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Rustic charm, or modern edge? Styling your garden with metal gates

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With more than 20 years of experience behind us here at SL Wrought Iron, we’re no strangers to stylistic potential of metal gates and railings, and all the different ways in which they can be used to evoke a specific look or feel for your outdoor space.

Whether you prefer the timeless allure of rustic charm or the sleek lines of modern edge, there’s always plenty of ways in which metal gates and railings can be tailored to suit your style preferences and complement your outdoor space.

And if you’re just working out your initial ideas, you’re in exactly the right place. This week, we’re taking a quick look at the nuances of styling your garden with metal gates, examining the characteristics of both rustic and modern designs and how they can transform your garden’s ambiance.

Embracing tradition with rustic charm

Rustic metal gates are great for evoking a sense of nostalgia and tradition, adding character and warmth to your garden. Crafted from materials like wrought iron or weathered steel, these gates often feature intricate designs, such as scrollwork or ornate patterns. Our Ribchester and Chatburn ranges are two excellent examples of gates that are often used in more traditional or rural settings.

Key features of rustic metal gates:

  • Intricate designs: Elaborate scrollwork, floral motifs, and curved lines contribute to the timeless appeal of rustic gates, infusing your garden with vintage charm.
  • Weathered finishes: Rustic gates often sport distressed or patinated finishes, echoing the look of aged ironwork and enhancing their antique allure.
  • Handcrafted detailing: Artisanal craftsmanship adds a bespoke touch to rustic gates, showcasing the skill and artistry of traditional metalworkers.

Sleek sophistication that gives a more modern edge

In contrast to their rustic counterparts, modern metal gates are distinguished by their sense of effortless sophistication – often presented in a distinctively calm, minimalist style. These types of gates and railings feature clean lines, geometric shapes, and polished finishes that to give a distinct feel of refinement and elegance to your exterior space. Our Whalley and Belthorn ranges both beautifully embody the type of sleek sophistication that so often characterise the modern style of metal gates and railings.

Key features of modern metal gates

  • Clean lines: Modern gates often feature straightforward and geometric designs, creating a minimalist silhouette that complements modern architectural styles and landscaping.
  • Sleek finishes: Glossy or matte finishes in metallic hues lend a polished look to modern gates, enhancing their visual impact and adding a touch of luxury to your outdoor space.

Choosing the right style for your garden

Choosing the right style for your exterior isn’t always an easy decision. When picking out a metal gate for your garden, it’s worth starting by considering the overall design aesthetic and ambiance you want to achieve. If you favour a rustic, traditional look that celebrates heritage and craftsmanship for example, you might well want a wrought iron gate with intricate detailing and a weathered finish. On the other hand, if you prefer a contemporary, minimalist vibe, you’ll be better served with a steel gate distinguished by clean lines and a polished surface.

Whatever your vision and whatever your style, you can always rely on us to have exactly what you need here at SL Wrought Iron. We have an extensive range of wrought iron metal gates and railings to choose from, encompassing Langho, Barnoldswick, and Wilpshire. If you’d like any more information on our products, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you! You can give us a call at 01254 236994, or you can send us an email at We’re more than happy to help!