5 tips for styling the backyard around a fire pit and making your garden glow

COME GATHER: Glow's Aurora fire pit has a striking geometric design and is bets suited to a larger space. Photo: Supplied
COME GATHER: Glow's Aurora fire pit has a striking geometric design and is bets suited to a larger space. Photo: Supplied

Fire pits are a great addition to a backyard, transforming it into a cosy and inviting space. The ambience it creates is worth the investment alone, providing a beautiful feature in your garden and with its campfire vibes, an enticing gathering spot.

Whether you have a small courtyard or a large-sized family backyard, it's all about making the most of the space you have.

Glow's national outdoor heating product manager, Jacqueline Hughes, shares her top tips for styling an outdoor space and complementing your fire pit area.

Smart thinking for small spaces

The size of Australian backyards is generally becoming smaller. If you're wanting to maximise your backyard or terrace space, go for solutions such as multi-purpose pieces and in-built seats. Glow's Tambo fire pit is a timeless design that strikes a brilliant balance between size, design, and finish, perfect for more intimate areas such as terraces and patios where space is at a premium.

LIGHT MY FIRE: Glow's Tambo Fire Pit is perfect for both large spaces or compact areas where space is at a premium. Available at Bunnings Warehouse.

LIGHT MY FIRE: Glow's Tambo Fire Pit is perfect for both large spaces or compact areas where space is at a premium. Available at Bunnings Warehouse.

Creating structure

Designating zones in the backyard is a great way to work the space effectively, with areas for playing, eating, cooking and relaxing. Defining these zones using fencing, plants, pavers, pebbles or decking, can give each space its own impact and character.

Coastal chic

We all have fond memories of a holiday by the sea or aspirations to retire by the coast. Creating a coastal style garden is one way to enjoy your personal coastal sanctuary all year round. Landscape the garden using hardy plants and nautical props to create that beachy feel. Light coloured decking and pebbles are a great way to enhance that beach vibe while adding texture and light to the garden.

Garden landscaping

Enhance your garden and add variety using different levels that draw the eye into the space. Incorporate a garden screen to create the height change and then add shrubs and plants of different heights. They will give a splash of much-needed greenery during the cooler months, as well as providing the ideal backdrop for your entertaining area.

Light it up

Consider combining the natural light of a fire with string lights around the perimeter of the area. For more intimate entertaining, try fairy lights throughout the garden and around vertical poles. For more formal entertaining, festoon lighting can transform the look of your space. Whatever you decide, never underestimate the value of stronger, practical lighting around an outdoor dining table - no one likes eating in the dark.

This story How does your garden glow? 5 backyard tips first appeared on The Canberra Times.