This week’s question for Ask The Decorating Files concerns pet gates….
I live in a nicely decorated home with one exception. We have a small dog that my husband will not allow into the kitchen. The kitchen (newly remodeled) has 2 entrances, one from the living room and one from the den. My husband put up “baby gates” to keep the dog out. There HAS to be a better solution than a wooden baby gate. It is an eye sore. Please help! ~Melissa
As an interior decorator, I often need to accommodate the furry members of a client’s family in the design. That includes coming up with options for pet gates that are more attractive than the standard metal or wooden gates available at most stores. Here are six ideas for custom pet gates that work with a home’s decor while still keeping your pets where you want them.
1 A custom-built door with wrought iron insert blends beautifully with this home’s design. It’s a stylish way to keep pets and small children from the stairs. It could easily be built to fit a doorway or room opening.
2 A pocket pet door stays hidden when not in use and is ready when needed. It works the same as any pocket door. Glass panels give your pet a view of the next room and let’s you keep an eye on them.
3 Here’s another version of a pocket door. Wrought iron spindles make it feel more open and allow you and your pet to see what’s happening on the other side.
4 The detailed metal design on this pet door makes it seem more like a piece of art.
5 Even a pet door can have a sense of whimsy as seen in this creative style.
6 This isn’t a pet gate, but I had to include it. A dutch door is a great solution for keeping children safe in one room while not closing them off completely. This would also work for pets, though you may want to consider putting in some type of opening or “window” since they love to see what is going on.
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