Summer nights are perfect for cozying around the fire pit and roasting marshmallows. Having a bonfire also gives you a chance to bond with family or friends. However, you want your outdoor space to be comfortable and visually appealing — so here are seven backyard fire pit ideas for you to consider this summer.

1.  Add Rugs

Adding layered rugs makes the space more comfortable. Consider incorporating some cushions or pillows for more support, too. You can go for fun patterned rugs or solid-colored ones. It just depends on whether you want to draw attention or have the carpet blend into the space. Look for outdoor rugs made of polypropylene for their fade and stain resistance.

Adding a carpet creates a laid-back feeling, which makes it the perfect place for late-night conversations.

2.  Make It Your Own Private Oasis

To create a sense of privacy, be strategic about your landscaping. Grow tall grasses and plants around your seating area. Here are some vertical plants to consider adding to your backyard:

  • Moth mullein
  • Lupine
  • Columnar apple trees
  • Cordyline
  • Iris

Decorating with greenery can add a more tropical vibe. Also, having a secluded area is perfect for having guests over.

3.  Choose Your Fire Pit Material

There are a few options for the design of your actual fire pit. It all depends on the functionality and aesthetic you’re looking for.

A brick fire pit has a natural look that blends well with the rest of your outdoor space. It also complements any brick siding you may have. Besides its visual appeal, brick is also a more functional material. Here are some of the benefits of using brick:

  • It’s low-maintenance
  • It has good thermal properties
  • It’s made from natural materials
  • It protects against fire, wind, and moisture

Many homeowners enjoy the properties of copper firepits. Metallic fire pits conduct heat evenly for a longer period of time — great for seating multiple people around a fire or enjoying backyard cooking. Plus, the appearance is simple and modern, fitting into any backyard design with a classic, sleek look.

Bluestone is another common choice with a distinctive hue that adds a more calming feel. Whether brick or stone, fire pits create a sense of being in nature, so they’re perfect for making s’mores.

4.  Paint Your Fire Pit Black

Ready to do something a little unique? Choose a black color for your fire pit. This gives your outdoor area a more modern and sleek look. It also stands out against the lighter-colored landscaping. Consider adding some white furniture to create a nice visual contrast.

Other colors for your seating that pair well with black include yellow, red, copper, or gold. But your imagination is boundless.

5.  Add Comfortable Seating and Tables

When gathering around the fire pit, you want to have places to sit and relax. Adding comfortable sofas and chairs makes the space feel cozier. Here are some seating ideas to add to your fire pit:

  • Adirondack chairs
  • Wicker chairs
  • Log chairs
  • Armchairs
  • Benches

Also, consider incorporating a few coffee tables. This way, you have a place to put down any food or drinks. A seating area makes your firepit the perfect place for outdoor summer parties.

6.  Have a Fire Pit With a Wide Top

Having a fire pit with a wider slab top is both visually appealing and functional. It can hold your drinks during your late-night summer gatherings. It can also save you space by not having to add extra furniture.

The wide top will take up more space, making your backyard area appear larger. Also, keep in mind that you definitely need your hands free for roasting marshmallows!

7. Incorporate a Pavilion

Adding a pavilion can provide you with some shade for those warmer summer evenings. It also prevents you from moving the party inside on a rainy day. A gazebo or pergola makes your space more visually attractive, too.

When it comes to which type of building material to use, you have multiple options. Wood is one of the most common materials used because of its natural beauty. It can also be finished or stained in many different colors.

Here are some other types of materials to consider:

  • Ceder
  • Vinyl
  • Fiberglass
  • Metal
  • Stone

8. Create a Circular Seating Area

This provides a space that makes it easier to interact with others. With the chairs facing inward, everyone can feel like they are part of the conversation. Your fire pit is a great focal point to place the chairs around. Also, consider having a circular-shaped fire pit to complement the overall design layout.

9. Consider Adding an In-Ground Fire Pit

An in-ground fire pit is perfect for casual gatherings. It can even be built into your patio to enhance your outdoor space. In-ground fire pits are also safer, since they produce smaller flames. However, make sure you keep an eye on your younger children.

Consider adding comfortable sofas to make the space more inviting.

10. Add Some Rocks to Your Fire Pit

Adding beautiful stones can make your fire pit stand out. It also adds a more modern and stylish look. Consider surrounding the pit with lush vegetation and elegant seatings. To shade you from the summer heat, you may even want to add an umbrella over the area.

Backyard Fire Pit Ideas for Homeowners

A fire pit can visually enhance your outdoor space. It also gives you a place to socialize with friends and family. With warmer weather, summer is the perfect time to use it! So consider these backyard fire pit ideas before your next summer event.

Author: Evelyn Long is the editor-in-chief of Renovated, a home improvement publisher with advice on gardening, decor and DIY projects.