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    Refresh a single room in your home with a few details

    March 14, 2017 5:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Refresh a single room in your home with a few details | Schlage

    By focusing on a few key details that tie a space together, you can give your home a refresh in no time.

     

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    Giving your home a fresh new look for spring doesn't always require a full remodel. By focusing on a few key details that tie a space together, you can give your home a refresh in no time. Here are five details that are easy to complete and will take your style up a notch.

    1. Paint the ceiling

    There's no rule that says ceilings must be white. Accentuate fun architectural details or add a unique pop of color. We love how Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair chose navy to pull her office space together. Get all the details on how she completed her office refresh in one weekend.

    Painted office ceiling | Schlage

    2. Install new door hardware

    With an easy guest bedroom makeover, Better Living proves that the details can bring a space to life. We love how this Satin Brass lever pops adding the perfect finishing touch to this luxurious guest room

    Satin Brass door lever | Schlage

    3. Add accessories and organization on your walls


    Kill two birds with one stone by adding storage and organization that doubles as decor. Kari of U Create perfectly repurposed wooden hexagons by painting them in different shades of blue for an ombre look that perfectly accents her bathroom makeover. Find out how she gave her small bathroom an affordable update.

    Bathroom organization | Schlage

    4. Brighten things up with new lighting


    Nothing drags the style of a space down more than inadequate or unflattering lighting. Consider swapping harsh or dull lighting out for a classic fixture that works well with other hardware in the space. That's what Karrie of Happy Money Saver did to bring a neglected bathroom to life.

    Bathroom lighting ideas | Schlage

    5. Give your hallway some style

    The hallway may be the last place you would think to decorate or remodel but just like all the little projects above, it's a simple detail that can give your home more personality and style. Diane of In My Own Style perfectly embraces her dark hallway by choosing to take a risk and go bold in a small space.

    Navy hallway ideas | Schlage
    Which room in your home would be the easiest to refresh? Comment below to let us know!

    The future of the smart home is accessible

    March 13, 2017 5:47 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The future of the smart home is accessible

    A Futurist’s view on technology’s growing accessibility and the need to demystify for consumers

     

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    By Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships for Allegion, maker of Schlage.

     

    One of the things I love most about technology is that every device begins its life as an idea. In decades past, inventors, futurists like myself, and even science fiction writers have spent countless hours imagining ways the future can be better through the advancement of technology. But it’s not only about ground breaking ideas, major advancements, or that moment when the idea becomes reality. Technology has its greatest impact when it becomes accessible enough for everyone to benefit from – when the idea becomes practical.

     

    We may not have reached the age of flying cars, but now you can lock your car (or your front door) from the other side of the planet, so you don’t have to spend your entire vacation wondering if your belongings are safe. The technology used to do this is fairly simple and has existed for quite a while, yet using it in this practical way may seem like a new idea.
    That’s because it takes time for a new technology to grow from just an idea into an actual device, and even more time to become accessible enough for everyone to benefit from. When technology becomes more accessible, it evolves even further as we find alternate ways it can become practical in our daily lives. For example, in just the past few decades the smartphone has completely changed the way we live. We still use them to make calls, but as smartphones have become more and more accessible they’ve also made mobile access to the Internet widespread across the country, giving rise to new services and cultural behaviors that weren’t possible before.

    The smart home space is an especially exciting example of this evolution because advancements are happening so rapidly that the possibilities for real-world application expand every day. That moment when a new technology becomes affordable and performs well enough to make its way into the mass market is extremely important in opening up those possibilities. However, in order for a technology to become relevant enough to change the cadence of our lives and even our society, it must be truly demystified for the user.

    A lot goes into that demystification. Smart home tech is truly successful when it adds convenience to our lives, and it can only do that when it is simple for any user to set up and begin using. The smart home is no longer about investing significant time and resources into hiring a professional to set up a complex, whole-home system with a user manual the size of a novel. These days, it’s easy to start with one device that works with a smartphone right out of the box and is easily integrated into your daily routine. Smart locks are a great example of this.
    In other words, smart home technology is evolving from futuristic idea to practical application rapidly, and it’s no longer just for early tech adopters. It’s for your mom, your grandparents, your kids – anyone moving fast through the day who needs technology to make life easier without causing disruption. This level of accessibility takes smart home to the next level: no longer ‘smart’, but simply ideal. A home that is fluid and adaptable based on our daily, changing needs. No longer a luxury for a select few, but completely obtainable and customizable for all, one piece at a time.
    Part of the demystification process is also understanding how these devices can actually be useful and make life easier. Why would you want to be able to control your lock with your smartphone? Because I was in a hurry this morning, and it’s incredibly comforting that I can double check from my office whether I locked the front door behind me. Why connect it to another device? Instead of fumbling for the light switch in the dark when I get home late, the lights come on automatically as I unlock the door. I may be biased, but the easiest way to try smart home tech for the first time is with your door lock. It’s the entry point to your home, and where so much of the magic can happen.
    What’s most important is that it’s easy for me to set up my smart lock and integrate it with other devices without having to understand every detail of the technology. They work seamlessly, and they add a moment of convenience to my day without interrupting my routine. This convenience is exciting because it’s no longer just an idea for futurists to consider, but available today to everyone. That level of accessibility is the true future of the smart home –and it’s happening now. To learn more, visit Schlage.com/thoughtleadership.

     

    Rob Martens

    Rob Martens | Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships


    Rob Martens uses his unique talent for identifying patterns and associations to look for mega trends in technology, as well as the ways they can be used to improve the average person’s day. 

    5 design details that tie an entire room together

    March 9, 2017 3:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    5 design details that tie an entire room together | Schlage

    Here are five design details that are easy to update and make a major impact on the style of your home.

     

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    When it comes to interior design, the details matter. It's easy to become focused on the major elements, like paint colors and furniture, and overlook the little things. When it's all said and done, it's the details that really set a room off and tie everything together. Here are five elements that are easy to update and make a major impact on the style of your home.
    5 design details that tie an entire room together | Schlage

    1. Door hardware

    Updating your door hardware is an easy project that puts the finishing touch on your space. Try upping your style game but installing a new style and finish that coordinates well with existing hardware and accessories in your home.

    2. Lighting

    Whether you want to add style or function to your space, new lighting can freshen up any room. Try a finish that coordinates with your door hardware and opt for a fixture that brings adequate light into the space.

    3. Hinges

    Don't let the fear of installing new hinges keep you from trying a new finish on your door hardware. Replacing hinges with a coordinating finish is an easy project when you follow a few simple steps. Check out our step-by-step guide to installing new hinges to see for yourself.

    4. Plumbing & fixtures

    Consider updating your bathroom and kitchen faucets to a style and finish that complements your personal style. Uncoordinated hardware can be the single element keeping your home from feeling put together.

    5. Accessories

    Once you've completed installation of your new hardware, set it off with a few accessories that either match or complement the finish. Add a few pops of color for a fun twist or stick to a neutral palette for a sophisticated look. Whatever your personal style, bring it to life in the details.

    We want to help you complete the details in your home and simplify your next DIY project. Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram for plenty of inspiration.

    How to install door hinges

    March 7, 2017 4:05 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    Follow this step-by-step tutorial for the easiest way to install new door hinges.

     

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    When it comes to style and design, the details make all the difference. Replacing your door hinges will not only add beauty to your home, but also improve door function. It's an update that's as much about aesthetics as it is utility. And the good news is that installing new door hinges is a lot easier than you might think.

     

    If you haven't seen our tips on choosing the right door hinges, check that out now. Once you're ready to install, simply follow these steps below.

    Required tools

    Before you get started, you will need a Phillips screwdriver and tape measure. You may use a cordless screwdriver but this tool is optional.
    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    Installation Instructions

    The easiest way to install new door hinges is to leave the door in place throughout the process. There's no need to remove the door if you replace hinges one at a time.

     

    1 First, you'll need to remove the screws on both leaves of the existing hinge.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage


    2 Simply remove and replace the old hinge with the new hinge.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage


    3 Screw the new hinge in place.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage


    4 Repeat the process for each remaining hinge, one at a time.

     

    How to install door hinges | Schlage

    That's it! Replacing door hinges is an easy project you can complete in no time at all. For a complete step-by-step look, check out our video tutorial for replacing and upgrading new hinges.

    How to choose replacement hinges

    March 6, 2017 4:16 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    How to choose replacement hinges | Schlage

    Installing door hinges is an easy project for any skill level to take on as long as you choose the correct hinges first. Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Don't let the fear of installing new hinges keep you from updating your door's hardware. Choosing and replacing door hinges is an easy project you can complete in no time. Before we get into the step-by-step details of installation, here are a few things you should consider when choosing new hinges.
    How to choose replacement hinges | Schlage

    Finish

    Hinges are available in a variety of finishes to match any decor. Consider your existing door locks, levers and knobs and other hardware found in the home. At Schlage, we offer a variety of popular finishes to match any decor. Browse hinges and other door hardware accessories here.

    Size

    Once you've chosen your finish, you'll need to measure your existing hinges to determine the correct size. In most homes, interior doors will use 3.5" hinges while exterior doors will use 4" hinges to support the additional weight of the door.
    How to choose replacement hinges | Schlage

    Corner style

    Hinges come in one of three corner styles - 1/4" radius, 5/8" radius, and square. To make the installation go as easily as possible, choose the same corner style as the existing hinges on your door. The easiest way to choose a replacement hinge is by taking an existing hinge with you to the store or simply transfer the pattern of the hinge onto a piece of paper using a pencil. Be sure to transfer the corners and screw holes for a complete look.
    How to choose replacement hinges | Schlage
    Once you're ready to install your new door hinges, check out our step-by-step installation guide here.

    7 things you need to know about Schlage Connect™ and Amazon Alexa

    March 3, 2017 5:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    7 things you need to know about Schlage Connect™ and Amazon Alexa | Schlage

    Here’s what you need to know before you use your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.

     

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    Schlage is expanding its innovation footprint within the Internet of Things by integrating the Schlage Connect™ lock with Wink and Samsung SmartThings, two of the most trusted smart home hubs in the industry. Through these integrations, consumers can now access their Schlage Connect lock via Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

     

    Here’s what you need to know before you use your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.

    7 things you need to know about Schlage Connect™ and Amazon Alexa

    1. Will current Schlage Connect models be compatible with Amazon Alexa?

     

    Yes, all current Schlage Connect lock models will be compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through Wink and Samsung SmartThings hubs.

    2. What steps need to be taken to connect with Amazon Alexa?

     

    In order to utilize the Schlage Connect lock via Alexa-enabled devices, users must connect the deadbolt to a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. Once it is connected, users will be able to access their lock via voice activation. See this tutorial for a step-by-step guide.

    3. What can Schlage Connect and Amazon Alexa do?

     

    Amazon Echo users can lock and check the status of their Schlage Connect deadbolt through their Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. This offers consumers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing their homes are always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

    4. What can't Schlage Connect and Amazon Alexa do?

     

    Schlage is committed to providing consumers with a suite of keyless electronic products developed to address their need for convenient, secure, and technologically advanced yet simple-to-use locks. With this in mind, Amazon Alexa is not enabled to unlock, check battery status or create/maintain secured codes.

    5. Why can’t I unlock my lock or check battery status with Amazon Alexa?

     

    Schlage has a legacy in producing the strongest locks in the industry that offer easy ways to add another layer of security, and even make it smarter. This legacy and commitment remains true with Alexa-enabled devices, therefore Schlage’s focus continues to be ensuring that the power of unlocking a home or checking battery status remains in consumers' hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    6. Why can’t I add or delete user codes with Amazon Alexa?

     

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aim to create carefully designed products that bring the possibilities and potential of every door in your home to life – keeping you safe and making life easier and more connected. We are unwilling to compromise that, especially when it comes to Smart Home integration. Therefore, we always want to ensure something like adding and delete user codes remain in the users’ hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    7. What hubs does Schlage Connect work with?

     

    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is compatible with Alexa-enabled devices via Wink and Samsung SmartThings hubs.

     

    For more information about the Schlage Connect’s integration with Amazon Alexa, visit schlage.com to view our press release. 

    Update your home's style from start to finish

    March 1, 2017 1:45 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Update your home's style from start to finish | Schlage

    Check out this video to see how door hardware can make a major impact on the style of your home.

     

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    Whether you want to revamp your curb appeal or give your interior a quick upgrade, Schlage's door hardware makes it easy to add the finishing touch to your home. Check out this video to see how door hardware can make a major impact.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    February 28, 2017 2:40 PM by dustin.arnold

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started using your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.

     

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    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt just became a little more convenient. Using an Alexa-enabled device customers now have the ability to lock and check the status of their Schlage Connect lock through their Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. It’s just one more way this smart lock provides added peace of mind.

     

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started.

     

     

    How to link your Alexa app with Wink or SmartThings

     1 Select the Amazon Alexa app on your smart phone.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     2 If required, sign in to the Amazon Alexa app.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     3 In the Amazon Alexa app, tap the menu icon.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     4 Select Smart Home.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     5 Scroll down until you see “Get More Smart Home Skills” and select.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     6 Scroll down and find and select either the SmartThings or Wink icon to link the appropriate account (if necessary).

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    How to use the Alexa lock functionality

    Once you’ve linked your Wink or SmartThings hub in your Amazon Alexa app, you’re ready to begin using Amazon Alexa to lock and check the status of your Schlage Connect lock.
     1 Repeat steps 1-4 above.

     

     

     5 Scroll down in the Amazon Alexa app to find and select “Discover devices”.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     6 Allow the app to find and discover connected devices that use voice commands.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     7 The app will then display devices it can control – including your Schlage Connect lock.

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     8 You are now ready to use voice commands with your Schlage Connect deadbolt:
     
    “Alexa, is my front door locked?”
    Alexa: “The Front Door is unlocked.”
    “Alexa, lock my front door.”

     

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa

    February 28, 2017 1:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa | Schlage

    Consumers can now access their Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt via devices with Amazon Alexa. Learn more about this integration here.

     

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    Schlage Connect™ is a sophisticated lock created to provide you with absolute peace of mind each and every time you leave home. With Schlage Connect, you don’t have to worry if the door is locked, or wonder if the babysitter has a back door key—you’ll know because Schlage Connect allows you to be connected, confident, and in control from virtually anywhere you go.
    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa
    Schlage is now expanding its innovation footprint within the Internet of Things by integrating the Schlage Connect lock with Wink and Samsung SmartThings, two of the most trusted smart home hubs in the industry. Through these integrations, consumers can now access their Schlage Connect lock via devices with Amazon Alexa
    This new integration comes as an addition to the Schlage Connect™ lock’s compatibility with Z-Wave®, which allows homeowners to secure and manage their home from anywhere using an internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer. Through multiple smart home platform offerings, the Schlage Connect lock makes it simple and convenient for consumers to join the Internet of Things and create a truly connected home.
    For more information, visit our press release.

    6 Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt features you may not know about

    February 24, 2017 8:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    6 features you may not know the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt has6 features you may not know the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt has

    Home access anywhere. Learn more about the Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt.

     

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    The Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt combines advanced features and compatibility with your home automation system, allowing you to control your home from anywhere. This lock frees you from the hassles of lost keys, being locked out, or hiding a spare for friends and family. Check out the infographic below for six features you may not know this advanced electronic deadbolt is capable of.

    Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt
    To learn more about Schlage Connect and to find a retailer, visit schlage.com.