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17 Gate ideas: Swing into action with these inspiring designs

Add style and security to your yard or garden with our homeowner favourite gate ideas. Gates are available in a variety of styles, designs and finishes. But, which gate ideas do you choose? Step into the future with our top 17 gate ideas and trends.
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Your gate doesn’t have to be just a gate. Don’t sacrifice charm for security. Get both with these inspiring gate ideas.

Whether you’re looking for metal or wooden gate ideas, finding the right gate is easy. You just need a little inspiration.

Looking for front-gate ideas, side-gate ideas or driveway-gate ideas? Then slide into our favourite gate ideas of 2024.

St Edmundsbury gate ideas

Gate ideas homeowners love

When choosing a gate design, match your personality and your home’s exterior. Some popular gate ideas to choose from include;

Read on for more gate ideas to inspire and secure your boundary.

1. Garden fence and gate ideas

Garden fence and gate ideas and designs

Choose a framed swing gate like this for a gate that matches your garden fence.

Simple doesn’t have to be boring. We love this clean and crisp oak stained gate and matching fence.

What’s more, bordering hedges and perennials create a rustic aesthetic. Lastly, the pergola structure topping the smooth gate arch adds sturdiness and style.

Did you know you can hire an exterior designer for the perfect garden layout? Find out more in our guide to garden design consultation fees.

2. Gate ideas for driveways

Driveway gate ideas. Image: black frame large gate with wood finish.

This classic wooden gate works for all seasons and styles. A clean, contemporary black metal casing contrasts the cherry stain and rustic bare brick posts. The result is striking!

In addition, the manual double gate allows both light and heavy traffic and provides extra security.

Want to know how much this gate style might cost you? Check out our driveway gate cost guide.

3. Wrought-iron front gate ideas

Driveway gate ideas

A stately, wrought-iron gate provides practicality and style to any front garden. The look is understated yet dramatic.

The two separate entrances allow for foot traffic and vehicle traffic. With two entry modes, you get easy access and extra security. Consider adding spiked railings for even more security.

You don’t need a whole boulevard for this gate design. A driveway wide enough for a wrought-iron gate and two entry modes will suffice.

4. Wooden gate design ideas

Wood gate design ideas

Take a leaf from suburbia’s book and inject some two-toned fencing into your life. Turn a plain wooden fence into something dramatic with a similar electric sliding gate.

The warmth of wood and the neutrality of limestone create a clean and natural look. Choosing contrasting materials for boundary posts and gates adds interest and complements the building’s character. All without overpowering your front garden.

This gate design is robust and extra secure while also attractive and practical.

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5. Back gate ideas

Wrought iron back gate ideas

Why not step back in time with this classical wrought iron back gate design?

We adore this double-door swing gate that opens into a sanctuary of soft green grass. To recreate this look, combine your heavy iron gates with concrete posts.

Bury your concrete in bordering hedges to add curiosity about what’s beyond this whimsical gate.

Check out our garden gate installation cost guide for pricing information. 

6. Small garden gate ideas

Small garden gate design

There is so much to love about this swing gate and fence design. See how the design elements combine to create a stunning small garden gate.

The slatted swing gate that dips at the top works seamlessly with the supporting arch. A gorgeous mix of pansies and petunias brings the pergola roof and flowerbeds to life.

Moreover, a white lattice framework with perennial climbers also creates a natural border.

7. Black metal driveway gates

Black metal driveway gates

It doesn’t get much more modern than this black slatted metal driveway gate. The contemporary gates blend seamlessly with rendered posts – white globes atop catch the eye.

Is your driveway long, wide and in need of extra security? Consider wide, full-height metal gates like these for extra safety and style.

If you’re looking for more driveway gate ideas our dedicated guide has more inspiration.

8. Black and white wooden gate ideas

Wooden gate ideas

An easy way to update an old wooden gate is to paint it white. Look how this curved white gate contrasts with the short black fence for a chic contrast.

But this isn’t one of your ordinary swing gate ideas. The attention to detail in the sloping slats, posts and colour scheme is easy to love.

Want the chic country-style look? Learn how to make a garden gate.

9. Vinyl fence and gate ideas


Durable and low-maintenance vinyl fences are becoming increasingly popular. And it’s no surprise. Vinyl gates and fencing are weather-resistant, fade-resistant and offer style and functionality.

This bright and shiny vinyl gate and matching fence is a top modern gate idea.

Why not hire one of our professionals to recreate a similar look in your garden?

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10. Modern St. Edmundsbury gates

St. Edmundsbury gate ideas

Looking for modern gate ideas? Bring your high-end St. Edmundsbury gates into the future with these gate ideas.

We love the classic yet contemporary vibe these gates give off. The timeless St. Edmundsbury-style double gate combines with metal spindles for a modern touch.

Plus, the curved design swoops inwards to draw the eye through your drive. Lastly, the oak stain gives farmhouse vibes – although this gated design would look great on any traditional or modern driveway.

11. Colour injection gate ideas

Colourful yellow wood side gate

There’s a simple way to update a basic wooden side gate. ‘Lift’ your side gate with an uplifting yellow, pale blue hue or brilliant white.

It’s an easy choice to contrast a rustic brick wall and stone posts. Additionally, surrounding roses and shrubbery combine to create a colourful garden boundary.

The result is entirely charming.

12. Fuss-free farm-style gates

Farm style gate ideas

Wooden gate ideas are a perfect choice for backyard gates or driveway gates. They are available in many designs and can match your home’s interior.

Choose from high-end or cheap gate ideas to suit your budget.

These budget-friendly wooden country gates stand out with fine slats and a diamond cross-over. This gate blends in superbly with barn conversions, farmhouses or cottages.

13. Painted wooden gate ideas

Blue gate and matching garage

Go bright and bold in your boundary gate ideas with some colourful paint. Run your paintbrush over your double gates and garage door. Your home will be the first one people notice on the street.

Blue is striking against the white render of this home’s exterior and mosaic stone posts. Climbing flowers and shrubbery also add extra visual interest to combine with the bright exterior.

Like the look? Find a professional painter and decorator near you for a precise finish.

14. Double-door wooden gates

Double door wooden gates

You don’t need a drive to add double gates to your threshold. Have you got ample space in your brick wall? Or are you planning on erecting new fencing or walls?

A Mediterranean-style double gate can provide security and an out-of-the-box design technique.

The dramatic, period-style wooden gate design blends with the surrounding walls. What’s more, the terracotta tiles are enough to brighten any garden.

15. Secret garden gate ideas

Side gate ideas

Choose a solid, tall side gate to add security and style to the end of your narrow access. Painting your gate forest green also adds a touch of whimsy.

We love the long row of flowers and evergreens opposite these neighbouring bricks. Vintage charm springs to mind!

16. Aluminium slatted side gates

Aluminium slatted side gate ideas

Modern aluminium gates aren’t only for driveways. Update any boundary with a slate grey slatted gate and solid grey fencing.

Clean lines and a striking contemporary colour combine for an ultra-modern vibe. The slate grey of the gate and fence looks stunning against the pure white render. What’s more, it blends with the property’s roof tiles to tie the look together.

Want more inspiration? Check out our selection of fence colour ideas.

17. Electric gate ideas

Electric gate ideas

Consider electric gates in your planning stage when you want extra security. Seeing an electric gate alone is enough to put off anyone with bad intentions. Plus, think of all those cold callers you’ll keep out!

Not only are electric gates worthwhile for deterring intruders, but they also give total access control.

Choose from many varieties and finishes of electric gates.

Chat to an electric gate installer near you for more info.

What now?

Ready to transform your boundary with a secure and stylish garden or driveway gate?

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