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    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.



    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


    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.


    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. Now is the perfect time to save big on this small project. Refresh any room's style and save 20% on Schlage door hardware at Lowe's.

    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.



    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.


    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 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.


    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.

    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.


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

    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.



    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!

    Houzz Feature: 10 ways to add a silver lining to your interiors

    December 27, 2016 1:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    10 Ways to Add a Silver Lining to Your Interiors | Schlage

    Let your home shine this summer with a host of shimmery treasures. Here's how to use silver in your home all year round - not just for the holidays - from our friends at Houzz.



    With all this talk of gold, bronze and copper taking up residence in our homes — such a big trend on Houzz right now — let’s not forget silver. Because cooler metallics, such as silver, chrome and pewter, can instantly refresh and beautify any room in the house with light-filled shine and shimmer. Whether you dress a bedroom with silver velvet cushions or glamorize a wall with a flash of metallic paint, remember this: Silver is for life, not just for the holidays.

    Perk up your neutrals.

    If you’ve fallen out of love with your restrained, neutral decor, then let a little sprinkling of silver work its magic. Long, billowing curtains in silvery crushed velvet or cool pewter silk will lift a traditional design scheme, while mirrored glass furniture and a glamorous wall mirror will help catch the light and fill the room with summery charm.

    Wow with a silver ceiling

    This laid-back, eclectic kitchen rockets straight into the designer-label league, thanks to the ornate tin tiles and coving adding a swath of silver to the ceiling. And when the sun pours through during the summer, be prepared for a fantastical light show. If you can’t get your hands on tin tiles like these, you could always try a DIY silver painted ceiling for a similar summer glow.

    Work it with white

    Silver and white has long been a fresh and uplifting color combo and will inject a summery feel into any space — including the kitchen. Here, plain white cupboards have been transformed by the shiny steel backsplash and plinth, while the discreet metal and glass furniture and barely-there white voile curtains add to the light and airy ambience (this color duo is particularly great for small spaces).

    Pair with a hot hue

    Silver is the more glamorous big sister to gray and can shake up a space with a delightful gleam. This striking silver painted wall is the perfect highlight to the gray and pink palette, and sparks to life when the sun bounces off it. Add a pair of Moroccan-style perforated metal drum tables — or other silver accessories that conjure up hot climes — and a scattering of sumptuous silvery velvet cushions, as was done here, for a thoroughly eclectic and light-filled look that will see you through the summer months and beyond.

    Add a touch of luxury

    Of course, silver, by its very nature, exudes an air of luxury and opulence, but in a lighter, more summery guise than warmer gold or bronze. The owners of this traditional French-style bathroom could easily have chosen to team the grand proportions and magnificent windows with carved wood furniture, but instead opted for a silver-leafed custom vanity that flashes and fizzes in the sunlight.

    Layer the silvers

    You can’t go wrong with a silver boudoir for summer. Silver will never be too girlie (while pinks and purples might be a little too saccharine for some to swallow), and it can be anchored with a smart charcoal backdrop for a more masculine or hotel-style take. A sumptuous silver headboard in soft velvet will harness the look, then you can layer up the bed with silvery gray linens, a plush quilt and piles of sequined silk and satin cushions — all in a shimmering palette of silver, pewter and platinum, of course.

    Let it shine

    Fans of ultramodern styles shouldn’t dismiss silver as a decorating tool that’s solely for the traditional home, because this cool metallic can add real dynamism to contemporary spaces, too. The slick, graphic silhouette of this living room was transformed into something very special, thanks to the silvered wallpaper and gleaming upholstery.

    Make it muted

    If high-shine silver is just a little too flashy for your tastes, consider a more muted brushed finish. This pale sage kitchen really comes to life with matte silver bar stools, fisherman’s lanterns and brushed-steel appliances, creating a fresh, happy ambience to which guests will gravitate for a relaxed summer brunch.

    Ramp up your rustic

    Rugged raw wood, the dominant feature in this elegantly converted stable building, and high-shine chrome are not an obvious mix. But the unexpected contrast is a sleek touch that highlights the new-versus-old design of this clever conversion. You could try giving a rustic kitchen a polished twist in a similar way with chrome kitchen appliances set against stripped antique wood paneling.

    Prettify the powder room

    Many a modern-day princess would lust after this fairy tale powder room, made magical thanks to the generous use of silver and mirror. The star piece is the bright silver countertop bowl, echoed by the silver-leafed mirror, elegant sconces and classic silver accessories. Because a girl can never get enough of the shiny stuff, right?

    Do you love the sparkle and shimmer silver can bring to a home? Please share your thoughts and photos in the comments.


    This article was first published on, May 7, 2015.



    Lara Sargent | Houzz UK contributor

    Lara Sargent | Houzz UK contributor

    Freelance interiors journalist with over 20 years' experience writing for national magazines, newspapers and websites.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays

    December 20, 2016 4:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    From simple greenery that will last all winter long to festive looks that are sure to put anyone in a holiday mood, here are a few of our favorite front door looks for perfect holiday curb appeal this season.



    It’s never too late to deck your front door for the holidays. From simple greenery that will last all winter long to festive looks that are sure to put anyone in a holiday mood, here are a few of our favorite front door looks this season.

    1. In honor of design

    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, most home improvement projects get placed on hold, but adding a fresh coat of paint and a new handleset to your front door is an easy update you can tackle. See the before and after from In Honor of Design. We love her choice of greenery for a look she can enjoy all winter long.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    2. Classy Clutter

    The front door is the perfect place to play with a fun new color. Try adding a non-traditional shade with your holiday decor this year for a look that is sure to make you stand out. Get all the details on how Mallory from Classy Clutter went from a boring white door to modern and festive in no time.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    3. Good Housekeeping

    Add a little extra charm to your front door decor with a simple, unadorned spruce tree and a few winter necessities. This look from Good Housekeeping is quick and easy to pull off if you're waiting to the last minute to make your home festive. The best part is that the decor can stay all winter long.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    4. House Beautiful

    Nothing beats a cozy welcome. We'd love to bundle up and enjoy a hot chocolate under the flannel blankets on this front porch from House Beautiful. The double wreath is a great way to dress up a white door.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    5. On Sutton Place

    We can always count on Ann from On Sutton Place to have seasonal front porch decor we'll want to copy. We love her choice of juniper and pinecones as the star of the show. The best detail is the DIY Pinecone Garland that easily transitions from fall through winter for a project that is worth the effort.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    6. Centsational Girl

    This year, warm metallics are definitely in and Kate of Centsational Girl does a perfect job of using them in her front door look. Have a little fun with your decor by mixing metals and adding a little glam to your holiday curb appeal.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    7. Beneath my Heart

    Sometimes you just can't beat traditional holiday elements. It doesn't take much to give this stunning front porch a farmhouse look. With fresh greenery and statement wreaths, you'll have flawless holiday curb appeal in no time. Get all the details from Traci of Beneath My Heart.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage
    Looking for even more holiday inspiration? Check out a few of our favorite DIY door decor ideas.

    Welcome home for the holidays with cheerful entryway decor

    December 14, 2016 4:55 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    Don't miss a chance to give your guests the best first impression this season. Here are 5 holiday entryway decor ideas that sure to bring good cheer.


    The entryway is an often overlooked space when it comes to holiday decor. Don't miss an opportunity to meet your guests with holiday cheer at the first impression. Here are a few ways you can wow them this season.

    1. Simply glam »

    If your front door opens up to a grand staircase, make a big impression by adorning your railing with holiday garland. This magnolia leaf garland from House & Home easily stands alone as the focal point. Magnolia leaf is a holiday foliage that is quickly gaining in popularity. This particular combination doesn't need any sparkle to add a bit of glamour to this space.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    2. Cozy and rustic »

    You don't need a grand foyer to create a welcoming space. Simply throw together a few pieces that are functional and complete an empty corner. This perfectly faked mudroom from HGTV has all the elements to get you through a snowy winter with just a few rustic pieces to make you feel cozy and ready for the holidays.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    3. Modern and clean »

    Consider adding a Christmas tree to your foyer as the perfect way to set the holiday mood and also provide a great spot for guests with gifts to lay their presents. We love how this homeowner's personal style doesn't get lost in the holiday noise. See more from this home at

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage
    Like many families, you may find it difficult to set aside the time to fully decorate for the holidays. The good news is, you can still create a festive feeling while keeping it casual with just a few accessories. This mudroom does just that with a pair of nutcrackers and simple greenery with berries draped over a chalkboard calendar.
    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    5. A natural holiday »

    You may not have to look any further for holiday decor than your own backyard. With a few twigs, pine cones and simple greenery, you can create a festive look with ease. See more natural holiday decor from Marcus Design.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage
    What other holiday entryways are inspiring your decor this year? Comment below to let us know and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram

    5 color trends for fall that will last into 2017

    October 31, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    The Schlage design team recently explored trends they're seeing at industry events and tradeshows throughout the year. Here are a few of their findings.


    The Schlage design team recently explored trends they're seeing at industry events and tradeshows throughout the year. Here are a few of their findings.

    Shift from cool to warm.

    As sources of energy and renewal, earth tones are taking the lead over a previous trend of subdued, jewel tones.


    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage


    Divide and Single Malt.

    The ELEVATE Design Collective's original Pantone® color boasts a distinctive organic and warm shade to evoke cold-weather comforts like cognac and leather.


    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage



    Copper will serve best as an accent this fall, adding a touch of glamour to sink fixtures and kitchenware. Add visual interest by pairing the warmer metal with silvery accents and darker bronzes.


    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage


    Weathered finish.

    Aged patinas, like Schlage's Aged Bronze finish, add character and a sense of nostalgia to home accent pieces.


    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage


    Matte Black.

    Matte Black is the ultimate finish for creating a strikingly bold, yet clean and modern look. This trend is expected to dominate well into next year.


    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage


    For more insights into these trends and how to incorporate them in your home, check out the Elevate Design Collective's recent New York City loft makeover.

    Houzz Feature: How to rock a mixed-metal decor palette

    October 14, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    How to Rock a Mixed-Metal Decor Palette | Schlage

    Looking to make your decor shine? Follow this guide to expertly combine gold, brass and silver accents.


    Demand for gold and brass accents has thrust mixed-metal palettes into the spotlight. The timeless combination of silver and gold, and even a little sprinkling of copper, can form the basis of a whole design or just one piece of a larger puzzle. Whether you love Art Deco glamour or just a little contemporary sparkle, follow these tips to get a gold-medal look in any room of the home.

    Choose a favorite.

    When mixing metals, as with mixing colors in a color palette, it's best to choose a dominant tone and a secondary tone to give the room a sense of visual structure. In the example above, various items carry steely tones (the chest, chair legs, curtain rods, lamp), while only a few thin pieces are in gold.

    There's no one mathematical formula for how much of each metal to use, but 70 percent and 30 percent is a good starting point for making sure one tone is dominant and the other is present enough to not feel misplaced.
    This room takes a similar approach to the first: Many items have gold tones (including the curtains and small accessories), while just a few pieces are silver (such as the mantel vases).

    Notice how each tone is spread throughout the room, rather than appearing in just one place. In a large room with many elements, using accessories to carry these finishes to multiple points makes them feel integrated throughout and keeps the eye moving.

    Use fabrics.

    When working with metal tones, don't forget that fabrics in metallic finishes and hues can add a lot of variety and help spread your palette throughout the space.
    In this room, golden yellow accent pillows bring warmth to the seating without making everything full-on glam. Likewise, the interesting turtle shell picks up on this tone without perfectly repeating it.

    Using just one large object (like this drum coffee table) to anchor your dominant tone and then smaller accents to bring it elsewhere is generally a safe bet, especially since you can always change the pillow cases later or for different seasons.

    The golden rule.

    While any favorite metal can be the dominant tone, it's often best to use more gold and less silver. Silver tones tend to be brighter and sparklier than gold ones, so this formula lets the few hits of silver shine without swallowing up the gold.
    In this space, the chair legs (likely steel or aluminum) and silver-flecked mirror hold their own while letting the collection of golden sunbursts be the star.

    Pick and mix.

    It's possible to coordinate more than two metal tones in one room, but you should first consider the size of the room. In a wide open space, using small dashes of silver, gold and copper adds life and personality without feeling cluttered.
    In a smaller room (less than 500 square feet), play it safe and pick only two metal tones to avoid looking like an overstuffed antiques shop.

    Mismatched magic.

    Sometimes the best way to make finishes coordinate elegantly is to make none of them truly match at all.

    In this dreamy bedroom, the stool, nightstand and accessories show different metal finishes in varying shades from cool crisp silver to pewter to pale gold, with cooler tones dominating.

    Besides being mismatched tones, the objects are varying finishes (super-polished, brushed, aged), so every piece becomes a special part of an eclectic story.

    However, notice how the rest of the room is dressed in soft gray and white neutrals, so the contrast of metal tones is the focus and the space still feels calm.

    Divide and conquer in the kitchen.

    In a kitchen, the easiest way to mix metals cohesively is to divide them by category -- separating the metal items into functional versus decorative categories and assigning one finish to each.
    Here, the functional hardware pieces (the cabinet pulls and faucet) are approximately the same brushed silver-toned finish, and the more decorative door hardware is an eye-catching polished nickel. This division makes immediate visual sense and draws extra attention to the hardware as a feature.
    This kitchen takes a similar approach, with cool stainless steel dressing the appliances and the range backsplash, and a golden tone for the can’t-miss pendant lamps.

    For those concerned about resale value, sticking to classic cool finishes on the more fixed elements and saving warm metals (like copper, gold, brass or bronze) for a few changeable accents like lights makes it easier to reset the space in 10 to 20 years for broad appeal and updated trends.

    Pendant lights aren’t the only way to add a little golden glow to your space, however. In this personality-filled kitchen, the appliances are actually the only pieces in stainless steel, while all the other metals are brass or warm bronze.

    Stainless steel appliances are almost a wild card of kitchen design. They have a classic appeal that allows them to match with anything, so you don’t have to fear pairing them with other metals in any proportion.

    Divide and conquer in the bathroom.
    A divide-and-conquer strategy also works well in the bathroom. Choose one finish for your faucets and shower fixtures (which are best perfectly matched from one manufacturer if possible), and then dress the other accents like handles, lights and mirrors in a second finish.

    It's best to play it safe here and match your accents closely to achieve a clean, orderly look, as this designer did with the similar aged-gold finishes. The contrast between the polished silver tones and more matte gold is beautiful.

    In smaller bathrooms (especially powder rooms), keeping everything neutral will avoid an overwhelming look.

    Here, a silvery wallpaper and gray-veined marble form a cohesive palette with the steely lights and faucet, so the showstopping gold mirror becomes the singular contrasting element. A saturated color on the walls probably would fight for attention. Instead, a single pop of green from a leafy plant is just the only other accent.

    Near match.

    In a space where metals won't be the focus (such as a bathroom with dramatic tile), try two finishes that are similar, such as this traditional black hardware and vintage pewter-toned dresser with a blackened patina.

    This makes the contrast more subtle, so the eye can appreciate the other elements first and then let the sophisticated palette unfold.

    This can be tricky to pull off, so if you don't feel confident, stick to just one metal for a classic look and save the decor alchemy for a larger room.

    Mixed metals with color.

    For those of you who crave color in your palette, notice how many of the spaces here use blue as an accent to mixed metals. Blue is the closest to neutral colors, and it pairs beautifully with gold, silver or copper. If you’re looking to add a little more spice, a cool blue is the perfect place to start.

    Now that you're an expert on mixing metal finishes, which finishes will be featured in your home? For more on mixing metals, visit our friends at Houzz.


    This article first appeared on Houzz on March 16, 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.

    Trends driving home, interior design industry

    September 21, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Trends Driving Home, Interior Design Industry | Schlage

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



    The Schlage design team recently explored trends they're seeing at industry events and tradeshows throughout the year. Here are a few of their findings.

    Hollywood Regency.

    The Glamour / Hollywood Regency trend has spawned interest in the recent rise of geometric designs, which are increasingly seen in light fixtures, small furniture and accent pieces. Glamour and Hollywood Regency has transformed from drastic, clean contrast to incorporating dark greys and even softer tones. The style is often seen blending with elements of Art Deco and other trends, especially gold and black hues.

    Satin Brass.

    Satin Brass & Gold have evolved from being a niche finish to one that is much more widely accepted. It has started to blend with whites and tans rather than being limited to dark, contrasting colors. These finishes have also been rapidly gaining retail traction, particularly at mass market retailers.

    Farmhouse & Country Chic.

    Farmhouse & Country Chic has evolved from being based in dark-toned woods to additionally including lighter wood finishes and softer color schemes. It is now often seen overlapping with Industrial style products, particularly in light fixtures and exposed plumbing.


    The Industrial trend has transitioned from a theme that would encompass an entire space to manifesting itself in accessories that can be mixed with other themes. The Industrial color palette is also becoming lighter while some key elements -- such as pulleys and Edison bulbs -- are perpetuating in other styles.

    Mid-Century Modern.

    Mid-Century Modern styles are still very popular in retail although the "purist" Mid-Century Modern style peaked around 2013. The classic Mid-Century color pallet, which features bright yellows and oranges, has been replaced by more modern blues, grays, and black. Overall, the Mid-Century Modern trends have influenced such a wide variety of design trends that it will continue to perpetuate for the foreseeable future.