If you're looking to take your home design up a notch, then the addition of a fire pit is a budget-friendly way to do so.
Contrary to what many homeowners think, you don't have to spend a fortune on this home addition in order to make a statement. With a little creativity and a realistic budget you can add the ultimate chill-out zone to your home.
Check out the rest of this article for a few creative fire pit ideas.
10 Fire Pit Ideas to Warm Up Your Outdoor Space
As summer approaches and we're all a little more homebound, sprucing up your outdoor space with the addition of a fire pit is a great way to inspire cozy, homemade memories.
Not to mention, it's a great way to add value to your outdoor entertainment area and the appeal of your home, overall. Here are 10 creative ideas to inspire you:
1. Choose Between Wood, Gas, and Electric Fire
When it comes to choosing the type of fire burning method, there are generally three primary choices: the wood-fired pit, a gas fire pit, or an electric fire pit. Each type of fire pit has its own set of pros and cons.
If you're looking for that traditional, campfire feel, then a wood-fired pit is your go-to. These types of fire pits also suit a larger outdoor space.
Gas and electric fire pits are generally well-suited to smaller spaces as they offer a little more safety and convenience. They're also low-maintenance as they require very little set up, besides the gas or electric ignition.
It's also worth mentioning that gas and electric fire pits make less of an environmental impact, so this is a great option if you're looking to keep your carbon footprint to a minimum.
2. Create a Private Oasis With Garden Foliage
If your yard is on the larger side and you want to break up space with a fire pit you can use tall hedges and shrubs to your advantage.
Instead of placing your fire pit near your patio area, take it down into the garden and nestle it close to surrounding shrubbery for a more intimate, cozy atmosphere.
Tall trees, hedges, and shrubs create privacy, making it feel like a real outdoor escape that feels separate from your home.
3. Make Your Fire Pit a Separate, Functional Area
Another great way to break up the space of a large outdoor area is by creating two distinct zones.
If your backyard has a swimming pool, don't put your fire pit too close. Use a different flooring material to that of the swimming pool or patio area, and create a fire pit setting on its own.
A great option is to lay a concrete slab or create a gravel area with its own seating for your fire pit hangout. This way you're creating two separate, functional areas within your backyard.
Remember that some of the best materials for a fire pit area should be hardy and durable. This includes decomposed granite, gravel, concrete, tile, and stone hardscapes. You'll also need to place a fireproof pad beneath the pit for wood fires.
4. Tie In Your Fire Pit Design With Your Decor
A great way to draw inspiration for the style and shape of your fire pit is to look at the current outdoor decor you already have. If your seating is a little more rustic, you may want to opt for a concrete basin or a rustic brick-and-mortar style fire pit.
If your seating is a little more sleek and modern, a stainless steel or mock-granite fire pit may fit in better.
5. Kick It Old School With a Traditional Camp Fire
For a cozy and welcoming garden hang out area, opt for an old-school inspired campfire vibe.
If you have small children, this a brilliant way to encourage them to spend more time outdoors while making the most of your time spent at home. It's the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows, dreaming up fantastic campfire stories, and bonding as a family.
This includes a circular fire pit, crafted from local stone, while the floor is finished with gravel or wood chip. Add circular benches to match the shape of the fire pit, complete with log-stacking space under each bench.
Opt for a traditional wood-fire pit to really get a true touch of the great outdoors. Alternatively, if smaller children are part of your household, an electric or gas fire pit may be a more convenient and safer option.
6. Create an Extra Dreamy Space With Lighting
The flickering light of a fire is sultry all on its own. But a great way to add extra warmth and atmosphere to your fire pit area is by hanging string lights.
Even the smallest of patios can be brought to life with a simple string of lights. Tie the look and feel together with rustic wooden furniture, fluffy white pillows, and sheepskin throws.
7. Highlight Your Fire Pit Hangout With a Backdrop
An ingenious way to draw attention to your fire pit hangout is to highlight this area with a backdrop.
Whether it's existing foliage in your garden or a wooden trellis decorated with vines, this is a great way to add character and shape to this area.
8. Create a Sunken, Separate Space
If your budget has a little leeway, this is a brilliant way to create a truly romantic, chic and relaxing space in your yard.
Channel a touch of California glam and create a recessed, sunken lounge area for your fire pit. A rectangular fire pit is a perfect shape - opt for one that doubles as a cocktail table so you can wine and dine alfresco.
9. Make the Area Multi-Purpose
A modular fire pit is a great option if you want to create a space that offers more than just relaxation.
Modular fire pits are multi-purpose and can usually double as a dining spot and coffee table. They also include built-in lighting which helps light up the area when you're eating.
10. Make a Statement with Fire and Ice
For a truly modern take on a fire pit, go for the combination of fire and ice in the design. This style of fire pit uses shattered glass pieces, in place of the gravel that would usually surround the fire.
Tempered glass is completely heat resistant and creates a brilliant contrast. Take it up a notch and go for colorful glass or geometric-patterned glass.
Find Beautiful Fire Pit Designs With Bell + Modern
We hope these fire pit ideas have left you with a little inspiration when it comes to designing the perfect outdoor space.
Whether it's for entertaining or relaxation, Bell + Modern offers a range of fire pit designs to suit your taste. Browse our fire pit collection here.