How to Match Your New Outdoor Fireplace to Your Rocky Hill, CT, Patio
An outdoor fireplaces would provide warmth and ambience to your backyard, as well as a focal point for gatherings. If you have been inspired by images of amazing fireplaces and want to re-create that look, here are tips on how to match your new outdoor fireplace to your Rocky Hill, CT, patio.
A Modern Look
Modernize your patio by focusing on closely matching the color or texture of your patio pavers to the outdoor fireplace. If you can’t find a good match, you could go bold and use a contrasting color in the same color temperature as the patio (warm, neutral, or cool).
Outdoor fireplaces that feature a modern aesthetic tend to be sleek and simple. If you love that look yet your patio pavers have a more traditional or even old-world feel, you can incorporate similar material as decorative accents on the fireplace while still keeping its streamlined appearance.
With so much variation in hardscape materials and colors, matching shouldn’t be the ultimate goal but instead strive for complementary coloring. You could keep your fireplace within the same color temperature as the patio, and use colors that go well when in proximity with one another. Choose an accent color on the patio if there is one. Or, if your patio pavers feature more variegated colors, then you could choose one of the background colors to work with. For example, if your bluestone patio features rust-colored areas, highlight the reddish features by using that as the dominant color in your outdoor fireplace.
The look of natural stone fits into virtually any design aesthetic. Whether you want a Mediterranean feel or prefer ultra-modern, rustic, old-world traditional, Southwestern or tropical, you can tap the look of natural stone that fits seamlessly into the design.
To best integrate your fireplace to the patio, remember to stay within the same color temperatures, whether you’re aim is matching or creating a contrasting feature. Neutral temperatures are ideal because you have so many more choices—but generally, you will want to avoid mixing and using both cool and warm tones.
Traditional outdoor fireplaces often feature weathered textures while modern versions feature smooth, sleek textures. Some homeowners opt to create a high degree of visual interest by going for a totally different look that complements the patio without matching it exactly. One way to accomplish this is through different textures—if your patio features smooth pavers, you can incorporate smooth accents on the fireplace, or simply embrace the contrast.
Many outdoor fireplaces are faced with relatively hefty-looking stones for a substantial feel. To fully integrate your fireplace into the patio, you could use similar-sized stones, especially if you are not able to match the color and shape of the patio precisely. With that said, you can incorporate a few accent pieces that closely match the patio stones—such as on the fireplace surround.
The overall size of your outdoor fireplace should reflect that of the house and the patio. A too-large fireplace will feel overwhelming to the space, and a too-small fireplace could feel disproportionate.
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