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    3 hardware details to turn your home into a winter retreat

    February 19, 2018 12:31 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    3 hardware details to turn your home into a winter retreat

    Don't let the frigid temps or gloomy weather keep you from adding a little cheer and personality to your home.

     

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    Once the hustle of the holiday season ends and winter drags on, it's easy to find yourself in a home decor rut. Don't let the frigid temps or gloomy weather keep you from adding a little cheer and personality to your home. Here are three simple details that are easy to complete and will make your home a winter retreat you won't mind being trapped in a little while longer.
    Winter home decor - Glass door knobs - Schlage

    1. Install glamorous lighting

    The days may be short but that shouldn't stop you from bringing a little brightness indoors. Consider changing any overhead lighting that may be dull and inadequate for a statement piece that will instantly brighten your home - and maybe even your mood! Installing a pendant or chandelier is an easy project any skill level can take on but be sure to follow all the manufacturer's warnings and instructions. If you're wiring brand new lighting for the first time, it may be best to seek out a professional first.

    2. Swap boring, outdated hardware for glass door knobs

    It's no secret that we find upgrading your door hardware to be an easy way to complete the design of your home. We're loving the thought of adding some glass door knobs - like our new Alexandria or Hobson knobs - to add a bit of sparkle and shine to a season that is often overtaken by gloom. If glass door knobs are not your style, simply choosing a finish that better reflects your home's decor can be the perfect upgrade you're looking for. Let our style selector tool help you find your perfect match.

    3. Don't be afraid to mix a few finishes

    Upgrading your lighting or door hardware doesn't have to result in a domino effect of changing all hardware to a matching finish. Embrace mixed finishes and add a little drama or interest to your decor. Here are our tried and true tips for mixing hardware finishes flawlessly. If you're feeling extra bold and unconventional, you can even mix finishes among your door hardware. Honeybear Lane proves that it's perfectly fine to create your own rules and choose designs that add a little more character than you had before.

    Are you taking on any last minute winter projects before spring hits? Share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook!

    5 steps to achieving a Farmhouse look in your home

    February 16, 2018 9:06 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    5 steps to achieving a Farmhouse look in your home

    Looking to make your home feel cozy? The Farmhouse style is becoming increasingly popular because of its warmth and comfort. It only takes a few updates to achieve this look.

     

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    Farmhouse Style - Home Decor - Schlage

    Looking to make your home feel cozy? The Farmhouse style is becoming increasingly popular because of its warmth and comfort. Don't live anywhere near a farm? No worries! It only takes a few style updates to achieve the Farmhouse look.

    WHAT IS FARMHOUSE STYLE?

    As the name suggests, Farmhouse style has roots in country living. Everything about Farmhouse - from the paint, to the furniture, to the accessories - are simple and sturdy. There are a lot of natural colors, natural wood and reclaimed materials. With pieces that lean more to function than form, Farmhouse can be surprisingly modern and stylish.

    Neutrals

    Farmhouse is all about simplicity and is best represented by natural, neutral colors like beiges, greys and white. If you want to throw in color on an accent wall or with your furniture, consider natural colors like sage greens and light browns.

    Functional

    Because of its country living roots, Farmhouse furniture and spaces should be sturdy and functional. Antiques can fit in with this style, but delicate, fragile pieces should be avoided. Reclaimed wood is a great option because it fits in with the color palette and can be used as functional pieces like tables and shelves.

    Comfort

    Comfort goes hand in hand with choosing functional items. Big dining room tables and soft couches that can fit the whole family are key. Anything that appears delicate or breakable doesn’t fit with the Farmhouse style. Everything should exude comfort and invite your guests to relax and spend time in your home.

    Texture

    Using a variety of textures helps add dimension to your home. This can include shiplap walls, a stone fireplace or a reclaimed beam for a mantle. The key is to pull in a variety of natural elements and textures that work in your room. Even simple additions like a wood and metal end table paired with a wool throw on your couch can make a big impact.

    Simple

    Overall, the Farmhouse look is focused on simplicity. It feels natural as if the look was created over a period of time. The furniture doesn’t need to match. Instead of buying a whole set, find individual pieces that are comfortable and complement your style. Accessories are great, but be careful about overcrowding. Keep your Farmhouse look clean and simple.

    If you are looking for decorating ideas, check out this post from HGTV for DIY Farmhouse style ideas. Get more general styling inspiration on our Pinterest page.

    How Scandinavian style is branching out into the world of color

    February 15, 2018 9:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    How Scandinavian style is branching out into the world of color

    Say “Scandinavian style,” and many people visualize light, clean-lined spaces. We turned to trend studies, forecasts and a look in the rear-view mirror to follow the journey of color into Nordic homes.
     

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    Say “Scandinavian style,” and many people visualize light, clean-lined spaces, inspired by images from Nordic noir crime series, Ikea ad campaigns and interior design articles. 

    But in recent years, color and darker shades have worked their way into Scandinavian homes and photo shoots. Nordic walls must have been craving a hit of color since living rooms and bedrooms have hungrily embraced shades of gray, blue, green and pink.

    Why have Scandinavians suddenly welcomed color, and how is it being used? With the help of trend studies, forecasts and a look in the rear-view mirror, we follow the journey of color into Nordic homes.

    Light and Color in Nordic Homes

    Why do we think of Nordic homes as light? Scandinavian homes traditionally have been designed to maximize sunlight. Stockholm is the Nordic region’s sunniest capital, with about 1,800 hours of sunshine a year, and that figure is at least 1,000 hours short of the amount enjoyed in Madrid, Sydney and Miami.

    “The foundation of Scandinavian design, and our Nordic homes, will always be brightness and simplicity, because it’s simply what we need due to the lack of sunlight,” says Karl Johan Bertilsson, creative director at NCS Colour Academy, which offers color consultancy services to manufacturers, architects and designers around the world.

    “What we’re seeing now, however, is a change,” Bertilsson says. “During the last two or three years, bold colors have returned.” Though a common perception is that Scandinavian homes have been whitewashed and pared back for decades, if not centuries, there have been cycles of colors in the Nordic countries. The 1970s had a touch of psychedelia with bright colors and vivid patterns, followed by pastels in the 1980s and mottled earth tones in the 1990s — all of which preceded the pure. But now the spectrum is changing again. At Nordic trend exhibitions and fairs, interior design has moved away from the pale blues and violets of the past toward clearer, stronger colors — most recently, orange, pink, yellow and red.

    “Trends often represent a reaction to what used to be,” Bertilsson says. “The fashion industry is always the quickest to react, but the interior decoration and design industry isn’t far behind. Since the turn of the millennium and until now, neutral colors, such as white and gray, have been the dominant shades in most Scandinavian homes. The [brighter] color that’s now becoming increasingly popular is simply a response to that.

    “However, it’s important to remember that trends are both speculative phenomena and processes that sometimes overlap, and they’re only able to gain ground when we’re mentally ready to accept them,” Bertilsson says. paleness of the new millennium.

    One individual who has dared to use strong color, and whose home, pictured below, has received a lot of attention, is Daniel Heckscher, interior architect and designer at Note Design Studio in Stockholm. He painted his home in a palette of turquoise, orange, pink, blue-green and bright yellow. Pictures of Heckscher’s colorful home have been published in the new bookazine My Residence, where he writes that people dress in black and use white for interior design because they don’t dare do anything else.
    “They’re afraid of making decisions and mistakes,” he writes. “We Westerners are governed too much by our fears. Life isn’t colorless! Even in early spring, when Sweden is as pale as ever, there are approximately 7,000 nuances if you look out of the window. I don’t understand why designers and creators would want to represent a fictional environment?”

    How Color Trends Break Through

    When discussing color trends, Bertilsson points to studies that NCS uses to develop its analyses. “There’s research that shows color trends are cyclical,” he says. “Austrian [design consultant and psychologist] Leonhard Oberascher has studied color psychology and been able to prove that color trends repeat in cycles of 10 to 15 years. When everything is white and neutral, you grow tired after a while and eventually want to go to the other extreme of the spectrum. Humans work in the same way with everything, and colors are no exception. 

     

    “What [Oberscher has] been able to pinpoint specifically are the stages we go through along the way,” Bertilsson says. “Everything was very neutral in our homes a few years ago, then the blue and violet colors took off. This was followed by the chromatic colors. These will subsequently be dampened and darkened before the brown and beige nuances step in, followed by a return to the neutral colors. The reality exactly follows the patterns that Oberascher has been able to map out.” This is true internationally, but with the Nordic homes as early adopters.

    There are other factors at play too. Theoretical trend pyramids show that we’re receptive to trends at different points in time, depending on what our current job is, where we live and how we live.

    “We’re all affected by trends, whether we like it or not,” Bertilsson says. “Swedes and Danes enjoy a privilege, given our geographical, social and cultural environment, in the sense that we don’t only have the will, but also the means, to carry out extensive home redesigns. Therefore, as the chromatic color trends are on the way, we’ve not been late to embrace them.

    “In a lot of other countries, people decide to repaint their walls when the color has started to peel off. In Sweden and Denmark, paint shops look like interior design stores, because when we buy paint, we try to achieve a wholeness. We want to fulfill an idea where the color plays a big part,” he says.
    The Nordic consciousness in terms of color and design has lately been augmented by influential interior design bloggers, who have shared their advice on color codes. Arguably the most famous bedroom color in Sweden in recent years has been nicknamed Tant Johanna’s Green, pictured, after stylist and blogger Johanna Bradford, who painted her bedroom in the pale gray­-green color.

    “The fact that so many questions popped up about the color was in part due to the timing, as white walls had been dominating for years, and also because people were eager to try something else,” Bradford says. “But it’s also because it’s so difficult to find the right color, and that particular one is so unbelievably nice. If you see a color you like, you might as well ask for the color code.”

    So, despite the fact that Scandinavians have begun painting with colors, they appear to do it within specific boundaries — the hues are subdued, rather than brash and bold, for example. “We dare to use more than just white, but I still think the end result is quite similar everywhere, since most people choose the same colors — as in the example of my bedroom wall,” Bradford says.

    But don’t be fooled by the most recent white-dominant decades into believing that colorful walls in Nordic homes are a new phenomenon. Karin Fridell Anter, architect at the Swedish Association of Architects, has, together with Henrik Wannfors, written the book Painting Methods: Swedish Building Painting Methods From the Late Middle Ages to the Present Dayand has a longer view of color trends.

     

    “Colored walls have come and gone in Swedish homes repeatedly throughout history,” Fridell Anter says. “What has mainly determined the choice of color is the availability of different shades and current style trends. The trend pendulum keeps swinging as a counter­-reaction to the past, but the difference is that the pendulum is swinging ever faster. 

     

    “In the 1970s, we painted and wallpapered with strong colors and large patterns that resembled those of the Baroque period. The 1980s represented a counter-reaction that featured brighter pastels, and the 1990s again saw the return of mottled walls in earth tones, such as terra cotta, or navy blue and/or bright yellow,” she says.

     

    “Further back in time, things didn’t happen as fast, and the difference between rich homes in the big cities and farming households in the countryside was bigger,” Fridell Anter says. “What the peasant community wished for was in many ways an imitation of what had already existed for many years in the trendsetting upper-class homes.”

    Color as a Form of Expression

    Did Swedes paint their homes more for practical rather than aesthetic reasons in the past? Fridell Anter says that’s not the case. “The purpose of interior painting in Sweden has always been to make the home look beautiful and to manifest something — to show via themes on the walls, the selection of colors or the decorations that you were a pious person, rich or aware of trends that were dominant in other cultures on the continent,” she says.

    “In the same way that contemporary Swedes express themselves via interior decoration, the home was a status symbol in previous centuries too,” she adds.

    So colored walls are not a new phenomenon in Scandinavia, but the style of painting perhaps has changed over the decades.

    “Up until the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930, when the concept of functionalism was presented, decorative painting had been popular,” Fridell Anter says. “Painted surfaces hadn’t been a single­ color, but instead featured pictures or patterns, or imitated marble or wood. Functionalism represented a change in trends in the sense that people started painting entire walls in one single color, perhaps with a different one on the next wall. What we’re seeing now, with monochrome rooms and painted ceilings and woodwork, is an extension of that.”
     

    Psychological factors, color as a personal form of expression and current trends appear to represent part of the explanation for Scandinavians’ sudden love of color. However, another strong factor in color choice is the response to contemporary life. NCS’ trend analysis for 2016 takes into account political events, the effects of digitization and global phenomena.

    “We believe controversies will be the dominating factor in coming years,” says Bertilsson of NCS. “The unrest in the world, increased urbanization and stress lead, on the one hand, to a crudeness that’s influenced by the industrial style, with cold, hard colors. At the same time, the very same factors lead to increased escapism, where we dream of exotic places that inspire us, such as the unknown depths of the oceans and the colorful tropics. Trends will be triggered by upcoming world events, such as the Olympic Games in Brazil.” 

    The big difference between the company’s 2015 analysis and this year’s is that the colors are more extreme than before — moving from bright and soft nuances to more dramatic and darker colors.

    Bringing Nature Indoors

    One word that often comes up when talking about Scandinavian style is nature. Has it been responsible for the color trend? “There’s definitely a connection,” Bertilsson says. “Last year, our main interpretation of escapism was that it revolved around dreams about the countryside. When urbanization makes us live closer to each other, in smaller houses or flats and with more noise, we create other mental worlds — we dream about lush trees and open fields.”

     

    Swedish wallpaper company Sandberg recently released a collection that follows this theme. In its trend report, Sandberg has suggested that an unsafe environment leads to greater interest in one’s home. “Interior decoration has become more important and complex. With a serious environmental consciousness, we try to find ways to consume as little and as consciously as possible, while, at the same time, wishing to stay updated with news and trends.”

    Stockholm-based color company Alcro suggests that Scandinavians incorporate nature themes into their homes with some of its 2016 colorswhich it says “bring to mind forest creatures, misty meadows and bewitching dreams that take place in the hours of dawn.”

     

    With that in mind, the blue-green themes that have become popular on the walls of homes in Sweden and Denmark aren’t entirely surprising. According to Oberascher’s color trend timetable,Scandinaviansshould be right in the middle of the trend cycle and should look forward to warmer walls before they’re muted and eventually become white again.

    With hindsight, Scandinavians seem to be quick to follow interior decoration trends — and the question isn’t whether they will all follow the trend toward using more color in their homes, but, rather, whether they have time to do so. Unlike centuries ago, when it took several decades for color trends to reach Swedish farms, the wheel is spinning faster, and changes are taking place in a digitized, globalized world.

    So perhaps there’s no reason to debunk the myth of the white Scandinavian home after all. The newly painted colorful wall might not even have time to dry before the trendsetters have painted it white again.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on May 10, 2016.

    5 ways to maximize your mini bathroom

    February 12, 2018 6:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    5 ways to maximize your mini bathroom

    As we always say at Schlage, the details make the design, so missing out on styling a smaller rooms is a major misstep in our book.

     

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    You’d think the smaller a room gets, the easier it would be to decorate. Not so – small spaces like half baths and storage closets often get the short end of the design stick while larger spaces like the living area and kitchen are paid special attention. As we always say at Schlage, the details make the design, so missing out on styling these smaller rooms is a major misstep in our book. Follow these five tips below, and the next time a guest enters your downstairs half-bath, they’ll emerge full of compliments about the stylish surprises they found.
     

    1. Get decadent

    Don’t be afraid to go for rich textures or wild prints. The small space will prevent them from overwhelming the design. Because you won’t need large reams of wallpaper or gigantic furniture to fill the space, you can also afford to spend a little more on the few items you’ll need. Think marble, damask, crystal and gold – the sky’s the limit!

    2. Be smart about storage

    If you make sure there’s plenty of storage space included in the design from the very beginning, you’ll avoid having to make changes later to keep the space livable. Choose sink cabinets with plenty of storage. Some cabinets have a lot of vertical space, but it’s wasted because there are no shelves to allow you to take advantage of it. Choose a cabinet that includes shelving or add your own afterward. If going for standalone shelving, scour the internet for pieces that add to the aesthetic but ensure you always have a place for towels and the like. Pieces that merge form and function are key.

    3. Indulge your dark side

    Unless you’re going for a very striking or unique design, dark wall colors are usually advised against – especially if you aren’t a professional designer. But did you know this is a rule best broken when it comes to very small rooms? Not only can you get away with painting a small bathroom or closet in the darkest color you can find, it’s actually a great way to add some variety to the styling of your home. And it looks amazing when paired with brighter accessories and furniture that pop against the dark background.

    4. Fake it

    Glass and mirrored surfaces are extremely popular in design right now, but they also have an excellent practical use: they create the illusion of more space. A glass enclosure around the shower, for example, is an excellent way to make your bathroom appear larger because you avoid breaking the space up into sections. Plus, it allows you to show off shower design features like custom tile designs, which are a great way to add a touch of your own unique personality.

    5. Think small

    Opt for smaller fixtures, especially lighting. An oversized crystal chandelier may look fabulous in the master bath but come across as overwhelming in a smaller guest bathroom. Consider small plumbing fixtures as well – the delicate look blends well with the intimacy of a small space. Consider Schlage Custom Door Hardware, which is a new line of premium designer hardware that offers a smaller, low profile trim and streamlined knobs and levers that fit in perfectly with smaller spaces. Schlage Custom locks are a great way to add a touch of bling and come in all kinds of architecturally-inspired styles perfect for your unique taste.

    Have you used a small room to make a big design statement? Have any tips to share with fellow DIY’ers? Be sure to share them with us on Facebook or Instagram – and don’t forget pictures!

    Why Matte Black is the hardware finish of your industrial modern dreams

    February 9, 2018 8:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    Why Matte Black is the hardware finish of your industrial modern dreams

    Fully embrace the dramatic appeal of industrial modern design with Matte Black hardware. Here's what you need to know.

     

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    Industrial modern design dares to bare what most homes try to hide. With exposed air ducts, bricks and other structural elements, this design is an edgy choice. Often charactarized by big windows, high ceilings and open concepts, industrial modern decor sometimes requires much thought and attention to detail to create a space many would call home.

    Dramatic appeal

    Matte Black is a stylish and daring finish and because there's no shortage of drama with industrial modern design, Matte Black hardware is a natural fit to tie the entire space together. It pairs beautifully with the lighting styles and architectural details often found in industrial modern homes. When choosing door knobs and levers, it's best suited for Schlage's Broadway and Latitude lever, Bowery knob and paired with the Collins trim.

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    Industrial modern - Door knob - Bowery knob - Matte Black finish - Schlage
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    Get inspired

    If you're in the mood for lush contrasts in your industrial space, Matte Black is perfect for you. With the popularity of this finish rising in design, you can now coordinate your door hardware perfectly with everything from your kitchen appliances to the paint on your dining room chairs.

     

    Take a look at a few of our favorite industrial modern designs we collected from Houzz to inspire your next project. Matte black is the perfect finishing touch to ground any of these spaces.

    Schlage’s Matte Black hardware helps you stay adventurous without the hassle involved in a major project. Updating your hardware so it goes beyond a functional element to a stylish accent is an easy way to give your home a boost. Which means that you can use Schlage’s line of Matte Black hardware to quickly and easily create your own industrial modern masterpiece!

    5 Small upgrades with big impact – vintage home edition

    February 7, 2018 8:38 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Vintage home upgrades - Glass Knobs - Schlage Custom

    Whether you’re adding a modern twist to your vintage home or faithfully recreating its original style, these five easy upgrades will allow you to make your mark without breaking the bank – or your back.

     

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    There’s nothing quite like a home with history. From the lovably creaky stairs to the smell of hardwood, there’s a lot to love, and a lot to improve! Whether you’re adding a modern twist to your vintage home or faithfully recreating its original style, these five easy upgrades will allow you to make your mark without breaking the bank – or your back.
    Vintage home - Glass knobs - Alexandria door knob - Schlage Custom

    1. Stay true to the home's history

    Glass knobs are a vintage staple, especially for Victorian-style homes. Schlage recently introduced two new glass knobs (Hobson and Alexandria) in the Schlage Custom Door Hardware line, based on the two most popular styles from back in the day. They are much more affordable than their original counterparts, and they’re made with real glass that’s designed to last.

     

    If you prefer the ease and comfort of using a lever rather than a knob, there are plenty of classic lever options that can enhance the look of an older home while staying true to its roots. Our new Whitney Lever is inspired by wrought iron scrollwork forged by classical blacksmiths, adding an authentic touch of traditional style to any room.

    2. Upgrade your backsplash

    In recent years, manufacturers have done a great job of taking the guesswork out of adding a new backsplash to your kitchen. There are so many affordable and easy to use peel-and-stick patterns available online, it’s easy to find the perfect pattern and color for your kitchen and install it without professional help. Keep an eye on your bathrooms, too, for opportunities to use backsplash tile to add a little personality to your tub and shower or sink.

    3. Do a few pantry or storage closet makeovers

    There’s nothing better than feeling organized and on top of things. Find your inner Type A with new storage bins and canisters. Look for decorative styles to add a unique personal touch. Bling out your shelves by attaching an eye-catching patterned wallpaper to the back, or simply adding a fresh shelf liner.

    4. Paint your old linoleum or vinyl sheet flooring

    It may sound crazy, but modern paint is so long-lasting and flexible in terms of surface finish that this can be a great way to revamp your outdated flooring without breaking the budget or hiring help. With a little sandpaper, a lot of paint and some elbow grease, you can have a brand-new looking floor styled exactly to your specifications. There are plenty of tutorials online – we like this one.

    5. Create a container garden

    If you have a smaller yard, don’t have time to landscape, or just want a slightly different look than the neighbors, a container garden is an easy way to dress up your home’s curb appeal. Try mixing and matching pot sizes and styles for an eclectic look, or choose pots in different shades of the same color for a monochromatic pop. Rainbows are a big trend right now – pair red, orange, yellow, blue and purple solid-colored pots with matching flowers to create your own garden rainbow!

    What kind of upgrades have you made to your classic home? Looking for a simple solution to a design problem? Find us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know!

    Ted Talks Schlage Custom™: A Look at Form and Function with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    January 30, 2018 2:58 PM by Ted_Roberts

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Ted Roberts - Schlage Custom - Designer Door Hardware

    Styles change. Preferences change. Technology changes. How do you enjoy the best of everything?

     

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    Styles change. Preferences change. Technology changes. How do you enjoy the best of everything? This is the enviable challenge faced by today’s homeowners who are looking for style, flexibility and function as well as security from their door hardware.
     

    Enter Schlage Custom Door Hardware, a major innovation featuring a multi-purpose single-core lock – and an array of premium style options – that have been re-imagined and designed from the ground up to deliver a truly superior user experience.
     

    Aesthetics. Reliability. Affordability. All have been factored in, while incorporating functionality that allows locks to be customized to specific styles, security requirements and practical usage needs. It’s one system offering virtually limitless possibilities.
     

    For more, we talked with Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company.

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    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q: Why is the melding of style and function so important in general?

    A. “When it comes to style, staying ahead of the curve is certainly challenging. But it’s also only one part of an equation that needs to take into consideration how something feels, works, lasts. Focusing on both style and function allows for seamlessly incorporating aesthetics with features, reliability and performance that delights.

    “If all of this is in harmony, our homeowners are less likely to have a bad experience. We look at the entire experience – from the product and engineering itself through to product purchase and installation – to make sure homeowners who choose Schlage get what they expect. And more. Our new Schlage Custom Door Hardware is no exception.”

    Glass knobs - Premium door hardware - Schlage Custom

    Q: So just another day in the office for you and your team at Schlage?

    A. “Anything but, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has purchased a Schlage product. This kind of innovation is at the heart of what we do and has been since Walter Schlage’s first patent in 1909 for a door lock that had the ability to turn lights on and off.
     

    “It’s not technology for technology’s sake, but rather the development and application of new technologies to provide value to our customers, solve problems whether they be from a design perspective or a usage perspective, make things easier and in the end, truly delight. Schlage Custom Door Hardware really reflects this.
     

    “With today’s smart homes, we’re developing a world of next-generation connected electronic hardware. Yet here we are introducing a new mechanical lock product that puts just as much of a premium on the needs of today’s – and tomorrow’s – homeowner as our smart home products. We’re really proud of that.”

    Q: What was the inspiration for Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware?

    A.“Quite simply, we wanted a product that solved more than one problem. We want to be stylistically relevant. We want it to be functionally flawless. We designed it to be customizable in both look and performance. And we want the user experience to be so good, the customer may actually be able to take for granted that it will continue to look great and work great for years to come."

     

    “To achieve this, we looked beyond door locks and deliberately sought out and took clues from leaders, innovators in other areas including the tech sector as well as from categories like lighting, furnishings, fixtures, flooring and, believe it or not, even plumbing.”

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    Q: What exactly is Schlage Custom Door Hardware?

    A. “It’s one system with endless possibilities that offers six levers, six knobs and seven trims. Do you want a lock for your bedroom or bathroom door? A non-locking pass-through for the closet or hall? Do you want to be able to change your mind as a room itself changes, perhaps from a nursery to a home office? This product can do that, from simplifying the decisions you need to make at purchase to providing true ease and flexibility with regard to installation and function in the home. What’s more, the next owners have the same options to customize door function, making this very simple and often overlooked feature a real selling point. One lock. A myriad of styles and applications. That’s Custom.”

    Q: What’s the one thing you want people to remember about Schlage Custom Door Hardware?

    A. “That it is Schlage through and through and reflects our company heritage, our commitment to style, our reputation for innovation and stays true to our mission to create an exceptional user experience for our homeowners. To us, the things that truly set us apart are often things that our customers don’t even notice. I’m both pleased and proud that Schlage Custom Door Hardware delivers in this regard.”

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware was designed from the ground up for those looking for both form and function. Schlage Custom opens up a host of possibilities, all of which can be explored at Schlage.com/custom.

    High-end designer door hardware without the designer price tag

    January 25, 2018 1:23 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    High-end designer door hardware without the designer price tag

    Meet our latest line of innovative door hardware: Schlage CustomTM and get a glimpse into the inspiration behind our new styles.

     

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    For more than 95 years, Schlage has strived to bring innovative, stylish door hardware designs to our customers’ door steps. We've stayed true to the quality and strength our brand is known for, while offering products at a price homeowners can afford. Our legacy holds true with the announcement of our latest innovative line of hardware that features premium style and makes purchasing door hardware easier than ever.
     

    Introducing: Schlage CustomTM Door Hardware.

    Designer door hardware - Whitney lever - Schlage Custom

    Schlage Custom™ locks are uniquely designed with premium style in mind. Add instant polish to the look of any room with Schlage’s architecturally-inspired knobs, levers and trim in lustrous, long-lasting finishes.

     

    The Schlage Custom™ core also works on both bed/bath and hall/closet doors, so you can buy one lock that provides you with multiple options. Whether you need a non-locking or locking door, it’s easy to switch between functions. Just insert or remove the locking pin from the pinhole on the interior of the lock.

    The entire Custom line is made up of 6 levers/knobs and 7 trims, featuring some of our most familiar and favorite designs. We're also adding a few new styles to our portfolio. Take a look at the new knobs/levers and trims you can now choose from to achieve a look that is perfectly polished for your style.

    Trim

    Alden trim

    Traditional door hardware - Alden trim - Schlage Custom

    The Alden trim is inspired by Colonial styles and traditional Georgian architecture made popular in New England and Great Britain. It's a timeless style that is a refresh of a heritage piece that has been a staple part of Schlage's style portfolio for decades.
     

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    Kinsler trim

    Modern door hardware - Kinsler trim - Schlage Custom

    The Kinsler trim is inspired by modern styles seamlessly blended with classic design principles to create a look that is flexible enough to work in a variety of settings. The simple, streamlined look of the Kinsler trim is effortlessly versatile, highlighting the design of any knob or lever it’s paired with.

     

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    Rosewood trim

    Designer door hardware - Rosewood trim - Schlage Custom

    The Rosewood trim features complex yet elegant facets that reflect light when dressed in a lustrous finish, adding a flash of glamour to any room. Rosewood is inspired by the lavish lifestyles of classic film stars and the extravagant sets used in film noir.


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    Knobs

    Alexandria knob

    Glass door knob - Alexandria knob - Schlage Custom

    Inspired by one of the two primary glass knob styles of the Victorian era, the Alexandria knob is a multi-faceted glass knob with classic reflective detailing that sparkles in the center. This simple knob can completely change the look of an opening, adding a gorgeous touch of traditional Victorian design without a lot of work. It’s also perfect for restorations of vintage homes.


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    Hobson knob

    Glass knobs - Hobson door knob - Schlage Custom

    The Hobson glass knob is the perfect statement piece for styles ranging from traditional to the more eclectic transitional. The knob is a throwback to traditional Victorian glass knob styles, updated with a fresh modern-day sensibility.


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    Levers

    Dempsey lever

    Designer door hardware - Dempsey lever - Schlage Custom

    The glamorous Dempsey lever is inspired by the opulence of Old Hollywood and the romance of film noir. This lever is a great example of the way door hardware can serve as the perfect detail when achieving a specific style.


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    Eller lever

    Designer door hardware - Eller lever - Schlage Custom

    The intrepid design of the Eller lever is in a class all its own, featuring the soft curves of Scandinavian design and precise, clean surfaces of minimalism.


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    Whitney lever

    Designer door hardware - Whitney lever - Schlage Custom

    Inspired by wrought iron scrollwork forged by classical blacksmiths, the Whitney lever adds an authentic touch of traditional style to any home. Although this lever was designed with Old World New Orleans and Spanish Colonial homes in mind, it's mainstream enough to coordinate with a variety of styles.


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    To view the entire Schlage Custom line or to learn more about this innovative new hardware, visit schlage.com/custom.

    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018

    January 12, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018 | Schlage

    Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.

     

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    2018 Trends - Style & Design - Technology - Schlage


    With a new year comes new trends, and January is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home. Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.
     

    We talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company, about what he expects 2018’s biggest trends to be.

    Black

    Roberts said black will continue to be very popular this year. Whether it’s black front doors, black rooms or Matte Black door hardware, anyone can make black work in their home because it goes with everything.

    TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED WITHIN THE HOME

    Product designers across all sorts of industries are adopting the latest technology, and that trend will only continue to gain momentum. Right now, you can buy smart home products for home alarm systems, smart locks, heating and cooling, lighting, and even your kitchen. All of these categories are growing as more and more brands create new products that integrate with smart home technology. Roberts expects this to continue and for more categories to be introduced into the market.

     

    Schlage is at the forefront of where style and tech collide as we work to make smart home technology more accessible and integrated with style. Schlage’s Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships, Rob Martens, predicts the next big operating system will be inside the home.

    PATTERNS AND TEXTURE

    Patterns and texture were popular in 2017 and will continue to be popular this year. There has been a resurgence of 70s stylings. Yellows, greens and bold patterns are becoming popular again. Texture includes anything from animal prints to metal finishes to natural wood. Pantone predicts similar trends for 2018 in their article on Realtor.com.

    Do you like these ideas? Do you already have some of them in your home? If you’re looking for more style inspiration, check out our Style Talk Pinterest board.

    9 ways to embrace exposed fixtures and finishes in your home

    January 11, 2018 9:45 AM by pooja.katkar

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    9 ways to embrace exposed fixtures and finishes in your home

    There can be beauty in raw materials. Display them with care, and the effect is surprisingly warm and welcoming.

     

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    It’s not always deliberate that a great piece of work is left unfinished — see Schubert’s 8th Symphony or Mozart’s Requiem, for example. However, sometimes in the creative process there’s a decision to embrace the beauty in raw or “unfinished” materials. In the case of homes and other buildings, there might be an aesthetic choice about whether to expose certain elements — from structural steel to bare concrete to lightbulbs — that might ordinarily be hidden. Should you dare to bare?

    Check out these ideas for creating your own unfinished masterpiece.

    Structural wood

    Exposed structural wood is a much more common sight than some of the other materials in this story. The display of raw wood in a home creates a sense of bringing the natural world inside, and there’s a real-life essence to be gained from the look. Structural oak beams in particular bring so much feeling to a space. Dark woods are wonderful for a framing effect against crisp white walls and ceilings — great for demarcating areas of an open-plan space. And cherry and lighter woods work well as part of an overall scheme; bring them in through furniture, floors and staircases.

    Electrical accessories

    Wiring can be used in interesting ways. The most common is to hang lighting cables in an arrangement that suggests a sense of temporariness, as in an art studio or a construction site where string lights have been hung for a specific purpose. With a little imagination, the opportunities are endless. Cable coverings can be created in a vast array of materials and colors, for example. Just be sure the design is certified and installed by a qualified electrician.

    Bricks (in an industrial property)

    Bricks and mortar are rough and cold and not always a look that comes to mind when you’re designing a cozy living room. Yet using exposed brick, especially on one feature wall, has great merit. The subtle irregularities in texture and color can really be brought to life with some skilfully placed lighting, such as the low table lamp that casts a warm glow in this warehouse-style apartment.

    Bricks (in a period house)

    If you’re lucky enough to have a good-looking internal brick wall in your home, simply seal it with clear or colored products that can be found at any building supply store. If you’re not, then faux brick panels can be installed, the benefit of which is that you can identify a pattern and color that work for you.

    Pipe

    Pipe is a wonderful material with which to get creative. In fact, when I was training as a heating engineer, we would create small sculptures from copper pipe to demonstrate our skill. The most common raw finishes are steel and copper, though any finish can be achieved through painting, plating or polishing.

     

    There’s a huge variety of fittings and fixings, as well as threading and bending techniques. Uses include water and gas, obviously, but pipe can also be used as cable trunking to form some interesting lighting features. 

     

    Any design that makes functional use of the pipe (as opposed to purely decorative) should be approved and installed by a qualified engineer who can certify that the work complies with regulations.

    Concrete

    One of the most overlooked building materials in its raw, unfinished form is concrete. But from prefabricated panels to polished countertops, it’s a highly versatile medium. Concrete also lends itself beautifully to a minimalist interior. There’s a nakedness to it that asks for solitary items of furniture or artwork in isolation.

     

    The irregularities in concrete’s surface coloring work well with other materials that are natural or imperfect in some way. Acid-distressed glass is a great example.

    Plywood

    Sheet materials, especially plywood, can be a real boon to a homeowner’s budget. Although cost isn’t the ideal factor on which to base key design choices, it also can’t be ignored. Fortunately, plywood can look incredibly warm and stylish in its raw state, and it’s a brilliant base on which to redecorate at a later date if you tire of the look.

     

    How to do it right? In a word: pine. Pine furniture, pine cabinets, pine shelves. Then understand that this really is an unfinished look, so choose light fixtures, tables, chairs and other features that also have a certain “makeshift” style. Try railings made of scaffolding poles, upturned crates for side tables and industrial-style wall lights.

    Ductwork

    The practical purpose of ductwork is to achieve proper air flow. A good duct system will keep the air throughout a home fresh and clean and make central parts of the property noticeably more comfortable.

     

    OK, it’s a bold look to have ductwork out in all its glory, but design fortune favors the brave. All that raw metal can look severe, but it can also be striking in a minimal, contemporary room. Equally, it can look right at home in a space that incorporates a lot of other exposed raw building materials.

     

    Be conscious of noise implications when situating the duct outlet, and make sure you get up there frequently to dust the metal. Keeping ductwork shiny will mean the difference between a really cool design feature and an unfortunate consequence of a poorly designed building.

    Structural steel

    Steel is a remarkable material for what it allows us to achieve in architectural design, to the point that we can appear to defy the laws of physics with floating staircases, split-level mezzanines and the like.

     

    Structural steel can be left exposed to give a great industrial feel to an interior. Like exposed ductwork, this is a strong look and will work best if you really play it up as a feature. But again, check your regulations: Steel that’s integral to the structure of the building must be enclosed by fire-rated materials and cannot be left exposed.

    Tell us: Have you exposed any raw materials in your home? Share your tips and photos on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on October 10, 2015.

    Michael Parinchy | Houzz contributor



    Works for West Midlands Award-Winning Home Design and Construction Company, Probuild 360.

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