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    Sorry, Marie. 7 times duplicates are exactly what you need.

    January 12, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 12, 2022

    two are better than one

    There’s no great benefit to four footstools or 15 lint rollers. Sometimes, though, two is exactly what you need, whether because multiples add convenience, the symmetry looks more appealing or they give you greater peace of mind.

     

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    One of the main tenants of decluttering is getting rid of duplicates. There’s no great benefit to four footstools or 15 lint rollers. Sometimes, though, two is exactly what you need, whether because multiples add convenience, the symmetry looks more appealing or they give you greater peace of mind. With apologies to Marie Kondo, here are seven times when double the items really is better.
    Bohemian style living room with two rattan ottomans.

    Bathroom vanities

    According to Hunker, the double vanity trend – two sinks, one counter – is on the way out. In its place, interior designers predict two separate vanities or sinks will become more popular. Each person has their own space and storage increases. Separate vanities can also give your bathroom a more luxurious feel and open new style options.

    Laundry baskets

    If you feel like you’re always overrun by laundry, you might need to increase your hamper count. In addition to the one you probably already have in the bedroom or bathroom, consider a second one in a mudroom or garage. As you and the family come home, you can take off any muddy sports jerseys, damp socks or other items that’ll drip and make a mess as you enter the house.

    Smart locks

    We often think of installing smart locks on your front door. It’s a great strategy. They improve the security of your home, are convenient and boost your curb appeal thanks to their stylish designs.

     

    A second Schlage smart lock on a different door has those same benefits, especially if your family most often comes and goes through a side door or the entrance to the garage, for example. Maybe you also want a second electronic deadbolt on an interior door such as your home office or wine closet. It could also be on an auxiliary dwelling unit (ADU) you use as a backyard home office, rental property or in-law suite.

     

    Voice assistants

    Did you know that if you have two Alexa-enabled devices, you can use them like an intercom system? Stop yelling to get the kids to come upstairs. Instead, simply ask Alexa to drop in on the Echo Dot in the basement and ask everyone to come help set the table for dinner.

     

    Alexa Guard is a feature that can help improve your home’s security. To take full advantage of the feature, you’ll want more than one Echo. Available to all Alexa users in the U.S. – there’s a free version and Guard Plus for a fee – a compatible Alexa-enabled device will listen for and alert you to certain sounds such as breaking glass or a fire alarm. For monitoring to be most effective, Amazon recommends multiple devices placed throughout the home.

    Smart speaker with french bulldog in background.

    Door mats

    Layered door mats is an excellent way to add a bit of refinement to your curb appeal. Sara of Simply Southern Cottage showed us how in her fall front porch décor. Two mats give you more color combinations to play with as well as the flexibility to have something super durable to really get the dirt from your shoes, paired with one that’s even prettier to look at.

    Porch lights

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. A well-lit home is a safer home. When you can see where you’re going, you’re less likely to trip and fall. And when potential intruders see lights on, they’re less likely to attempt a break-in, not to mention there are fewer dark corners for them to hide in. That’s why we say two porch lights are often better than one. Install one on each side of your door for better illumination or if you think the symmetry adds to your curb appeal.

     

    Dogs

    Because why not? Everyone needs a friend. Plus, a second pet isn’t that much more work. If you need more convincing, check out these adorable porch puppies and our tips for keeping your home clean with pets, no matter how many you have.

     

    Looking for more ways to upgrade your home? The Schlage blog has all the style ideas, organizational hacks, DIY inspiration or security tips you didn’t even know you needed.

     

    Celebrate any occasion with these door and wall décor for every season.

    January 10, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, January 10, 2022

    sign for every season | Schlage

    Keep your seasonal messages fresh with these DIY sign ideas for every season.

     

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    Porch signs, message boards, door wreaths. There’s no better way to express yourself, add some holiday décor and be a little clever at the same time. Keep your message fresh with these DIY sign ideas for every season.
    Bedroom with yellow hello sign

    January: New Year, new sign

    Simple is sometimes the way to go, especially in the midst of a busy holiday season. Glitter Inc.’s DIY farmhouse New Year’s Eve sign is just the ticket. The wood board can be anything – a piece of store-bought plywood, an upcycled cabinet door, part of a wood palette – and the numbers can be painted to your liking. Choose a color that complements the surrounding décor or glam it up with some glitter paint.

    February: Fortune at your door

    Paper cuttings pasted to doors and windows are a traditional way to celebrate Chinese New Year. The image in the cutting represents a different wish for the new year – a peach for longevity or a peony for honor and wealth, for example. These can be pretty detailed if you aren’t familiar with the art. An alternative could be a DIY banner. Hung at a home’s front door, they’re meant to greet your guests with a message of good luck and fortune. Keep it simple with red and gold paper, some ribbon for hanging and a steady hand for your calligraphy.

    Man painting chinese calligraphy for lunar new year.

    March: Welcome, Spring

    A spring front porch sign that doubles as a planter? Yes, please. Giggles Galore gives us a guide for personalizing a wooden planter to hang in your entryway. We can’t think of a better way to welcome guests and the new season.

    April: Signs of spring

    Want to break a few décor rules? Then start by adopting a loose definition of “sign.” This DIY succulent frame from Balcony Garden Web hangs vertically on your wall, so we can’t think of a better way to say and show you’re celebrating Earth Day. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this indoor living wall year-round.

    May: Eid Mubarak

    Eid al-Fitr marks the end of a month of fasting for Ramadan. While the holiday typically includes prayers and a large meal with friends and family, décor that includes stars, twinkling lights, flowers and lanterns is common in some communities. Hello Holy Days shares its guide for making a garland of simple paper lanterns to include in your own celebrations.

    June: Get growing

    If you’re prepping for those late-summer vegetables to go in the ground, be sure you have garden markers. The Inspiration Board made simple signs that not only help you keep track of what’s planted where, but also to keep your vegetable garden looking chic.

    July: First class Fourth of July décor

    If you’ve fallen in love with macrame and the handicrafts that are so popular with Boho modern style, try this DIY wall hanging. Unlike macrame, you’ll need a loom (you can make your own), but the extra effort is worth it when you end up with this American flag-inspired weaving from The House That Lars Built.

    August: Studied door décor

    Your kids might or might not be looking forward to going back to school, but this sunny wreath from Infarrantly Creative is sure to brighten your front door. Your guests might not even realize it’s made from school supplies until they reach your porch. Hang it for your own front porch décor (and include it in those back-to-school photos) or gift it to your favorite teacher for their classroom.

    September: Ready for fall

    As the temperatures start to fall, you might be ready to get your front porch ready for fall. Decorate an exterior wall or your door with a DIY fall wreath like this one from Lia Griffith. We love the way she dressed up a store-bought twig wreath with felt leaves. It’s the balance between natural brown hues and splashes of color that does it for us. Choose colors that complement your front door color and other décor.

    October: Trick or treat …

    … Smell my feet! Mommy’s Bundle shows how to make a simple sign, using your child’s footprint to stamp out some friendly ghosts. This would be great for Baby’s first Halloween. We’d love to see some variations on this, too. Get everyone’s feet involved for a ghoulish family or use a pet-friendly paint for some puppy paw prints. They might not look as ghost-like, but we’re pretty sure they’ll be adorable.

    November: Faux mantel, real style

    If you don’t have a fireplace but love all that mantelpiece décor you find on Pinterest, a faux mantel like The Red Painted Cottage installed and decorated might be just what you need. Start by adding your favorite Thanksgiving- and fall-themed accessories. Then, when it comes time to hang stockings with care, you’ll be ahead of the game. Find more stylish ways to fake a mantelpiece.

    December: Celebrate to the letter

    We made it all the way to December without any letter board ideas. Don’t worry. Try one of these messages for your own Hanukkah celebration or if you’ve invited Jewish friends and family to your home for an inclusive holiday party. The Type Set Co. offers their message suggestions. We like “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” and, for something a little cheekier, “Did someone say latkes?”

    No matter what you’re celebrating, Schlage has the ideas and the know-how to take your holiday décor to the next level. Find everything you need on our blog and Pinterest.

     

    Top 10 Schlage blogs of 2021.

    December 29, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Ringing in 2022

    As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.

     

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    2021 changes to 2022 on an alarm clock on a yellow background with festive glitter on New Year's Eve and Christmas.
    It’s almost time to turn another calendar page, which always makes us a little nostalgic. As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.
    home robot

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.

     

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    Hollow core door makeover

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.

     

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    Porch remodels

    When we shared this blog on Facebook, you all had some amazing things to say. Even Mike Holmes chimed in. Plus, who doesn’t love a rags-to-riches story? These front porch makeovers show just how much impact some curb appeal TLC can have.

     

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    Pregnant woman painting rainbow textile

    It’s a beautiful and exciting time of life, but when you’re expecting, it can also be overwhelming. You have so many questions! We tried to answer a few of those queries about what you should and shouldn’t do so Mom and Baby stay healthy during home improvement projects. This one was also part of our eight-part Bringing Home Baby series, so be sure to check out the other blogs on nesting in the nursery, organization with kiddos and more.

     

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    children and father playing with cardboard box.

    Staying safe and keeping your home secure is everyone’s responsibility. It’s never too early to start teaching kids how to protect themselves. This blog, which was part of our Crime Prevention Month series, offers some effective tips for doing just that. If you have little ones in your life, you won’t want to miss this list of security lessons ranging from knowing what to do when a stranger comes to the door to teaching your teens about dating violence.

     

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    Woman in virtual meeting while working from home.

    Cybersecurity is nothing to take lightly. We buy gifts and bank online, order meal delivery via an app, stream music through smart speakers and pay for groceries with our watch. And then we started working from home and we weren’t just protecting our own digital identities but our employers’ information as well. This article offers advice to help make sure your connected transactions, from bill pay to video chats to storing confidential files, are secure.

     

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    digital organization

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever made the New Year’s resolution to be more organized. Yup, us too. As part of our January series on cleaning and organization, we shared our favorite tips for beating electronic clutter. Although it’s less obvious than a messy closet shelf, a disorganized computer or phone can have a major impact on your sanity and the security of your personal information.

     

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    woman painting wall with green paint

    Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word. And for many homeowners, not being environmentally friendly isn’t an option anymore. Still, the best ways to make your home more sustainable aren’t always obvious. That’s why we made this guide to eco-friendly renovations. In this article, we cover everything from choosing “clean” materials for inside the home to beneficial landscaping ideas for outside.

     

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    Houseplants

    In 2019, we decorated with houseplants because they were beautiful. In 2020, they became a hobby because what else was there to do? In 2021, we stuck with houseplants for their style and as a hobby. If you’re among the group that’s still struggling to keep their indoor plants healthy though, start with this blog, which covers how much lighting, water and humidity your houseplants need to thrive. We also give some ideas for plant varieties that will make turning your brown thumb green easier. If you’re looking for more – how to choose the right container, how to keep your pets and plants safe at the same time – you’ll find it in the rest of our series on all things houseplants.

     

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    Lever and door handing

    Door hardware can be surprisingly complex sometimes. Case in point: lever and door handing. We wrote this piece to help you buy the right thing when upgrading the levers in your home – and not have to install them upside-down or return them to the store. Get the complete explanation here and if you still have questions, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

     

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    Honorable mention

    How to clean porch décor: When was the last time you washed that doormat?

     

    Advice for buying your first home: Because buyer’s remorse hits a lot harder on a house you spent thousands on versus a $50 sweater.

     

    Time travel: Vacation safety tips from 1953 that still work: A lot has changed in almost 70 years … but not as much as you might think.

     

    How to set up a home bar for your best holiday hosting: A Joybird study found that a fully stocked bar is the top-ranked must-have for hosting a party, so are your ready?

     

    This is just the tiniest of fractions of what we offered in 2021, hoping to provide you with the ideas and know-how for turning your home into a haven. Find the rest, from DIY projects to technology and security updates, at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    Refresh your curb appeal with these 10+ front door hardware styles.

    December 15, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    Curb appeal finishing touch

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

     

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    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece – one of the first things a guest sees. That’s why it’s important to choose the right handleset. Schlage offers a wide variety of styles and finishes, from crisp edges to flowing silhouettes, classic to contemporary, all designed to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Here are some stunning examples that prove the handleset is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.
    Schlage Sense matte black smart lock on blue front door.

    1. Century Handlesets

    The Century handleset features a clean, rectangular design that’s often described as tasteful and sophisticatedly modern. This contemporary handleset looks chic when paired with the Latitude, Northbrook or Merano interior levers. Matte Black, Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel finishes really showcase its contemporary roots.

     

    The Century handleset comes in a 2-piece design with separate deadbolt and handleset grip as well as the 3/4 design with the deadbolt and grip combined into a single piece. The variations provide even more options to help you capture the perfect look for your home.

     

    2. Camelot Handlesets

    The Camelot handleset brings to mind charming entryways thanks to its scalloped details around the edge. It draws on traditional Colonial style but, because those details are more subtle, also fits into the transitional category. Camelot, which is our best-selling handleset, looks best when paired with the Accent lever or the Georgian knob on the interior and finished in Satin Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze. For a more updated look, consider the Sacramento lever, which, like the Accent lever, is curved but with a gentler wave.

     

    Like the more modern Century design, you can find Camelot as a 2-piece or 3/4 handleset.

     

    3. Addison Handlesets

    The Addison handleset tends to lean more to the traditional end of the spectrum, but because of its simple yet sophisticated design, it can also suit well with more transitional homes. Featuring a rectangular shape, slight ridging along the edges and gently curving grip, it’s easy to see its allure. The Addison handleset looks stunning when paired with either an interior Georgian knob and Birmingham lever for the traditional aesthetic. The Avila lever, with similar edge detailing, is also a good fit. However you pair it, try this handleset in an Aged Bronze, Matte Black or Distressed Nickel finish.

     

    4. Greenwich Handlesets

    If you like the clean lines of the Century style but want a bit more softness, you’ll love the Greenwich handleset. Ideal for Mid-Century Modern homes, the slight curves of the grip and trim are inspired by the curves of 1950s appliances and cars. This uncomplicated design pairs with a variety of interior door hardware, but it really shines with the Broadway or Sacramento levers. To give the handleset a more modern flavor, choose a Matte Black or Bright Chrome finish.

     

    You can find Greenwich in a 2-piece or 3/4 handleset design.

     

    5. Plymouth Handlesets

    The Plymouth handleset is recognizable by its oval shape. Most common on traditional homes, it can also be a gorgeous accent for transitional architecture depending on other, surrounding décor. Because it was inspired by Federal-style homes of the Colonial Era, we love pairing this with the Plymouth or Andover knobs or the Accent lever, particularly in Bright Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze finishes.

     

    Find more tips and tricks for improving your curb appeal at the Schlage blog. We also have tons of inspiration for you to click through on our Pinterest boards.

     

    Holiday design ideas for every type of door.

    December 13, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 13, 2021

    Holiday - Door Designs - Schlage

    Indoors or out, Schlage has you covered for the holidays and all year round.

     

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    Your front door makes a statement. Along with your front porch, it contributes to the overall curb appeal of your home and makes the ultimate first impression for visitors. Who better than Schlage, whose door hardware is trusted by more than 40 million homeowners, to provide you with holiday decorating tips for even the most unconventional doors? Indoors or out, Schlage has you covered for the holidays and all year round.
    Mint colored front door with winter wreath.

    Front door

    Whether you’re decorating with a traditional holiday wreath or making a holiday display of planters and wall hangings, there’s nothing like fresh, festive holiday greenery to add color, style and fragrance. There’s no end to what you can accessorize with. Garland and wreaths can be customized affordably with pine cones, berries and bows, then changed easily with the seasons. Combine that with the option of literally gift wrapping your entire front door and you’ll have a colorful entrance that comes alive this winter.

     

    Just make sure that your door decorations don’t interfere with the operation of your door or the security of your door locks. Wreaths should be placed so that a peep hole still has a clear line of sight through the center or, if that’s not possible, hung below the peep hole or window. If you use an over-the-door hanger, make sure its thickness doesn’t prevent the door from latching.

    The same goes for other décor that might hang down and obstruct the door. For example, how do you hang garland around the front door so that it looks good and still lets your door work right? If you don’t want to use nails or screws in your door frame, you can use adhesive hooks and floral wire to pin the foliage away from hinges. Some companies like Balsam Hill also make garland hangers, which work a bit like curtain tension rods. These help keep your garland overhead out of the way and can also be decorative by their own right.

     

    French door

    The idea here is to let your sense of holiday style out while you let the light shine in. Large wreaths can be cut down the middle and hung on both halves of the door to avoid interfering with its opening and closing and without covering the windows. At the same time, there are many magical ways to decorate around the door, framing it in lavish greens and light and festive finery. Garland and fresh greenery can be decorated much like you’d decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, tinsel and bows.

     

    Because French doors tend to be more traditional, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your favorite vintage décor. Whether passed down through the family, found at a flea market or merely aged artificially to look old, classic ornaments can round out the overall aesthetic of traditional curb appeal.

    Dutch door

    With a Dutch door, you have two distinct “canvases” to work with. From covering the bottom half in wrapping paper and bows and adorning the top half with hanging decorations like wreaths and seasonal greenery, you’re really only limited by your imagination. Get creative with your door hanging accessories, but make sure the hanger you choose, whether it’s metal, fabric or ribbon, is the proper length for the height of your Dutch door sections. You don’t want your decorations constantly getting knocked off. As always, the wall décor you choose to display around the door can add a warm, festive accent to your door decorations.

    Glass doors

    Whether inside or out, the key to glass doors is to let the light shine through. Instead of wrapping your door like a gift or using faux frost on the glass like you might on your front door, try hanging a traditional wreath or two so that you don’t obstruct your view through the window. If you like the gift-wrapped look, though, stick with just using ribbons.

     

    This is another instance where what you put over and around the door can make all the difference. Quick and easy wall décor can also be super affordable and there’s no end to the inspiration you’ll find online and at your favorite store.

     

    Hanging décor on glass doors sounds kind of tricky. You obviously can’t use nails. So how do you hang a wreath on a glass door? There are a few methods. For light-weight wreaths, use a suction cup like one you might use in the bathroom, which tends to have more staying power. You can also use an over-the-top hook or hanger. These are often metal, so if you’re concerned about it scratching the glass – or just looking ugly – wrap it in ribbon to soften any rough edges and add visual appeal. Magnetic wreath hangers also work if you place one on each side of the window pane to hold everything in place.

     

    Sliding glass doors

    Decorating sliding glass doors for the winter holidays takes a bit of extra creativity since you don’t want the décor to keep you from being able to open and close the door. The answer is to think in 2D. Use spray-on frost or liquid chalk to create the illusion of snow without taking up any space. Wrap pieces of flat cardboard like presents and attach them to the glass, just remembering to keep them thin and maybe skip the bows for this DIY door décor. Finally, try small, beaded garland. Think more along the lines of those strands of popcorn and cranberries than evergreen boughs for a low-profile festive touch. And if you want to hang something larger or a wreath, simply hang it on the side of the door – inside or out – where it’s least likely to get snagged.

    Barn door

    Don’t forget your indoor decorations, starting with the sliding barn door. They’re big. They’re beautiful. They’re something special. And when it comes to making them pop for the holidays, the sky really is the limit. From one huge wreath (or even a large split wreath with halves can be hung separately) to adorning the doors with large fabric ribbon and wrapping paper (much like you would with a traditional front exterior door), these doors provide a great opportunity to really express yourself.

    Smile and style

    A child’s bedroom offers endless and wonderful possibilities for holiday decorating. Transform their door – or any other in the house that could use a bit of whimsy – into Santa Claus. Or a snowman. Create a decorative winterscape. Wrap the door simply with paper, ribbons and bows and hang stockings or wreaths. The goal here is to bring a smile to the little ones and some extra holiday cheer to mom or dad. Whether a standard door or even a pocket door, which you still find in many older homes, there’s a lot you can do with a little imagination and just the right amount of holiday spirit.

    All of these ideas, from the front door to a sliding glass patio door, can be achieved on even the most modest budget. With proper planning, you can also incorporate wall décor and other stylish yet cost-conscious elements that will add beauty and personality all year round without a lot of hassle. There are even a host of festive things you can do to spruce up your door knobs!

     

    Find more ideas for turning your home into a haven at the holidays, or any time of year, at the Schlage blog and on Pinterest.

     

    Creative and convenient holiday décor with everyday items.

    December 06, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 6, 2021

    Holiday decor ideas | Schlage

    Here are our favorite picks for unusual ways to use common household items for extra-special style and convenience this holiday season.

     

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    Searching for unique holiday décor? Instead of rushing to the store hoping for that one-of-a-kind piece, try looking a little closer to home. Sometimes, using furniture or accessories you already own in completely different and unexpected ways is exactly what you need. Here are our favorite picks for unusual ways to use common household items for extra-special style and convenience this holiday season.
    Cozy living room with neutral holiday decor.

    Rugs

    Just about everyone has an area rug somewhere in their house. Putting one in your entryway to collect dirt and snow as guests come and go is an obvious choice. Don’t forget some of these options, too.

    On the deck or porch

    If you’re having an outdoor winter gathering, a rug can help keep everyone’s toes from getting too cold too quickly. A thick, durable outdoor rug provides a layer of insulation from the frosty ground. It also just helps to give your outdoor living space a more finished look, ideal when you’re celebrating something special this winter.

    Over the headboard

    Try this decorating hack in your own bedroom or the guest room for those overnight holiday visitors. A decorative rug draped over the headboard, especially if the headboard is on the plain side, can give a cozier vibe to the space. And, because you can choose a rug with holiday colors and patterns – whatever your tradition’s colors and patterns are – it’s an easy way to add some festive cheer without taking up a lot of space. That means it’s perfect for those small rooms where adding one more piece of décor makes the room feel cramped.

    As a duvet cover

    Instead of turning up the heat on a cold night, be more energy efficient by just throwing on an extra layer. A soft rug can double as a duvet cover or throw, whether on the bed or the couch. You’ll commonly see this with sheepskin rugs.

    As wall art

    Think of this as the more sophisticated version of draping tie-dye in your college dorm room. With the right design or weave, a rug can becomes tapestry, adding color and warmth to your walls. Depending on its size and thickness, the rug can also improve insulation for more warmth and sound dampening, a plus in our book when it comes to snuggling in on a cold winter’s night.

    Instead of a tree skirt

    Whether you’re just starting out and forming new holiday traditions with your family or you want something a little out of the ordinary, use a rug in place of a typical Christmas tree skirt. We especially love this idea if you go for a non-traditional tree, such as one decorated in pastel colors or with all vintage ornaments. Match the rug-skirt’s style to the colors and theme of your tree for a cohesive and unique look.

    Mirrors

    Hanging a mirror in narrow and small spaces like an entryway has always been one of our favorite décor hacks. It can make those rooms feel larger and airier than they really are. It’s no different if you’re using a mirror to amp up your holiday décor.

    On your fireplace mantle

    A mirror on the mantlepiece is a prime opportunity for making a room feel extra big and bright, just what you want when welcoming guests to your home for the holidays. A tall mirror can make the ceiling feel higher, while one that reflects the view from a window makes the room feel more expansive. We also think the mirror itself is perfect real estate for adding holiday decorations. Choose a frame with a shimmering finish, maybe even matching it to your silver menorah or the brass in a picture frame. Drape it with evergreen garland or those popcorn-and-cranberry strands you made with the kids.

    Behind bright décor

    Whether on your mantle, a side table or anywhere else in your home, a mirror placed behind holiday decorations adds depth to your display. A lantern with a candle or two is nice, but when it’s reflected many times over, the twinkle feels brighter and the shimmer more magical. If you create a miniature village Christmas scene, a mirror in the background makes a single street appear fuller, the same way a large wall mirror makes it look like there are more guests at your party. In this way, mirrors are the perfect holiday hack to make it look like you pulled off more than you did.

    Over the buffet or bar

    Speaking of holiday hosting hacks with mirrors, hang one over your buffet table or bar. This draws guests in by reflecting your scrumptious spread. The mirror can also help define the space when you’ve added a small bar to your living room, for example. The décor subconsciously tells people, “Top up your bubbly here.”

    In the guest bedroom

    If you have more people in your home than usual, you know that shuffling them in and out of the bathroom can cause some tension. Hang a mirror over the dresser or prop a full-length mirror in the guest room. That way, one guest can check finish their hair and makeup while another is in the shower. Everyone gets their privacy without the bottlenecks.

    In the kitchen

    A mirror in the kitchen might sound strange, but the key is placement. We spend a lot more time cooking during holiday times. A mirror behind the stove or over the sink in place of a backsplash can help you stay focused on your dishes and still be able to see friends and family gathering behind you. If you have a traditional, closed floorplan, you might also be able to hang a mirror so that you can keep an eye on the kiddos in the living room while you cook, without dashing back and forth.

    Trays

    Go ahead and load up a tray with pancakes and coffee for a special holiday breakfast in bed. But don’t forget these uses for a tray anywhere in the house.

    As a mobile bar

    We’re not talking about serving your guests from a tray like the waitress at a local restaurant. Instead, stock a tray with the treats and drink fixings guests will need to serve themselves. The benefits of putting this all on a tray is that it makes it easy for you to replenish as the night wears on. Take the whole tray to the kitchen to refill chip bowls or plates of hors d’oeuvres instead of doing a balancing act in front of everyone. Plus, if the party moves to another room – from the kitchen to the dining room, from the patio to back indoors to get warm – it’s no sweat to move your bar without missing the celebration.

    As a centerpiece

    It’s hard to go wrong with a nice flower arrangement for your tablescape, but if you’re looking for something a little less ordinary (and maybe shorter so you can see guests across the table), consider staging holiday décor in a shallow tray instead. It could be a collection of evergreen twigs and pine cones mixed with some red berries for color, or a miniature forest of bottle brush trees, for example. The tray helps corral décor so your display looks intentional and refined. And if you need to move it in a hurry to make room for the main dish, you won’t spend 10 minutes rearranging lots of little décor pieces.

    In the kitchen

    Countertops can get messy and cluttered, but a tray can help keep that under control. Use a tray to wrangle similar items like a few mugs, spoons and sugar for making coffee. If you have guests, it could be a tray loaded with granola bars and fruit so that they don’t feel like a burden asking for a snack. It could also be cleaning supplies – washcloths and soap – or cookbooks and décor.

    In the bathroom

    A small tray is a nice way to collect and arrange all those baubles you or your guests need throughout the day. Use it as the staging ground for jars of cotton balls and Q-tips, your soap dispenser, tissues or little bars of hand soap. It will help keep your countertops organized and clean, a good look whether it’s the holidays or just a Thursday.

    In the entryway

    Everyone needs a tray just inside their front door. Use a shallow tray – a bowl, basket or clay plate your kid made in art class also works, to be honest – to put your keys, phone charger, sunglasses, winter gloves and anything else you might need to grab when you leave the house again. You’ll be glad for this organizational hack when you aren’t still searching for your car keys 20 minutes after you were supposed to be at the kids’ holiday recital.

    The holidays can be a hectic time, but with a bit of planning, they don’t have to be. Visit the Schlage blog for more ways to decorate when you’re in a hurry, tips on preparing the guestroom and commands to give Alexa that will make your holiday merry, bright and easier than ever.

     

    5 steps to the best holiday curb appeal.

    November 24, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    Start spreading the joy at your front porch with these tips to boost your curb appeal for the holidays.

     

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    It seems the holidays start earlier every year. We can’t get enough of the festive feeling and we can’t wait to share the magic of the season with our favorite people. Start spreading the joy at your front porch with these tips to boost your curb appeal for the holidays.
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    Greenery for holiday porches

    Your landscaping doesn’t have to go totally dormant just because it’s cold. Front porch holiday planters with winter-friendly greenery like boxwood and spruce trees can add a pop of color to your entryway. Mix in winter berry, tie a ribbon around the planter or add ornaments to the arrangement for even more vibrancy.

    Garland is another great go-to and can be even simpler than that holiday planter. Hang it around your front door or windows or wrap it around porch posts. Whether for your garland or planter, consider also adding pinecones for a crisp, fresh smell.

    Lights for long, festive nights

    Glittering outdoor lights year-round have become more popular in the last few years, but they really shine (pun 100% intended) during the long winter nights. When deciding where and how to hang holiday lights, focus on your home’s architectural details. Line the roof, windows, an arch or porch overhang, even a winding walkway to highlight the everyday beauty your home already has. And don’t forget to brush up on these tips for designing the perfect holiday light show.

     

    If climbing up in the eaves and scaling trees to hang lights isn’t your idea of a happy holiday, consider other options like luminaries to line your porch steps and complement the rest of your patio décor.

    Windows for winter magic

    Decorating your windows can create an ultra-traditional look for your holiday curb appeal. A single candle – choose LED for safety – in each window might be all the décor you need for a sophisticated street-side view. A wreath on each window, like Dixie Delights, is another classic choice.

    Or you can be totally playful with holiday window decorations. Window clings that catch the light, maybe the Grinch peaking from around the casing, a winter scene with elves and polar bears for the kids’ windows. And the best part might be that this décor can all be done from inside where it’s warm and protected from the elements.

    Holiday decor for the front door

    Every guest that comes to your home is going to see your front door, so make sure it’s welcoming. Wreaths are a popular choice for door hangings and come in all styles, from traditional green branches and berries to bright colored ribbon. A DIY holiday wreath like this one from Country Living can be a great craft to do with the kids on those cold winter afternoons. Just keep an eye on them when they’re using the glue gun.

    A holiday porch leaner or sign might be your answer when decorating a large porch or if you don’t want to hang something on the door itself. These can be bought online in any size, with any saying. They’re so simple, though, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to make your own.
    Door mats are another smart touch. Not only can it help anchor your décor and bring everything together, but it’s also fantastically functional, helping you keep your home clean as people come and go. There are all kinds of options, from festive phrases to images of, reindeer, snowmen and more. For an extra level of refined style, layer your mats. Place one of a natural material like coir, which will help trap the dirt and slush, over a larger patterned rug, perhaps one that’s plaid or in a color matching the rest of your holiday décor.

    Smart locks for party season

    Spending time with family and friends is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but hosting often means juggling lots of tasks and responsibilities. Make it easier on yourself and your guests by installing a smart lock. Let those trusted visitors come and go securely by giving them their own code, especially if they’re staying overnight. There’s no more hiding a key under a rock, which isn’t very safe, and it’s so much easier for everyone to finish up that last-minute shopping in secret when you don’t have to keep track of who has a key and who needs one.

     

    When you pair a connected smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with other smart devices in your home, you might find that hosting just got even more convenient. For example, when all your guests have arrived, ask Alexa to start the holiday party. Then any events you’ve scheduled as part of your holiday party scene – playing music, adjusting the lights, even locking the door – are triggered at once without you running around the house and ignoring your guests. Check out these 50 holiday Alexa commands for more ideas.

     

    Lastly, if you’re the one headed out of town, a smart lock can help you trust that all is calm while you’re away. Using a compatible app, you can make sure your door is locked, see if someone like the pet sitter has used an access code to enter the house or receive a notification if there’s a disturbance at the door. Pair your Schlage smart lock with another device like the Ring Video Doorbell, and your options get even greater.

     

    For more front porch holiday decorating ideas, check out our Pinterest or learn more about our smart locks at Schlage.com.

     

    How to set up a home bar for your best holiday hosting.

    November 17, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Holiday home bar | Schlage

    When it’s time to welcome guests for holiday entertaining, try one of these versatile home bar ideas.

     

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    If you’re hosting a get-together, especially at holiday time, you’re going to need a bar. Now before you say, “But I don’t know how to mix drinks” or “I have kids, so I don’t really do the home bar thing,” remember that you can serve any number of treats. In addition to cocktails – or instead of them – your bar could offer hot chocolate and coffee, punch for partygoers of any age and snacks to munch on. When it’s time to welcome guests for holiday entertaining, try one of these versatile home bar ideas.
    Holiday cocktail.

    Home bar ideas we’ll say cheers to

    How you set up a home bar – specifically whether you choose a drink trolley, bar cart, cabinet, tray or a decked out wet bar – is up to you. The important thing is that you provide guests with some refreshments. In fact, 58% of Americans in a study by Joybird said that a fully stocked bar is a must-have for hosting a party. That’s nearly double the No. 2 answer of fresh flowers.

    Bar cart

    What do we love best about bar carts? They’re small, which makes them perfect for when you’re short on space or don’t want them dominating the festivities. They’re also mobile. With a wheeled cart, you can take your food and drink mixings wherever the party goes, whether in the living room, dining room or out on the deck. You wouldn’t want your guests to feel tied down.

    Those advantages, however, can sometimes work against you if you don’t plan well. You’ll want to choose your ingredients wisely so that the cart doesn’t feel overcrowded. Your guests will shy away from mixing their own drinks if there’s no place to set down their glass while they’re shaking and stirring. To help with this, choose a cart with at least two levels. Put the most important ingredients, napkins and a bit of décor on top, and extra glassware, coasters, ice and water beneath.
    Let the essentials, like glasses and bottles, double as part of the décor. That could mean investing in nicer dishes than you already have or finding colorful, festive versions of your everyday utensils. A vase of flowers can be a nice finishing touch that helps keep your cart from looking like a tray standing like a wallflower on the edge of the action.
    Don’t be afraid to decorate your bar cart for the season or to match your party theme, either. Think leaves or an arrangement of dried flowers in the fall, evergreen or miniature faux snow-covered trees in winter and anything glittery for New Year’s.

    Bar cabinet

    If bar carts feel a little like yesterday’s news to you, try a bar cabinet instead. Apartment Therapy called them “poised to become the next big home decorating trend” because they lend a cozier feeling to our homes and give us even more opportunity to personalize our space.

    With that in mind, you can use a cabinet or hutch you already own, purchase a bar cabinet that matches the rest of your home’s décor or upcycle your latest thrift store find. Whatever you choose, think about customizing it with new paint or stain, updated legs and hardware, or swapping out the door facings. A Beautiful Mess shared an IKEA hack, turning the Ivar cabinet into a home bar, which would be easy to replicate and add your own twist.
    One of the upsides of a bar cabinet is how discrete it can be. Because they can look like any other cabinet, they’re great everyday décor, regardless of whether you’re planning a party. And because they typically have doors, these bar cabinets let you keep your fixings out of sight and away from curious kids if that’s a concern.
    Like carts or the other home bar ideas below, you can decorate your bar cabinet for the occasion. To make it even more versatile, no matter the season, use a tray to keep items on top organized, to carry drinks to guests or to make pulling your ingredients in and out of storage easier. Remember that hosting should be fun, not nerve-wracking, so let your décor and furniture help reduce the stress.

    Small bar hacks

    If you entertain often and want something with bigger impact, consider a more permanent built-in bar. You don’t need a dedicated bar room, just a small nook, under-utilized cabinet or even an empty wall. The key for any of these is to choose a location that makes sense. For example, don’t set up a home bar in the basement if your parties all unfold in the dining room. And don’t put it in a hallway that could obstruct the flow of traffic as people mingle.

    When converting a nook or closet into a home wet bar, treat it like you would a kitchenette. If space and utilities like plumbing and electrical allow, install a small sink and drink chiller. You’ll also want some storage, either in the form of simple shelves or cabinets. To display your glass and bottle collection, use glass doors or open shelving. A decorative backsplash or feature wall helps complete the look, too.
    For those of us who don’t have an obvious space for a home bar, look for a blank wall. Then install a counter or use a bar cabinet to stock your supplies. To make sure guests know for sure where the bar is, use an accent wall or mural to create the illusion of a separate space. A painted arch, a panel of wallpaper or a large piece of artwork can all serve as backdrops for your serving station. You might even paint a single portion of a large built-in bookcase like this one on Houzz.

    Like the bar cart and cabinets, don’t forget to decorate and accessorize your new bar area. Some extra lighting, a gorgeous wine rack or stand to hold mugs, maybe a letter board sign or some books can give your new bar an air of sophistication.

     

    What else do you need to host a good party besides a well-stocked home bar? Find more home entertainment must-haves in the latest Schlage gift guide. Get them for yourself or gift them to a friend so you can throw the perfect celebration, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and beyond.

     

    Why you should go Mid-Century Modern this fall.

    October 28, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, October 28, 2021

    Why you should go Mid-Century Modern this fall | Schlage

    Check out Mid-Century Modern for a fall decor refresh. This style features colors that scream fall and décor you’ll continue to love year-round.
     

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    As autumn approaches, now is a great time to give your space, not mention your mood, a little lift. We have the perfect inspiration for your fall refresh: Mid-Century Modern. This style features colors that scream fall and décor you’ll continue to love year-round.
    Mid-century modern chair next to pampas grass bouquet.

    What is Mid-Century Modern style?

    Mid-Century Modern style took root after World War II at a time when homeowners started living the suburban American dream. For the first time, our homes were somewhere we could find new enjoyment. Our yards were large enough for a barbecue and personalized living space was within the average person’s reach.

     

    Homes had large picture windows and open-concept floorplans. Clean lines, both inside and out, were paramount. Furniture had gentle curves, making them cozier than traditional minimalism but less fussy or ornate than earlier Victorian design. These clean lines are also partly why ranch houses, with their flat and low-pitch roofs, came into their own in the 1950s.

     

    Outside, we often see reinforced concrete block as the home’s exterior, sometimes creating a breezeway in warmer climates. Circular driveways, assuming the homeowner had enough room, were also a feature.

    Mid-century modern living room with brown leather couch and green velvet chair

    Mid-Century Modern Colors

    You don’t need to buy a 1050s home or even overhaul an entire room to get the Mid-Century look. You’ll find a variety of colors in this style, ranging from muted pastels to saturated earth tones, that make it easy to work into your existing décor. For the Mid-Century-inspired fall look, give some of these hues a chance.

    Yellow

    Not just any yellow, though. Sunflower and mustard, which have more brown undertones, are what you want. A soft yellow is also a nice touch, especially if you want to lighten things up during the cooler months. This is an easy color to make your room feel dated, however, so use it strategically. Focus on accent pieces to bring the 50s vibe into the 21st century.

     

    Try this: Use yellow for an accent wall or, like we see with @driesotten, accent stripes on the ceiling. This subtle way to add color to a predominantly white space works well with the Mid-Century Modern furniture on the lower level.

     

    Chartreuse

    This is sort of an olive green, by the way, and was one of the most popular shades of this era. As we get closer to 1970s style, it starts to creep toward avocado. But for early Mid-Century Modern, look for greens with, again, some brown and earthy undertones.

     

    Try this: Upholster a statement piece of furniture, such as a couch, in chartreuse or olive green. Balance it with monochromatic décor in the rest of the room. If a chartreuse couch feels too much, try a smaller piece like an armchair.

     

    Turquoise

    If you prefer colors in the blue family but are steering clear of the pastel, powdery tones, this is for you. Turquoise, aqua and teal are among some of the bolder hues you’ll find on our list. Not only are they distinctly Mid-Century Modern, but you’re in luck as they’ve also seen a resurgence in recent years for their ability to improve our mood.

     

    Try this: These blues are a great opportunity to also tap into another hot trend: two-tone kitchen cabinets. A soft aqua paired with darker wood finishes or a deeper jewel-toned teal with white will give you a rich look. We’re pretty sure you’ll love fixing those comfort meals surrounded by such style.

     

    Pumpkin

    We’d be remiss if talked about fall colors without mentioning pumpkin. One of the original exterior accent colors chosen by the Eichlers, renowned Mid-Century architects, pumpkin is the way to go when you want orange without going neon.

     

    Try this: Paint your front door pumpkin or a similar earthy orange. We especially like this color if you have a white or beige house where the muted orange will give a gorgeous pop of color without alarming the neighbors. Tread carefully, however, if you have a dark brown or brick exterior. The combination of those colors with pumpkin could weigh down your curb appeal.

     

    Red

    For this hue, we’re inspired less by fire engines and more by spices like paprika. Tomato red, with some orange tones to it, is another good match. Like so many of these colors, there’s a darker, almost brown, underlying note that helps it pair with those earth-toned neutrals.

     

    Try this: You’re probably thinking about adding a red throw pillow or some other modest accessory. But what about using this for your mailbox? Update your curb appeal by focusing on clean lines, a Mid-Century Modern font for your house number and, of course, a rich red paint.

     

    Mid-Century Modern Decor

    Aside from colors, there are few more interior design elements that are easy to bring into your décor. Here are some of our favorites, plus some DIY hacks you can do to make the classic look your own.

    Natural Wood

    A key element of Mid-Century style is its earthiness. It’s part of why architecture of the time used so many big windows – to bring the outside in. Another way to use those organic influences is with natural woods, whether for furniture, cabinets or even wall panels (although that wouldn’t be our go-to unless you want to feel super-retro). We love the idea of adding natural wood to your home décor now because of the earthy feel of fall with its rustling leaves, cozy fires and trips to the pumpkin patch. At the same time, natural wood is classic, so you’re sure to enjoy it for seasons to come.

     

    Try this: Look down. Wood flooring, especially parquet, is a good way to bring the natural wood of Mid-Century Modern into your home. It doesn’t have to be true hardwood. Choose the right material and it will not only look fabulous but also be easier to clean than carpet come wintertime.

     

    Tapered Legs

    Mid-Century Modern furniture is often most recognizable by its legs. They’re on the narrow side, tapered and tend to flare out. Some style experts recommend this style of furniture leg if you have a small space that you’re trying to make feel larger. By lifting the furniture up off the floor, you create open sightlines and the illusion of having more room.

     

    Try this: You can buy furniture that already has tapered legs. Or you can try a DIY IKEA hack. In this project from Apartment Therapy, an IVAR cabinet was dressed up with some paint, glam hardware and classic Mid-Century legs to go from boring to party-ready.

     

    Geometric Shapes

    Mid-Century Modern style often features abstract, geometric shapes, especially as you narrow the look to the 1960s and early 70s. You won’t see a lot of florals here. This is also where you incorporate your boldest colors. The more neutral, earthy colors may dominate your walls, but those more saturated reds and teals come into play with accents via geometric décor.

     

    Try this: Perhaps the easiest way to include geometric shapes in your home décor is with rugs and artwork. Find accessories with color blocking in those classic Mid-Century colors. Another option is with graphic tiles for a kitchen or bathroom backsplash.

     

    Other details, including door hardware, can not only help you create the look in the first place, but when paired with those other accessories, keep your overall style looking cohesive. The clean lines of the Schlage® Bowery knob with Collins trim, for example, make a strong geometric statement. Choose a finish like Matte Black or Bright Chrome to stay in the Mid-Century Modern realm.

    Pendant Lighting

    The nights are getting longer, which means it may be time to refresh your lighting. Take a cue from our Mid-Century style and switch to pendant lighting. The shades are often domed or ball-shaped and made of glass or other structured material. This could be a fun place to add one of the accent colors we mentioned earlier, too.

    Try this: Hang a series of pendant lights over a kitchen island. The origins of Mid-Century Modern style are in functionality, and extra lighting over a meal prep or dining area does the trick. The trio of domed lights in this room by Kylie Fitts perfectly complement the rest of the décor, too, straight down to those curvy chairs with tapered legs and floor lamp.

     

     

    Want to learn more? Check out our Mid-Century Modern Design Guide at Schlage.com

     

    Simple style swaps with Schlage door hardware.

    September 28, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Schlage style swaps | Schlage

    Depending on which knob or lever you pair with a trim and in what finish, your door hardware can give a totally different feel. See what we mean with these combinations made from simple style swaps.

     

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    A small change can make a big difference. Sometimes that means making a relatively minor upgrade – replacing curtains – that can transform an entire room. But sometimes, that means trading one element for another of a different style to create a fresh look. It’s true of a new lampshade on an existing light or different jewelry with the same dress. It’s also true with Schlage door hardware.

     

    Schlage offers trims, door knobs and levers to accent virtually any style of home – traditional, transitional or contemporary. Depending on which knob or lever you pair with a trim and in what finish, your door hardware can give a totally different feel. See what we mean with these combinations made from simple style swaps.

    Glamorous master bedroom with satin brass Schlage Latitude lever.

    Contemporary

    Schlage Plymouth knob with Greenwich trim

    If you like the Greenwich trim but want a more contemporary look – something that relies on simple color and shape, rather than elaborate design – you’ll get just that when you pair it with the Schlage Plymouth knob. A Satin Nickel finish enhances the modern style.

     

    Try this pairing in modern homes that feature clean lines, modern surfaces and metallic finishes on anything from coffee tables to lighting to artistic accessories. Your décor is likely simple without a lot of elaborate patterns or overstuffed furniture.

    Schlage Plymouth knob with Greenwich trim in Satin Nickel finish.

    Transitional

    Schlage Plymouth knob with Camelot trim

    Let’s keep the Plymouth knob but change up the trim. Pair this round knob with a Schlage Camelot trim and you’ve gone back to transitional style. The Camelot trim features scalloped edges, putting it most often on the traditional-to-transitional side of the spectrum. In this case, it’s the knob and the Satin Nickel finish that updates it.

    Schlage Plymouth knob with Camelot trim in Satin Nickel finish.

    Traditional

    Schlage Custom™ Whitney lever with Camelot trim

    If you’re wondering what a more traditional Camelot trim pairing looks like, look no further than the Schlage Custom™ Whitney lever. When you combine these two stylish pieces of door hardware, you capture design rooted in the past and focused on comfort, familiarity and romanticism.

     

    Try this pairing with décor that also incorporates floral patterns, fringe and tassels, and classic, luxurious designs like what you might see in 19th-century Europe. Your home may also have wrought-iron features, which is why the Whitney lever on Camelot trim in an Aged Bronze finish is so striking.

    Schlage Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze finish.

    Traditional

    Schlage Custom™ Whitney lever or Georgian knob with Alden trim

    The Whitney lever is also often paired with the Alden trim for a traditional feel. The Georgian knob and Alden trim pairing has a similar aesthetic and is a beautiful touch with the same style of home. Aged Bronze and Matte Black finishes are good choices with these combinations as they can call out the warm wood tones of Arts & Crafts-style architecture or complement other features that evoke artisanal molding or ironwork.

    Schlage Georgina knob with Alden trim.

    Transitional

    Schlage Georgian knob with Collins trim

    Even though the Georgian knob is a classic style that draws on architecture of the 1700s, you can still use it with a more modern trim for an eclectic look that complements your transitional home. Try the Georgian knob with the Schlage Collins trim in Matte Black finish for an unexpected combination of shapes that’ll catch the eye for all the right reasons.

     

    Look to Mid-Century Modern architecture again, or maybe even some funky farmhouse designs, to help make a statement with this pairing.

    Schlage Georgian knob with Collins trim.

    Contemporary

    Schlage Broadway lever with Collins trim

    Let’s look at one more pairing to bring us all the way back to contemporary. The Collins trim, with its clean, square shape, is most often seen in more modern spaces. This is especially true when you add one of our straight levers like the Schlage® Broadway lever to it. In Satin Chrome or Matte Black finishes, this Collins-meets-Broadway combination is perfect for urban styles inspired by the Bauhaus movement.

     

    Schlage Broadway lever with Collins trim in Satin Chrome finish.

    We offer a variety of trim, door knob/lever and finish combinations across the Schlage Custom Door Hardware line. That means endless possibilities for you to create a look that flawlessly complements the style of your home and expresses your unique personal taste. Try our Style Selector Tool to help you find the style that’s right for you and learn more about Schlage Custom Door Hardware at Schlage.com.

     

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