I had intended to write a post about outdoor rooms several weeks ago and was wondering how timely it would be now that many people are experiencing cooler temps and turning leaves. I just saw an article on Houzz.com that gave me inspiration to share some of those ideas and some of my own. The fall is just as great a time of year to enjoy outdoor living.
One of my most favorite things about designing an outdoor living space is the idea of having a fireplace. A fireplace, as in interior spaces, is a perfect focal point. Not only can a fireplace enhance whatever style you love, it can add warmth, literally and figuratively to your outdoor room.
|This fireplace anchors the patio seating and dining area. It is the perfect gathering place. |
Look at that fantastic chandelier.
|Overhead white lights add to the inviting ambiance in this lovely setting.|
|This is such a cozy space to relax in. Add a throw|
and warm up by the fire.
|This elegant outdoor room is the a delightful place to entertain.|
|This fireplace gives a southwestern feeling to the patio and is enhanced|
by adding beautiful plants and comfy pillows.
|Outdoor fire places can be traditional or more contemporary as seen above.|
|What a dramatic statement this fireplace makes flanked by waterfalls. |
I love the combination of fire and water.
|I can almost smell the smoke filling the crisp fall the air.|
Don't have an outdoor fireplace? Firepits are wonderful too! You can put one almost anywhere and have seating built around it. You can place comfortable chairs, cushions or benches close by too.
|This simple firepit adds sophistication to this outdoor room.|
|Does this remind anyone of camping? What a great way to bring that feeling to your own backyard.|
|I wonder if the ring around the firepit is to put your feet on |
and warm your toes?
|A screened top to this firepit is a good idea for safety, but makes it harder to|
|Here it is. Can you hear the music? The outdoor ambient lighting is a beautiful, too.|
|Freestanding firepits like this are available at many home improvement stores.|
|This simple contemporary fireplace makes an even grander statement|
because it is at eye level.
|Simple contemporary elegance.|
|Here is a traditional Chiminea|
|This style of Chimenea is more transitional. It is wonderful to see the fire|
from all sides, too.
For a warm inviting outdoor room without a fireplace or firepit, try placing groups of candles on your tables or ledges, torches and lanterns work well too. A candlier, or chandelier made for candles casts such a pretty soft glow. Who doesn't look more beautiful by candlelight?
|I call this candle glow.|
What do you think about adding an outdoor "fire feature" to your exterior living space? What do you like to add to your porch or patio during the cooler weather to warm things up? How about a firepit?
As always I invite you to share your ideas, inspirations and experiences in the comment box below.
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