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    Homes of the Century: 100 years of leisurely living rooms.

    August 11, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Century of living rooms | Schlage

    In this installment of Schlage’s Homes of the Century series, we look at the history of living rooms.



    If we traveled back in time to our hometown 100 years ago, it might still feel as if we were visiting a foreign country. Lifestyles have changed dramatically in the last century. Likewise, how we design our home, including its kitchen, porch and garage, has shifted to accommodate how we live our lives. In this installment of Schlage’s Homes of the Century series, we look at the history of living rooms.
    Farmhouse modern living room.

    Small and separate to start

    Industrial magnates of the 1920s – think Rockefeller – have always had huge homes. The rest of us, however, are a bit more modest. Particularly at the turn of the 20th century, homes were small and their closed floorplans may have made them feel even tighter. Closed-off rooms weren’t merely for design, though. Before wiring homes for electricity, families relied on gas lighting. A draft could quickly turn dangerous, so divided rooms were needed for safety.1


    Electricity made its way into the average home in the 1920s, but it was still expensive. The tradeoff for electricity was building smaller homes with fewer rooms. The separate front parlor, common in Victorian-era homes, was eliminated and living rooms were born in its place.


    That didn’t mean Americans were ready for an open-concept home yet, though. Looking at blueprints from the 1921 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog, from which prospective homeowners could purchase the plans to build their own house, we can see that each room was clearly defined. There was no mistaking in the Avalon floorplan, for example, that each space – living room, dining room, kitchen – was definitively designated for a specific purpose.


    The relative luxuriousness of the Avalon should also be noted. Not only did the living room have space for a davenport and a piano – two features frequently called out in blueprints of the time – but it also had an indoor bathroom. The more modest Arcadia, on the catalog’s preceding page, had a smaller living room – no davenports here – and no dedicated lavatory.

    Opening to new room combinations

    A few decades later, new homes were still small by today’s standards, but we were toying with the idea of multi-functional spaces more regularly. By the 1950s, we see more living/dining rooms. One floorplan found in the Practical Homes catalog from 1953, advertised an “attractive contemporary design with its combination living and dining room (that) offers an interesting change to those who want a house planned for low cost livability. Truly individual, it has all the attributes of permanent worth.”

    1950s family sitting in the living room.

    In other instances, the combination was a kitchen/dining area with separate living and family rooms.


    During this transition from single- to multi-purpose, we also changed how we outfitted these spaces. The 1920s living room was advertised as a space for relaxation. In addition to the davenport – in the U.S., typically a couch that converted to a bed – and piano, there might have been built-in bookshelves, a library table and a fireplace.


    With combination spaces, whether dining/kitchen or dining/living rooms, the focus shifted to convenience, extra space and improved airflow. We see all of these notes in the Practical Homes catalog. “Following the approved trend, the dining and kitchen areas are combined for efficiency as an aid to the busy housewife,” said one blueprint description. “The undivided living and dining portions increase the spaciousness of the house,” said another. And, “This home was carefully planned for livability. Cross-ventilation is had in the combination living room-dining room.”

    Open living and dining room space in older home.
    Even later, these family-focused spaces were geared toward recreation and entertainment. “Whether located in suburbia or remote places this leisure home is designed to bring optimum media entertainment into your living room which doubles as a home entertainment center,” a 1987 Architectural Designs catalog wrote of one floorplan. “For a good reception to the large projected TV screen a perforated aluminum satellite dish has been placed on the roof facing south and centering on the solar bay. The entertainment center is placed so that it is in full view of the living, dining and kitchen which flow together in one large space.”2

    Going lower for an elevated look

    Housing trends come and go, and sunken living rooms are no exception. In the 1960s and 70s, they were the hot solution to open floorplans when you wanted well-defined rooms without sacrificing the spacious, airy feeling. The lower level also opened the door for conversation pits.

    Conversation pit
    Sunken living rooms are still providing their original benefits to modern homes, just without the shag carpet. Tiny homes, which rely so heavily on open floorplans are adapting the trend, as are fans of minimalist décor. When screens or open bookcases threaten your home’s open aesthetic, sunken living rooms may be the answer.
    Contemporary sunken room.

    We understand better than ever now how relaxation, recreation and connection with others affect our quality of life. As we look to our surroundings to help us find balance and wellness, we may not need to look any farther than our living rooms, sunken or otherwise, to give us that boost we seek.


    For more home history and to help Schlage celebrate its 100th anniversary, visit

    Kyvig, David E. Daily Life in the United States 1920-1940: How Americans lived through the 'Roaring Twenties' and the Great Depression. Ivan R. Dee, 2004.

    “Leisure Home Focuses on Entertainment.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 34.


    Where to hang mirrors for more style and space.

    July 31, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 31, 2020

    Mirrors | Schlage

    Here are six places you should uses mirror … and four more you shouldn’t.



    Mirrors can make a big style impact on a room. If the space feels dark or cramped, mirrors can create the illusion that it’s larger and brighter. They can also offer decorative flair and improve Feng Shui. As useful as they are, however, you don’t want to just hang them around haphazardly. Here are six places you should uses mirror … and four more you shouldn’t.

    Best places to hang a mirror


    You get big bang for your buck with an entryway mirror. Because foyers can be small, the mirror will help it feel more open. It’s also a low-profile way to spruce up the look of that small space without taking up square-footage. You’ll never find yourself tripping over a mirror when you’re trying to get out the door in a hurry. And speaking of hurries, you can of course use it for a last-minute spot check before rushing off to work or a dinner date.

    Narrow hallways

    Much like in an entryway, a mirror in a long and narrow hallway can create the illusion of a larger space. You’ll want to choose a mirror that is also long and narrow for the best effect.


    Reflect light and cozy activities taking place around the fireside. A mirror is good for every season, too, so it’ll look right at home whether you’re decking the halls at Christmas time or displaying your favorite summer wildflowers.

    Kids’ bedroom

    First, banish the idea that a mirror has to be square or round. You can find them in adorable shapes, like bunnies, to add a touch of whimsy any kid would love. If a mirror for your toddler seems unnecessary, A Beautiful Mess points out that you can use it to play games with your kids. Peek-a-boo just got a bit more interesting. Place it strategically near the crib, and you can even use it to check if Baby is sleeping without needing to come all the way in the room.

    Blind spots

    You might like a mirror where you typically have your back to the door. This will let you keep an eye on things in the rest of the room or easily see if someone is coming up behind you. Consider a mirror over your desk in a home office or in a kitchen where your meal prep station puts you facing away from the kids’ play area.


    Don’t forget to include mirrors tastefully in your furniture. A tabletop mirror, even a small one placed just under some candles, can add extra shimmer to your décor. Cabinets might also do well with some mirrors, inside a curio cabinet or outside on doors. It doesn’t even need to be a true mirror, if that’s too much for you. Any kind of reflective surface, including metallic chair legs or vases, can create the same effect.

    Worst places to hang a mirror

    • Ceilings – They’re just creepy. The less said the better.

    • Low in the dining room – Dining rooms can be ideal for mirrors, but if you’re going to use one as part of your dining décor, hang it a little higher than usual. No one likes to watch themselves chew.

    • Facing a toilet or shower – Most people will feel uncomfortable having to look at themselves while they’re sitting on the toilet or in the shower. It’s best to leave bathroom mirrors over the sink.

    • Kitchen – Kitchen mirrors are generally considered bad for Feng Shui. They can also be hard to keep clean, and when your mirror constantly shows water droplets or grease splatters, your kitchen will look messy.

    Find more design ideas and trends, including our rules for a welcoming entryway, on the Schlage blog. There’s more inspiration where that came from, too. Find us on Instagram and Pinterest.


    Where to hang mirrors.


    Oh, how we’ve changed! 100 years of style and innovation.

    July 29, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    100 years of style and innovation | Schlage

    Why are our houses built the way they are? What was American home life like 20, 40, 100 years ago? When we look back on the last century, we can uncover the unexpected history of us.



    How do trends start? Why are our houses built the way they are? What was American home life like 20, 40, 100 years ago? Inspiration can come from anywhere – movies, our environment, even political movements – and impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Fiestaware fought the Depression. Tupperware parties are rooted in feminism. Friends made us paint our doors purple. When we look back on the last century, we can uncover the unexpected history of us.
    100 years of style and innovation.

    1920s: Home style that was the cat’s pajamas

    1920s Art Deco living room furniture.

    • Art Deco style debuted, letting us display our prosperity on the heels of World War I.

    • Electricity became more common in homes, replacing gas lighting and giving us vacuums, toasters and electric irons. Its high cost led to a tradeoff for smaller homes, resulting in the Western bungalow.1

    • WWI taught us a lot about cleanliness and nutrition. Companies sold appliances with “sanitary” metal finishes and promoted the health benefits of pasteurized milk, Grape Nuts and congealed salads. 2

    • Walter Schlage invented the push-button lock, changing forever the way we secure our homes.

    1930s: Keen design through tough times

    1930s fiestaware.

    • The Great Depression meant that few new homes were built. Those who already owned homes often defaulted on their mortgages at alarming rates.3

    • To help make ends meet, growing and canning your own food became more common.

    • In an effort to provide people with affordable, durable and cheery home goods, Fiestaware and Depression glass were introduced.

    • More homes had refrigerators as they became more reliable and consumers could buy them on credit.4

    1940s: Victory began at home

    1940 Cape Cod home.

    • People’s lives were consumed by patriotism as they planted Victory Gardens at home and women followed Rosie the Riveter into the factories.

    • Many companies, including Schlage, transitioned from producing their typical goods to manufacturing munitions needed for war.

    • The post-war construction boom led to popularity in Cape Cod and kit homes, which could be constructed quickly. Life for many shifted to the suburbs as people began to chase the American Dream again.

    1950s: Swell mid-century style

    1950s pink bathroom.

    • Ranch-style homes, complete with picture windows and garages, became popular and barbecue pits were a sign of being well-off.5

    • New home features included laminate and Formica, “First Lady Pink” and Mid-Century Modern furniture.

    • Fixing up the home with DIY projects became more common and it often involved the entire family chipping in.6

    • Many women, wishing they could still be a part of the workforce after the war, found an outlet by hosting Tupperware parties from their home.

    1960s: Home décor that was outta sight!

    1960s style eating kitchen.

    • Split-level and A-frame houses were the home style of choice for many.

    • Décor could often be traced back to larger cultural movements, including patterns tied to Flower Power and Sputnik chandeliers inspired by space exploration.

    • Colored plastics, Lucite furniture and, of course, lava lamps were common.

    • Julia Child and Jacqueline Kennedy influenced homemakers, giving them the inspiration and the skill to emulate these sophisticated and elegant role models.

    1970s: Far out style right at home

    1970s entryway wallpaper.

    • Few things say “1970s” like shag carpet and macramé. Homes also often had sunken living rooms, water beds and plenty of earth tones.

    • Americans paid greater attention to the energy crisis resulting in earthships, meant to leave a small environmental footprint.

    • Microwaves were introduced to the home, letting kids fix their own after-school snacks and parents make dinner with less effort than ever before.

    • Color television became a reality, adding new enjoyment to The Brady Bunch, while Star Wars debuted in theaters.

    1980s: Looks that were most excellent

    1980 bedroom.

    • Technology made major jumps. Now small and simple enough for the average user, Apple released the first Macintosh in 1984.7

    • Shed-style homes, today often seen as cabins and woodsy vacation homes, grew in popularity.

    • The bright colors and abstract shapes of the Memphis style were popular in décor, as were bright brass finishes in hardware.

    • The eighties were a decade of entertainment blockbusters that included hits like Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial as well as other pop culture favorites like Transformers and G.I. Joe on television.

    1990s: Houses that were totally stylish

    1990 kitchen.

    • Décor was characterized by the shabby chic aesthetic, while light pine and mirrored walls were a necessity for some nineties homes.

    • Also popular were sponge-painted walls and oversized curtains, neither of which fit in later in the decade with the rise of minimalism.

    • The first cell phones hit the market, although they had not advanced to the “smart” stage yet.

    • Friends debuted in the middle of the decade and eventually became a cultural reference for entire generations.

    2000s: Décor that was da bomb

    2000 suburban brick home.

    • More families lived in the suburbs. Many of those homes included multiple generations under one roof thanks to the Great Recession, giving rise to the “Boomerang Generation.”

    • Perhaps due to watching our wallets, the “quickie reno” became a popular and effective way to give your home a lift without breaking the bank.

    • While some homes adored Bubblegum Pink, others gravitated toward coffee-inspired colors for their décor.

    • Technology put control at our fingertips and life on our schedule as the iPod and iPhone as well as DVR, Hulu and YouTube all came into existence.

    2010s: Recent looks ICYMI

    Entryway with Schlage smart lock.

    • Three home styles, all with very distinct feels despite using similar natural materials, became popular. Farmhouse Modern, Industrial Modern and Scandinavian were in vogue.

    • Nearly a century after its heyday, Art Deco returned with people’s love of rich colors and mixing metals.

    • Mid-Century Modern furniture also returned (thanks in part to our obsession with TV’s Mad Men), as did updated macramé, terrazzo and rattan furniture of seventies fame.

    • Technology worked to simplify our lives as the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt was introduced, along with other technological revolutions like the Amazon Echo and Alexa, AirPods and ride sharing apps.

    Find a more complete snapshot of who we were and who we’ve become at



    Kyvig, David E. Daily Life in the United States 1920-1940: How Americans lived through the 'Roaring Twenties' and the Great Depression. Ivan R. Dee, 2004.

    McBride, Tom, Nief, Ron The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is Normal. Wiley, 2011.

    Kyvig, David E. Daily Life in the United States 1920-1940: How Americans lived through the 'Roaring Twenties' and the Great Depression. Ivan R. Dee, 2004.

    Lindop, Edmond. America in the 1920sTwenty-First Century Books, 2010.

    McBride, Tom, Nief, Ron. The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is Normal. Wiley, 2011.

    McBride, Tom, Nief, Ron. The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is Normal. Wiley, 2011.

    Kurin, Richard. The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. The Penguin Press, 2013.

    The best house party ideas of the last century.

    July 28, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    House party ideas | Schlage

    From the Lone Ranger to gender reveals, here are 10 moments that shaped home entertainment history.



    One of the perks of owning a home is inviting others over to celebrate and create memories. Some celebrations are laden with tradition, so our parties have remained similar throughout the century, while others have changed along with our lifestyles. From the Lone Ranger to gender reveals, here are 10 moments that shaped home entertainment history.
    Outdoor family dinner party.

    1. Family radio shows

    During the Great Depression, money for leisure activities simply wasn’t there. Entertaining for the vast majority of Americans in the 1930s tended to be an at-home, family-only affair. Even when money was tight, families invested in radios in greater numbers. Only one-third of U.S. households owned a radio in the late 20s, and that had increased to approximately 60 percent by 1933.A fun evening was a gathering around the radio, listening to shows like The Lone Ranger and Our Gal Sunday.

    2. Cocktail parties

    The first cocktail party was reportedly held in St. Louis in 1917. Prohibition in the 20s likely didn’t do much to create the image we now have of ladies in cocktail dresses and gentlemen sipping their Old Fashioned in someone’s living room. That came later, in the 1950s and 60s, and food like cocktail weenies, cocktail peanuts and Jell-O made the party an all-out event. We still love a good cocktail party today. Google how to throw one and you’ll get tips from everyone from Martha Stewart to Wikihow. Just don’t forget the bar cart.

    3. Grilling

    The idea of outdoor entertaining rose in popularity following World War II. Americans took advantage of the post-war building boom, moved to the suburbs and suddenly found themselves with backyards. With newfound space, time and money, 1950s American families could invite friends over for an open-air meal. For the first time, men did the cooking, although Wife was still preparing the salads and side dishes indoors. Still popular, modern outdoor gatherings may take different forms. In 2018, Pinterest reported a 192 percent increase in searches for stargazing parties.

    4. Fondue parties

    Some at Schlage think this isn’t list-worthy, but if you entertained in the 1960s and 70s, you were a party pooper if you didn’t invite friends over for fondue. The 1964 New York World’s Fair introduced Americans to Swiss fondue. Before we knew it, stores were selling fondue party kits. What started as a cheese dish – the Swiss Cheese Union declared it the official national dish of Switzerland in 1930 – fondue eventually included chocolate for dipping, a fantastically American adaptation.

    5. Dinner parties

    At one time, particularly around the Victorian era, dinner parties were a way to showcase how affluent you were. It proved you could afford a home large enough for a dedicated dining room or great hall, you had all the fancy silverware for very specific purposes – don’t even think about using a pickle fork for the lettuce – and you could serve elaborate multi-course meals to all your guests. Many argue the dinner party is a lost art, but we still see them. They just aren’t formal anymore. Especially among younger generations affected by the Great Recession, it might be a potluck and someone’s probably sitting on an ottoman, but it’s still a party.

    6. Game and movie nights

    Like casual modern dinner parties, other forms of home entertaining have also gotten more relaxed. Having friends over for games or to binge watch Stranger Things/Arrested Development/Cheer has taken over. It’s not so much up to the host to “entertain” as it is to make sure the streaming is cued up and the table is cleared for a board game.

    7. Brunch

    Brunch as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon, but it might simply be a matter of word choice. According to the New York Times, brunch is likely an American version of the English hunt breakfast, enjoyed after a morning of stalking foxes and whatnot. Today, brunch-as-entertainment is largely a girls’ outing with mimosas and a full range of decadent food you wouldn’t normally indulge in without your pals.

    8. New Year’s Eve

    For each of us who wants to go out and ring in the new year with masses of strangers, there are just as many who prefer to stay in for a house party or with a small group of friends. Interestingly, these New Year’s Eve house parties have gone largely unchanged in recent history. We still like to get dressed up, even if the clothes have changed a bit. We still enjoy a libation or two. And while the only way to get the countdown in the 1940s was on the radio, we’re still waiting to set off our noisemakers at the stroke of midnight.

    9. Children’s birthday parties

    In early history – think ancient Egyptians and Romans – only the pharaohs, gods and wealthy had birthday parties. Fast forward to the 18th century, and the Germans finally figured out we want sweet cakes to celebrate. Wealthy Victorians threw the first events that we would recognize as children’s birthday parties, but even they were just excuses to teach their kids etiquette and show off how many servants they had. Around the middle of the 20th century, we finally see more kid-friendly parties, complete with games where children can run amok, paper hats and candles.

    10. Gender reveal parties

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gender reveal parties are thought to have been invented in 2008 with the simple cutting of a cake with pink icing. So why are they so popular now? Some credit medical advancements like the ability to find out the baby’s sex before it’s born and more people wanting to celebrate their miracle babies born via IVF. Others say it’s just our love of sharing private moments more publicly, and isn’t that the reason for most parties?

    Find more home entertainment tips at the Schlage blog or get inspired on Pinterest. And if you’re loving the history celebration, check out our anniversary at

    Kurin, Richard. The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. Penguin Books, 2016.


    How to sample your favorite styles.

    July 22, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    Steal from trends | Schlage

    Capture the essence of today’s top design trends in a way that works for you with these tips.



    Throw the rules out the window! The only thing you really need to remember about décor is to choose what you like best. But what if the things you select – a chevroned lampshade, a fuzzy blanket, a curved couch – leads to a hodge-podge of a room? Instead of people saying, “That’s so you!” they’re thinking, “What happened in here?”


    This is the risk we run when we find a trend with some elements we like and others we can’t stand. Sometimes it’s that the trend doesn’t work seamlessly with our lifestyle or we can only afford to redo part of a room. Capture the essence of today’s top design trends in a way that works for you with these tips.

    Go Art Deco – or global – with jewel tones

    Art Deco and global styles are both marked by bold colors and generous amounts of pattern and details. Focusing on the jewel tones common in both is a great opportunity to hint at the trend without the lavishness or excess that comes with going all-in.

    To keep your home from looking mismatched, take inspiration from other Art Deco or global elements, but tone them down. True Art Deco called for all the glitz and glam of gold. You might strategically choose other warm metallic finishes for accessories you’d use anyway. Consider lamps with a metal base, brass door hardware or, if you’re redoing a kitchen or bathroom, plumbing and cabinet pulls in a warm or gold-toned finish.
    For the global feel, pick a vibrant rug to brighten up otherwise neutral flooring and coordinate it with some wall art or other accessories with similar colors. The jewel tones you love will take center stage in the best way possible.

    Show maximalist flair in a single piece

    Many homeowners and designers are shifting away from minimalism in favor of showing more personality. If you like the pizzazz of maximalism but it still feels cluttered to you, put all the vibrancy and patterns of the style into a single piece. Apartment Therapy shows how to make a glittered clock on its list of maximalist DIYs.

    So how does a glittery wall clock fit in with a more subdued décor? Coordinate with complementary colors like blue pillows that match the blue in the glitter. Or make it your room’s statement piece. That glittery clock, but supersized to dominate the wall, would certainly be a conversation starter in an otherwise neutral-toned space.
    This living room also hints at maximalism with its color scheme and mixed patterns. Diamond and triangle patterns match across fabrics and coordinating colors on different accessories help you avoid a chaotic feel. Clutter-free shelves and coffee table, as well as the pure white walls, curtains and lampshade, also show restrained maximalism for broader appeal.

    Plant the idea of Bohemian Modern

    Bohemian Modern continues to gather steam in 2020, partly because of its nod to the natural and fun. Think fringe, crochet, burlap and floor seating with oversized pillows. If that all feels too hippy for you, focus on the houseplants. Potted plants on windowsills, coffee tables or hanging over a sink are great indoor options and, chosen wisely, can be low-maintenance.

    One way to mesh a touch of Boho Modern with other décor is to play with the combination of plants and containers. So-called Boho plants include ficus, succulents and hanging spider plants. Neutralize the 1970s vibe with contemporary containers. Or flip it with macramé and woven plant baskets filled with whatever plants speak to you. This bathroom adds a 70s touch with that owl vase and woven basket on the vanity.

    Update your Mid-Century Modern with color

    If you want your room to scream Mid-Century Modern, get an Eames chair. For a more subtle nod to the style that also gives you the flexibility to meld it with your existing décor, you might focus your attention on colors again. shows us some common color palettes for this time period. Like Art Deco’s jewel tones, Mid-Century Modern colors work equally well as wall paint, furniture or accessories.

    Make your retro color scheme work with more modern décor by paying close attention to variable shades. If Mid-Century Modern’s love of orange and brown reminds you too much of that old shag carpet, maybe a golden yellow is a better fit. The colorful island and cabinets without pulls help bring this kitchen into the 21st century.

    Another option is to choose a more vibrant shade of orange as an accent while making the rest of your space a more neutral color. Even with an extra touch of Mid-Century Modern thanks to the low, square couch, we still don’t feel like we’ve been transported to a 60s sitcom in this sunroom.


    The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your home on trend yet still personal. All you need to keep it unique is a few simple swaps and a shift in focus. Find more inspiration and tips from Schlage on Pinterest and our blog.


    How to sample your favorite styles


    How to choose the best hardware when building a new home.

    July 13, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 13, 2020

    New home build | Schlage

    When building a new home, the options for materials, fixtures and finishing touches are endless. Here’s what you need to know to select the best door hardware for your new build.



    Are you thinking of building a new home or in the process of working with a builder to create your dream house? Building a new home can be quite a process, filled with paying close attention to details big and small. The options often seem endless, and in many cases it can be a rather stressful situation. We want to shed some light on the door hardware selection process and hopefully make it a little easier for you to find something that looks great and, more importantly, keeps your family secure.
    Farmhouse style white ranch new build.

    Make your custom home secure

    You’ve invested a lot into your new home, but protecting your family is the most important investment you’ll make. When it comes to exterior door hardware, deadbolts are your first line of defense. Schlage mechanical deadbolts and smart locks are rated among the industry’s best in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA. Their superior security and quality metal construction provide you with peace of mind, no matter if you put them on your front door, back patio or garage entry. And when you choose one of our smart deadbolts, you gain keyless convenience and remote access from anywhere. We help make your smart home a secure home.


    Part of the beauty of building your own home is that you get to bring your unique sense of style to the space – more on that in a minute. For now, know that Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware allows you to choose your decorative door knobs and levers at an affordable price without sacrificing the highest quality of residential security. Because, let's face it. If it doesn't withstand something as everyday as a child hanging from the lever and as vital as a sledgehammer attack, it doesn't really matter how nice your lock looks. We think peace of mind means feeling good about your style choices as well as being confident in your safety.

    Show your style savvy

    Schlage makes decisions easier and you’ll never have to sacrifice style, thanks to a variety of design and finish options. We offer interior and exterior door hardware that perfectly complements every area of your home. It’s the perfect way to capture your personal taste with details that make a statement. And remember that you can choose the same finish for all your hardware, from the front door to the back and everywhere in between. Suiting the finish and design of your door hardware helps you get that cohesive look that makes your home feel complete.


    Whether you’re building a home with contemporary architecture or one with a more traditional feel, we have something for you. For example, look to our door locks with a Matte Black finish. The dark hue adds a refined touch to minimalist décor as well as a punch of boldness if you opted for rich, deep paints. For a more traditional feel, consider Schlage’s Aged Bronze knobs with a classic patina feel. The possibilities are endless when you consider our range of finishes.


    Don’t forget to ask your builder about additional finishes that may be available only to trade professionals, too. Schlage’s Black Stainless is a stylish alternative to Matte Black and is currently exclusive to builders. It’s a great way to get a unique look ahead of your neighbors.

    Live your perfect life

    When it comes to interior door hardware, the Schlage Custom Combined Interior makes sure your home can grow with you. With privacy and passage functions combined in one lock, you can change your doors from locking to non-locking based on your needs without having to replace the entire lock. Go from an office to a nursery and back again easily and seamlessly. It’s the ideal solution if you plan to stay in your home for years to come.


    Schlage products also feature a Limited Lifetime Mechanical and Finish Warranty and a 3-Year Electronics Warranty for smart locks. Why should this be important to you? Because it’s our promise to support you during the lifetime of your lock, even if something breaks or the finish starts to show some wear. You can have confidence in the quality and craftsmanship of every Schlage product, whether it’s a mechanical knob or a smart deadbolt. Our warranties are a commitment to earning your trust.


    It’s easy to overlook door hardware amidst all the other decisions you’re making during a home build. But when you consider door knobs, levers and deadbolts early in the process along with other fixtures in the home, like when choosing your doors, kitchen faucets and bathroom hardware, you can be sure that you will have a cohesive design throughout the entire home. Our Style Selector Tool can help you determine what look is right for you and choose products that complement your design taste.


    Feel free to drop by our Schlage Facebook page and tell us about the home you’re building or find inspiration on Pinterest.


    Stylish and practical pocket doors for every home.

    July 9, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Pocket doors | Schlage

    Keep reading for some of our favorite pocket doors for each room in your house and how to choose the right locks and door hardware.



    Do you cringe at the mere mention of pocket doors? Have flashbacks of cheap closet sliders? If so, let us try to change your perspective. With new styles and better functionality, pocket doors are back and better than ever. Keep reading for some of our favorite pocket doors for each room in your house and how to choose the right locks and door hardware.

    What is a pocket door and why should I get one?

    A pocket door is any door that slides inside the wall and “disappears” when open. They differ from other sliding doors and barn doors, which remain visible regardless of whether they’re open or closed.


    One of the main appeals of pocket doors is how well they work in spaces where clearance is a concern. If you have a narrow hallway that doesn’t allow for a standard door to swing open without hitting another wall or furniture, for example, a pocket door is a perfect solution.


    Pocket doors are also ideal for open floorplans that you might want to occasionally close off. Consider the combination kitchen-dining room. Perhaps you leave the space open in most situations, but when hosting a dinner party, you want to hide dirty dishes while you’re entertaining. Pocket doors offer you that versatility while maintaining the clean, sleek look of a room.

    Which style of pocket door should I choose?

    The right style is your favorite style. That being said, here are some factors to consider and some ideas to spark your imagination.

    Master suite

    A pocket door can provide additional privacy between the bedroom and bathroom. Depending on the size of your master suite, you could choose either a single pocket door or a double, which slides into each side of the wall.


    Because you’re likely looking for that extra privacy, we recommend steering clear of doors with glass. If you absolutely love the look, however, try frosted glass. The most practical options are a solid door, which can be especially striking when matched to the color or finish of the wall in a contemporary space, or one with mirrors.

    Kitchen pantry

    The entry to your pantry, even if it’s a walk-in, is probably fairly narrow, so choose a single pocket door. In terms of style, the world is your oyster. If you’re someone who likes to hide your pantry, choose a subtle design that blends with the surrounding surfaces. You might paint a solid door the same color as the walls around it. But if you’re looking to make more of a statement, a bold color, decorative patterns or paned with glass can do the trick.

    Laundry room

    Let’s start by saying that we love pocket doors for laundry rooms that started off as something else. Maybe you expanded a closet or installed plumbing in a spare room to put the laundry where it’s more convenient for you. When that happens, you might have found that a traditional door didn’t quite work with the new space. An outward swinging door blocked the hallway and an inward swinging one hit your appliances. Enter, pocket doors.


    Follow the same suggestions above for kitchen pantry doors and you should be in good shape.

    Powder room or small bathroom

    Small bathrooms can be one of the most troublesome spots in your house. Overhauling the tile, fixtures and everything else can be expensive. A new door is an easy way to add some color and personality without the huge price tag. And when it’s a pocket door, you won’t give up valuable space in the process.


    Because of the … ahem … pocket-sized space of your powder or small bathroom, look for single door options. You can then go as subtle or decorative as your heart desires. We like the idea of a frosted glass window. It provides the necessary amount of privacy while still letting in extra light, which can mean the difference between the room feeling cramped or airy.

    Home office

    Some of our favorite pocket doors for home offices have windows. It’s that balance between the privacy you need when you’re conducting business and the open airiness to help you feel inspired and productive. Depending on your taste or the kind of business you do, you can go either fun and funky or conservatively professional.


    The most classic of all pocket doors might be those on combination spaces. Originally popular in Victorian architecture, we often saw pocket doors leading to the drawing room or closing off the ladies’ sitting room from another area. Today’s versions can make just as classic a statement while still adding a modern twist.


    Because openings between kitchen-dining rooms tend to be larger, you have more room to play with design. Solid doors with some kind of paneling or architectural detail can give a more traditional look. Glass panes can go either way in terms of traditional or contemporary, depending on how you execute them.

    How do I choose locks for pocket doors?

    The key to hardware for pocket doors is keeping a low profile. You don’t want your hardware to stick out and catch on the wall when you slide the doors open. There are locking options for pocket doors, most common for home offices, bathrooms and other areas where you want some extra privacy. These come in the form of a simple turning latch rather than a keyed lock or deadbolt. If you require something more secure than a latch, a pocket door probably isn’t the right fit for that space.


    If you still aren’t sold on the idea of pocket doors, you can explore other stylish door options on the Schlage blog. There you’ll find tips for styling French doors, learn how to make a DIY Dutch door, hacks for making hallow core doors look more expensive than they really are and more.


    Home décor inspired by your favorite vacation destinations.

    June 24, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Travel inspired home decor | Schlage

    Whether you’re trying to hang on to the aura of your last trip or can only dream of hitting the road in the future, here are some ideas that will transport you to another world without ever leaving the house.



    For those with wanderlust, nothing is as inspiring as the sights and sounds of a new city. Whether you’re trying to hang on to the aura of your last trip or can only dream of hitting the road in the future, here are some ideas that will transport you to another world without ever leaving the house.

    Take me to the beach

    The smell of the ocean, the sand on your feet, the breeze in your hair. There are few places as refreshing and rejuvenating as the coast.

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    • Location inspiration: Virgin Islands; Outer Banks, North Carolina; Laguna Beach, California

    • Style & Décor: Natural materials rule. Think wicker, raw wood and jute, for example. We think a coastal-inspired porch or yard calls for a hammock, but pick what’s cozy and relaxing to you. Taking your décor literally is OK in our book. Display the seashells and beach photos you collected from your last vacation. If you prefer a more subtle touch, artwork with wavy lines and items with free-flowing silhouettes will spark your sea-faring imagination as well. Whatever you do, keep it light and airy.

    • Colors: Start with blues, greens and whites. Complement these base colors with pops of boldness like coral and yellow.

    • Finishes: With cool blues and greens, think cool, silver finishes. These include Satin Chrome and Bright or Satin Nickel.

    Let’s get cozy in a country cottage

    Few places are better for an escape than a snug hideaway in the countryside.

    • Location inspiration: England, rural France, Vermont

    • Style & Décor: These smaller homes are primed for creating relaxing nooks. Even if your home is more spacious, you can create the same cozy feel. Take your favorite armchair – the kind that’s plush and always so inviting – soft lighting and an understated end table to escape to. Few architectural details say “rustic and cozy” like ceiling beams and Dutch doors. Reclaimed materials, including raw wood and stone, are also a good fit. Use them for tables, chairs, countertops and fireplace surrounds.

    • Colors: Because you want to incorporate nature in your “countryside escape” whenever possible, look to earth tones as your primary color scheme. Whitewashed walls can give you that remote European feel as well.

    • Finishes: Darker finishes like Aged Bronze or moodier gold tones such as Aged Brass complement the rustic, country ambience you’re hoping to create.

    Make mine a metropolitan getaway

    Craving a hip night out on the town surrounded by the bright lights and buzz of the city?

    • Location inspiration: New York City, Paris, Tokyo

    • Style & Décor: Choose clear, crisp furniture silhouettes for the contemporary, edgy style that reminds you of your favorite major city. You won’t want a ton of furniture, though. These chic cities announce their style with smart use of open space, and decorative elements are strategically chosen so as to not suffer clutter creep. A sleek, rounded couch might also be a sculptural statement.

    • Colors: Contemporary spaces tend to be minimalist, which often means white. But when you’re looking for more and the drama of the Big Apple calls your name, try moody colors like charcoal, teal and bright red. A good way to get that modern look is using a bit of both, with stark contrast of white and dark tones.

    • Finishes: We love Matte Black finishes in a chic cosmopolitan space because of that stark contrast we just mentioned. A dark-finish door knob or lever might seem like a small thing, but when you complement it with other dark metallics found in lighting fixtures or the furniture itself, you’ll solidify your reputation as the cutting-edge friend.

    Travel sustains me

    Blur the lines between indoors and out with a green getaway that’s good for you and the environment.

    • Location inspiration: Australia, Costa Rica

    • Style & Décor: The map location is less important than simply being connected to nature. Indoor-outdoor living spaces, verandas and open floorplans are almost a necessity. If you don’t live where you can open the patio doors 24/7, let in as much natural light as possible through your windows. Remove heavy drapery and rearrange your furniture to take advantage of sightlines. Using sustainable materials is a must. Furniture of reclaimed wood, upcycled accessories, and all-natural and insect-friendly gardens all part of the eco-lodge essence.

    • Colors: When you’re trying to be a friend to Mother Nature, use some of her favorite colors. Earth tones dominate, but it doesn’t have to be all brown and green. What décor colors can you steal from a sunset or vibrant fish at a seaside lagoon?

    • Finishes: Particularly if you’ve chosen décor made of reclaimed materials, you’ll want to stay away from high-sheen finishes like chrome. Instead, look to matte or satin finishes such as Distressed Nickel or even an Aged Bronze.

    I wanna go global

    Looking for one more exotic stamp in your passport? Why not two or three … or 12?

    • Location inspiration: Morocco, Mexico, India, wherever

    • Style & Décor: One of Domino’s top tips is to not limit yourself to one destination. Pick and choose pieces tastefully representing a range of cultures. It might be a desk with Asian-inspired cutouts, a couch piled with heavily embroidered pillows or bamboo patio furniture. If it’s handmade, you’re on the right path. A common quality of global décor is eclecticism. Middle Eastern décor is known for its hand-dyed rugs and blankets. Consider baskets for their natural, artisanal quality. Use items beyond their original purpose, too. Those baskets and blankets could be your favorite wall art, for example.

    • Colors: Because of global décor’s vibrant colors, start with a neutral foundation like khaki or stone-gray for walls or larger pieces of furniture. Then layer in the bold. Think orange, red and gold, as well as deep blues, purples and greens. And don’t be afraid of patterns.

    • Finishes: Gold tones tie in nicely with the color palette so often seen in global décor. Look to brass finishes for door hardware, lighting and more to get the rich look on a not-so-rich budget.

    “I love places that remind me how small me and my problems actually are.” (via Wanderlust Crew) Whether you’re traveling abroad or staying close to home, we could all use a sense of adventure from time to time. Start your journey with Schlage’s DIY tips and design ideas.


    Home decor inspired by vacation destinations.


    Homes of the Century: 100 years of garage convenience.

    June 17, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    Century of garages | Schlage

    Whether for actually parking your car or storing everything under the sun, garages are often a coveted feature when buying a home. So what’s their history?



    Our Homes of the Century series has showcased a lot of transformation already with kitchens and porches. The advent of electricity, indoor plumbing, even cabinets has changed American homelife in ways that are both innumerable and largely taken for granted today. Not all changes have been dramatic, however. No less interesting, despite its dependability, is the garage. Whether for actually parking your car or storing everything under the sun, garages are often a coveted feature when buying a home. So what’s their history?
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    Getting attached to our garages

    A century ago, cars were just emerging as part of daily life. For the first time, we needed someplace to secure the family automobile. A Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog, which sold blueprints to would-be homeowners so they could build their own homes, had two floorplans for detached garages in 1921. Of advertising note was their “new triple folding sliding doors” that took up little space when open with “no chance of doors blowing shut while backing in or out.”


    Doors that stay open seems like an odd perk when today’s garages can be smart, letting us check from anywhere if we forgot to close our door on the way out.

    Thirty years after the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog was published, attached garages were in fashion. While this was more convenient, it did raise this issue of how to keep garage fumes and dirt from getting in the house. The solution in most cases was simply tacking the addition to the end of the house where service entrances have historically been.


    “Modern” 1920s houses featured separate vestibules adjoining the kitchen that would house the family’s ice box and eliminate the need for the ice peddler to let in the dirt and cold upon delivery. The same concept applied later in the century. We can see in this 1950s Practical Homes catalog an enclosed porch that provided a barrier to pollutants between the kitchen and the garage. A separate service entrance, now intended for the family’s convenience, may also have been part of that passageway or porch. Indeed, Practical Homes touted its Trenton floorplan as being “planned throughout for servantless living, with a thought to maintenance at a maximum of ease.”


    As time passed, those service entrances and separate vestibules were still part of the home but had transformed into mudrooms. Their location and purpose remained the same – provide a barrier between garage grime and our clean kitchens.

    Welcome to the man cave

    Perhaps the biggest change in the history of garages is their size. One-car garages became doubles to accommodate the new trend of multi-car families. Then, when DIY became a household hobby in the 50s, we needed a place to store our tools if we didn’t have a backyard shed. We started accumulating more belongings thanks to post-World War II economic prosperity. Storage space and adjoining workshops were added to our garages, officially beginning the shift from car park to man cave.

    If we go by this 1987 Architectural Designs catalog, another publication selling blueprints, this expanded garage and workspace was something every homeowner would aspire to. The floorplans of some larger homes featured a two-car garage and shop, which actually had more square footage than nearly any other first-floor room.1 Another went the extra step with a double garage, storage space and service porch, all leading to the kitchen through a mudroom.2

    Frank preferred a carport

    Historically, however, not everyone has been a fan of the garage. Frank Lloyd Wright preferred carports because of his distaste for clutter. Garages, like basements which he also eliminated from his designs, were merely magnets for unnecessary belongings. Beginning in the 1930s, the famous architect advocated for carports for tidiness – with no walls, you can’t hide anything – as well as their functionality and the sleek lines of modern architecture.

    “Not only did the carport provide protection and storage for the car,” it’s reported in one history of the carport, “but it also served very nicely as a covered main entryway, a place to entertain and do outdoor cooking, a spacious front porch, a shady place on a hot sunny day, and a relaxing place to hang out on a rainy day.”
    Today, we might no longer talk about the way our garage door folds as homeowners did a century ago. We might be more concerned with organization and how to secure that garage now that we’re storing our tools, holiday decorations or man cave televisions there. It’s not often that we think about how our garages have changed over time, but doing so now gives us greater appreciation for how American life has altered as well. For more home history and to help Schlage celebrate its 100th anniversary, visit

    “Large High-Traditional with Two Fireplaces.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 22.


    2 “Farmhouse Influence.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 111.


    10 fading, returning or emerging trends to watch in 2020.

    June 12, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Here are 10 noteworthy trends that are either fading, returning or emerging, plus one more we’re hoping becomes a trend.



    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.


    Design trends come and go. Some make you scratch your head, while others stir the heart. Here are 10 noteworthy trends that are either fading, returning or emerging, plus one more we’re hoping becomes a trend.

    1. Fading: Rain shower heads

    According to Apartment Therapy, rain shower heads, with all their soothing and spa-like qualities, are on the way out. While homeowners loved them at first, now they lack water pressure and leave you feeling perpetually soapy. Instead, you’ll see more traditional bathroom fixtures with the money that would have been spent on the fancy shower head going elsewhere.

    2. Fading: Matching furniture sets

    You probably still won’t see a neon couch next to a Granny chic arm chair, but identical furniture throughout the room is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, you’ll see unique pieces with complementary shapes and intentionally chosen textures that add visual interest and let you show off your personal style.

    3. Fading: All white or gray walls

    One look at the 2020 colors of the year, and you’ll notice a range of nature-based hues. While there will always be a time and place for white or greige walls, expect to see more colors like these from Valspar – they have names like sage, moss, canyon, brook, desert, mint and garden – to add more warmth and calming properties offered by Mother Nature.

    4. Returning: Maximalism

    Art Deco, first made popular in the 1920s, was known for its opulence. Gold and glamorous with patterns everywhere and lush fabrics were a sign of homeowners’ wealth. Memphis style, a 1980s ode to bright primary colors and bold patterns, had a similarly overstated flavor. As minimalism continues its downward slide in favor of design with more flair, prepare to see more of its opposite – maximalism.

    5. Returning: Biophilia

    Floral patterns have taken different forms in various decades, but they’ve almost always been popular. Today, it’s not just about the flowers. Regaining in popularity are plants of all types with plenty of green showing up as wallpaper prints, living walls and indoor container gardens to name a few.

    6. Returning: Boho

    With the return of plants, it’s not surprising that other aspects of Bohemian style would also make a comeback. Along with hanging plants come natural materials like rattan and jute, saturated colors like deep burgundy or hot pink, and geometric shapes. This time around, these elements are more restrained and elegant, resulting in the new Bohemian Modern.

    7. Emerging: Sustainability

    With concern about climate change, demand for environmentally sustainable housing is taking off like never before. Whether it’s the materials used in building, energy-efficient appliances, a fully passive home or some combination of those elements, green housing just might become the design standard of the future.

    8. Emerging: Universal design

    More people are choosing to age in place and families are making their house a multigenerational home (some might say that’s a returning trend). That means it’s important to design a home that fits a variety of needs for a range of life stages. The emerging trend is to address concerns about mobility, vision and other special needs from the start. Curbless showers, good lighting around stairs and creative cutouts that accommodate wheelchair users more easily are just some of the key elements of universal design.

    9. Emerging: Healthy homes

    Home, for many, is a sanctuary and more homeowners are adding wellness features to the house itself. Smart technology like some of these purifiers highlighted by Review Geek can monitor air quality and filter VOCs for healthier breathing. Furniture that emphasizes comfort can create hygge for mental balance. Unique lighting solutions can help retrain your body and promote better sleep. And a well-planned entryway can help stop germs and dirt from even getting in the house.

    10. Hoping: No rules

    When thinking about the trend we wish were a trend, we considered wrap-around porches. Who doesn’t love an outdoor oasis, plenty of space for holiday front door décor and somewhere you can welcome the neighbors for an impromptu glass of iced tea? But the trend we’re really hoping for is the disappearance of design rules. Because the best style and design is what makes you happy. It’s whatever makes your house feel like a home and lets you live the kind of life you want. That’s a trend we think anyone can get behind.

    For inspiration and tips on how to make your unique personal style come alive, find us on Instagram or Pinterest.

    Trends to watch in 2020.



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