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    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.

    7 most Instagram-worthy front doors

    May 3, 2017 12:08 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    7 most Instagram-worthy front doors

    Get some real-world inspiration for your front door makeover with a few of our favorite Instagram-worthy looks.

     

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    We love seeing our door hardware out in the real world and think our customers have some of the best style! We gathered up the most Instagram-worthy front door styles to help inspire your front door makeover this spring. Share your front doors with us by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to be featured!
     

    Why the old-fashioned vestibule is worth considering

    April 20, 2017 3:26 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Why the old-fashioned vestibule is worth considering

    This classic entry room, sometimes called a mudroom, offers energy-saving and other comfort-inducing perks.

     

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    A vestibule is a small, enclosed entry chamber that traditionally has served as a buffer in winter between indoors and outdoors, to trap air and minimize heat loss. Vestibules today also help keep air-conditioned air inside and hot air outside in summer. There’s no denying that the old-fashioned vestibule, sometimes called a mudroom, used to be far more popular than it is now, but it remains a charming way to create an inviting and practical entrance to a home.

    Create a place to pause

    Beyond the practical concerns of stabilizing a home’s temperature, the vestibule eases the transition from public to private life. If you’ve ever walked into a home whose front door lands you smack in the middle of the living room, you can probably understand the appeal of bridging the indoor-outdoor gap. A vestibule gives you an extra moment to adjust to the indoor temperature while allowing you to pause and collect yourself before greeting the household.

     

    Combining exterior materials like outdoor siding with indoor materials like a finished ceiling and wood flooring reinforces the in-betweenness of the space.

    Merge indoor and outdoor materials

    Even if you use mostly indoor materials for the walls, you can still opt for brick for the flooring, or concrete for a more industrial vibe. In wet or snowy climates, these materials will hold up better than wood. 

    “A patio even covered with a trellis doesn’t provide the same protection from the elements” as a vestibule, says Jace Levinson, principal at Jace Architecture. “Sure, it costs more. But at the same time, you’re adding square footage to your home that can increase its value.”

    In this vestibule in Calgary, Canada, we see another strategy for blurring the line between indoors and outdoors: The interior doorway’s windowpanes mirror those on the front door. The net effect serves to elongate the transition while preserving sightlines.

    Consider pocket doors

    If you don’t like the look of two sets of doors in a row, how about interior pocket doors? This way you can hide the interior doors when you want to open up the whole space. Additionally, doors inset with glass let the two parts of the home feel connected even when the doors are slid shut. 

    The tile floor here also provides an ideal surface for stamping off muddy boots and bridging the interior and exterior realms.

    Increase intimacy

    The front door doesn’t need to be parallel to the interior door for your space to count as a vestibule. You simply need the ability to close off one room from the other. Here, the antechamber doubles as a full-fledged entry hall. Placing the interior doorway perpendicular to the front door creates a sense of intimacy and privacy.

    Make peace with your property

    A vestibule can also be a terrific way to take advantage of a sloping grade. While a staircase leading to the front door is rarely appreciated when one is fumbling with luggage or groceries in the cold, a vestibule like this allows an entrant to quickly park the groceries inside, and then shuttle everything up the stairs and into the home in relative warmth.

    Pull it all together

    This architect-designed home outside Chicago makes use of several principles of a well-designed vestibule: A covered porch is the first layer of this multitiered entry, while the formal vestibule continues the outdoor materials inside and places the front door perpendicular to the open set of French doors. Visitors can feel warmed and welcome in these public spaces of the home.

    Take it out back

    Creating a vestibule doesn’t always require extensive remodeling and changes to your floor plan. If there’s no feasible way to seal off your entry, you could always add a covered shelter, insulated or not, to serve as a buffer zone against the elements, whether in the front or back of the house.

    Levinson designed this contemporary mudroom for a San Francisco home. “While some people may associate a mudroom or vestibule with more traditional homes, they add the same benefits to a contemporary home and can be every bit as stylish,” he says.

    Cut costs

    A vestibule is a luxury that not every home or budget can pull off. If all you can spare is a little platform inside the front door, a single step can go a long way toward defining the entry space — even if it’s not a true vestibule with two sets of doors.

     

    Get even more entryway inspiration from houzz.com.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on January 23, 2017.

     

    Jess McBride | Houzz Contributor

    Jess McBride | Houzz contributor



    Custom decorating professional with a lifelong passion for color, pattern, and texture of every "stripe."

    6 must-have elements to unlock your foyer's decor potential

    April 12, 2017 1:07 PM by pooja.katkar

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Foyer decor ideas

    Get your foyer décor right by focusing on the six most important elements of a perfectly styled entryway.

     

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    Your foyer is the first thing to welcome you home each day and the first introduction to your personal style your guests will see. Make sure it is both welcoming and coordinates with the rest of your home by including these six elements below.

    1. Coordinating door hardware

    If you're still rocking the same door hardware that was installed when you moved in, it may be time to for an update that coordinates well with other style elements in your home. Take a look at existing lighting and fixtures, consider the style of your home and choose a style and finish that adds the perfect finishing touch. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how well door hardware completes the look. Try our style selector tool to help you get started.

    2. Adequate lighting

    There's nothing more welcoming than a vibrant, well-lit space. If your entryway has the tendency to look like a dungeon, consider installing new lighting that brings it to life. You can even opt for smart lighting that illuminates as soon as you unlock your front door with one of our connected smart locks.

    3. Organization

    It's easy to get home and throw your bags, coat, shoes and everything else you're carrying on the floor or nearest table. Tackle the chaos before it starts by adding a little organization right when you walk in. Install hooks for coats and bags, a shoe tray for shoes, and even a decorative crate or bucket to catch miscellaneous accessories.

    4. Landing strip

    The landing strip is also a key component of the organization you need above but is so important, it deserves its own callout. Add a table or even a slim shelf for small entryways to catch keys, mail, your phone, and other small miscellaneous items you may be carrying.

    5. Place to sit

    Give yourself and your guests an easy place to remove shoes by adding a chair or bench to your entryway. You can even save a little room by using the space below to organize shoes and accessories.

    6. Durable rug

    Finally, add the finishing touch with a rug that is both stylish and can stand up against whatever you may track in from outside. Resist the urge to choose something too light that will need replaced after a few weeks of wear and tear but don't be afraid to have a little fun with prints and color.

    Ready to get started? Check out these DIY entryway projects to help you complete a space affordably and with your own personal touch.

    The best modern door hardware for contemporary style homes

    April 7, 2017 1:39 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Modern, Contemporary bedroom style

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

     

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    Contemporary spaces rely on the simplicity of color and shape to provide their aesthetic appeal, rather than elaborate design. With a focus on clean lines and basic shapes, Contemporary style was made popular throughout the design movements of the late 20th century. If that sounds like your personal style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your contemporary or modern home.
    Modern door hardware

    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 modern or contemporary style.

    Century Trim

    Schlage Century style trim
    The Century trim is chic, boasting a delicate, slightly curved shape that is simple yet imaginative. This trim is a Mid-Century Modern design, characterized by homes built between 1945 and 1980 and made popular in Southern Californian cities like Santa Monica.

    Collins Trim

    Modern door hardware styles
    The strong lines and square shape of the Collins trim embody refined elegance and provide this trim with a distinct, minimalist appeal. This trim stems from Northern Europe where styles like Bauhaus and minimalism flourished, giving it a modern, international flair.

    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.

    Greyson Trim

    Contemporary door hardware
    The Greyson trim is elegant, with contemporary appeal that adds a tasteful modern touch to any space. This trim has a chic, urban aesthetic, inspired by fast-paced metropolitan spaces like Manhattan.

    Upland Trim

    Modern door hardware styles
    The Upland trim offers a fresh take on simplistic design by focusing on the beauty of its shape alone. It takes significant style cues from the Bauhaus design movement, best known for open floor plans, functional furniture and smooth facades. This style was made popular in Germany and often featured a muted color palette of blacks, whites and greys.

    Knobs & levers

    Take your contemporary 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.

    Broadway lever

    Broadway Lever | Modern door hardware
    The minimal, tubular design of the Broadway lever offers a tastefully reserved, yet high-style look. This lever is influenced by the urban style found in large metropolitan cities. Its tubular design is a sub-genre of the Bauhaus movement.

    Latitude lever

    Latitude lever | Contemporary door lever
    The Latitude lever offers a crisp perspective on minimalist design with its clean lines and rectangular features. The modern look of the Latitude lever stems from Mid-Century Modern design and urban town centers like the vibrant city of Miami.

    Manhattan lever

    Manhattan lever | Contemporary door lever
    The Manhattan lever offers a modern touch of elegance to any space, bringing with it clean lines, a simple design and a commercial appeal. This lever finds its roots in Mid-Century Modern design and works particularly well in modern environments.

    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. 

    Northbrook lever

    Northbrook lever | Modern door handle
    The Northbrook lever is imaginative and refined, offering a new view on minimalist design. This lever stems from Eastern European style—particularly that of Germany and the Bauhaus architectural movement. However, the inventive transition from square handle to round shank illustrates a fresh interpretation of true Bauhaus design.

    Bowery knob

    Bowery | Modern door knob
    The Bowery knob’s clean lines and minimalist design give it a futuristic look that’s as modern as it is stylish. The smart style of the Bowery knob stems from its Mid-Century Modern roots that are ever-present in Schlage’s contemporary line.

    Finishes

    Complete your contemporary door hardware set with a finish that coordinates perfectly. Here are four 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.

    Polished nickel

    Polished nickel
    The Polished Nickel finish is a glamorous designer finish that’s adaptability allows it to blend into nearly any décor without being overlooked. It was inspired by the timeless sophistication of the Victorian Era. Made from solid nickel, it can change its color and appearance with a simple change of lighting.

    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.
    For even more help building the perfect door hardware set for your contemporary home, check out our style selector tool.

    No reason to go grand when a little glam will do

    March 24, 2017 4:49 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Glamorous chandeliers

    See 5 great spots where mini chandeliers can add some understated glamour to your home.

     

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    Grand chandeliers dripping with crystals are as timeless as they are elegant, but unless you live in a mansion they can sometimes feel over the top. Not that there’s anything wrong with over the top. But if your style leans more toward the understated or you just don’t have the square footage for a Versailles-worthy chandelier, perhaps mini chandeliers can add the right amount of glam to your home. Here are five spots to hang mini chandeliers that may spark your interest.

    1. Bedroom

    Let’s ease into the concept with a look that’s not so far-fetched: mini chandeliers over nightstands. While it’s more common to see lamps, sconces or simple pendants with nightstands, a mini chandelier on each side of the bed adds a little extra elegance to the boudoir. Combine this look with mirrored nightstands to double the sparkle.

    Another spot where a mini chandelier can do some heavy lifting is in a bed alcove in a studio apartment. When there’s just enough room for a bed and not much else, a mini chandelier can have a dramatic effect. This little alcove looks every bit as luxurious as a grand master suite.

    2. Bathroom

    Chandeliers have been associated with luxury since the days of medieval monarchies. Whether you opt for one inspired by old-school candelabras or a more crystalline style, hanging a pair above a sink in lieu of pendants or sconces will add drama and luxury. This bathroom’s two-chandelier scheme works effectively because the light fixtures are offset from the sink, eliminating the chances of banging a head on them.

    This powder room in Kansas doubles up on luxury with ornate mini chandeliers teamed with a custom wall treatment with flecks of metallic paint that catch the light as it bounces around the windowless room. A furniture-style vanity and frameless scalloped mirror complete the tasteful scene.

    3. Reading spot

    If you’re someone who prefers to stretch out on a window seat to enjoy a good book and take in the view, consider hanging a mini chandelier above it. It will provide ample light without being so large that it blocks the view.

    4. Mini bar

    Small spaces such as walk-in closets, powder rooms and built-in bars are prime real estate for adding a little glam. Since there is less surface area to cover, you can turn these areas into little jewelry boxes at a fraction of the cost. Designer Joel Dessaules added a vintage chandelier to this swanky built-in bar in a Los Angeles mid-century home.

    5. Breakfast nook

    While this breakfast nook’s wall color and upholstery might steal the show, the glass chandelier is still a savvy selection. What’s interesting to note is the use of a mini chandelier over the table, rather than the full-size fixture you might expect to see for such a substantial nook. It’s clear that the fixture is scaled to the table and not the floor space, and is intended to play a supporting role to everything else going on in the room.

    Chandeliers are most commonly found above formal dining tables, but with the trend toward a more casual lifestyle, it makes sense to see them popping up above breakfast tables too. These three ornate mini chandeliers hanging above a casual farmhouse table create a stylish juxtaposition. The space is ideal for breakfast or an elegant dinner for four.

    Installing a new chandelier is a simple project you can complete quickly for a chance to add a little glam to a casual space. Get even more lighting ideas from our friends at Houzz.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz January 20, 2017.

     

    Jess McBride | Houzz Contributor

    Jess McBride | Houzz contributor



    Custom decorating professional with a lifelong passion for color, pattern, and texture of every "stripe."

    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
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