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When it comes to creating ambience and warming up a chilly evening, fireplaces are favoured for their authenticity, dynamic qualities and the soft, pleasant lighting that they cast in outdoor spaces. They also offer great aesthetic potential and can easily serve as the focal point of any outdoor room. Fireplaces are inviting and have a calming effect on all those who enjoy their warmth and light. They enliven outdoor rooms and will enable you to continue spending time out on the patio long after the sun has set. With all of their positive effects on outdoor spaces, fireplaces are a new staple for any patio or poolside. Here are a few ways to incorporate a fireplace into your existing Geneva, IL, backyard:
Fit a fireplace into a cozy corner
Fireplaces are incredibly versatile and can be used to facilitate a variety of aesthetic themes and desired atmospheres. For example, a fireplace will immediately make an outdoor room feel cozier and more intimate. Pick a small, secluded outdoor room, or have an existing room enclosed with low walls or a pergola. Even paving borders can effectively mark the boundaries of your new fireplace area.
A pergola overhead can help to foster an intimate atmosphere, but it should be treated as a potential hazard. Ensure that any curtains or plants hanging from your pergola are kept far away from the flames and that the area is well-ventilated at all times.
Arrange comfortable furniture around a central fireplace and adorn the arrangement with cushions and throws to accentuate the warm, inviting atmosphere created by the fireplace. Arranging furniture around a fireplace is also a simple way to bring people together and create a conversation hotspot.
When placed in such a confined area, the fireplace is guaranteed to serve as the focal point of the room. It should, therefore, be comprised of materials that agree with your aesthetic theme. Opt for sleek concrete units should you have a modern backyard, or unrefined stone units for a more rustic outdoor design.
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Create a casual atmosphere
Fire features can also be used to foster an open, casual atmosphere when constructed in the form of a fire pit or a double-sided fireplace. To achieve this, select a spacious area of your landscape where there is plenty of fresh, open air. A double-sided fireplace constructed in such a location has the potential to heat two outdoor rooms simultaneously, act as a room divider and facilitate a fun, casual atmosphere.
Surround the fire feature with rustic outdoor furniture to accentuate the effortless look and feel being created in the space. Wicker chairs adorned with pastel or patterned pillows, for example, can create a peaceful, yet inviting design. Or talk to your contractor about including permanent outdoor seating in your landscape design.
Add some flair to the functionality of your kitchen
A fireplace is just one feature that can make your outdoor kitchen more inviting and tie it firmly to the rest of your outdoor entertainment area. A fireplace can be designed to double as a pizza oven, while providing its usual warmth and light. A pizza oven tends to be an absolute hit with kids, who love creating their own pizzas.