As gates are one of the first things that you and your guests will see upon entering your property, you are likely considering the ways that you can add a bit of style and class to these objects. To make things simple, let us look at a handful of suggestions as well as some things to avoid when undertaking this decidedly rewarding venture.
Keeping the Garden in Mind
Remember that the gate should always reflect the overall appearance of the garden itself. If the area is maintained and offers a well-groomed look, the gate should reflect the same quality. Why not use a reclaimed door and throw on a fresh coat of white paint? On the contrary, an overgrown area can be accented with the use of a more “rustic” gate fashioned from nearby timber.
Private or Public?
Depending upon your desires, you may want a gate to maintain a sense of privacy (if you have a family, for instance). An excellent idea is to use a solid wood gate with only a small window or portal. However, a more open look can be achieved if you employ wrought iron designs; a light and airy feel will be achieved while the garden itself can appear larger than it actually is.
All About the Hardware
Never forget that the accessories that used with any gate will serve to accentuate its overall appearance. Ornate hardware such as hinges and doorknobs are perfect at achieving a very unique look. Used parts are also an economical alternative to high-end fittings that may very well detract from the overall appeal.
Choose Colours Carefully
If you desire a painted garden gates, be sure that the colours will match the surrounding ambiance. While many will choose standard white as an option, there is nothing wrong with selecting more bold colours such as ruby red, cerulean blue or even bright yellow. These hues will all serve to add a bit of life into the garden; even during the colder months of the year.
Mistakes to Avoid
One of the most common errors is selecting a gate that is too high or overpowering. This design ultimately detracts from the garden in question. Also, make sure that any materials such as paint or hardware are designed to be used outdoors. You may otherwise find that the gate needs to be serviced regularly. Finally, make sure that the gate is safe if you have children. Avoid using locking mechanisms that are weak or that can be easily opened.
Designing the proper gate will give your garden the “kick” that is needs to make a lasting impression. Keep these suggestions in mind and you can enjoy such a visual appeal for years to come.