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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.

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon

    February 20, 2017 4:28 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    Here are 3 quick and easy steps to give your bathroom in impactful upgrade in a single afternoon.

     

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    You don't have to completely remodel your entire bathroom to make a big impact. Karrie of Happy Money Saver recently helped a friend give a small, downstairs bath a complete makeover in a single afternoon by focusing on three simple steps. See the complete before and after for a simple farmhouse bathroom look over at Happy Money Saver.
    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    1. Hardware and fixtures

    It's amazing how a few simple details can tie an entire room together. Take a look at your existing bathroom hardware. Is it a mismatch of styles and finishes that fail to coordinate? Is your lighting inadequate for the size of the space? Updating your door hardware, plumbing and lighting to complementing styles can make a major impact and is easy to install in an afternoon.

    2. Paint

    Don't stop at hardware for a complete fresh look. Consider giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint to liven things up. Even a fresh coat of white on existing trim can make a space feel brand new. Opt for something crisp that coordinates well with your chosen hardware.

    3. Decorate

    Now for the really fun part. Choose a pop of color or theme of accents to add personality to your bathroom. Opt for new open shelving to let the accessories shine and finish the room off with an accent rug that pulls everything together.

    We're teaming up with Lowe's to help you accomplish the little things this season by offering 20% off Schlage door hardware. Visit lowes.com to see participating styles and finishes and be sure to share your before and after photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    The best door hardware for traditional style homes

    February 16, 2017 1:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    The best door hardware for traditional style homes | Schlage

    From finish to knob and lever style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your traditional home.

     

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    Sometimes, where we've been in the past can light the way forward. What was beautfiul before remains beautiful today. And, in the right hands, a nod to tradtion becomes a thrilling departure from the ordinary. That's what Schlage refers to as traditional style.

     

    Traditional style is rooted in the past and is focused on familiarity, comfort and romanticism. This style is often sophisticated and luxurious featuring floral patterns, fringe and tassels, and scalloped edges. If that sounds like your personal style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your traditional home.

    The best door hardware for traditional style homes | Schlage

    Trim

    The subtle details in our trim options establish a profound foundation for your door hardware. Give your home a unique touch by choosing a trim that perfectly reflects your traditional style.

    Addison Trim

    Addison trim
    The Addison trim has a distinguished look that incorporates subtle details without losing its classic simplicity. This trim was inspired by Edwardian architecture—particularly the windows and window treatments associated with that style.

    Brookshire Trim

    Brookshire trim
    The elaborate Brookshire trim features ornate details and an opulent design aesthetic. It's reminiscent of styles seen in areas like San Francisco and Cape May, and takes its inspiration from the rich, ornamental look of the Victorian Era.

    Camelot Trim

    Camelot trim
    The Camelot trim’s scalloped architectural details can make any room charming and approachable. This trim draws on colonial inspiration, but fits just as well into the transitional category because of its Victorian Era edge detailing.

    Wakefield Trim

    Wakefield trim
    The Wakefield trim is soft and simple, bringing a warm, welcoming style to any room. This style is inspired by classic Federal-style homes made popular in towns like Arlington, Virginia.

    Knobs & levers

    Take your traditional style up a notch by choosing the perfect knob or lever to accentuate your favorite trim above. These classic looks below never go out of style.

    Andover Knob

    Andover knob
    The Andover knob is traditional but versatile, with delicate details and a subtle hint of elegance. It is reflective of Federal-style homes, like those constructed around the time of the original thirteen colonies and those that continue to be constructed on the East Coast today.

    Siena knob

    Siena knob
    The Siena knob’s eye-catching oval shape gives it a unique and memorable look. Inspired by Federal-style homes found throughout the United States, particularly in the Midwest, the Siena knob is best paired with the Wakefield or Camelot trim.

    Birmingham lever

    Birmingham lever
    The ornately styled Birmingham lever spares no attention to detail, providing a touch of refinement everywhere it goes. This lever draws its inspiration from the Victorian Era—particularly Victorian plumbing that featured delicate flourishes and ornamental touches, making it a perfect match for the Brookshire trim.

    Flair lever

    Flair lever
    The elegant Flair lever’s ornate details are reminiscent of a paper scroll, giving the lever a dramatic bit of – yes, flair. The Flair lever pairs best with the Addison, Brookshire or Camelot trim.

    Finishes

    Complete your traditional door hardware set with a finish that coordinates perfectly. Here are three we'd recommend below.

    Antique brass

    Antique brass
    Rich brown hues and golden undertones lend a warm, inviting appeal to the Antique Brass finish. This finish closely resembles the look of natural brass and is undeniably Victorian, with hints of Colonial Era style occasionally peeking through.

    Aged bronze

    Aged bronze
    The elegant sophistication of the Aged Bronze finish is apparent in the warm, copper tones that break through its darker, aged exterior. It's a traditionally inspired finish that finds its style rooted in the Victorian Era, but also heavily in the Arts & Crafts movement—Aged Bronze works exceptionally well with ornate, handmade, craftsman-style furnishings.

    Matte black

    Matte black
    The striking appearance of the Matte Black finish creates an elegant look that’s sure to be noticed in any style setting. Matte Black is unique in its ability to serve as a bridge between the worlds of modern and traditional styles and looks most stylish with the Addison trim.
    For even more help building the perfect door hardware set for your traditional home, check out our style selector tool.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day

    February 9, 2017 3:33 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    Give your home a little more cheer this winter with these Valentine’s Day front door décor ideas.

     

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    With Valentine's Day right around the corner, give your home an easy cheerful boost with a simply DIY project. Here are five of our favorite ways to easily make your home more festive for the upcoming holiday.

    1. Upgrade a winter wreath

    If it feels like you just caught your breath after the busy holiday season, try adding a touch of Valentine's Day to your existing winter decor. We love how Amy Lou Hawthorne styled her winter wreath by just adding a little pop of pink and red. It's a simple way to feel a little festive without too much effort. Get even more Valentine's Day inspiration from her perfectly styled Instagram feed.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    2. DIY for multiple seasons

    We can always count on Ann of On Sutton Place to have the perfect tutorial for festive front door decor. This DIY heart wreath is swoonworthy and perfect for both Valentine's Day and the spring season making it worth the effort.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    3. Don't spend a dime

    In similar fashion to Amy's easy DIY above, take a classic boxwood wreath and add a printable banner. Here's a free printable from Jamie Lyn of I Heart Naptime.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    4. Make a statement

    Every year, we see this popular wreath sold on Etsy pop up in our social feeds and we can see why. It's an adorable way to spread a little love that will last for many years.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    5. Go for simple elegance

    We are loving this xo combo made with faux boxwood. Add your favorite bow for a style statement that is all you. After Valentine's Day, take the x away and add a few spring flowers to the o to enjoy even longer.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage
    How are you decorating your home and front door for the upcoming holiday? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    Houzz feature: How brass hardware can boost your bathroom style

    February 2, 2017 1:50 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 3, 2017

    How brass hardware can boost your bathroom style | Schlage

    See what to mix with this trendy alloy, how to keep it from showing water spots and more.
     

     

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    Brass is the biggest home design material trend to emerge (or re-emerge, rather) in recent years. It’s been steadily popping up everywhere, including in the bathroom, where it works wonderfully. But many homeowners fear that the metal might not be a good fit for wet environments. To put your mind at ease about indulging in this coveted look, here are some tips and facts showing that when it comes to bathrooms, brass is full of class.

    What is brass?

    Brass is an alloy (a mix of two metals) made of copper and zinc. The in-demand brass look of the moment is a pale yellowish hue, desired for appearing like a toned-down, demure version of gold. However, the line between brass and copper finishes can be very blurry, as the amount of red can vary depending on the specific mix.

     

    For comparison, bronze is a mixture of copper with various other metals, like tin or aluminum. It’s a duller gold hue that feels less glam and more earthy.

     

    Bronze is often “blackened” either by mixing in specific materials or by adding a coating for an almost burnt-coal appearance, but unblackened it can be very close to brass in its metallic brown warmth.


    Ultimately the usage of these alloys is similar, with bronze tending to appeal to more traditional tastes and brass reading as more contemporary.

    Will brass show water spots?

    One of the main concerns homeowners often have about introducing brass into the bathroom is how this material will hold up in a wet space. To avoid water spots, some manufacturers suggest gently patting brass fixtures dry after every use.

     

    However, it should be noted that many manufacturers actually suggest this for almost all metal finishes, including the more common nickel and chrome, so take it with a grain of salt.

     

    Maintaining a day-to-day spotless finish on your fixtures takes some work, but brass is not generally tough to take care of — although the look-at-me finish may command a little more scrutiny.

    Lacquered vs. Unlacquered

    Like other metals, brass can come in various physical finishes that give the metal a different appearance. The most common variations (for less or more shine) are brushed, satin, matte and polished, as well as faux aging for an antiqued look.

    However, the biggest determiner of how brass will change over time is whether the material is lacquered or has been left unlacquered. Lacquer is a separate finishing coat that can be applied to any metal finish.

    Lacquered brass

    Quality lacquered brass is effectively sealed and won’t age significantly (at least in your lifetime), while unlacquered brass will age naturally, developing spots and uneven tones.

     

    As brass is still a growing trend, items with a lacquer finish are usually made to order rather than stocked, so this option will typically add to the price and the turnaround time (often by four to eight weeks). So keep this in mind when shopping for brass, because you’ll want to have ordered your fixtures well before any serious construction begins.

     

    Also note that a lacquer finish does not make any material magic; fingerprints can still show on a shiny surface, so if you’re fussy about that, a matte finish may bring more peace of mind.

    Unlacquered brass

    The natural tendency of brass to show some imperfections can be a welcome characteristic for some people, so going unlacquered is not necessarily the lesser option; it all depends on your taste. Unlacquered brass is often said to have a “living finish,” and the aging process can bring out a very organic quality despite its being a manufactured material. For this reason, people often introduce unlacquered brass and bronze in an already-aged finish that can grow even more character over time, giving a room a sense of life and history.

     

    Ultimately these worn-in finishes can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces, depending on whether you apply them to clean modern shapes or scrolling traditional fixtures.

    Perfect pairings for brass.

    If you’re ready to be bold with a little brass, try one of these styling strategies.

    Navy

    Warm brass and cool navy are opposites on the color wheel, but they’re both neutral. So instead of putting each other on edge, they simply bring out the best in each other.

    Try a navy blue vanity with brass hardware, or highlight a set of sunny shower fixtures with a navy accent tile.

    Vintage meets modern

    Want the best of old and new? Try mixing more traditional or vintage pieces in a brass finish with crisp silvery modern fixtures, like this elaborate mirror and airy vanity. Keep the rest of the finishes neutral to let the interplay of old and new be the center of attention.

    Concrete

    Concrete is a favorite material for designers, but some homeowners find it a little chilly. In a bathroom, a combination of concrete and warm brass makes it welcoming and packed with personality while still feeling clean, crisp and spa-like.

    Try a one-piece vanity and sink formed in concrete with a wall-mounted polished brass faucet, or simply add some concrete accessories, like a block soap dish and vase, to contrast a brassy mirror frame.

    Rich grey

    Similar to concrete, a simple gray paint job (or tile color) will beautifully offset the warmth and shine of a brass finish. Try rounding this palette out with stark whites and some warm wood to get oodles of interest without introducing a single flash-in-the-pan trend color.

    Silver

    Want just a little splash of brass? Don’t be scared to introduce just one or two elements of brass, copper or bronze and contrast them against classic silvery fixture finishes.

    Lights make for a natural place to add some spice, while functional fixtures will never feel out of place in cool metals, so you don’t have to feel pressured to change all your metal finishes at once.

    Farmhouse elements

    Conversely, try using brass for just your plumbing fixtures, and go for a surprisingly traditional style with farmhouse or cottage inspirations (like this decidedly low-tech shower set with exposed piping). The quirky look is perfect for contemporary spaces that aren’t shy about mixing periods, and makes even the starkest shower look welcoming.

    Get more inspiration for incorporating brass hardware in your home by checking out these moments where brass hardware looked its best. Where would you love to see a little more brass in your home? Comment below to let us know.
     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on May 23, 2016.

    Yanic Simard | Houzz Contributor

    Yanic Simard | Houzz contributor



    Principal designer at the award-winning Toronto Interior Design Group and it’s talented team of designers.

    How to understand lever and door handing

    January 27, 2017 5:14 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    How to understand lever and door handing | Schlage

    Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to determine the handing of your door to ensure you choose the right door hardware and lock for your home.

     

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    Have you ever wondered what LH and RH in the product or model name means when you order door hardware? They each stand for left hand and right hand and are used to determine the handing of your lever. It's important that you understand handing to ensure you choose the right lever for your door.

    Handing is a term used to indicate how a door swings. To do this, you'll need to stand on the outside of your door. Notice where the hinges are.

     

    • If the hinges are on the left, you have a left handed door. You will need a left handed (LH) lock.

     

    • If the hinges are on the right, you have a right handed door. You will need a right handed (RH) lock.
       
    See the illustration below for an example.
    How to understand lever and door handing | Schlage
    With the simple steps above, you can easily understand handing. Ordering a new lock without considering the steps above could result in a handle that does not fit the right direction. If you have any questions regarding the right door lock for your home, comment below to let us know!

    Get a jump-start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh

    January 24, 2017 3:40 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    Refresh your bathroom the easy way with these five bathroom projects you can complete quickly and affordably.
     

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    With each new year, many homeowners feel the need to give their space a fresh start. Whether it's purging items you no longer need or your goal is to fully renovate to update the style of your home, it helps to take baby steps as you strive to reach your goals. 

     

    Here are five bathroom remodels from a few of our favorite designers and bloggers to inspire your next project.

    1. MAKE BUDGET-FRIENDLY UPGRADES

    You don't have to complete a head-to-toe makeover to give your bathroom a little more personality. Designer Nicole Gibbons takes her client's builder-grade guest bath from boring and a little unflattering to polished and stylish by simply updating the bathroom's hardware. A project like this can be completed with ease in a single afternoon.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    2. TRY SOMETHING BOLD

    The bathroom is the perfect space to try something new and a little out of your comfort zone. That's exactly what these homeowners did when they opted for a deep green that covered every surface instead of their first choice - white. We love that they painted the trim the same color, making the space look even larger.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    3. ADD THE FINISHING TOUCH

    Maybe your bathroom could benefit from one more detail that ties the entire room together. Consider swapping your door hardware for a style and finish that better reflects your personal style. It's an affordable project that any DIY skill level can accomplish. We love Amanda's - from the Fashionable Hostess - choice of door hardware. The Birmingham lever with Wakefield trim gives her bathroom a subtle touch of sophistication that completes her crisp and clean space.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    4. CREATE FUNCTIONAL BUT STYLISH STORAGE

    Open shelving isn't just for the kitchen. Show off your cutest bathroom necessities and keep things a little more organized with this trendy update. Get the full details on the entire bathroom remodel from making it in the mountains.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    5. FOCUS ON THE DETAILS

    Even the smallest details can take your bathroom style up a notch. We love how Jenny of the Little Green Notebook took inspiration from other architectural details in the home to give a boring vanity a little more character. It's a tiny detail that makes a big impact.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage
    Are you planning a bathroom update anytime soon? Share your favorite inspiring photos and befores and afters with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    5 tech trends you should be watching in 2017

    January 20, 2017 3:48 PM by

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    From virtual reality to data privacy - here are the top five technology trends you should be watching in 2017.

     

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    New technology and major innovations often change at the speed of light. With major household brands working to make everyday life easier for consumers, there are a few factors you should keep an eye on as the technology you adopt evolves and matures. Here are the 5 tech trends you should be watching this year, according to Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partners for Allegion, maker of Schlage Locks.
    5 tech trends you should be watching in 2017 | Schlage

    1. MORE MEGA-TECH PLATFORM ACTIVITY

    Mega-techs (household names like Apple, Amazon and Samsung) are creating platforms to unite home devices like door locks and security cameras.

    2. Differential privacy

    With more people concerned about their data being sold, crowdsourcing data to create better experiences—while keeping individual user data private—will only become more important in 2017.

    3. Chatbots & artificial intelligence

    Chatbots are simple systems that users interact with via text or voice, and they offer an alternative to downloading yet another app to help you access information or get something done.

    4. Enhanced design

    Enhanced design is the idea of incorporating new technology into the aesthetic and functional design of a project—creating opportunities to make the home safer, more efficient and more convenient.

    5. Augmented & virtual reality

    The practical applications for these technologies are becoming clearer each year, ranging from offering virtual test drives for car buyers to online stores that allow shoppers to “browse” the shelves.

    For a closer look at each of these trends and what major brands have to say about it, see Rob in action at CES 2017. Which tech trends are most important to you in 2017? Comment below to let us know.

     

    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. 

    Top tech trends from CES 2017

    January 17, 2017 2:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Top tech trends from CES 2017 | Schlage

    Watch executives from innovating companies like NVIDIA, Lutron, iDevices and Ford as they discuss the smart home and other tech trends at CES 2017.

     

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    Earlier this year, thousands of tech enthusiasts and brands gathered to witness and showcase the latest consumer innovations that are expected to hit the market in the near future. Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partners for Allegion, maker of Schlage Locks, made five predictions for what he thought the biggest trends would be at this year’s showcase. See how these trends are coming to life as Martens chats with executives from NVIDIA, Lutron, iDevices and Ford. Check out the video below to see what they have to say about trends in the smart home, innovations in content and entertainment, and the future of connected vehicles.
    Visit our Smart Home Center on schlage.com to get all the details on how new technology and innovations are working together to make your daily life at home a little easier.

    Transcript

     

    0:00 Hi, I'm Rob Martens, Futurist and Vice

    0:12 President of Strategy and Partnerships

    0:13 for Allegion, maker of Schlage Locks. Late

    0:17 last year, we made some predictions about

    0:18 what we might see at the 2017 Consumer

    0:21 Electronics show. Let's talk about the

    0:23 first prediction, content and

    0:25 entertainment innovations. So I think

    0:28 what we're going to see is this is absolutely

    0:29 not a flash-in-the-pan. It's not a

    0:31 24-hour trend. We're going to see it

    0:34 being really reinforced and really

    0:35 adopted as we see incredible content

    0:37 coming out and even more hardware to

    0:39 give you just a fantastic experience.

    0:40 Moving on to our second prediction, a

    0:43 smarter smart home.

    0:44 Smart home adoption is increasing,

    0:47 especially with the help of known brands

    0:49 brands like Schlage and Hunter,

    0:51 Chamberlain, Honeywell, Lutron - ones that

    0:55 people can relate to that have

    0:57 confidence in that they feel that they

    0:58 can trust. Lutron’s hope is that within

    1:01 the next two to three years, we're not

    1:03 talking about smart home anymore.

    1:05 We're just talking about the home and how

    1:07 people are using technology throughout

    1:08 every room to live life better and solve

    1:11 everyday problems. In 2017, what's

    1:14 iDevices perspective on this?

    1:17 We're staying true to what we've been

    1:18 doing. It’s going to be all about 

    1:20 easy integration. We've done Alexa. We’ve done

    1:24 Apple HomeKit™. We've got android support.

    1:26 We’ve covered the bases and we're just

    1:28 looking to expand on that and really

    1:30 looking for the revolution to happen

    1:32 this year in 2017. Number three, connected

    1:35 vehicles. What you're seeing behind us

    1:36 here is Ford's next generation in our

    1:39 autonomous vehicle development.

    1:40 That's the car that drives by itself.

    1:42 That's our step towards getting to our

    1:44 2021 goal of having a high-volume

    1:47 rideshare service that is completely

    1:49 autonomous. Well, CES 2017 is wrapping up.

    1:54 It's been a fantastic show. Amazing

    1:55 innovation and new technology from the

    1:58 living room couch to the connected car.

    1:59 We've seen it all.

    2:01 Coming soon to a home near you. See you

    2:03 next year.

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2016

    January 13, 2017 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2016 | Schlage

    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of 2016.

     

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    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of 2016.
    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2016 | Schlage

    1. 7 mistakes to avoid when purchasing exterior door hardware

     

    Make sure you do your homework and avoid these seven common mistakes when purchasing exterior door hardware.

    2. Create a designer front door look without the designer price tag

     

    Giving your front door a spring refresh doesn't have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips for a designer front door look without paying the designer price.

    3. 5 simple but gorgeous front door transformations

     

    We've collected a few of our favorite DIY front door makeovers to help you think outside the box and create a look that suits your personal style without breaking the bank.

    4. 10 moments brass hardware looked its best

    Brass is back with a whole new look! Here are ten times brass hardware looked its best to help inspire a modern upgrade to outdated hardware.

    5. 11 budget curb appeal ideas to spruce up your home for less

     

    Here are 11 DIY curb appeal projects that will help you stay in budget but make a big impact in the value and curb appeal of your home.

    6. How to install a handleset on your front door

     

    Installing new handleset is a project can skill level can take on. Here is a detailed breakdown with photos of the steps you'll need to take to install a new Schlage handleset on your front door.

    7. How to choose door hardware for your home

     

    How do you determine which door hardware is best for your needs? Here are a few things you should consider before making your purchase.

    8. How to choose an exterior paint color

     

    Looking for a new paint color for your front door or home's exterior? Learn how to choose an exterior paint color with our top tips and considerations.

    9. 5 unique interior door makeovers to dress up your home this winter

     

    Giving your interior doors a makeover is an easy winter project that takes little time to complete but makes a big impact. Check out five of our favorite interior door looks.

    10. Trends driving home, interior design industry

     

    From Glitz & Glam to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor, here's what's trending in interior design and home decor.

    What DIY and style content do you enjoy most and want to see more of in 2017? Comment below to let us know!

    5 keyless electronic lock topics you shouldn't have missed in 2016

    January 12, 2017 3:29 PM by admin

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    5 keyless electronic lock topics you shouldn't have missed in 2016 | Schlage

    Here's a look back at our top five keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2016 to help you in your search for the right information.

     

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    Thorough research is important before you select your next smart home device. When it comes to keyless technology, you may just be looking for a convenient way to share access to your home with guests or a lock that works with other smart devices in your home.

     

    Here's a look back at our top five smart home and keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2016 to help you in your search for more information.

    5 keyless electronic lock topics you shouldn't have missed in 2016 | Schlage

    1. 6 things you didn't know the Schlage Sense app can do

     

    Did you know the Schlage Sense™ app contains features and benefits to help you get the most out of your smart lock? Here 6 six things you need to know.

    2. What you need to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt

     

    Still unsure whether the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt is right for you? We put together this list of commonly asked questions to help you decide.

    3. Mechanical deadbolt vs. electronic lock: How to choose

     

    Here's a breakdown of the top benefits for both mechanical and electronic deadbolts locks to help you choose the right deadbolt to secure your home.

    4. 7 electronic keyless lock myths you should ignore

     

    Keyless electronic locks are known for making life more convenient but many homeowners are hesitant to take the plunge. Here are 7 myths to ignore.

    5. 5 times you'll wish you had a touchscreen lock this holiday season

     

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a touchscreen lock will simplify your life during an often hectic time.

    What electronic deadbolt topics would you like to learn more about in 2017? Comment below to let us know! In the mean time, be sure to visit Go Keyless on schlage.com for even more details about our full keyless product line-up.

    What type of door hardware is best for each room in your home?

    January 3, 2017 1:50 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    What type of door hardware is best for each room in your home? | Schlage

    This quick guide to door hardware functions will help you navigate the lock aisle and find just the right knob or lever for each room in your home.
     

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    Privacy? Passage? Bed & Bath? Hall & Closet? What does it all mean? Deciding which type of door hardware you should purchase for each room in your home can be a major chore. Here’s a quick guide that will help you navigate the lock aisle and find just the right knob or lever function.
    What type of door hardware is best for each room in your home? | Schlage

    Hall & Closet

    Hall and closet door hardware refers to non-locking knobs and levers, sometimes called Passage hardware. They are ideal for rooms and doors where locking is not needed, such as a closet.

    Bed & Bath

    The Bed & Bath category is used to describe privacy door hardware. This type of door hardware locks to offer privacy. As the name suggests, it is best for any room you may need privacy, like your bedroom and bathroom.

    Keyed Entry

    Keyed entry locks are best for exterior doors. You may find a use for this door hardware on interior rooms that require a little more security, such as an office or wine cellar. Some keyed entry functions unlock when door is opened from the inside, allowing you to leave quickly, conveniently and re-enter easily.

    Non-turning

    Non-turning door hardware is sometimes referred to as dummy hardware. These knobs and levers are meant to be used as decorative door pulls, often found on interior french or pantry doors.

    Keypad & Touchscreen

    Keypad knobs and Touchscreen levers are ideal for garage entry doors and utility rooms. Instead of using a keyed entry where you need higher security inside your home, opt to ditch the key altogether.

    For more information on all of Schlage's door hardware functions, check out our products to find just the right lever or knob for your lifestyle.