5 Fire Pit Ideas to Steal for Cozy Fall Nights

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.

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Fire Pit Makes It Easy to Host a Cozy Fall Gathering

To turn an everyday deck into a rich, warm spot to enjoy the autumnal weather, this outdoor space is furnished with comfy seating, a modern fire pit and creature comforts in shades of cranberry and forest green.

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



Entertainment deck of the HGTV Dream Home 2012 located in Midway, Utah

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.

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Simple Setup = Big Fun

Outdoor Dining Area with Fire Pit and Barrel Stools

Outdoor Dining Area with Fire Pit and Barrel Stools

Old barrels are transformed into custom outdoor seating in this contemporary backyard. A stone fire pit and picnic table make for a perfect outdoor entertaining area.

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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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Adirondack Chairs Around Deck Fire Pit

Deck Sitting Area Arranged Around Fire Pit

Allow guests to take in the fall foliage by grouping furniture around large trees. As the leaves begin to change from green to red and orange and yellow, guests can soak up the change of the season, cocktail in hand.

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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Above Ground or Below?

Patio Sitting Area and In-Ground Patio Fire Pit Lit Up at Night

Patio Sitting Area With In-Ground Fire Pit

An in-ground fire pit lights and warms up this patio sitting area. A pair of wicker sofas flank the fire pit, offering a convenient spot for chatting with family and friends.

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.

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Easy Solutions

Green Patio Chairs and Blue Accent Wall

Modern Chiminea

Put together two chairs, a Palm Springs color palette, a shapely fire urn and a couple glasses of Merlot, and you're bound to evoke some meaningful conversations.

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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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