5 Fire Pit Ideas to Steal for Cozy Fall Nights

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Truth time: We recently had a fire pit built for our house in Los Angeles (where it gets cold like six times a year), because I’m obsessed with s'mores. Oops.

Fire Pit Makes It Easy to Host a Cozy Fall Gathering

Fire Pit Makes It Easy to Host a Cozy Fall Gathering

While I was doing research for our own design, I was blown away by all the creativity I came across. I discovered fire pits have come a long way! Here are a few of my favorite ideas to steal for your own fire pit design dreams, as well as some tips for creating the coziest outdoor spots this fall.

An (Outdoor) Room With a View

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Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

When you’re thinking through where to put your fire pit, consider the view while creating your design. Try to choose an outdoor spot that gives a majority of people the best view. Even if your home doesn’t have a mountain or water view, it’s smart to think this through. For example, if you place the fire pit in a spot that has everyone staring at your garbage cans while roasting their marshmallows, that could really put a damper on your s'mores mojo.

30 Backyard Fire Pit Designs

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Private Fire Pit

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Built-In Fire Pit

Limestone Fire Pit

Sunken Fire Pit

Marble Fire Pit

Four-Unit Fire Pit

Open Fire Pit

Bluestone Fire Pit

Photo By: Frontier Group ©Photographed by Frontier Group

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Old World Fire Pit

Flat Stone Fire Pit

Photo By: DarrenMcCollester/Getty Images © 2012, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Covered Fire Pit

Photo By: Chris Amaral © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Natural Stone Fire Pit

Stone Fire Pit

Stone Fire Pit

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon ©Geoffrey Hodgdon

Contemporary Fire Pit

Mobile Fire Pit

Fire Pit Bowl

Patio Fire Pit

Fire Pit With a View

Photo By: Smiths Gore Limited, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Gray Stone Fire Pit

Garden Fire Pit

Reflecting Fire Pit

Concrete Fire Pit

Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press

Geo Fire Pit Patio

L-Shaped Fire Pit

Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press

Tabletop Fire Pit

Half Fire Pit, Half Epic View

From: Mark Scott Associates

Photo By: Anthony Gomez

Simple Setup = Big Fun

Outdoor Dining Area with Fire Pit and Barrel Stools

Outdoor Dining Area with Fire Pit and Barrel Stools

Photo by: DarrenMcCollester/Getty Images © 2012, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DarrenMcCollester/Getty Images, 2012, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A simple solution can be achieved with a few chic outdoor chairs and your own DIY fire pit. Try cozy-ing up your space with some outdoor cushions and faux sheepskins thrown over the backs of your chairs if you want to go for a glamping vibe in your backyard.

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Points to The View

Convenient Log Storage

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Sunken Fire Pit in the Mountains

Photo By: Photo Credit: Mary Palmer Dargan © Gibbs Smith, Lifelong Landscape Design, Mary Palmer Dargan

Fire and Water

Star Light Star Bright

Photo By: Eric Perry

Circular Designs

Jungle Inspired

Photo By: Design by Scott Cohen

Just Gorgeous

Posh Pit

From: Willis Allen Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Willis Allen Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Natural Stone Meets Modern Home

Poolside

Double-Sided Fireplace

Outdoor Sectional

Photo By: DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Quad Fire Strips

Minimal and Modern Style

Photo By: Jamie Rector ©2011, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rockers by The Fire

Photo By: Photography by Jeff Romaniuk © Scripps Networks Interactive, Location Courtesy: Ruby Tuesday Lodge

Spirals

Photo By: Neil Podoll

Fireplace Wall

Take the Chill Off

Walkway Leads to Warmth

Photo By: Photography by Jeff Romaniuk

Fireplace Deck

Photo By: Design by Keith Summerour

All-Stone Patio

Vertical Stones

Infinity Fire Pit

Fireplace + Pizza Oven

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.

Photo By: Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Old World Romantic

Contemporary Hacienda

Replica of a 19th-Century Syrup Kettle

Warm Up After Taking a Dip

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Dilbeck Real Estate

Photo By: Dilbeck Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Eye-Level Fireplace

Garden Fire Pit

Hillside Fire Pit

Hot Tub Sidekick

Photo By: HGTV fan CiaoTag

Fireplace Table

Courtyard Fireplace

Photo By: Sylvia and Tim Small

All Shapes and Sizes

Deck Sitting Area Arranged Around Fire Pit

Deck Sitting Area Arranged Around Fire Pit

Forget a pit, and go for a bowl! If you’re tight on space, a fire bowl is a great solution. Typically, these have smaller profiles than a traditional fire pit and can easily fit into tighter or non-symmetrical spaces. If you have a larger area to use and still prefer the look of a bowl, use a large fire bowl instead.

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Safety Screen

Fire Glass

Photo By: Woodland Direct, Inc.

Pop Culture

Photo By: Camp Chef

Cover Me in Copper

Photo By: Woodland Direct

Wood Sculpture

Photo By: Woodland Direct

Roasting Tools

Photo By: Camp Chef

Carry a Torch

Urban Log Lugger

Photo By: Woodland Direct

Curves and Angles

Photo By: Woodland Direct

Roughing It

The Sherpa Solution

For Your Chiminea

Midnight at the Oasis

Above Ground or Below?

Patio Sitting Area With In-Ground Fire Pit

Patio Sitting Area With In-Ground Fire Pit

Photo by: John Martinelli

John Martinelli

Just like a pool, you can choose to have your fire pit above ground or below. Below ground has a more modern look and is a great option if you want to maintain the site lines of your outdoor space. Using natural gas for these fire pits are a great option because you can kick off your cozy gatherings with a simple flip of a switch.

The Most Glamorous Fire Pits in the World

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Sandals LaSource, Grenada

Photo By: Sandals

Vail Cascade Resort

Photo By: Allen Kennedy Photography, Vail Cascade

Esperanza Resort, Cabo San Lucas

Photo By: Auberge Resorts

Esperanza Close Up

Photo By: Fire Features

Brasada Ranch, Oregon

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  1. red photos

Photo By: Brasada Ranch

Fireside Sunrise

Photo By: Brasada Ranch

The Mansion at Casa Madrona

Photo By: Casa Madrona

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas

Photo By: Rigoberto Moreno, Las Ventanas

Rancho Valencia, Southern California

Photo By: Rancho Valencia

Miraval, Tuscon

Photo By: Balfour Walker, Miraval Resort

Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya

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  1. purple photos

Photo By: David Massey, Hard Rock Hotels

Rose Hall, Montego Bay

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  1. tropical style

Photo By: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Beaver Creek

Photo By: Park Hyatt

W Hotel, Fort Lauderdale

Photo By: W Hotel

Paul Hobbs Winery, Wine Country

Photo By: Fire Features

Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica

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  1. modern style

Photo By: Auberge Resorts

Westin Lake Las Vegas

Photo By: Westin Lake Las Vegas

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

Photo By: W Retreat & Spa

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Photo By: Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton, Terrace Room

Photo By: Ritz-Carlton

St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City

Photo By: Bruce Buck, St. Regis Deer Valley

St. Regis Rocks

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St. Regis Deer Valley, Entrance

Photo By: St. Regis Deer Valley

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Colorado

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Gateway Canyons, Poolside

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Gateway Canyons at Night

Photo By: Gateway Canyons Resort

Sandals Grande Antigua

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  1. tropical style

Photo By: Steve Sanacore, Sandals

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Photo By: Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Moonrise

Photo By: Ritz-Carlton

Hualalai Resort

Photo By: Four Seasons Hualalai

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego

Photo By: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs

Photo By: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Hawks Cay Resort, Key West

Photo By: Hawks Cay Resort

Four Seasons, Rancho Encantado

Photo By: Four Seasons

Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Photo By: Ritz-Carlton

Silicon Valley's Finest

Photo By: Fire Features

Fab Fire Feature at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Photo By: Rancho Bernardo Inn

The Historic Lodge at Vail

Photo By: Scott Dressel-Martin, The Lodge at Vail

Easy Solutions

Modern Chiminea

Modern Chiminea

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For those who don’t want to make a big investment and are not so into the DIY route, consider buying a fire pit, or chiminea. These come in all shapes and sizes and work with virtually any outdoor decor scheme. You can even choose options like a fire pit table to ensure you're getting the most bang for your fire-pit buck.

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