).

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  • Fairy light window

    Make your view through the window even more soothing with a string of fairy lights.

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  • Pastel green

    Pastel green is a great lead colour for a retro inspired she-shed.

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  • Light it up

    Why have one string of fairy lights when you can have five? These simple lamps create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed summer evening.

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  • Cosy alcove

    Transform your favourite spot in your garden with this cosy alcove, complete with comfy furniture and soft lighting.

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  • Upcycle glam

    Plenty of upcycled furniture and white throws, alongside a glittering chandelier, make for a glamorous upcycled look.

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  • Modern chic

    Go for a modern feel with an oversized lamp in a bold colour and an artful selection of cushions.

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  • White wash allure

    For a beautifully worn down look, white wash the walls of your she-shed.

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  • Dove grey

    A soft palette of grey tones will blend well in any garden.

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  • Beach beauty

    Modern glass and white painted wood with matching shutters make for a stylish beach retreat.

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  • Simple symmetry

    For a clean, modern aesthetic you can't go wrong with symmetrical, matching flower pots.

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  • Minimalist heaven

    Clean lines - check. Bold colours - check. This is minimalist heaven in shed form.

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  • Homely nook

    Bare wood panelling and stripped wooden floorboards give a homely and welcoming feel.

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  • Dark green exteriors

    Dark green is a bold but classic colour that will never go out of style. Enhance the tone with simple white accessories.

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  • Statement doors

    Add a bit of sass to any she-shed with the addition of brightly coloured statement doors.

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  • More is more

    To get maximum storage use out of a she-shed, opt for spacious wall hangings that will display knick-knacks in an attractive manner.

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  • Curveball

    Go for something a little different and opt for a she-shed with a curved exterior. Paint it in an unusual colour, such as blue, red or orange, to add maximum impact.

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  • Dining space

    Come summer, a she-shed can provide the ideal al fresco dining environment. Keep accessories to a minimum and go for simple styling to let the experience speak for itself.

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  • Mini she-shed

    No room for a full sized she-shed? No problem. This mini version still has plenty of storage space and makes for an excellent garden accessory.

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  • Sleep shed

    Take your she-shed to the next level and add in a bed. Create an atmosphere of calm with soothing pastel colour palettes, plenty of light and billowing lace curtains.

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  • Functionality is key

    Additional outdoor shelving will help you make the most out of your she-shed.

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  • Shabby chic

    Pale yellow walls and a wrought iron chaise lounge create a relaxed, shabby chic interior.

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  • Recycled windows

    If you are building from scratch, consider the advantage of recycling old windows for an authentic vintage feel.

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  • Maximise storage

    Square storage units stacked against a back wall make for an efficient, but attractive, solution to storage issues.

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  • Bright accessories

    The addition of brightly coloured accessories, such as a chair and table set or sun lounger, can liven up the exterior of a she-shed and make it more welcoming.

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  • 50s collection

    Go for a full-on 50s vibe and co-ordinate great second-hand pieces.

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  • Bright lights

    Plain wooden she-sheds can be brought to life instantly with the addition of soft candle light.

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  • White with neutral accents

    An all white she-shed accessorised with neutral colours such as grey and brown will be an eternally stylish addition to your garden.

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  • Sharp door canopy

    Give your she-shed a tough edge with a triangular door canopy.

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  • Dream decking

    Maximise the potential of your she-shed with the addition of some front decking. Use it to house seating, plants or even a BBQ.

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  • Extreme minimalist

    Sometimes, less is more. Opt for a plain she-shed with only some neon coloured furniture inside.

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  • Wall hangings

    Make a statement with your storage space by affixing strong hooks to one wall to hang your gardening accessories from.

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  • Stained glass accents

    Stained glass panels suspended from the exterior add a real touch of interest and are a guaranteed conversation starter.

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  • Clashing patterns and florals

    Tear up the rule book and combine clashing patterns such as stripes, geometric shapes and checks with vintage florals.

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  • Panelled windows

    Stand your she-shed out from the crowd with a beautiful panelled window set against a plain exterior.

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  • White interiors

    White is a great, classic colour for both the exterior and interior of a shed. Enhance the inside of a colourful exterior with plain, white colours.

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  • Love hearts

    For a touch of kitsch, you can't go wrong with love hearts. From bunting to straw wall hangings, they are are an easy way to spruce up a she-shed.

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  • Tiny but tall

    Maximise a small garden space with a tall she-shed and opt for kooky, mismatched tiling.

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  • Alternative she-sheds

    Forget the traditional idea of a she-shed and invest in one of these fun pods, which make the perfect spot for escaping with a book.

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  • Wall hangings

    What better way to show off your favourite accessories than by hanging them on a wall? Opt for the one opposite the entrance to your she-shed for maximum effect.

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  • Cream dream

    Let beautiful vintage furniture take centre stage in your she-shed with a muted cream colour palette for the walls, ceiling and floors.

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  • Creative wood carving

    Spruce up a door canopy by carving shapes into the wood. Paint the exterior wall in a dark colour such as black to give the shapes full exposure.

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  • Re-used fencing

    Add a quirky vintage edge to a she-shed with the addition of some recycled fencing.

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  • Two storeys

    To really make the most of your space, go for a multi-storey shed.

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