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Different Gate and Fence Designs For Modern Minimalist Homes

Because there are different ways to do modern minimalist home exteriors

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Photography: courtesy Ong & Ong (Main Photo)

Traditionally, gate designs have been wrought iron creations with heavy ornamentation in the form of curls and scrolls, with a touch of gold here and there.

This type of style may still be appropriate for some homes (usually classical ones), but a modern minimalist home needs an equally streamlined fence and gate to match the overall aesthetic. Here are some ideas:

Basic black

If you want to make a simple but bold statement, go for simple lines and paint your gate—and the fence as well—all black. (The cool font of the engraved name helps, too.)

Art Deco-inspired

At first glance, this gate design seems mid-century, but it has a dramatic Art Deco touch in the pattern, as well. When guests drive by, they wouldn’t miss it!

Modern country

Do you have a contemporary country home and want an alternative to the white picket fence? Use horizontal lines for your fence and gate, but forego black and paint it in milky warm-beige for a country-fresh touch.

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Boldly asymmetrical

We tend to design gates in an asymmetrical way—with equal-size gate doors and posts on either side—so it’s totally refreshing when we spot something like this geometrically cool wood-and-metal gate in Jakarta.

Transparent and opaque

This rendering for a home in India shows the perfect interplay of opaque and transparent surfaces. The massive, cinder-block fence (with a nice inlaid pattern on one side) has a clear glass top, and tapers out neatly into a see-through metal gate.

Lightly gilded

If you’re dying to have a touch of glitz, do so in a subtle way by using it sparingly, as seen in this this gold detail in the middle of an otherwise streamlined gate.

Staggered planks

The usual treatment of wooden planks on a gate is to place them either vertically or horizontally, in an equally-spaced series. This gate design takes that idea one step further by staggering the placement of wooden planks, for added visual interest. 

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To see the rest of the home featured in the main photo, click here. 

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