FAMILY ROOM VS. LIVING ROOM
Many older, traditional homes are built with a family room and a living room. Family rooms are often considered the “tv room” where the family gathers for entertainment and relaxation and includes comfy couches and recliners. Living rooms, on the other hand, are oftentimes located at the front of the house, are used less often, and typically are a bit more formal and ready for guests, aka “company” to visit. Because this room isn’t used as frequently as other rooms of the house, it is usually the last to be updated. If this sound like your living room, and especially if the room is at the front of the house where neighbors stroll by, perhaps this is the year you update that room and make it a bit more welcoming so it gets some use in the new year.
TIME FOR AN UPDATE
When updating a room where people gather, consider the furniture. Be completely honest: is the furniture comfortable or is it covered with a plastic slipcover to protect the upholstery? If your furniture is closer to the latter, perhaps it's time you consider donating that couch, or “davenport”, and purchase some new seating. That can be a sectional couch, armchairs, or even a comfy La-Z-Boy. Once you decide on the seating, add a table or two, some lamps that make a statement and some pieces of artwork.
YOU’RE NOT DONE YET
At this point you might think you are done, but that’s not quite the case. Look to your windows and the drapes you may or may not have hanging on them. If your living room is at the front of the house, all who pass by can get a glimpse of them. Is it time for an update? Simply by adding curtains with texture or a great print, you can create an entirely new look to your living room. Adding shears as well as curtains on double ceiling mount curtain tracks can create a new dimension to your room and give it that final touch.
Simple updates like these can make that living room a room in your house where your family and friends will want to spend time. For design ideas, check out our image gallery or these helpful sites: Houzz.com, HGTV.com, Interior Design Homes.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
Hanging curtains outdoors may not be on the mind of many people right now, especially those living in colder climates, but using curtains to enhance the look and functionality of outdoor spaces is becoming increasingly common. Extending our living space outside allows us to utilize spaces such as porches, patios and decks, more often. Curtains can serve many purposes including protection against the sun, wind, and even mosquitoes. They also can improve the overall appearance of your outdoor space and be used to provide privacy around pools and hot tubs, pergolas and cabanas.
SO MANY OPTIONS
There are many options when it comes to selecting curtain tracks for your outdoor space. One Curtain-Tracks customer used the RECMAR 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track on her lanai that surrounds her pool. She mounted the track to the frame and added snap tape and snap carriers. This aluminum curtain track is available in silver or black and can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. The 42124 track is compatible with 3 different carriers: 7120 Single Snap Carrier (used with 3090 snap tape), 7122 Button Carrier w/ Stainless Hook, and 7124 Button Carrier and the 7127 end stop. Another option is the RECMAR 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track. This is a silver anodized aluminum curtain track with satin finish. It can be mount to a pergola and mounting brackets are not required. Other tracks that work exceptionally well in outdoor spaces are curtain tracks 3120 and 84004. If you need a curtain track that can support heavy curtains, we recommend the 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track.
TIME TO GET STARTED
When it comes to enhancing the look of your pergola, patio or pool area, the options are endless! Whether you are looking to take on an outdoor project now or in the next few months, check out our blog for ideas and inspiration. When you are ready to get started, reach out to us and we can help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams.
There are many benefits when it comes to apartment living. The biggest benefit being they are often in the center of everything you could ever need, including shopping centers, entertainment and restaurants. Apartment complexes are also providing more and more amenities to its tenants that range from movie theaters to coffee shops to state-of-the-art fitness complexes. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it? The one downside, however, is the neutral look that comes standard in each apartment... usually beige paint on the walls and budget blinds on the windows. Pretty unamazing. If you are looking to spruce up your apartment home to reflect some excitement and character, there is a solution that won't break the bank. Add some curtains!
Curtains can add that instant "Wow" factor and can allow your personality to shine through. When we talk about curtains, it is natural to only think of hanging curtains on windows but they can also be used to divide a room and create additional closet and storage space Either way, many of our customers use our 84003 track with 84162 Wall Mount Brackets because they are the least obtrusive to the eye plus the brackets only leave small holes that can be easily repaired when removed. That means you can add curtains nearly anywhere in your apartment without worrying about not getting your deposit back when you move out!
Whether you are looking to add sheers, eclipse or ripplefold curtains to your windows, or a room divider to create a virtual wall, we have everything you need. Click on over to one of our other blog posts on ideas on how to add curtains to your apartment or check us out on Pinterest!
WHAT'S YOUR DESIGN STYLE?
If you watch shows like HGTV or the DIY network, or read Better Homes and Gardens or Interior Design magazine, you are faced with new design ideas every time you turn on the tv or flip the page. Trends in interior design, including window treatments, are always changing and it's hard to keep up. This is what we suggest: do what makes you happy. If you enjoy ripplefold curtains, go for it. If you like eclipse curtains on your windows, buy them. If you prefer longer curtains that pool on the floor, do it. When it comes down to it, no matter if your design style is coastal, traditional, transitional or rustic, you're the one that has to look at your windows everyday. (Not sure what your design style is? This quiz from Houzz might help!)
CURTAIN TRACKS AND MORE
No mater the style of curtains you choose, we have what you need. With a name like Curtain-Tracks, you know we are going to have the largest selection of quality curtain tracks anywhere. Ceiling Mount Tracks and Wall Mount Tracks, Plastic Tracks and Aluminum Tracks, nearly any track you need, we have it. Our goal is to make your shopping experience easy, so under every track on our website, we list all of the compatible hardware accessories, including carriers, end stops and hooks. And if you are looking for curtains, we have those, too! We also share images of completed projects in a range of design styles in our Gallery to help give you some inspiration and share how-to articles on our blog.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Trends will always change nut we encourage you to embrace your own design style and if you need help along the way, the friendly team at Curtain-Tracks is here to help.
For 46 years, General Shelters’ experienced team has been creating buildings. They can build for almost any need, from basic storage to specialized custom orders. With a strong emphasis on quality, their products are available in various styles and colors to accommodate any need. For a recent project, they contacted us for curtain tracks, hardware and accessories for bunk beds and sent us some pictures of the finished project. We think they look great!
HERE FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT
Four years ago we wrote an article on our blog about 3 Ways To Improve Your Living Space With Curtains In Lofts. The post was extremely popular so we thought we would revisit the topic and share some ideas on how to make super-cool lofts just a bit more functional by adding curtain tracks and curtains.
1. Windows, windows, windows! Loft apartments often have great windows and while we enjoy an awesome view as much as the next person, there comes a time when everyone needs some privacy. Hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains in front of windows not only helps create some privacy, they also block light and can save on air and heat costs. Just hang them on our sturdy ceiling mount curtain tracks and you will be good to go!
2. Open space! Loft apartments are large open spaces but you can create smaller spaces (like the bedroom), just by adding curtain tracks. Close the curtains when company is coming to visit or leave them open when you decide to make the bed and don't mind your friends seeing your space.
3. Storage solutions! As fantastic as a loft apartment is, they often come with a lack of storage spaces. Easily store bins of clothes, holiday decorations and extra what-nots by creating a storage space. Again, curtain tracks and decorative curtains to the rescue! Find an unused space in the loft (perhaps an unused corner of the space) and designate that area for your extra items.
Make your loft home just a bit more functional by adding curtain tracks and curtains to areas you think just could be made just a bit better. Don't forget to send us your pictures!
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE
Calling all interior designers, home stagers, homeowners and anyone who just loves learning about current design trends! Benjamin Moore Paints has announced the Color of the Year and Color Trends for 2020. Are you ready for the big reveal?
The winner is... Color of the Year First Light 2102-70! This is not any ordinary pink. It's a soft shade that is a nice change from the traditional beige or white. According to Benjamin Moore, the soft, rosy hue is blooming with potential and is the backdrop for a bright new decade. The other ten colors of the Color Trends 2020 palette "deliver modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement, a timeless way to lighten up."
If you refresh your home with some of these new colors, whether it's with paint or accompanying accessories, consider changing up your window treatments as well. New, fresh curtains on high quality curtain tracks, can help create an entire new look for your space. Ready to transform your space? We can help!
NOT SO GREAT
Companies often boast that open work spaces allow for open communication and collaboration among team members but recent studies show it does just the opposite. An article recently published in Forbes states that, "31% of employees in open offices say they hold back their true thoughts and opinions while on calls in the office because they don’t want co-workers to hear and judge them." It also shares "1 in 8 (13%) of open office workers in the U.S. feel that their company’s office layout has pushed them to consider leaving their job and feel resentful towards more senior staff with private offices." Also, 1 in 3 workers feel distractions and noise from open work spaces hinder their productivity, while 1 in 6 say it hinders creativity as well. These are staggering statistics. So if your company office is an open work space, what are you to do?
BUILD A WALL
Constructing walls to create individual offices may not be realistic, or even within budget. But a simple solution to create private areas in an open office space is to install curtain tracks and eclipse curtains to create curtain "walls". Eclipse curtains help absorb sound so these curtain walls can be used to create smaller "phone booth" spaces so employees can speak with clients or customers and not feel like their conversation is being overheard by the entire office. Curtain walls can also be used to create conference rooms or huddle spaces. The beauty of creating these walls is when there is a need for an all-office meeting, simply pull the curtain walls back and open up the entire office space again.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Creating curtain walls may just be the answer your employees are looking for and Curtain-Tracks can help! We have the largest selection of online curtain tracks, hardware, accessories and curtains and our friendly customer service team will hep you through the entire project.
THE FINISHING TOUCH
Often when a room is being designed, top priority is given to the flooring and furniture. While these aspects are incredibly important when designing a room, we would strongly suggest careful consideration be given to the windows and window treatments. We encounter rooms of all shapes and sizes that look *almost* incredible. The problem is, the windows are often overlooked or are given very little thought. There may be a small valence or perhaps there are some curtains that don't hold the "wow factor", leaving the room to look GOOD but not GREAT. We wanted to share below a variety of images of rooms that we think look pretty fantastic and definitely catch your eye. Let us know what you think of these photos in the comments, or send us an email with images of your incredible rooms and we may just share them in a future blog post.
ALL IN ONE PLACE
At Curtain-Tracks, we have one of the widest online selections of drapery and curtain track systems in the US. We have hundreds of products ranging from curtain tracks and hardware to curtains and wands, all available on our website. And while we offer a wide range of products, we understand that the number of selections can be overwhelming. That is why we have a friendly team of customer service representatives available to answer your questions by phone and by email.kits
EASY AS 1...2...3
We've made it easy to navigate our website so you can easily find tracks, hooks, wands, and more. We have also created ceiling track kits like the 84003 Ceiling Mount Kit. This kit includes everything you need including all the necessary components for a strong 8 foot curtain track with outstanding performance for ceiling mount applications. Available in silver or white and includes one 8 ft track (84003), twenty-eight ball bearing carriers (2 bags - 84100) with steel ball bearings inside wheels that allow for ease of movement, two metal end stops (84132), and six ceiling clips (84152). Simply add a Master Carrier and Wand Kit (84114-Kit) for enhanced performance, or a splicer (84142) to combine kits for longer applications.This kit is perfect for floor-to-ceiling curtains and can be used with sliding glass doors or large windows.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Whether you are looking for a ceiling track kit, replacement parts, or something else, chances are you will find it on the Curtain-Tracks website. When you are done with your project, we would love to see pictures!