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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

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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

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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!

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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.

Boldly asymmetrical

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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.

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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

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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. 

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

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