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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Living Room Decorating - 4 Easy Steps

If this post title interested you then we have to assume you are stuck on ideas for living room decorating. Let's break it down into manageable steps and throw in some inspiration images to get your creative processes flowing and hopefully churn out a new look and feel to your home. 


Define how you use your living room. Remember, this is YOUR home, not a waiting room for kings and queens. Is it formal and used only for company? Is it full of kids and newspapers, is it a place to wind down at night and watch tv?

These are questions to ask yourself. Figure out the function and purpose of the room and let your living room decorating play off of that.

If you don't have much traffic in the living room maybe you want to take a classy approach with nice home accents and area rugs that won't get damaged from kids and pets and things. You can display nicer quality or memorable items in a room of this style where it is least likely to get damaged.

Are you a family full of toddlers or teens?

Are your pets part of your family?

You might want to look at storage solutions, a place for everything-everything in it's place.

Use this storage as part of your design in the way of baskets, pretty boxes and trunks. Take a trip to the store you will be amazed how creative manufacturers have gotten with storage bins. They are really attractive now. 

If this is your main tv room then maybe think about layout and comfortable inviting furniture to lounge in. 

Once you decide the function of your space then the next living room decorating step is to choose the theme you want to create, what look and feel you want to develop.


Theme does not  mean strawberries and chickens. That in most cases falls under the category of collections. Theme means a cohesive look and feel in a particular area. Your theme can be a style such as traditional or contemporary. Don't overlook color as your theme in any situation. Color is free and it packs a huge punch in design and can go along way toward living room decorating.

Your theme might be minimalist, less is more design.

Organized chaos might be your theme, organize all your stuff so it has a home to rest and looks good doing it. Always keep your chaos in it's place and still enjoy all the things people have in their living rooms like remotes, game controllers, papers, dog leashes, pens, toothpicks... oh sorry I got off track. Look at pictures on the internet-get inspired before you start you living room decorating.


I am a balance freak! If something is out of balance in a room I notice it immediately, I feel it although I might not recognize what the imbalance is at the time, I still feel the unrest. 

Balance needs to flow throughout a room. If you have all your furniture shoved up against the walls, the balance will be off in the middle of the room.

Don't put all your tall furniture on one end it will feel like your leaning visually. Notice your home accents in the room, are they balanced? Are those pictures hung evenly throughout the room at a similar height. You can balance your accessories simply by using a tall plant on one side and a lamp on a table on the other creating the same height when your eyes scan the room.

~Eye level is different for everyone. Some people are 5' some people are 6'. If you are uncertain, choose a standard eye level and place pictures evenly from the top of the sofa to the top of the ceiling as if the ceiling were 8'. ~

Don't cut your curtains off at the window sill, this just cuts your room off horizontally in the room. No one likes to get cut off.  

You figure out your function, what theme works best with that function, balance your furniture and accessories with the architecture of the room and add some contrast so it doesn't feel boring. 


Contrast is an overlooked gem when considering living room decorating.

Contrast can be achieved with such small amounts of color or opposing styles. This can be a pop of color in a monochromatic space, this might mean a modern sofa or chair with an antique sideboard. Contrast can be used to make elements of a room stand out that otherwise may have gone unnoticed. 

You have the breakdown, you have the tools now.

Do your research and get creative so your living room decorating has the look and feel you are trying to achieve.

Be sure to bookmark this post so you can come back and comment with your outcome. Email us some pictures we just might post them as a follow up.

Take a look at the room scenes in this post and with the steps outlined above see if can pick out the function, theme, balance, and contrast in the images.

Living Room Design-5 Easy Steps
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Shaw Holiday Rug Collection

Shaw Holiday Rug Collection is a must have in this years 2009 home decorations. They're adorable, they make a statement, and they make your guests feel warm.

Purchase your Shaw Christmas Rug today. Snowflakes-00115 area rug is availabe online right now at McCall's Floormart. McCall's has free shipping on all rugs.

View all Shaw Holiday Rug Collections at McCall's.
Visit Area Rugs by McCall's for their complete line of discount area rugs from Momeni,Shaw, Mohawk, and Sphinx.

Monday, October 18, 2010

McCall's Floormart is introducing McCall's Home!

Our new site has launched!

We will be adding new products daily, so bookmark us and check back often!

Sign up for My Account and enjoy things such as keeping track of your favorites for later purchase. Receive discounts and coupons only available to My Account members!

We will continue to bring you quality and affordable home decor items, including pet products and home accessories for children. With the new facelift you will be able to share products you like with others by liking the product on Facebook, tweeting about it on Twitter, or emailing it to family and friends.

So follow us, tweet us, or share us but most of all visit us on the web at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Your Favorite Rug

My favorite rug changes a great deal but currently this Momeni rug from the Impressions collection is my favorite. I love that it looks like a work of Impressionist art, art that I would be just as likely to put on my wall as on my floor.

This rug is called Foliage because of the Impressionistic trees, it reminds me of that place right in between fall and winter where the trees have fallen and it isn't quite cold enough for snow so we have a soft fall rain instead.

What is your favorite rug at Area Rugs by McCalls? Let us know!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Changes are coming to our area rug site!

We are excited to announce that changes will be coming to Area Rugs by McCall's. We will be spending the next month working with a team that will create a new website for us!

We hope that this new website allows for greater ease of navigation and offers you many more options when it comes to searching for and sharing with friends and family the rugs that you find.

Work will be going on as usual but look for a fresh new look sometime in June!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Years of Area Rug Experience

McCall's Floormart has been in business for over 30 years, so when you purchase from us you know that you are buying from people who know all about flooring and area rugs.

The area rugs offered by McCall's come from several companies that have decades to over a half a century of experience and reliability in the making of flooring products and area rugs. This means when you buy from us you are buying from the best!

Look for area rug companies such as Shaw, Momeni, Oriental Weavers Sphinx, and Mohawk at Area Rugs by McCall's. These companies offer rugs in several styles such as, contemporary, casual, traditional, transitional, southwest, and area rugs for children and teens.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Abstract Rugs

When most people think of the word abstract, they think of abstract art. Abstract rugs are art; they are just a work of art for your floor. While you may think of abstract rugs as only going in a contemporary home, there are other styles abstract rugs can fit into. Read more about abstract rugs at Area Rugs by McCall's.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

More Floral Rugs to Keep You in the Spring Spirit!

Floral area rugs will help you bring the flora growing outside your home into your living or dining room! Kathy Ireland creates a beautiful discount area rug for your home.

Kathy Ireland has more rugs available in more styles just as beautiful as this one, the Vermont Meadow.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Has Sprung at Area Rugs by McCall's!

Spring has finally made it to most parts of the country, here we even have trees beginning to bloom and the tulips are up and facing the sun! All of this flora has Area Rugs by McCall's excited about spring and the coming summer. This is the time of year when we all begin to break out of our winter cocoons and head outside. 

Think about redecorating your home this season with a fresh new floral area rug and bring some of the outdoors in!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentines Day with Cork and Bamboo

McCall's has brand new Cork and Bamboo flooring in the store and ready for you to place on your floor. Sustainable products with a great organic texture.

Call McCall's today and see if our products will work for your home improvement project.
573-364-7811 or Toll Free at 1-877-4NEWRUG

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year from Area Rugs by McCall's

Area Rugs by McCall's would like to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

We have great hopes for everyone this year and are getting excited about the new rugs we will have to share this year. You can still find styles by the brands we have had from the beginning, Sphinx by Oriental Weavers, Shaw, and Mohawk.

In addition to these top name brands we are very excited to announce the addition of Momeni rugs to our site.

Check out all of our discount area rugs and make sure to follow us to keep up with everything we do throughout the year!