Three Great Gates

Mix-and-match gate styles yield one terrific look.

Rebecca Bull Reed
Three Great Gates
The front gate echoes the home's architecture. A new and improved bluestone walk leads guests to the door and is wider than the service path.
Joseph De Sciose / Styling: Scott Martin

Opened or closed, a gate always says welcome. Its mere presence offers an irresistible invitation to discover what lies beyond. When it's well designed, a gate reflects the home's architecture and withstands the test of time. Read about these distinctive styles to glean some ideas for your own garden.

Change for the Better
David Ringelstein wasn't thrilled with his existing fence and gate, so he turned to Jeremy Corkern of Thomas Paul Bates Architecture in Birmingham. "Replacing the delicate white picket with a more masculine cattle-rail style was smart," says Jeremy. Along with a new fence, David gained three handsome new gates.