Sometimes, the best design ideas begin on the East or West Coasts and slowly make their way to the middle of the country. Such seems to be the case with outdoor fireplaces, which have long been popular in southern California, where people enjoy moderate temperatures all year long but contend with some chilly nights during the fall and winter.Rustic Patio by Georgetown Interior Designers & Decorators Linda McCalla Interiors
Rather than scurry indoors, Californians have the right idea: they simply fire up their outdoor fireplace and settle right back in to a sprawling chaise lounge or club chair. You can, too, and here three compelling outdoor fireplace styles to consider:
A fire pit is vintage California, especially because its inviting design means that guests can literally encircle it to watch the flickering flames or roast marshmallows. Some fire pits are portable, allowing homeowners to position one in the best spot for the crowd size.
If a traditional fireplace that more closely resembles an indoor one is more your style, you might favor a brick or concrete fireplace that’s permanently situated next to a seating area. An earthy, coral limestone surround is a pleasing nod to the distinction that this fireplace keeps people warm outdoors.
A lava-rock fireplace takes the appeal of an open pit and the rugged attraction of a traditional fireplace and enhances the package with the mesmerizing quality of flames dancing over lava rocks. This style is so appealing, lava-rock tables have also begun to make their way to the Midwest.
If you’re warming up to the idea of an outdoor fireplace, don’t hesitate to contact Interiors by Melody for assistance in choosing a creative option for your home.