Fire pits: Warm up this Winter

Fire Pit with wood surround

With the days getting shorter and the weather starting to turn, it’s clear Winter is on its way.

That doesn’t mean you have to retreat into your home however; with the addition of a fire pit you can use your outdoor space all year round. It’s also a great way to create a focal point in your garden, and a cosy area to hang out with your family and friends.

When it comes to landscaping your fire pit space, the possibilities are virtually endless. With an abundance of materials at your disposal, you can create a look to suit any aesthetic.

Rustic

This is a nice look particularly if you have a traditional garden or natural space. As you can see, these designs are not too neat or uniform – they tend to make use of organic shapes, a mixture of materials and tiles that blend in with the surroundings.

Travertine and natural limestone work really well in a rustic space, as does the crazy paving style because it allows the area to become part of the garden.

Contemporary

A modern or contemporary look has the power to make a strong statement in your outdoor space. If you have the same aesthetic throughout your home it’s a great way to extend your living space into the garden.

Clean lines, neutral colours and minimalism are typical characteristics of this style. Although the word “contemporary” does mean “of the moment”, so it will evolve with the times and trends.

Large sleek tiles are a great option for the contemporary look, as they keep it simple and stylish.

Scandinavian

The Scandinavian design aesthetic is typically simple, modern and natural with accents of wood. It’s the perfect way to get a sleek look but still with an organic feel. As you can see with these examples, the travertine tiles define the area and ensure it’s hard-wearing, while the wood softens the space and gives it a cosy vibe.

Natural

With so many colours and styles of tile and brick available, it’s easy to create a natural look and define the various areas in your garden. In these examples, even though the fire pit spaces are part of the main patio area, the clever use of tiles separates them.

Moroccan

Mosaic tiles add a different dynamic to your fire pit area and give it an exotic feel. They can be added as a feature piece or to define the space from other areas of the garden.

See what we mean – the possibilities are endless! 

We invite you to come into our West Gosford Showroom with your design ideas, so you can browse our full range of tiles and get our professional advice on the options that best suit your vision and budget.

All images are sourced from Pinterest.

How to Create a Mood Board

Mood Board

Have you ever been trying to explain your vision to someone, and they just don’t get it? It’s annoying isn’t it!

With a mood board you never have to experience that situation again. You can bring all your ideas and feelings to life in a beautifully visual way.

It also allows you to get your head around the vision, and play with different ideas. With a mood board, there’s literally no limit to the possibilities.

Benefits of a mood board

Let’s summarise all the benefits before we talk about how to create one:

  • Effortlessly articulate your vision
  • Explore different options and ideas
  • Easily work with suppliers to source different products for different budgets, and get the same look 
  • Enjoy the creative process and play with pushing boundaries

How to create a mood board

The actual process is a very personal one. We recommend having a play initially to see what works for you. The key is to go into the process with no expectations – the more you can relax into it, the more open you will be to different ideas, and the more the creative juices will flow.

Traditional mood boards

Sometimes nothing beats being able to physically touch and feel something – especially if textures are important to your project. So if this is how you’d like to roll, grab yourself a pair of scissors and some glue!

Browse through magazines and even print images from the internet. As you can see with the example below, you don’t have to be literal with your imagery; i.e. if you’re designing a new bathroom you don’t have to stick to bathroom/interior design magazines for all your inspiration, and it doesn’t have to be bathroom related.

  • Use words that set the mood
  • Find shapes, patterns and colours that create the vibe you want
  • Even locations or countries that excite you

You can find inspo in the strangest of places, if you’re open to it. Even if you’re out and about – at the train station, the park, your favourite cafe – take photos and print them for your board later.

You can even make a 3D mood board with samples of the different materials you’re considering:

Tile Mood Board

Digital mood boards

The same principles as above apply here, in terms of taking inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, however everything is created online.

There are some great software options available to make the process easy for you. One of our favourites is Canva. Here, you can choose from a range of mood board templates and simply drag and drop images onto your board. You can upload your own material and also search through their extensive library of images, graphics and illustrations:

Canva Mood Board

Digital can be a great option if you want to work with suppliers from different locations, as you can simply share or email the image with them – wherever they are.

Show us your mood board!

So if you’re embarking on a project, we encourage you to get mood boarding and come show us! We will happily share with you everything we know and show you our wide range of tiles, so together we can turn your ideas into a beautiful reality.