Metal gates can often give off generic, old-world, and antique-y vibes, especially if they showcase the usual suspects: curlicues, fleurs-de-lis, and small pointed arrows. If your home decor isn't reminiscent of the baroque period, greet guests into this century with outdoor gates that match your more modern decor palette. Metal gates don't have to be relegated to simple straight lines built for protection. From the whimsical to the abstract, get inspired, and click on to see a variety of contemporary gates designed to set a specific, and more important, welcoming tone at your home.
Stairs are enticing for lil ones who aren't supposed to play on them. Though several LilSugar readers told us they didn't do much in the way of babyproofing their homes, safety gates are a staple for many families with steep staircases. Consumer Reports recommends using the baby gates until a child is two-years-old.
Clunky plastic varieties may dominate the market, but there are also modern gates available for more discerning mothers. The Numi Extending Gate ($98) combines a brushed metal frame with dark wooden slats to make for eye candy rather than an eyesore. Check out our other decorative picks below.