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    4 ways to remove paint from door locks and hinges.

    November 22, 2022 by emily.bailey
    woman painting door | Schlage

    Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    With a little attention to detail, your hinges will stick less and your entire door will have that gorgeous look you’ve been missing.

     

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    Did you move into a fixer-upper or an older home? Did you get a bit sloppy touching up your doors and walls? If you answered yes to either of these, then you need to try one of these four ways to remove unwanted paint from door hardware and hinges. With a little attention to detail, your hinges will stick less and your entire door will have that gorgeous look you’ve been missing.
    Woman sitting on floor while painting door.

    Quickest way to remove paint

    Let’s start with a moment of honesty: Speed depends a lot on how much paint there is to remove. Lots of layered on paint from 30 years ago means more time, no matter which method you choose to remove paint from metal finishes. That being said, paint stripper is probably the quickest way to remove unwanted paint from door locks and hinges. That’s why it was created, after all.

     

    Every DIYer has a favorite product for this kind of project. Some recommend CitriStrip, others Goof Off. Thankfully, you have lots of options. Different paint strippers have different levels of toxicity and different application methods. You can find these as a spray-on or liquids or gels you rub on with a rag. Choose a stripper you’re comfortable using.

     

    Do your homework before applying any kind of chemicals to your hardware. The “most effective” are often the most toxic, so if you’re concerned about their environmental impact or harming your kids and pets, you might prefer one of the chemical-free paint removal methods below. Also, some hardware and finishes may be damaged by harmful chemicals. Check with the manufacturer, if possible, for recommendations that will safely restore your hardware to its original beauty and avoid voiding any warranty you may have.

    Greenest way to remove paint

    If you want to remove paint from door hardware without using chemicals, use heat. Pretty Handy Girl shows us how a heat gun and putty knife can restore your hardware. The high heat essentially melts the paint, softening it enough that you can use the putty knife, a stiff brush and fine sand paper to remove the paint and buff the hardware.

     

    Pay special attention to safety precautions. You’ll need sheet metal or some other protective covering, pliers or metal tongs, and thick gloves to avoid damaging your work surface and burning your hands.

    Easiest way to remove paint

    For the easiest way to remove paint from door hardware, we pick the crockpot hack. First, you’ll need an old crockpot designated specifically for these kinds of projects. Don’t cook food in this crockpot due to the risk of ingesting lead paint later. Also, grab a pair of tongs, gloves and a stiff plastic brush.

     

    Place the hardware in your slowcooker and cover it with water. This Old House recommends adding a few tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent to help the process along. Turn the heat to high and let everything soak for a few hours or, for more stubborn paint, overnight. Once the paint has loosened, remove the hardware with your tongs and gloves and scrub off any remaining paint. This method takes longer than some of the others, but you’ll probably be asleep for most of it. What’s easier than napping while you DIY?

     

    If you’re not willing to sacrifice your crockpot to paint stripping, you can also boil your hardware in a pot on the stovetop. Again, don’t choose a pot you plant to put food in again. You can pick up a cheap one at a thrift store for this purpose. For a little extra oomph, Apartment Therapy suggests adding baking soda to the boiling water. About 1/4 cup of baking soda per quart of water should do it. All the remaining steps are the same as using a crockpot.

     

    A third similar option is to boil water in a tea kettle and pour it over the hardware in a disposable aluminum pan. Try a turkey roasting pan since they tend to be deeper, or a pie plate if you’re just restoring hinges.

     

    It’s best to use this technique on metals that don’t rust – copper, brass or aluminum, for example.

    Best way to remove paint for a custom look

    If you’re going for a shabby chic or distressed look, try using steel wool, as shown at Curbly. Only try this method if you’re okay with leaving scratches and scuffs on your door hardware. Because of potential damage from the steel wool, this method isn’t for everyone. But if you like the idea of maybe leaving some of the paint behind or going for a rustic aesthetic, steel wool could be your answer.

    Keeping all your door hardware in great working order pays off in more ways than one. Your entryway will look great and work even better. Find more hardware maintenance and DIY tips at the Schlage blog, including this popular post about unusual ways to quiet squeaky hinges.

     

    12 doors of Christmas: Easy front door decor updates for the holidays.

    November 21, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 21, 2022

    12 doors of Christmas | Schlage

    Tune up your vocal cords and prepare for the Twelve Doors … we mean, Days … of Christmas, Schlage-style.

     

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    Not sure what to get your true love for Christmas this year? Tune up your vocal cords and prepare for the Twelve Doors … we mean, Days … of Christmas, Schlage-style.
    Schlage satin brass door locks with snow, pinecones and greenery.

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a sense of home security.

    There are lots of ways to give your loved ones peace of mind when it comes to protecting their home and everyone in it. Schlage, with our secure and durable deadbolts for exterior doors is a good place to start. There’s also video doorbells, shatter-proof window film, keyless locks and countless other ways to help keep the family and house safe.

    On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me two smart deadbolts.

    Smart locks are a safe and convenient way to give that gift of home security. Not only are Schlage electronic locks rated Best by the BHMA for Security, Durability and Finish, but they’re also easy to install. And when you connect them to your home wireless network, you can control them from anywhere using your smartphone. Schlage smart locks are great for more than just front doors, too. Consider them for a back door, garage entry or even a home office where higher security and privacy are needed.

    On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me three French doors.

    Three sets of French doors might sound a bit excessive, but once you see what they can do for the look and feel of your home, you’ll quickly change your mind. French doors add an extra touch of sophistication to both interior and exterior entryways. Plus, with their glass panes, you can enjoy the extra light they let in without the extra noise from the rest of the house.

    Black french doors with satin brass Schlage door knobs.

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    On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four glass door knobs.

    Speaking of sophistication, glass door knobs are a prime example of how a little extra shine can elevate any room. The Schlage Custom™ Alexandria is a classic glass knob inspired by Victorian architecture but with modern functionality. There’s also the Schlage Custom™ Hobson glass knob, which with its smooth finish and subtle details, looks just as stunning on transitional homes as it does on traditional ones.

    On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me five cans of paint.

    Your hardest decision will be where to use all that paint. Will you paint a room? Give your trims and doors an update? Upcycle some old furniture to give it new life and your personal stamp? Let your kids show off their artistic skills?

    On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me six gorgeous levers.

    No matter what style your or your true love’s home is, Schlage probably has a lever to suit it. With countless designs ranging from traditional to contemporary and somewhere in between, you’ll be able to find the gorgeous lever that puts the finishing touch on any room.

    Claire Brody Designs bedroom door with Schlage Birmingham lever.

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    On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven hacks for hosting.

    Even pros who host frequent get-togethers love a good hack that makes their job easier. And when you’re hosting at holiday time, those shortcuts become even more important. Get inspired by these holiday hosting hacks.

    On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eight homemade dog treats.

    Pets are family, too. There are plenty of homemade treats that are both tasty and healthy for your furry true love, not to mention a number of other gifts perfect for porch puppies of all sizes.

    On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me nine hygge blankets.

    Winter calls for snuggling into the comfort of your home with the ones you love most. A cozy throw blanket that gently whispers hygge—you don’t want to ruin the relaxing vibe with loud décor, after all—will help you enjoy that quality time.

    The Coastal Oak living room with indoor wreaths, white couch with blanket.

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    On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ten tools for gardening.

    Because gardening tools are out of season in the winter in most regions, you might find some great deals as opposed to stocking up in the spring. The right tools make all the difference, and don’t limit yourself to just spades and rakes. Think high-tech like smart irrigation or low-tech like a flower pouch. Find more on these gardening tools and similar ideas with our Curb Appeal Gift Guide.

    Famhouse 905 Christmas front door.

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    On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eleven mini door wreaths.

    A beautiful wreath for the front door is a showstopper, but small wreaths for interior doors are an unexpected twist that is at once gorgeous, festive and easy to DIY.

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me twelve cabinet pulls.

    When a major renovation isn’t in the plans but your true love wants to give a room a facelift, new cabinet pulls can help. Instead of replacing an entire bathroom vanity, ripping out all the cabinets in the kitchen or trashing the tired-looking dresser, replace the pulls and see how it transforms the overall look. You can even choose pulls that complement your door hardware or other fixtures for some top style.

    I Spy DIY Christmas tour kitchen.

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    Now everyone sing along...

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
    Twelve cabinet pulls, eleven mini door wreaths
    Ten tools for gardening, nine hygge blankets, eight homemade dog treats
    Seven hacks for hosting, six gorgeous levers, five cans of paaaiiint
    Four glass door knobs, three French doors
    Two smart deadbolts and a sense of home security.

    You can catch our Twelve Doors of Christmas special on social media this year by following us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And if you’re still not sure what to get your true love this holiday season, try the gift guides at Schlage.com.

    7 reasons gold knobs and handles are here to stay.

    November 17, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 17, 2022

    Gold knobs and handles | Schlage

    Is brass hardware a fleeting trend or a timeless essential? These décor ideas show that gold fixtures make perfect additions to any home, classic or modern.

     

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    Looking for an alternative to the satin nickel or matte black hardware that’s common in so many homes? Many DIY interior designers are finding modern ways to incorporate brass door hardware. Instead of the bright, shiny brass that was so popular in the 80s, say hello to satin brass. The trending version has a softer texture and muted hue. It adds an appealing touch of luxury and class to any piece of door hardware. Are these gold door knobs and handles likely to stick around for a while? We think so. In addition to adding a touch of glam, gold complements on-trend warmer colors. Here are seven reasons we believe satin brass finishes can suit a variety of personal tastes.
    Schlage Satin brass gold handle on office door.

    Easily complements other finishes

    If your home is currently full of nickel or chrome finishes, you don't have to swap out all your hardware just to add a gold door knob. Choosing a modern finish like satin brass is perfect for mixing finishes. Get inspired by this trendy bathroom from @sincerelysarad. The gentle gold of the Bowery knob goes great with the gleaming chrome of the bathroom vanity handles. What's the key to mixing and matching finishes? As Sincerely Sara D explains, you just have to focus on a unified color palette. The gold knobs highlight the light flooring, the silver handles echo the gray vanity, and the rug ties the contrasting hardware together. For best results, pick a satin brass finish because the slightly matte finish pairs well with satin nickel. This thoughtful design allows you to end up with a refreshing, modern room where metallic finishes add light and charm.
     

    Makes neutral color schemes more interesting

    Gold isn't just for flashy, busy spaces. If you love minimalist homes filled with blacks, whites, beiges, and tans, brass door handles are the way to go. This thoughtfully decorated bathroom by SMT Designs shows just how much impact gold hardware can have. The natural warmth of gold brings some softness to a room that could otherwise appear too sterile. It balances the contrasting black and white shades and adds some liveliness to the simple color palette. Unlike black or oil-rubbed bronze, this door hardware finish will not disappear into the background.

    Adds interest to muted colors

    If you enjoy delicate, soft décor, gold is the perfect finish for you. It's got an extra bit of class and luxury that makes it an ideal complement to lovely pastels. This post from HGTV shows how you can use gold to create a gentle, refined look. The sparkling gold adds a graceful touch to the dainty porch furniture and pale blue paint. To tie all the elements together, the brass door handles coordinate with the letterbox and porch lighting. We particularly love the way the warm hues complement the yellow and pink floral accents.

    Coordinates with bold jewel tones

    Gold tends to be an eye-catching door hardware finish, so it pairs nicely with rich colors. While subtler finishes would get completely overlooked next to a vibrant room, brass holds its own. In this example, Designer Ursula Carmona proves that brass is the perfect companion to rich cabinetry. The jewel tones of the shelving seamlessly set off the brass hardware of the door. To add even more rich color, the desk is styled with peacock blue candle holders and emerald green plants. When using golden hues to create a stylish, maximalist vibe, it's important to design your home thoughtfully. Make sure to use a harmonious color scheme and balance the busier décor with some simpler pieces.
     

    Highlights your architectural details

    Do you have a home with an unusual, appealing feature? This bathroom from Darling Down South demonstrates how gold fixtures can really call attention to your home's best traits. This home had a gorgeous console sink with gold legs that the designer wanted to emphasize. The combination of a soft color palette and gold-tone hardware makes this unique bathroom shine. This post also provides some helpful tips on using hardware to enhance your home's layout. The bathroom is a little small, but the matching gold provides a peaceful look that makes the space seem bigger.

    Harmonizes with modern decor

    Don't make the mistake of assuming that brass door knobs are only for antique homes. Though gold is certainly traditional, it's timeless enough to work with chic, modern homes too. This post from Mackenzie Craven provides some helpful tips for getting a modern look with gold. First of all, it's important to pick a sleek, simple door handle or lever without a lot of decoration. Next, make sure you're pairing gold with darker colors that help ground the sparkle. Finally, select larger gold pieces that add some bold, artistic flair to your decor.
     

    Gives your home some vintage charm

    Tara from The Carneys Bloom showcases bright brass door knobs in her renovation of a historic home. What makes gold so perfect for restoring vintage houses? Compared to modern chrome, brass is far more authentic. Over the centuries, it's been one of the most popular metallic options for door hardware. This makes it ideal for adding a vintage touch to your home no matter how old it is. You can pick paint colors and furniture that match your personal style while still using a few time-honored accents. As this cute post from Tara shows, gold hardware pairs particularly well with other historic accents like antique frames. This is a great way to emphasize the classic nature of gold and keep it from seeming too trendy.
     

    As you can see, gold and brass are ideal finishes for your home's hardware. They provide a little modern glam while still maintaining traditional elegance. Looking for more ways to create a home that showcases your unique style? The Schlage blog features many ideas to customize your house. Explore our site now to start your next project.

     

    Guide to understanding door hardware finishes.

    November 17, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 18, 2022

    Matte black bathroom door knob | Schlage

    Schlage wants to make your decision easier so that when you choose the high-quality door hardware you need, you also get a look you love. Here’s our guide to understanding door hardware finishes.

     

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    Choosing the right door hardware finish sounds simple until you realize how many options there are. It’s great that you have lots to pick from. Everyone’s personal taste and the style of their home is different, after all. Schlage wants to make your decision easier so that when you choose the high-quality door hardware you need, you also get a look you love. Here’s our guide to understanding door hardware finishes.
    Matte black bathroom door knob.

    What is a matte finish?

    You’re probably more familiar with matte finishes when it comes to paint. A paint with a matte finish absorbs light rather than reflects it. It’s the same with door hardware. If you’re not a fan of the glitzy and shiny look, matte is for you.

     

    Schlage’s Matte Black is one of the most popular finishes for door hardware. For starters, it’s extremely versatile. The dark tones make it beautiful on more traditional homes where you might expect to see wrought-iron details, but because the finish is matte or flat rather than distressed, it also has a bit more of a modern feel. The matte finish is also less likely to show fingerprints, particularly compared to some brighter finishes.

    Satin brass living room lever.

    What is a satin finish?

    If finishes were on a spectrum, satin would be next. It’s more reflective than matte but still less so than a bright finish. Satin finishes are frequently described as “lustrous” or as having a “medium sheen.” It might help to think of satin as a finish with a subtle shine.

     

    Not all satin finishes are the same, though. You also have to consider the tone – gold versus silver, for example – when choosing your door hardware. Schlage’s Satin Brass finish is typically seen on more traditional homes, especially those inspired by the Victorian Era. It works in these homes because of the gold undertones mixed with the softer, almost patinaed, satin quality.

     

    Schlage’s Satin Chrome and Satin Nickel finishes, on the other hand, are more contemporary. You’re more likely to pair them with Mid-Century Modern style, particularly when using colors popular in the 1950s and 60s, such as olive or turquoise.

    Bright chrome bathroom lock.

    What is a bright finish?

    A bright finish is even more reflective than satin. The lighting in the room will bounce off your door hardware to give sparkle and shine. This makes bright finishes especially popular to fans of the Art Deco or Hollywood Regency styles.

     

    Bright Brass, which many of us associate with the 1980s and 1990s, is gaining new life in the 21st century. Its gold tones means it pairs beautifully with those glamorous accessories and rich jewel tone colors. Bright Brass door hardware is perfect whether you want to add a single pop of glamour or take your room over the top, maximalist style.

     

    Schlage’s Bright Chrome has a mirror-like finish that was inspired by the roaring 20s – 1920s, that is – but it also works with less flashy styles as well. Today, you might see it in contemporary, Scandinavian design, where measured amounts of shine add warmth to an otherwise minimalist décor.

    Polished nickel kitchen door knob.

    What is a polished finish?

    Polished finishes are usually associated with countertops and other stone features. When it comes to door hardware, a polished finish is another highly reflective option.

     

    The Schlage Polished Nickel finish offers the most amount of shine. This silver-toned finish can sometimes change color slightly depending on the room’s lighting. It’s also popular to mix other finishes with a polished nickel to balance the high sheen.

    While these are some of the more common door hardware finishes, they certainly aren’t the only ones. You can see all of Schlage’s finishes on our website. And when you’re ready for more inspiration, check us out on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Fire safety tips to keep your home and loved ones safe.

    November 11, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    fire safety | Schlage

    As temperatures start to drop outside, getting cozy inside your home is more attractive than ever. But before you do, take some time to review these residential fire safety tips. 

     

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    As temperatures start to drop outside, getting cozy inside your home is more attractive than ever. Cooking comfort food, lighting a fall candle, or enjoying the season’s first evening around the fireplace may sound like the perfect autumn activity. But before you start on any of these, first review residential fire safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
    Fire extinguisher on kitchen counter next to stovetop.

    Working Smoke Detectors

    The first step for home fire safety is to make sure you have working smoke detectors. At minimum, every home should have a smoke alarm on each level and outside all sleeping areas. Installing smoke detectors in each bedroom is also highly recommended. If you aren’t sure how old your smoke detectors are, it is a good idea to have them tested and/or replaced because older smoke detectors are less effective. Once installed, put a reminder in your calendar to test the batteries and vacuum around them to remove cobwebs (dusty smoke detectors are more likely to have a nuisance alarm). Smoke detector batteries need to be replaced at least once a year.

    Strategically Placed Fire Extinguisher

    Another key home fire safety measure is to have one or more fire extinguishers strategically placed in your home. When purchasing a fire extinguisher, look for one that is rated “A-B-C” and recommended for home use. Not all fire extinguishers are operated the same way; take time to proactively read through the instructions because there will be no time to do so in the event of a fire. Fire extinguishers should only be used by adults, so place them high on a wall where they are out of reach of children. When installing your fire extinguishers, choose a location that is near an exit and away from heat.

    Keep Bedroom Doors Closed

    Why is keeping bedroom doors closed a fire safety tip? Closed doors slow the spread of flames. Fires need oxygen to grow, and closed doors limit the airflow available for combustion. Keeping a fire contained gives firefighters more time to arrive on the scene and quickly handle the situation. Another important reason to keep bedroom doors closed in the event of a fire is that it helps contain smoke, reducing the risk of smoke inhalation as your household members evacuate.

    Choose UL fire rated locks from Schlage

    UL Fire rated locks are independently certified through Underwriter Laboratories, Inc. to meet product safety requirements in the event of a fire. Because not all locks are fire rated, it is important to carefully read product descriptions before purchase. If you are shopping for a fire rated lock, confirm that it is “UL certified” before purchasing.

    Consider Emergency Egress

    Can your doors be easily unlocked and opened in an emergency? Schlage's keyed locks all feature emergency egress so you can unlock your door from the inside by simply rotating the lever, allowing you to leave quickly and conveniently. This feature provides peace of mind that, in the event of a fire, you and your household will be able to evacuate as fast as possible. If you aren’t sure what kind of door lock to choose, use our product selector tool to find the best option for your specific needs.

    Create an Emergency Plan

    Having an emergency plan for your household is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page in the event of a home fire. Think through your home’s layout and outline two ways to evacuate from every room in your home; this gives you options in case one path is blocked. If you have a two-story home, consider purchasing emergency ladders. Your emergency plan also needs to identify a household meeting spot outside where everyone can safely convene. Once you have a fire emergency plan in place, make sure everyone in your family knows it. Practice the plan on a regular basis – at minimum, walk through the plan every year with your family. If you have children in your home, teach them about smoke alarms so they can identify what smoke detectors are, what a smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do if they hear a smoke alarm go off. Lastly, make sure everyone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 and how to respond with stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.

    Being careful to review fire safety tips regularly can keep you and your loved ones safe during a home fire emergency. At Schlage, we are committed to protecting what matters most. Looking for more ways to make your home safer this fall? Check out the Schlage blog for fall home safety and security projects.

     

    Tips to make your home a relaxing space.

    November 09, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 9, 2022

    Relaxing home | Schlage

    Follow these steps to ensure your home reflects peace and calm in the midst of a busy schedule.

     

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    No matter what season of life you are in, being home should offer you and your loved ones a chance to recharge. In the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy for the high-traffic areas of your home to become chaotic and stressful. Piles of mail on the counter, a jumble of shoes by the door, and your work bag on the kitchen chair are all invasive reminders of what needs to be done. While it isn’t always possible to slow life down, there are simple steps you can take to ensure your home reflects peace and calm in the midst of your busy schedule.
    Mother relaxing at home on a yellow couch with two older children in eclectic living room.

    Cut clutter

    The essential first step is to clear out your spaces. Clutter clouds your mental space and makes it difficult to focus. Start with an easy-win area like a home office, bathroom, or hallway. These spaces tend to collect extra stuff, but not so much that it will be overwhelming. Once those areas are clean, move to high traffic areas like the mud room, kitchen, and living spaces. If you want to make your home more calming and peaceful, you can’t start without a clean slate. As you clean, make note of what kind of clutter builds in which locations. This will help you identify where you might need some additional functional décor or storage to give those items an intentional resting space, preventing clutter from building in the first place.

    Functional décor

    Functional décor has multiple uses – it is aesthetically pleasing and useful. Once you have decluttered your spaces and taken inventory of where clutter typically builds up, it’s time to think creatively about a functional décor solution. For locations where papers and mail pile, consider a lidded basket that will add visual interest and storage. Think outside the box for storage containers, choosing items that are useful and contribute to your overall décor. This may mean upgrading or adding furniture like storage ottomans, entry benches, or shelving. The key is to choose pieces that are beautiful and serve an intentional purpose.

    Cozy reading bench by window with chunky knit throw and pillows.

    Cozy corners

    A fun way to add calm into your home is to create a cozy corner. Choose a corner in your home that isn’t really serving a purpose and transform it into a comfortable oasis. Add an inviting chair, throw pillows, plush blanket, and convenient side table to hold your favorite beverage. The goal is to make a space away from the main activity in your home as a sensory retreat. Blend textures, mood lighting, and your favorite candle or essential oils to make a peaceful place you can go to recharge when life feels hectic.

    Calm Lighting

    One of the easiest ways to bring peace and calm into your home is to switch out any harsh lighting for something softer and more inviting. In many cases, this is as easy as swapping out light bulbs! Warm toned light bulbs are comforting and more relaxed, whereas blue toned light bulbs feel cooler and more intense. Adding accent lighting can help develop a calming atmosphere; think table lamps, string lights, and sconces. These are an inexpensive, high-impact way to add immediate comfort to your home.

    Peaceful paint colors

    In general, soft and muted tones contribute a sense of peace and calm in interior design. Greens and blues are known to have a calming effect and give off an ambiance of serenity and stillness. Deep, bold colors are not off the table, but should be used sparingly as accents to avoid any sense of heaviness. Bright reds and yellows are often called out as anxiety-inducing colors, but for some these colors are empowering. This means that you don’t need to stress about digging too deep into color psychology; have confidence to choose colors for your home that have a positive, peaceful connotation to you.

    Use these tips as a springboard to get your home comfortable and organized before the upcoming holiday season. By intentionally creating calm in your home now, you will be able to enjoy all that the holidays have to offer without feeling overwhelmed at home. For all things home design and security, follow Schlage on Instagram and Pinterest!

     

    Home security and pets: 4 things to know.

    November 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    Pet security | Schlage

    Use these tips to have more peace of mind and better enjoy your fluffy friends. 

     

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    Coming home to your pet after a long day is an instant mood boost. It’s no secret that pet ownership offers many benefits like increasing opportunities for exercise, time outside, and companionship. But have you ever wondered if having a pet helps or harms your home security? As we wrap up Animal Safety and Protection Month and Crime Prevention Month; use these tips to have more peace of mind and better enjoy your fluffy friends.
    Woman petting German Shephard dog laying on floor.

    Do Pets Deter Break Ins?

    It’s easy to picture a growling dog scaring off a burglar. If you have an intimidating or territorial pet, it is likely that they may prevent a break in. But for a determined criminal, even a top guard dog isn’t much of a deterrent. You shouldn’t rely on a pet as your line of defense against a potential threat. While your pet may be helpful in sounding the alarm, there are better ways to protect what matters most in your home. While fancy security systems are certainly something to consider, you should first assess how easy it would be for someone to gain entry to your home. Do all your exterior doors have top-rated, working locks? If so, are you diligent in locking up? At Schlage, our door hardware is certified highest in security, durability and finish, giving you peace of mind. Browse our products, and consider a smart lock to make it easier to keep your home secure from anywhere.

    The Risk of Pet Doors

    Many homes have pet doors to make it easier for your dog or cat to come and go. While they do offer convenience, pet doors are a hole in your home security. A small burglar may be able to enter your home through a pet door. More commonly, intruders may be able to reach an arm through a pet door to unlock the door, especially when the pet door is installed on a back or side door. Such access points are easy targets because they enable burglars to force entry from the back yard, which is often fenced in and out of sight for neighbors and street traffic. Protect your home by securing pet doors. You may decide having a pet door isn’t worth the security risk, but at minimum it is smart to make sure pet doors are not located close to door locks, install a cover and slide bolt to lock your pet door from the inside when not in use, and use a security system.

    Home Access for Pet Sitters

    The next time you are out of town, who do you call to take care of your pet? Many owners hire pet sitters and dog walkers to help when needed. While it may seem easiest to just hand out a copy of your home key to service providers or hide a key under your flower pot, think carefully about how that could impact your home security. Once you give out a key, you can’t keep track of what happens to it. Even the most trusted helper could potentially misplace your key, or it is easy for you to forget who all you’ve given a key to. We recommend smart locks for homeowners who frequently have service professionals in and out to take care of pets. Our smart locks enable you to grant temporary access codes from anywhere through the Schlage Home App. These innovative solutions pair ease of access with top-rated security, giving you peace of mind at all times.

    Coming and Going with Your Pets

    One of the most common activities to enjoy with your pet is going for a walk. Even if you are just going for a quick lap around the neighborhood, it is important for your home security to make sure you lock the door behind you. But with a leash in hand, messing with keys can be a hassle. For heavily trafficked side doors, we recommend our keypad locks that offer the convenience of keyless entry and autolock options. Autolock automatically relocks your door after 5 seconds, so you don’t have to worry if you’re a block down the road with your pooch and can’t remember if you locked the door. It’s tempting to think that your side door is less prone to break ins, but many intruders prefer an entry point that isn’t easily seen. That’s why it’s important to invest in your peace of mind by choosing a side door lock you can trust.

    Whether you are a current pet owner or considering adding a new furry friend to your family, it is important to consider how having a pet affects your home security. For more than 100 years, Schlage has offered durable door hardware in a range of unique style combinations designed to help make your home safer and your life more convenient. Visit our product page to explore innovative solutions for keeping your home secure as you enjoy life with your pets.

     

    Home safety and security projects to complete this fall.

    November 02, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 2, 2022

    Fall home safety and security projects | Schlage

    Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and downtime before the holiday bustle to tackle these must-do fall projects.

     

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    Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for colder weather ahead and take care of any summer projects that may have gone undone. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and downtime before the holiday bustle to tackle these must-do fall projects.
    Grandmother, mother and two young daughters raking and playing in leaves outside.

    Test alarms and sensors

    Prepping for the holidays can be so much fun, but it can also mean increased safety hazards in the house. Over the next couple months, you'll be decorating for the holidays, cooking large family meals, enjoying fires in your fireplace, lighting candles, and maybe setting up a Christmas tree. Prepare for the additional hazards these activities bring by testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replacing batteries.

     

    Also, make sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Look for an expiration date on the label and make sure it hasn't passed. In addition, ensure that the pressure dial is in the green, or charged, area. Protecting your home against residential fires will give you peace of mind to enjoy making your home cozy during the holiday season.

    Check insulation points

    Doors and windows are the primary sources for wasted energy in most homes. Apply caulk, weather stripping and insulation inside and outside of the home to ensure you don’t waste any energy – or see increased energy bills – by letting heat leak out. Check on weather stripping around your doors, windows, and garage door; the felt strips seal these openings to prevent drafts, but they can wear down over time. Replace any faded weather stripping and fix drafty doors to increase energy efficiency.

    Clean your gutters

    Your gutters work hard over fall and winter, and they need your help. Clean them out before it gets too cold. This will prevent gutters from overflowing with rain or snow, damaging your roof, and prevent water from pooling at the base of your home, putting strain on your foundation. Remove the leaves that accumulate on your roof with a roof rake. Simply position the rake behind the leaves and pull forward until they fall off the roof. Once you’ve climbed up to your gutters, put on some waterproof gloves and scoop the leaves out by hand. Just remember to always keep one hand on the ladder for safety.

    Prepare your fireplace

    For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Even if you plan on cleaning and maintaining it yourself, have a professional do an initial inspection. A professional will be able to make sure your chimney isn’t at risk for a chimney fire and can walk you through chimney safety tips. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection before winter begins.

    Clean up your lawnmower, grill and other outdoor yard tools

    Your lawnmower, grill and other yard tools are probably dirty after a spring and summer of use. Don't let that dirt and grime sit around all winter. Instead, take the time to clean, tune up and properly store and/or cover these items so they will be ready to be fired up in the spring. Look back at your safety manuals to see which items can be safely stored below freezing during the colder months and make sure you take care of any winterizing items like draining used oil.

    Clean carpets

    Fall is an excellent time to clean your carpets inside. Carpets and rugs tend to collect dirt and dust and grime all summer long, and you’ll want them clean for indoor winter activities. Be sure to open your windows and air out your house as the carpet dries – another bonus of tackling this project in the fall.

    Drain outside water faucets and irrigation

    Not prepping your exterior water outlets could result in an expensive mess. Water lines exposed to outside temperatures, including underground irrigation lines and exterior faucets, can freeze. When water freezes, it expands, which can crack the pipes or hose bibs.

     

    Start by turning off the water lines inside your house. The shutoff valves are usually located near the main plumbing line that brings water into the home. Then open your outdoor spigots to drain the water in the lines. (If you have to drain your irrigation lines, you'll need a pro.) Check the faucets on occasion to ensure that water isn't leaking out. If it is, the shutoff valves either aren't closed all the way, or they're leaky and need to be replaced. It’s much easier to take care of any leaks while the weather is still warm, rather than realizing you have an issue to take care of in cold weather.

    Trim problem bushes and trees

    The last thing you want is for branches to collect frozen water or snow, get too heavy and fall on your house during a winter storm. Now is the time to inspect nearby trees and shrubs and cut any dying branches or limbs hanging over your home before they can do damage. Resist over-trimming, though. Trimming promotes new growth, so wait until your bushes and trees are truly dormant (after winter, in early spring) to do your annual pruning.

    Check and secure door locks

    Exterior door lock alignment can be affected by changing temperatures. If there is moisture slightly warping exterior doors or if you have thick weather stripping, it can affect the fit of your door, potentially throwing off the latch or deadbolt alignment. If any of your exterior locks aren’t working like they should, use these solutions to get your doors and locks working together seamlessly.

     

    Use the changing season as a reminder to check and replace the batteries on any smart locks in your home. Schlage smart locks include low battery indicators, but it is always a good idea to install fresh batteries before the weather dips into low digits.

    What other projects are you taking on this fall to prepare your home for winter? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    Home design with your dog in mind.

    October 18, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    Dog design | Schlage

    When you’re renovating your home or looking to buy a new one, consider what you and your dog both need to be happy and healthy. Try including these six home design features that are pet- and human-friendly.

     

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    Our furry friends are often more than that. Pets are family. When you’re renovating your home or looking to buy a new one, consider what you and your dog both need to be happy and healthy. Try including these six home design features that are pet- and human-friendly.
    Cocker spaniel laying in dog bed in bohemian style bedroom.

    Rub a dub dub - Dog showers fit for your royal family member

    If you don’t like your pup in your tub, you need a dedicated dog shower. This is also a great option when you don’t want paws tracking mud throughout the house on the way to the bathroom. A dog shower in your mudroom, garage or by the back door make keeping everything clean convenient and easy.

     

    And don’t think dog showers can’t be stylish as well as functional. We love the monochromatic dog wash station @houseofjadeinteriors made with just a splash of bright bronze glam with the fixtures in this mudroom.

    Spots for spot - Built-in crates with style and function

    When you renovate your mudroom to include a dog shower, consider adding a built-in crate while you’re at it. It’s a great way to keep it out from underfoot – a big plus for you and your home’s overall design – and still give your pooch a safe place to chill out.

     

    Another great alternative is to choose multipurpose furniture everyone in the family can use. What might be an end table for you is their crate. Or maybe you incorporate a little hidey hole in the kitchen island or under the stairs.

     

    It’s a good idea to give your pet their own space. Where that is might depend on your dog’s temperament. If they’re more nervous and need alone time to calm down, find a quiet room for their crate that’s away from the hubbub. If they’re happier when they’re surrounded by the family and activity, include them in the heart of it all, like the living room or kitchen.

    Wipe your paws - Best textiles for pets

    Unless you’re new to the game, you know how much effort it takes to keep your home clean when you have pets. There’s amazing amounts of fur, debris that rides in on the dog after their walk and food messes. Choose materials for your home that will hold up to your pet and everything they do.

     

    Textiles should be durable and easy to wash. That includes rugs, furniture coverings, blankets and even curtains. You’d be surprised how much hair sticks to them. Furniture companies are offering more fabric options specifically designed for pets now, but other options include fabrics that can easily be thrown in the washer or those designed for indoor-outdoor use since they’re more resistant to moisture and stains.

     

    Regardless of the type of fabric you choose, consider colors and patterns. It’s tempting to pick a black couch to match your black dog, but that doesn’t mean the mess will automatically become invisible. Instead, go for patterns. They do a better job of hiding fur, dander and dirt.

    F-O-O-D - chic pet bowl ideas

    When you have designated feeding times for your dog, a cabinet with built-in bowls that pull out only when you need them can be very chic. This good boy at Houzz looks ready to eat.

     

    A quicker but no less stylish alternative is to contain food and water spills with a nice mat. We love how these can customized to either match the look of the room or your pet’s personality. If you want to incorporate natural materials into your home décor, check out this dog food mat from @stellasloane_home.

    Doggy doors and more

    Controlling where your dog can go is important to their safety. For smaller dogs or those who don’t jump, a simple baby gate might seem like a good way to keep them out of certain rooms or away from steps. But how about something that’s nicer to look at every day like this DIY gate from Yellow Brick Home?

     

    And what about letting your dog come and go as it pleases? Doggy doors are nice for those who can’t decide if they want to be inside or outside, but they also make it possible for other critters to enter. Go smart with an electronic doggy door. The Power Pet Electronic Pet Door is activated by your dog’s collar, so Buster can get outside but the racoons can’t get in.

     

    For an extra level of smart access, try a Schlage smart lock to better control what humans have access to your home. You don’t have to carry keys when you take your best friend for a walk, nor do you have to give a spare key to a pet sitter while you’re on vacation.

    Good boy organization

    Like human children, pets require lots of things – toys, food bowls, leashes (the dog, not the kid). Have dedicated storage for all of it and make the bins, baskets and hooks stylish for your own sake. Use these storage solutions for pets where you need them most. For example, keep leashes and waste bags near the door so they’re on hand for walkies. Instead of leaving those giant bags of food out looking sloppy, transfer the kibble to a nicer container so it isn’t such an eyesore when it’s sitting out near their food bowl.

    These tips are just the beginning. Find more, like dog-friendly porch ideas, how to keep pets safe during the holidays and advice for moving with pets, at the Schlage blog. We’d also love to see your pets. Share them with us on Facebook and Instagram. (Seriously, we want to see them.)

     

    Keep it simple! Cheap and easy ideas for Halloween porch decor.

    October 14, 2022 by monica.reedy

    Friday, October 14, 2022

    Happy Halloween porch banner | Schlage

    If you’re looking to give your home some Halloween curb appeal without the hassle, check out these easy ideas for inspiration.

     

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    Once we turn the corner into October, it’s not all pumpkin spice and everything nice. It’s spooky season! While we love elaborate porch decorations for Halloween, it isn’t always in the budget – or worth the time. If you’re looking to give your home some Halloween curb appeal without the hassle, check out these easy ideas for inspiration.
    Halloween porch decor with Happy Halloween banner hanging on front porch railing.

    Hanging by a thread

    Nothing says Halloween like some suspense! Fishing line is your best friend if you aren’t sure how to decorate your front porch for Halloween. These hanging hats from @everydaygracedesigns create an air of magic and excitement without being scary or gaudy. The clever sign, broomsticks, and black cat are the final touches that create a sense of witchy wonder.

     

    If witches aren’t your thing, this idea can spin off in many ways. For example, suspend battery powered candles for a ghostly glow. Other fun ideas include getting crafty by hanging tiny ghosts (tie a small piece of white fabric under a ping-pong ball head) or make and suspend pipe cleaner spiders for some silly creepy crawlies. This is the perfect chance to let your imagination run wild. Whatever you land on, floating objects above your front door is sure to be the magical touch to your Halloween front porch décor.

     

    Simple and Cost-Effective

    This moody Halloween porch display from @thedesertoasis_rm is a perfect showcase for why simple is often best. Your porch doesn’t need to be spilling over with pumpkins and décor to make a big impact.

     

    To re-create this look on your own porch, first decide where the bat swarm will be most visible. Choose a spot that is well-lit and visible from your curb or front path. While you can certainly purchase plastic bats, this is an easy look to recreate using materials you already have on hand. Upcycle some old cardboard by cutting out bat shapes and then painting them black, or you can simply use black cardstock. If your bats will live where they might get rained on, opt for a more durable material like felt or laminated craft paper. Once cut out, attach your bats in a flying pattern using double sided tape and then step back to admire your masterpiece! This cheap Halloween décor idea is a fun way to charm guests without breaking the bank.

    Add Small Halloween Details to your Fall Front Porch Décor

    The best thing about decorating your porch for Halloween is that you don’t need to start from scratch. Instead, add in subtle Halloween touches to your existing fall display so you can decorate your front porch for cheap. This cute entryway from @rachelparker_blog is lovely inspiration for a Halloween decorated porch that is both kid-friendly and fun. Layer a spunky door mat over your existing rug, add one or two other small Halloween items, and your front porch is all set for trick or treaters!

     

    If you had no idea what to put on your front porch for Halloween, let these ideas give you confidence to create a fun display that saves you time and money. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple so you have more time to spend with your loved ones. At Schlage, we protect what matters most with products that keep your home secure and stylish. For more front porch décor ideas, browse our Instagram and Pinterest!

     

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