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Upgrade your outdoors gatherings: 7 incredible fire pit ideas for your yard

Here are some unique fire pit ideas to get inspo for your outdoor space

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Fire pits make the perfect focal point or centerpiece for any outdoor gathering. Whether you want a conversation space to relax under the stars or a spot to roast s’mores with the whole family, you’ll want to ensure your fire pit looks and feels intentional.

Here are seven fantastic fire pit ideas to help spruce up your backyard.

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Choose a fire pit that suits your style

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The first step to creating a gorgeous outdoor gathering space is to pick the right fire pit. You’ll want to consider the type of fuel you plan to use and the general aesthetic you’re aiming for.

Classic metal fire pit

If you’re struggling to find the best fire pit for your needs, you can’t go wrong with the classic round metal fire pit or bowl. Metal fire pits are affordable, stylish, and blend seamlessly with any backyard design. Because of their popularity, you can find them in propane, coal, or wood-powered versions. You can also find metal fire pits made solely for aesthetics to create a focal point in your outdoor conversation space or one meant for roasting hot dogs and s’mores late into the evenings.

Rustic stone fire pit

If you live in a moderate climate or have a home that leans toward rustic design, you may favor a rustic stone fire pit. Stone fire pits are versatile and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and materials. From granite to limestone, there are several options when installing your own stone fire pit.

This fire pit solution is also a wonderful choice for homeowners with an existing stone patio. Or, if you are renovating your backyard, consider using the same stone laid on the outdoor patio as the building blocks for your rustic fire pit for a seamless transition.

DIY fire pit

Alternatively, many homeowners opt for the DIY fire pit, made of paving and landscape-edging stones you can purchase at your local home improvement store. There are several guides online that you can follow to create your own fire pit. This is a great option for homeowners who wish to save money, don’t have a defined home aesthetic, or intend to move the fire pit at a later date.

Sophisticated propane fire pit

Propane fire pits are a must for glam and contemporary home designs. They often have a sleek look that feels minimal and opulent. Propane fire pits are best for decorating your patio or creating a central conversational space. These fire pits can also offer versatility, as they typically have a hidden compartment for propane tanks. Simply change out the tank as needed or move your entire fire pit for larger gatherings.

Minimal and modern concrete fire pit

If you aren’t planning to move your fire pit from its designated location, you might prefer a solution that is a bit more “set in stone,” so to speak. A concrete fire pit may not be mobile, but it is a minimal and modern addition to the backyard. Sleek, straight lines give the concrete fire pit a defined look, enhancing the appeal of your space.

Try out something unique

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While the classic fire pit design has its place, some homeowners opt for more unique aesthetics.

Tabletop fire bowl

If you’re working with a small space or find larger fire pits difficult to maintain, you might consider a tabletop fire bowl. Fire bowls, often made of glass or metal, are sleek, modern additions to your outdoor patio. They make beautiful centerpieces for late-night gatherings and offer the perfect fire feature on a smaller scale.

Longer wall fire pit as a divider

Longer wall fire pits are also trendy. These larger fire pit designs can help break up a grand patio space to prevent your design from lacking dimension. They are perfect for zoning areas on your outdoor patio, such as creating a divider between the outdoor dining area and the pool. Longer wall fire pits are not only practical but also a great way to create a stunning feature that will elevate your design.

Dress up your fire pit space

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Having a fire pit is the first step to decorating your outdoor space, but you’ll want to pair your fire pit with equally striking and cozy furniture. Be sure to dress up this area of your home to make your fire pit feel intentional and stand out as a feature.

Pick the right patio furniture

The right patio furniture should invite a sense of community and coziness to your fire pit location. Surround classic fire pits with sofas, sectionals, chairs, poufs, ottomans, or benches to create the perfect conversation space. Pillows and blankets can help soften the look of stone and concrete if needed. Also, be sure to add additional light sources like lamps, string lights, or torches to set the right aesthetic and offer visual aid when the fire pit begins to dim.

Consider your landscape

The landscape is a crucial aspect of the proper fire pit design. If you have an existing concrete or stone patio, you’ll want your fire pit to blend seamlessly with the materials. Alternatively, desert locations will want to create intentional pathing and plenty of outdoor shade or seating for the perfect setup.

If you live somewhere with lots of grass or trees, trim back any low-hanging limbs, particularly if they are close to the fire pit. Additionally, you’ll want to keep weeds and dry grasses under control. Consider planting perennials and native plants in garden beds nearby to keep your space looking well manicured and visually intriguing.

Fire pits are fantastic outdoor additions for homeowners looking to throw late-night gatherings, host parties, or relax after those long days. Just make sure your fire pit is well positioned and looks intentional, blending with the materials and styles of your existing design.

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