Living Big in Your Backyard

Summer is coming soon, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about living big in your backyard. 

With costs rising on everything from food to travel, creating your own staycation oasis may just be the answer to living big in your backyard while saving money. Patio and outdoor spaces can be tricky to style and decorate, which is why Big Lots has created a step-by-step guide to deck out your backyard this summer so you can live big.

Step 1: Maximize value and comfort

The foundation of any space is furniture. Determining which outdoor furniture to purchase is as simple as viewing it as an extension of your living space. Think about how it will be used and how many people will use it. Create different vignettes and focus on “moments” you want to create in your space. Perhaps you want a cozy little spot for a firepit. Or maybe you’re planning to host a neighborhood potluck around a massive outdoor dining table. Catching some poolside rays will require some lounge chairs with, of course, a side table to hold your drinks. Gazebos, sofas, tables, chairs, swings and matching coolers are all important pieces to consider when designing your space. And because this furniture will be outside and exposed to the elements, don’t forget to look for items that are trendy and affordable.

Step 2: Light up your night

To fully maximize the use of your outdoor space, you’ll next need to focus on lighting. And if you’ve ever wondered to yourself: Am I fancy enough for an outdoor chandelier? The answer is yes! You can also try mixing and matching candlelit statement lanterns to offer chill vibes to all who come by. Another option would be to create a focal point with a firepit. They come in all forms these days—from grand outdoor fireplaces to smokeless metal drums and classy table centerpieces. If you want to set the mood while keeping the bugs away, hang up some string lights and the bugs will fly high as you lie low.

Step 3: Delight in the details

Now we’ve arrived at the really fun part—decorating your new space. Some of the top trends in backyard accent décor themes right now include bohemian, farmhouse, coastal and mid-century. Regardless of the theme you choose, one of the first elements that will tie your space together is an outdoor rug. The brighter the pattern, the better. Since this will live outside, we’re looking for big patterns and splashes of color to hide big splashes of dirt. Once you’ve got your theme and your color scheme, work in some oversize planters, stylish accent pillows, a scalloped umbrella, durable dining ware and even some low-maintenance but impressive faux plants for the finishing touches.

Be a “Backyard BIGionaire” this year and feel like a million bucks while hunting for the best deals at your neighborhood Big Lots or on