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    12 times a keyless electronic deadbolt looked fantastic on a front door

    August 4, 2017 6:50 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    12 times a keyless electronic deadbolt looked fantastic on a front door

    Let these beautiful front doors inspire you to add a little more tech to your home.

     

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    When choosing and installing keyless locks, ditching the key doesn't mean ditching style, too. Our customers have some of the most beautiful homes so we gathered up real world photos on Instagram to help inspire your next makeover and give you the courage to add a little tech to your front door! Tell us: Which look is your favorite? Be sure to follow us on Instagram for plenty of inspiration!
     

    How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    July 27, 2017 5:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    Home assistants can make any house feel more like a smart home, but how do you choose the best fit for your home and personal style? To figure this out, you have to weigh the function and appearance of these high-tech devices.

     

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    It’s likely you’ve used a virtual assistant at least once. Anytime you talked to Siri or said, “OK Google,” to search for information or automate a task on your smartphone, you used a virtual assistant. 

    You can take the virtual assistant a step further by adding one to your house. You may have seen these home assistants in TV ads or on a tech-savvy friend’s kitchen counter. The small speaker-like gadgets are wirelessly connected to a kind of smart online software. Some examples of this software are Alexa and Google Assistant, which you can verbally ask to perform tasks such as telling you what the weather is like, scheduling meetings or playing music. 

    These home assistants can make any house feel more like a smart home, but how do you choose the best fit for your home and personal style? To figure this out, you have to weigh the function and appearance of these high-tech devices. Let’s take a look at four home assistants that work well and look good doing it.

    1. Amazon Echo

    Cost: $179.99

    Smart Home - Stylish Tech - Amazon Alexa;
    The Amazon Echo is an internet-connected device that
    gives you access to Amazon’s virtual assistant, called Alexa. The Echo is capable of playing music and answering miscellaneous questions (“Alexa, what’s the weather like?”), and it can even place shopping orders on Amazon.

    Alexa was primarily designed to make life easier for its users, and users have seen that having the beginnings of a “smart home” isn’t as complicated as they originally thought. 

    Julia Fain of Huntersville, North Carolina, received an Amazon Echo as a Christmas gift from family and has found Alexa to be a convenient virtual helper.

    “We use ‘her’ a lot to play music: upbeat music in the morning before school and classical while our kids do homework,” Fain says. “It’s nice that we can easily say, ‘Alexa next,’ to skip songs, and, ‘Alexa, volume 3,’ to turn music down without touching it. We ask her frequently about the weather, news and what the date is [for writing down it on homework].”

    The Echo resembles a cylindrical speaker. It measures a little over 9 inches tall and about 3⅓ inches in diameter, and it comes in white or black. It’s somewhat more noticeable than the Echo Dot, which we’ll discuss next.

     

    Though it’s one of the taller home assistants out there, it isn’t overly imposing in any room, which was Amazon’s goal: to make the Echo an ambient gadget that doesn’t stick out in your home.

     

    “I don’t mind its appearance,” Fain says. “We have the Echo in our kitchen on the countertop. It’s small enough to move if we had a formal gathering in our home, but we are a pretty casual family.”

    Smart Home - Tech with Style - Amazon Echo

    2. Amazon Echo Dot

    Cost: $49.99

    Smart home - Stylish tech - Amazon Echo Dot;

    The Echo Dot is Amazon’s more compact version of the Echo. It still connects to Alexa and offers the same features, but the home assistant’s hardware is much smaller. A mere 1½ inches tall, it looks something like a small hockey puck. 

    The biggest difference between the Echo and the Echo Dot is the devices’ speakers. The taller Echo has room for a large speaker that wraps around the entire cylinder, providing better sound quality when playing music or replying to questions.

    Matthew Anderson of Lincoln, Nebraska, says he likes the versatility of his Echo Dot. “When I have guests over, I will use it to stream music, either from a specified artist’s ‘station’ or by connecting my phone to it,” Anderson says.

    Anderson also uses his Echo Dot to listen to podcasts and play Jeopardy, which is one of many “skills” you can teach Alexa. 

    “I use the timer-alarm function often when multitasking around the kitchen or tending to various tasks around my condo,” Anderson says. “Heck, I’ll often ask Alexa, ‘What time is it?’ if my hands are busy with kitchen stuff and I don’t want to touch my phone.”

     

    The Echo Dot’s speaker is much smaller and is located on top. While the sound quality is still good (full disclosure: I own one and have no complaints about the sound quality for basic, everyday use), it’s not quite as good as the original Echo’s. 

    To make up for this, the Echo Dot has an audio output jack, so you can attach an external speaker to improve the sound quality of your music. 

    The Echo Dot’s size means that it looks at home in nearly any setting, regardless of the decor. [Browse rustic coffee tables for your Echo Dot.] It is also available in white or black, and its low profile means that unless your guests hear it speak, they probably won’t even know it’s there.

    “I just learned there are fabric-faux wood cases for the Dot now, but the aesthetics aren’t worth [the money] to me,” Anderson says.

    3. Google home

    Cost: $129

    Smart home - Stylish tech - Google Home
    This voice assistant is Google’s first foray into the home assistant market. 

    Google Home
     responds to the same voice commands as your Android phone’s assistant (“OK Google”) and works with the Google infrastructure. 

    “I really like how receptive it is to my voice,” says Google Home owner Sammy Purcell of Mountain View, California, noting that the device is able to pick up her voice if she gives it a command from another room.

    Purcell uses her Google Home for many different tasks around the house, even letting it talk her husband through making French toast with step-by-step instructions.

    “But most often I use it to entertain and educate my 2-year-old son,” she says. “We use it for music a lot, and he’s obsessed with asking Google — or “Googoo,” as he calls it — to make a variety of noises. We started with animal sounds and [have since] evolved to different musical instruments and various vehicles like cars and trains. It makes my life easier because sometimes Mommy doesn’t know what sound a lemur makes, and my imitation of a train horn is not very accurate.”
    Smart home - Stylish tech - Home Assistant - Google Home
    Google Home recently gained the ability to detect different voices, so if you and your spouse each have events scheduled for the day, it will be able to remind each of you about your events by recognizing your voices. 

    Google Home has a single speaker (located around the bottom half of the product) and a customizable base, meaning you can make it match nearly any decor or color scheme you want. There are even third-party services that have started designing skins for the top portion of Google Home devices, so you can give the gadget a wooden, metal or leather look.

    The advanced customization options of Google Home’s aesthetics may make it more desirable than other home assistant products. 

    The device itself isn’t as tall as the Amazon Echo, coming in at about 5⅝ inches, but its base is slightly wider, making it more stable and less likely to fall over. The body of the Google Home is white by default, and the stock base is a slate gray. But you can easily remove the base, which is only attached with magnets, and replace it with whatever color best fits your home.

    Purcell says she really likes the way her Google Home looks. “We just own the standard gray-silver base model, but it looks really clean and sleek in our kitchen,” she says. “It’s pretty subtle and not garish or gaudy one bit, but stands out just enough that people will notice it and ask us about it.”

    4. Lenovo Smart Assistant

    Cost: $129.99

    Smart home - Tech with Style - Lenovo smart assistant

    At first glance, you might think that the Lenovo Smart Assistant is an Amazon Echo clone — its operating system is even powered by Alexa. But some might say it brings together the best of Echo and Home into one neat package. 

    The Lenovo Smart Assistant has been demonstrated at events around the country and is expected to be available in 2017.

    The biggest physical difference between the Lenovo device and other smart assistants is its speakers. According to industry experts, such as CNET, this home assistant has some of the best speakers in the market, making it a good choice for playing music anywhere in your home. 

    Being outfitted with Alexa, it also includes all the same voice command options that you can access with the Echo and Echo Dot. Lenovo Smart Assistant can pick up your voice from more than 16 feet away and cancel out background noise so you aren’t constantly shouting “Alexa!”

    Otherwise, Lenovo Smart Assistant is roughly the same size and shape as Amazon’s Echo. However, the device itself comes in four different colors, something Amazon doesn’t offer. You can get Lenovo Smart Assistant in green, orange, gray or black — making it easy to match to any home decor or color scheme. 

    These Home Assistants Are Just the Beginning

    With major tech companies vying for success in the home assistant market, it’s only a matter of time before we start to see some new options. Expect to see smaller startups popping up in this industry, likely bringing more trendy-looking smart home devices with them. 

    Tech companies have already figured out how to make virtual assistants more practical for everyday consumers. Next, they’ll refine the aesthetics of these gadgets to fit consumer design preferences too. 

    Your turn: Are you using one of these assistants or other “smart home” technologies? Please tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on May 30, 2017.

     

    Kayla Matthews | Houzz Contributor

    Kayla Matthews | Houzz contributor



    App junkie and self-improvement enthusiast. I also write for Curbed, Inman, VentureBeat and VICE. You can read more posts from me on my blog, ProductivityBytes.com

    9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    July 25, 2017 3:23 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    Have you considered replacing the door hardware in your home, but were overwhelmed with options? We get it. Once you decide whether you want a knob or lever, you have to choose what style of trim you want and the finish.

     

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    Have you considered replacing the door hardware in your home, but were overwhelmed with options? We get it. Once you decide whether you want a knob or lever, you have to choose what style of trim you want and the finish. But how do you know what to choose, or what will look best with the rest of your house?

     

    This guide goes over the 9 most popular home styles and the best door hardware for those styles, making your life a little easier.

    Popular home styles - Matching door hardware - Schlage

    1. Craftsman

    Craftsman homes are recognizable by their intricate woodwork or stonework, arched doorways and an emphasis on natural materials. They often have a wide front porch, big fireplaces and exposed beams.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Addison trim in Matte Black.

    2. Country/Farmhouse

    Country and Farmhouse styles of home are updates on the classic colonial. These homes have wide front porches, evenly spaced windows with shutters and wood accents and siding.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Camelot trim in Matte Black.

    3. Tudor

    Tudor homes can be recognized by their steep, multi-gabled rooflines. They have large chimneys, decorative entryways and exteriors often made of brick, stone or stucco.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Wakefield trim in Aged Bronze.

    4. Victorian

    Victorian style homes tend to be very narrow but tall, often three stories or more. With their towers and turrets, which lead to their asymmetrical design, and steep rooflines, they are very recognizable.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Brookshire trim in Antique Brass.

    5. Ranch

    Ranch homes are probably the most common home style. They are single floor homes, often in an L or U shape with an attached garage.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Greenwich trim in Satin Brass.

    6. Bauhaus/International/Modern

    These homes feature flat or low sloped roofs, geometric lines, large windows and a lot of steel and concrete. They are very sharp, sleek and minimalist.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Collins trim in Satin Nickel.

    7. Mid-Century Modern

    Mid-Century Modern homes are characterized by use of glass and open floor plans. They use a lot of flat lines throughout the architecture and emphasize nature through the placement of big, wide windows.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Century trim in Chrome or Polished Nickel.

    8. Contemporary

    Contemporary architecture puts a lot of focus on nature. Most of the building materials are natural/sustainable like bamboo flooring or granite counters. There is also a lot of natural light brought into the homes using plenty of windows.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Upland trim in Satin Nickel.

    9. Industrial Modern

    This style of home is named for the industrial style they model themselves after. They have exposed components that most homes hide, such as A/C ducts and indoor brick. They also feature big windows and high ceilings.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Greyson trim in Matte Black.

    Let us help you narrow down the perfect product combination even further. Try our Style Selector tool for help!

    8 bloggers share their best curb appeal tips

    July 20, 2017 6:44 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Curb appeal tips

    Curb appeal makeovers are easy when you focus on a few key details.

     

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    It's no secret that we believe you can make a big impact to the curb appeal of your home by focusing on a few key details. But how do those details play out in real life? We've collected a few of our favorite bloggers and asked them to give their take on easy curb appeal updates. See all their before and afters and project tips for perfect curb appeal below!

    Designer Trapped

    What happens when you already have the perfect front door? Embrace its potential by covering up years of wear and tear with a fresh coat of paint. We love these tips for a dramatic front door update!

    Curb appeal - Front door update - Matte Black - Handleset - Schlage

    The design confidential

    Sometimes, adding your own personal touch can be difficult when you have to play within strict neighborhood and HOA rules. By putting together an organized plan, Rayan of the Design Confidential was able to give her curb appeal an update that reflected the interior of her home.

    Curb Appeal - Smart lock - Schlage Sense - Matte Black

    Brooklyn Limestone

    When budget is a limiting factor to your curb appeal makeover, you'll want to focus on getting the biggest bang for your buck. When you can't install new lighting or buy a new front door, a few tricks will still help you fall in love with your home's curb appeal. We love these three curb appeal ideas from Brooklyn Limestone!

    Curb Appeal - Matte Black Handleset - Modern Door Hardware - Schlage

    Our fifth house

    Even if you don't love the exterior color of your home, choosing the right paint color and hardware combo could make you fall in love after all! That's exactly what happened when Carmel of Our Fifth House decided to update her curb appeal in a day. We have to admit, this shade of pink is the perfect complement to the green of her home!

    Curb Appeal - Pink Front Door - Antique Brass Hardware

    Dream green DIY

    There's nothing wrong with making your curb appeal updates one step at a time. When Carrie of Dream Green DIY set out to up her curb appeal, she knew she'd be making a more permanent update later on. With a home as architecturally interesting as hers, it pays to really know what look you want. Get inspired by her mid-century curb appeal mood board and see which details are worth focusing on.

    Curb Appeal - Mid-Century - Modern - Mood Board

    Yellow brick home

    Sometimes the greatest curb appeal impact is left in black and white. When Kim and Scott of Yellow Brick Home decided to leave their garden apartment doors white, they created a crisp and clean look that offers the perfect reflection of the space beyond the doors. Get their tips for upgrading entry doors and hardware.

    Curb Appeal - Garden Apartment - Matte Black - Handleset

    Honeybear Lane

    Curb appeal isn't always about the style and design of your home. Sometimes a curb appeal upgrade is an added perk when greater convenience and security are the main goals. Get the details on this smart home curb appeal update and see why Heidi of Honeybear Lane can't live without her Schlage Connect!

    Curb Appeal - Smart Lock - Schlage Connect

    Making it in the mountains

    What if your front door is already perfect but you're craving a quick and easy update? Sometimes a few accessories can make all the difference in your curb appeal style. We love these 5 easy tips for getting a farmhouse front porch look this summer.

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    The best hardware pairing for your front door color

    July 6, 2017 2:49 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    The best door hardware pairing for your front door color

    A front door makeover is a quick and easy way to give your curb appeal an affordable upgrade. 

     

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    There are few curb appeal projects that are easier and more affordable than simply updating your front door. With just an hour or two of your time and minimal tools, adding a fresh coat of paint and complementing hardware could make the perfect impact to your home's curb appeal. Here are our recommended finish pairings based on the color of your front door. Explore your perfect match and maybe try a combo you wouldn't expect.
    Best hardware finish pairings for your front door color

    Blue hues

    Cool blue doors work perfectly with the edgy, cold metal look of Bright Chrome and Satin Chrome. Warmer blue doors take on a formal style in Satin Brass, making for a very rich pairing with high contrast. Satin Nickel, a highly versatile finish, adds a more subtle touch of silver.

    Green hues

    If you're looking for a little more drama, add a dark finish like Matte Black to lighter green doors for striking contrast. Darker green doors pair well with warm finishes like Satin Brass for a modernized version of a classic style.

    Aqua hues

    Pair a glamorous finish like Polished Nickel with darker aqua doors for a sophisticated yet fun look while the neutral tone of Matte Black works perfectly on a variety of lighter aqua hues.

    Yellow hues

    Reflective finishes like Polished Nickel and Bright Chrome punch up the drama on bold yellow doors. Aged Bronze features elegant, coppery tones that work well with dark yellows that have a hint of orange.

    Red hues

    A rich Matte Black lends interest to bold red doors by adding a high contrast element. Fiery red and orange doors work well with Aged Bronze, pulling out subtle coppery accents that peek through the dark finish.

    Grey hues

    Polished Nickel is the perfect choice to add a touch of sophistication to warmer greys. The mirror-like Bright Chrome adds a touch of character to cool greys.

    Black hues

    Combine a matte or satin-coated black door with gleaming Satin Brass to add a touch of classic elegance and warmth. Matte Black hardware on shiny, black-lacquered doors makes for a subtle yet chic combination.

    We want to see what's on your front doors! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

    7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    June 15, 2017 5:59 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    Give your home instant charm and embrace the perks of Dutch Doors.

     

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    With the rise of farmhouse design, we're seeing dutch doors pop up more and more in both modern and country decor settings. Dating back to the 17th century, dutch doors are certainly not new but homeowners that value casual style are embracing this trend all over again.

     

    Dutch doors are essentially a single door that is split in the middle to allow the top half to open while the bottom half remains shut. They are secured together with a latch that allows homeowners to keep the door as one when needed. They typically feature a standard door knob or lever on the bottom half and can house a deadbolt on the top half when used as an exterior door when more security is needed. We recommend taking a look at our traditional or transitional styles for the perfect finishing touch.

    Dutch door latch - Door knob - Bright Brass - Schlage

     

    Take a look at the seven reasons we think this design trend is worth considering.

    1. Add character to your entry

     

    There is certainly something delightful about seeing a dutch door on a home that adds instant personality. Immediately, your guests will see your home as a place that is friendly and welcoming with a touch of relaxed country charm.

    2. Let in more fresh air.

     

    There are few things more relaxing than letting the sunshine and fresh breeze flow through your home. Dutch doors provide an opportunity to let your home breathe when the weather is just right. It's even better when you have a breathtaking view like the home below.

    3. Keeps pets and children in and unwanted creatures out.

     

    And while you're letting the fresh air in, you don't have to worry about anyone sneaking out - or in - when they're not supposed to. It's a little peace of mind that allows you to enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest.

    4. Allows you to easily interact with delivery personnel.

     

    Dutch doors provide the perfect way to greet your delivery person without awkwardly holding a door open and trying to prevent a curious child or pet from escaping.

    5. Can be used as an alternative interior door.

     

    Consider adding a dutch door to a bedroom or office as a way to keep children or pets out while letting extra light in. This also lets you keep tabs on what's going on in the rest of your home. If you're the DIY type, check out this tutorial from HGTV that shows you how to turn an interior door into a dutch door.

    6. Attractive replacement for baby gates.

     

    Much like in number 5, you can use dutch doors as a stylish replacement (albeit not cheap) for ugly baby gates. You can even consider installing a dutch door at the top of your stairs for extra safety.

    Dutch Door - Baby Gate - Schlage
    Image source: Scott Christopher Homes

    7. Options for more privacy when needed.

     

    Dutch doors are available in a variety of styles. You can choose window panes or a solid top half to give you the option for more privacy when the door is not open.

    If you live in a climate where bugs are an issue, then exterior dutch doors may not be for you, but if you're looking for an affordable way to add a little more charm to your home, they're definitely worth considering. Do you have dutch doors in your home? We want to see your photos! Share with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    The best door hardware for transitional style homes

    June 13, 2017 12:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    The best door hardware for transtional style homes | Schlage

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

     

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    Not too old, not too new. Not too ornate, not too restrained. The middle ground doesn’t have to be boring — quite the opposite. By elevating nearly any look, these styles show that flexibility isn’t just functional; it’s beautiful.

     

    Transitional style is adaptable yet ever-evolving, borrowing trends and fashions from design movements throughout history. This design style stems from a movement focused on blending design styles and eras, a concept that became popular in American homes around the mid-1940s and has carried through to present day.

     

    Here are the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your transitional home.

    The best door hardware for transitional 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 transitional style.

    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.

    Greenwich Trim

    Greenwich trim | Schlage
    The unassuming look of the Greenwich trim is modern and stylish and lends a chic touch of simplicity to any space. With a Californian flair, this trim was inspired by the look and feel of Mid-Century Modern homes.

    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 transitional 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.

    Georgian Knob

    Georgian knob
    The unassuming Georgian knob is symmetrical, with modest detailing throughout to give it an added air of interest. This knob gets both its design and namesake from the traditional Georgian architectural style made popular by homes in New England and Great Britain.

    Plymouth knob

    Plymouth knob
    The charming Plymouth knob is clean and adaptable, bringing a fresh feeling to any space. This knob is extraordinarily simplistic, making it a good fit for a wide range of personal styles.

    Accent lever

    Accent lever
    The Accent lever is widely popular for its elegant wave-like design that effortlessly matches a room’s style without overshadowing it. This lever gets its understated style from the Colonial Revival period of the early 20th century.

    Merano lever

    Merano lever | Contemporary door handle
    The Merano lever has a graceful curve that makes this style as delicate as it is chic. This lever gets its sophisticated style from Italian designs of the 1980s and 1990s. 

    Sacramento lever

    Sacramento lever | Transitional door handle
    The Sacramento lever is polished and playful, with an arched design that lends itself to almost any style. This lever is versatile and can’t be tied to one inspiration because it flows so effortlessly among a large range of style tastes and profiles.

    Finishes

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

    Satin nickel

    Satin nickel
    Satin Nickel is a versatile finish, full of brushed silver hues, that offers a tasteful and flattering accent to any project. This classic finish saw its rise to popularity alongside the Victorian and Mid-Century Modern design movements.

    Bright chrome

    Bright chrome
    The smooth, mirror-like finish of Bright Chrome gives it a dramatic allure that never fails to make a statement. Bright Chrome finds its inspiration in the Art Deco movement and the jazzy style of the roaring 20s, but is able to seamlessly transition into the minimalist approach of the 1930s and 40s as well.

    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 transitional home, check out our style selector tool.

    7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch

    June 2, 2017 2:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Curb appeal finishing touch

    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece. Here are 7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.

     

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    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece – one of the first things a guest sees. That’s why it’s important to choose the right handleset. Schlage offers a wide variety of designs and finishes, from angular to flowing, classic to contemporary, all designed to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Here are seven examples that prove the handleset is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.

    1. Century Handlesets

    The Century handleset boasts a tasteful design with clean, rectangular lines that suits contemporary style without losing the imaginative, modern aesthetic that makes it so popular. This handleset looks chic when paired with the Latitude, Northbrook or Merano levers and finished in Matte Black, Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel for a contemporary touch.

    2. Camelot Handlesets

    The Camelot handleset is charming and approachable with scalloped architectural details that add an air of playfulness to any home’s exterior. This handleset draws on traditional Colonial inspiration, but fits into the transitional category because of its subtle ornamentation. Camelot looks best when paired with the Sacramento lever, the Accent lever or the Georgian knob and finished in Satin Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze.

    3. Addison Handlesets

    The Addison handleset is simple in design, yet sophisticated in the details with a rectangular shape and an easy, appealing allure. While not typically paired together, the Addison handleset is also quite striking when paired with the Avila lever, as both share similar edge detailing. The handleset looks stunning when paired with both the Georgian knob and Birmingham lever and styled in an Aged Bronze, Matte Black or Distressed Nickel finish.

    We want to see your front doors! Show us how you've styled your handlesets by sharing a photo with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    Let your personality shine through your front entry

    May 25, 2017 8:17 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    How to personalize your front entry

    Set a welcoming tone for your home with stylish updates to your doorway, pathway and porch.

     

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    You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping and exterior details can add the personality and privacy you’re after.

    1. Lounge around the porch

     

    A sofa or an armchair on the front porch can sum up your style — in this space here it’s casual and laid back but still style savvy. To inject a little contemporary design into a setup like this, paint the porch a crisp gray and the trim white.

     

    To achieve the perfect color combination, buy paint samples and paint a large sheet of cardboard. Then place it in position to see how the color looks at different times of the day.

    2. Use stones for effect

     

    In home renovations, pathways are often the last thing considered. But it’s worth taking the time to get the front path right, as it is one of the first things guests see and experience. Here geometric slate slabs surrounded by white decorative stones give a nod to Japanese aesthetics. Tropical plants bring a softer element to the architectural design. And pebbles work as a loose ground cover and can also be used in pots.

    3. Create privacy

     

    Well-considered landscaping adds value to your property, but while plants are growing, extra privacy may be required. A stylish white wood screen not only creates privacy but prevents excess sunlight from entering the room behind it. It means that the front room can work effectively as a home office or nursery. When plants reach full height, the screen may be removed.

    4. Try graphic elements

     

    More a delicate sculpture than a gate, this steel piece has a fluid, repetitive design that works as a counterpoint to the solid concrete blocks. The design of the gate draws inspiration from the native trees and birds of the surrounding area. The piece also acts as stylish screening.

    5. Dish out vibrant colors

     

    Color is a powerful tool that can transform your space. Here the fuchsia door leaps out, keeping the citron wall and gray trim in the background.

     

    A full color scheme needs to be devised to create continuity. Color swatches at the paint shop look very different from color painted on the exterior of a home, so collect samples and paint a few large areas of the front wall before you commit to a color.

    6. Have fun with the mailbox

     

    Your mailbox may be the first thing people see from the street, so why not give it some personality? At the same time, it’s important to keep it in line with the design of the house. This contemporary-style mailbox in wood and stainless steel like this would work well with a newly designed home.

    7. Soften the edges

     

    This contemporary country property embraces sharp lines and solid materials, but it’s the soft landscaping that adds warmth and color to the exterior. Although the native plants require minimal watering, a drip irrigation system was added to battle summer heat waves. Earth-toned pots on one side of the gravel driveway add a touch of elegance to this open space.

    8. Illuminate stairs

     

    Minimalism comes into play in this entrance, where the wood paneling and flooring have been seamlessly executed. Each wood board has a slightly different hue, giving the exterior depth and texture. The lighting is a finishing touch — the lights here are directed downward to minimize glare but illuminate each step clearly.

    9. Indulge with red

     

    Neutral colors add sophistication, but a vibrant red door makes a strong statement. Hundreds of shades are available, from rich crimson to dark burgundy, so try a few swatches first to see how they look at different times of the day. Here the white trim adds extra impact to the modern exterior.

    Get more front entry inspiration with these beautiful front doors.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on September 27, 2014.

     

    Kerryn Ramsey | Houzz Contributor

    Kerryn Ramsey | Houzz contributor



    Freelance lifestyle journalist and serial renovator, reporting for print and digital articles on architecture, design, travel and business.

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