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    Give guests the perfect stay with this holiday hosting checklist.

    December 01, 2023 by itzel.portillo

    Friday, December 1, 2023

    Holiday hosting checklist | Schlage

    Make holiday hosting stress-free and give your guests exactly what they want and need by following this checklist.



    ‘Tis the season of giving … and hosting family and friends … and maybe feeling overwhelmed by all the planning and festivities. Don’t fret about forgetting something amid all the chaos. Make holiday hosting stress-free and give your guests exactly what they want and need by following this checklist.
    Entryway decorated for Christmas.

    Give them a warm welcome

    Start the visit on the right foot by paying attention to details that make people feel at home.


    checkbox Style your front door decor with a gorgeous wreath or green garland for porch railings


    checkbox Repair, clear and de-ice walkways, driveways, porch steps and railings


    checkbox Prepare a mudroom to receive guests, hang coats and stow shoes and boots


    checkbox Light a fire and stock the hearth with extra wood


    checkbox Offer cozy blankets for evening hangouts

    Give them their privacy

    Especially if you have overnight guests, give them some room to unwind by themselves and feel at home. It will give you the privacy to unwind in your own space as well.


    checkbox Prepare the guest room with fresh linens and plenty of cozy touches, or convert another room just for visitors


    checkbox Clean out a drawer, closet space and bathroom shelf for guests’ belongings during a long stay


    checkbox Update door knobs and levers with Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior Door Hardware so guests can lock their door if they need additional privacy


    checkbox Hang blackout drapes for privacy from the neighbors and the sun when sleeping in

    Give them access

    A study by OnePoll found that having the ability to come and go with ease was one of the leading ways to make guests feel at home.


    checkbox Give guests their own Schlage smart lock access code. Send it before their arrival so they won’t be locked out, even if you aren’t home yet


    checkbox Provide the WiFi password


    checkbox Offer a cheat sheet with tips for using your smart home devices like lamps or speakers

    Give them some refreshments

    Holiday calories do count unfortunately, so the least you can do is make them worth it.


    checkbox Set up a self-serve drink station or bar cart with fixings for delicious coffee, hot chocolate or cocktails


    checkbox Provide simple grab-and-go snacks and quick breakfast items like bagels and fruit


    checkbox Place a tray with bottled water and your guests’ favorite treats in the guest room before arrival

    Give them some entertainment

    Whether going out or staying in, make it easy to enjoy each other’s company.


    checkbox Set out a selection of board games


    checkbox Pull out your favorite holiday movies or add some to your Netflix queue for easy searching


    checkbox Share a list of local attractions, shops and restaurants to explore


    checkbox Provide books and magazines for guests who want a quiet night in

    Give them a gift

    Homemade and heartfelt, a gift for the holiday or as a party favor can show how much you care.


    checkbox Visit the new Schlage gift giving guides for inspiration, no matter who you’re shopping for

    Every family’s traditions are different, but you can’t go wrong by following this simple holiday hosting checklist. Make guests feel welcome while giving yourself the chance to enjoy the season as well.


    Need more hacks for getting your home ready to host for the holidays? Check out our blog archive for simple updates you can tackle when you’re in a holiday hurry, tips for decorating your front porch and ways to improve your security for the holiday season.

    Designing for durability: Choosing hardware and finishes for bathroom.

    October 12, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Thursday, October 12, 2023

    Finishes for bathroom | Schlage

    In this guide, we will explore how to enhance your bathroom's aesthetics, functionality, and durability.



    In the bustling rhythm of our daily lives, bathrooms are often the unsung heroes of our homes. Think about it – you style your hair, take refreshing showers, conduct your skincare rituals, clean it with tough chemicals, and, of course, answer nature's call, all within the confines of this compact room. But amid all this activity, they endure a considerable amount of wear and tear. This high traffic is precisely why it's imperative to consider every element that makes up your bathroom, from the right paint finishes on the walls to the faucets and door locks you choose. In this guide, we will explore how to enhance your bathroom's aesthetics, functionality, and durability. 
    Modern Scandinavian bathroom with white tile walls and brass hardware finishes for bathroom.

    Selecting bathroom wall paint that lasts

    Bathrooms are high-humidity environments and endure frequent use, making durability a top priority. The correct type of bathroom paint will not only resist moisture but also withstand the daily challenges of this busy space. Here are some things to consider when selecting bathroom wall paint to ensure that your walls stay looking fresh and vibrant for years to come.

    Mom and daughter brushing teeth in bathroom with a Schlage bathroom door lock in satin nickel finish.

    Best paint for bathroom walls

    For bathroom walls, it's essential to use a high-quality, moisture-resistant paint. Look for paints labeled as "bathroom paint" or "kitchen and bath paint." These paints are formulated to resist moisture and prevent mold and mildew growth.

    Best paint finish for bathrooms

    The finish of your paint determines not only the appearance but also how it stands up to moisture, water, and cleaning agents. In a bathroom, where these elements are ever-present, the right finish can make a significant difference in the longevity and maintenance of your walls. Satin and semi-gloss finishes are excellent choices as they provide a slight sheen that's easy to clean and can withstand the occasional water splashes and humidity.

    Satin vs. semi-gloss

    When deciding between a satin and semigloss finish for your bathroom paint, its essential to consider both aesthetics and practicality. Satin finishes offer a soft, subtle sheen that strikes a balance between matte and glossy, providing an elegant and inviting look. On the other hand, semigloss finishes are more reflective, making them highly resistant to moisture and stains. They are an excellent choice for bathrooms with high humidity levels or frequent splashes. Ultimately, your choice should depend on your bathroom’s specific needs and your design preferences. Satin for a touch of sophistication and semigloss for durability in a moisture-prone environment. 

    High-humidity bathrooms

    Extra precautions should be taken when choosing paint for bathrooms with exceptionally high humidity levels, such as those without proper ventilation. Consider using a high-quality primer before painting to create a moisture-resistant barrier between the wall and the paint or selecting mold-resistant paint that is specifically formulated to resist mold and mildew in high moisture areas. 

    Choosing the right hardware finishes for bathroom

    When designing your bathroom, it's essential to pay attention to the hardware finishes you choose for faucets and door locks. These elements not only contribute to the overall aesthetics but also play a crucial role in functionality and maintenance. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting hardware finishes that can withstand antibacterial cleaners, are easy to clean, and resist dust and water spots.

    Updated farmhouse bathroom with matte black finishes and hardware.

    Antibacterial cleaner compatibility

    When selecting hardware finishes, opt for materials that can safely withstand the use of antibacterial cleaners without deteriorating over time. Stainless steel, brass, and chrome are excellent choices as they are highly resistant to the corrosive effects of cleaning agents. These finishes not only maintain their appearance but also ensure a sanitary environment.

    Ease of cleaning

    Bathroom hardware is exposed to moisture and daily use, which can lead to the buildup of soap scum, water spots, and fingerprints. To simplify maintenance, choose finishes that are easy to clean. Smooth, non-porous surfaces like polished chrome or brushed nickel are less likely to trap dirt and grime, making them a breeze to wipe down with a damp cloth.

    Resistance to water spots

    Water spots can negatively affect the look of your bathroom fixtures. Opt for finishes that are known for their resistance to water spots, such as chrome or stainless steel. These finishes not only repel water but also make it easier to maintain a spotless shine with minimal effort.

    Dust and grime resistance

    Some finishes are better at hiding dust and smudges than others. Matte finishes, like oil-rubbed bronze or matte black, are more forgiving in this regard, as they tend to camouflage fingerprints better than polished options. If you are looking to conceal dust, a textured finish is the way to go. Consider distressed nickel to make particles appear less visible.

    Consider your bathroom's aesthetic

    Beyond durability and maintenance, your hardware finishes should align with the overall style and aesthetic of your bathroom. Choose finishes that complement your design scheme, whether it's classic, modern, industrial, or rustic. Coordinating finishes can enhance the cohesive look of your bathroom while still meeting the practical criteria mentioned above.

    A well-chosen paint finish and durable bathroom hardware will ensure that you don’t need frequent replacements. Remember to consider factors like the bathroom’s style, moisture levels, and maintenance requirements when making your choices. And for expert guidance in finding the perfect bathroom door hardware, make use of our style selector tool designed to help you match your individual needs and preferences with the ideal hardware style for a bathroom that is both functional and stylish. For more home design trends and tips, make sure to check out the Schlage blog and follow us on Pinterest, TikTok and Instagram. 


    Types of deadbolt locks for your front door.

    October 05, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, October 5, 2023

    Deadbolt locks | Schlage

    Your guide to understanding the different deadbolt lock functions and choose the right secure door hardware for your home.



    Whether you’re replacing locks on a new home or looking to add more security to your current home, the aisle (or search results page) can be overwhelming with all the options. Check out our deadbolt lock breakdown below to help you understand the different functions and choose the right secure door hardware for your home.
    Schlage Matte Black Plymouth Front Door Handleset on Blue Grey Door.

    What is a deadbolt lock?

    A deadbolt lock is a robust security mechanism commonly used in homes and businesses to reinforce door security. Unlike standard locks, deadbolts lack a spring mechanism and can only be operated with a key or thumbturn, providing enhanced resistance against unauthorized entry. Now let’s dive into thedifferent types of deadbolts available to help you choose the one that best suits your security needs.

    Single cylinder deadbolt lock

    The most common type of deadbolt locks is the single cylinder deadbolt. It features an exterior keyhole for locking or unlocking the deadbolt using a key from the outside, while on the inside, a thumb turn provides quick and convenient access. To ensure comprehensive security, it’s advisable to pair this type of deadbolt with a keyed lock beneath it or a handle set grip. For an elegant and welcoming entrance, we recommend considering the purchase of a complete handleset pair or custom ¾ trim handlesets, which can enhance the overall aesthetic and security or your door.  


    Shop single cylinder deadbolts

    Double cylinder deadbolt lock

    Double cylinder deadbolts are used when you want a little extra security. They are often chosen for improving security on doors with windows because they make it harder for potential intruders to reach through the glass and unlock the door. A double cylinder deadbolt features a keyhole on both the interior and exterior side of the door so the only way you can lock/unlock is with a mechanical key. However, this type of lock should be used with caution as it can make it more difficult to get out of the house quickly in the event of an emergency.


    Shop double cylinder deadbolts

    Electronic deadbolts

    Electronic lock deadbolts often leverage the same security and durability of mechanical single cylinder deadbolts with the added convenience of a keypad or touchscreen that allows you to program a unique access code for entry. These locks are particularly convenient for those who wish to do away with traditional physical keys, simplifying access for family members and trusted individuals. It’s important to note that with electronic locks, all programming and access management occur directly at the lock itself. Unlike smart locks, they do not offer remote access capabilities or integration with other smart home technology, ensuring that control remains localized.

    Shop electronic locks

    Smart deadbolts

    Like electronic locks, smart deadbolt locks are just as durable as a mechanical single cylinder deadbolt. You can connect your smart lock to your home network, either directly to WiFior with a compatible smart home hub, depending on the lock you choose. You can then use your smartphone for easy programming and access from anywhere.


    Smart locks also provide the option to integrate parts of your home security with other smart home products to create routines and schedules that fit your lifestyle. Did you leave the house and wonder if you forgot to lock the door? No problem. As long as you’re connected to your WiFi or smart hub, you can access your lock remotely to check its status and command it to lock or unlock. Want to tell Alexa to lock the door, even when you’re too comfy to get out of bed? You can do that, too.


    Shop smart deadbolts

    No matter which type of deadbolt lock you choose, look for signs that you can trust your door hardware to help protect your home. Check that the deadbolt has the BHMA’s Best, or AAA, ratings in security, durability and finish. Look for a lifetime warrantyso you know the company you’re buying from stands behind its products. And listen to what others have to say. Schlage is trusted in over 40 million homes and has over 10,000 five-star reviews. We’re proud to have earned the trust of so many homeowners and are committed to strengthening that trust into our next century of business.


    Securing your front door is an important step toward improving the overall safety of your home. Remember to be just as diligent when purchasing locks for the other doors on your home, including back doors and garage entries. Visit our Home Security blogs for more tips and recommendations.


    Choosing the right bathroom door locks for your home.

    October 02, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 2, 2023

    Bathroom door locks | Schlage

    Upgrade your bathroom door locks and enhance your home’s aesthetic effortlessly.



    Whether your bathroom door locks need an update due to outdated knobs, loose levers or you simply want a style change, there’s a bathroom door lock waiting for you! Making this simple change can elevate your home’s style with a small yet impactful touch that can make all the difference. Upgrade your bathroom door locks and enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal effortlessly.
    Schlage Bowery bathroom door lock in matte black on bathroom door with woman in background getting ready.

    Lock function

    First things first, you need to determine the function of the door handle. In most cases for your bathroom, you want a privacy, or Bed & Bath, lock. “What does this mean?” you ask. A privacy lock lets you lock the door from one side using either a push-lock mechanism or a thumbturn.


    While a privacy lock is appropriate for most bathrooms, you may find that, depending on your living situation (small children, individuals needing special care, etc.), you would prefer to have access to the bathroom at all times. When that’s the case, a passage, or Hall & closet, lock is the desired function. A passage lock allows you to latch thebathroom door knobor lever to the door, but it will not lock on either side. 


    Although if your bathroom is likely to be used by guests as well, there may be a better solution instead of having an unlockable bathroom at all times. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardwarehas Combined Interior functionality. That means that you get both passage and privacy functions in the same lock. Switching between the functions is easy and convenient. Simply insert and rotate the privacy pin to convert it from passage to privacy. With the versatility of Schlage Custom Combined Interior functionality, you never have to worry about miscounting how many of each kind of lock you need. And you never have to replace the entire lock if your needs change.

    Schlage Custom Northbrook lever on bathroom door.

    Quality bathroom door handles

    Just as with any purchase, you want to make sure you are purchasing your interior door hardware from a trusted lock company, like Schlage, that manufactures high-quality bathroom door locks. Look for companies that honor both a lifetime mechanical warranty and a lifetime finish warranty. Because let's face it – sometimes things happen and you want to ensure you're buying a quality door lock from a company that offers great service and will stand by its products and warranties.

    Door lock handing

    In addition to deciding on the finish, you need to consider whether a door knob or lever would work best in your bathroom. What difference does it make? While door knobs and levers operate the same internally, they do provide a different look and style to the room. Additionally, levers are often ideal for young children or those with arthritis or need the extra leverage a lever provides to open the bathroom door. Levers are also different than door knobs in that they are ADA compliant.


    f you choose a lever, you might need to pay attention to the handing. This impacts the way the lever is installed, specifically which way the lever points when it is affixed to the door. When you purchase a Schlage interior lever, your hardware comes with a pin tool that allows you to switch the handing of the levers if necessary. Watch this video to help you adjust the levers to the appropriate handing during installation.

    Schlage Accent lever in aged bronze on bathroom door.

    Best bathroom lock finish

    When it comes to selecting interior door hardware for your bathroom, or any room, you want to look at the finish. These finishes can range from historically popular finishes like Bright Brass and Satin Nickel to more modern finishes like Satin Brass and Matte Black. A good rule of thumb is to complement your interior door hardware with your current bathroom fixtures. For example, if your faucets and lighting are a timeless satin nickel, you might not want to choose Bright Brass for your bathroom door lock. Selecting Satin Nickel will coordinate better and make your bathroom look that much more polished.


    You can even create more visual interest by mixing finishes. Just because you have appliances in one finish doesn’t mean everything has to have the same metallic look. Copper and nickel, satin brass and polished nickel, aged bronze and satin brass are all classic combinations that make a statement.

    Schlage Bowery knob on bathroom door.

    Door lock style

    Part of completing your perfect look is choosing the right style of door hardware. Schlage offers designs that range from traditional to modern and clean and minimalist to ornate and eclectic, so you can find the door knobs, levers and trim that are right for your home and your own unique sense of style. Use our Style Selector toolto find the designs and finishes right for your décor.


    You might also choose to match door hardware in other parts of your home. Because Schlage offers locks in a variety of functions, you can easily create your ideal look no matter what door you’re updating, from the front door to back porch and everywhere in between.

    If you find yourself in need of inspiration, check us out onTikTokPinterest or Instagram. You can also discover which bathroom door locks fit your home and personal taste at


    Storage solutions for a stylish, clutter-free home.

    September 29, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 29, 2023

    Stylish storage | Schlage

    If you are looking for a quick, easy cost-effective way to organize your space, these stylish storage solutions are the perfect place to start.



    There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of stepping into a clean, well-organized space. But when clutter starts piling up, it can quickly turn into a chaotic display of excess belongings and disorder. If you are looking for a quick, easy cost-effective way to organize your space, these stylish storage solutions are the perfect place to start.  
    Stylish organized minimalist shelving unit with baskets, boxes, eucalyptus.

    Evaluate your storage needs

    Before diving into the mission of organizing your living space, it’s crucial to take a step back and evaluate your storage needs. Pinpoint the areas in your home that are most cluttered and in need of attention. Focusing your efforts on these specific trouble spots is key because attempting to tackle multiple rooms at a time can hinder your ability to gauge progress and create unwanted stress. By taking it one room at a time, you’ll not only streamline your efforts but also witness the transformation of each space into a haven of tranquility and style.

    Woman using woven basekts to organize linen closet.

    Transforming chaos into chic order

    Whether you live in a small apartment or a spacious home, these home storage solutions offer inspiration to transform your space while enhancing organization and style. These ideas are versatile and adaptable, so get creative and have fun watching your space go from dissaray to organized style.


    One way to add both functionality and charm to your home is by using baskets. These versatile storage options come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing you to find the perfect fit for any room. Whether you use them to store blankets, toys, shoes, or even just as decorative accents, baskets are a great way to keep things organized while adding a touch of visual appeal. 


    If your hallways and entryways are always scattered with shoes and toys, try adding a basket under a console table like Living Spaces for a quiet, yet flattering way to store your items. 

    Open shelving

    If you’re looking to showcase your favorite items while reducing visual clutter, open shelving is the way to go. By removing the doors from your cabinets or investing in floating shelves, you can create a stylish display for your books, décor, and other belongings. Not only does this make your space feel more open, but it also encourages you to keep things tidy and organized. 


    Bathrooms are high traffic areas where organization is key, and clutter can accumulate quickly. One effective solution we love is incorporating narrow shelves, like these featured on Good Housekeeping. These space-saving shelves provide a practical yet stylish way to keep everyday items neatly stored.

    Open kitchen shelves storing dishes, utensils and books.

    Utilizing architectural features

    Take advantage of the existing architectural features in your home to maximize storage space. Nooks and alcoves are perfect opportunities to create functional storage solutions that seamlessly blend with your home’s design. Whether it’s a built-in bookshelf, a cozy reading nook with hidden storage, or an alcove transformed into a mini home office, these features can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. 

    Functional furniture

    Why settle for ordinary furniture when you can have pieces that offer both style and storage? Functional furniture with built in storage is a game-changer when it comes to removing visual clutter from your home. From ottomans with hidden compartments to coffee tables with drawers, these pieces allow you to keep your space tidy while adding a touch of sophistication to your décor.


    Whether it is adding a touch of style by installing new shelf or decluttering a corner with the help of a basket, each organizational effort contributes to the overarching goal of turning your living space into a cleaner, stylish and more organized space. The path to a serene and stylish home isn’t about the scale of the task, but rather the intent and dedication behind it. With each storage solution you implement you’re taking strides towards creating the clutter-free home you’ve always envisioned. 

    While the options above only scratch the surface of the many stylish storage solutions you can incorporate in your home, we hope they inspire you to make a small step towards creating a stylish and clutter-free home. For all things home improvement and DIY, check out the Schlage blog, Instagram and Pinterest!


    Best gardening tips to create deck privacy with plants.

    September 13, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 13, 2023

    Deck privacy with plants | Schlage

    When you’re looking for an outdoor retreat without losing curb appeal or feeling boxed in, try these plant ideas that give your deck more privacy.



    We love spending time outside in our backyards and on porches. The fresh air, sunshine and family time can’t be beat. Many of us are less enthusiastic about prying eyes, whether from neighboring houses or passers-by. When you’re looking for an outdoor retreat without losing curb appeal or feeling boxed in, try these plant ideas that give your deck more privacy.
    Modern backyard deck patio with concrete fire pit and wall of greenery for privacy.

    Best backyard plants for patio privacy

    For backyard privacy that feels more natural than a fence or that creates the illusion that you’re relaxing in a nature preserve, choose tall plants for your garden. Of course, look for varieties that thrive in your region, but you might consider some of these popular plants for equal parts beauty and privacy.

    Ornamental grasses

    For coverage high and wide – many varieties can grow as tall as eight feet and spread to about six – ornamental grasses are dependable plants for privacy. Zebra grass grows well in most zones and, because its foliage is multicolored, a nice addition to your curb appeal. Fountain grass and pink hair grass are other options. The kiddos might also get a kick out of their fuzzy spikes, great for a sensory garden as well as privacy.


    The most important thing is to choose your bamboo varieties wisely. Some are invasive and difficult to control. To help avoid that, choose a clumping variety, which grows taller versus out over wide areas. Also, choose a type of bamboo that will survive in your climate zone.Red Dragon, for example, can take temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit, so you even cold-weather homeowners can enjoy privacy. You’ll need several bamboo plants, spaced a few feet apart. The denser the plants – don’t worry about overplanting bamboo – the greater the privacy.


    We especially love palms for adding privacy to smaller patios or porches. It doesn’t have to be some huge, coconut-producing variety. Look for Areca, Lipstick or Needle palms instead. Because most palms don’t winter over very well, you might grow them in a container and bring them indoors when the temperature gets too low. Now, can’t you just imagine yourself lounging in a comfy chair or hammock, surrounded by tropical fronds?

    Fast-growing trees

    None of these options will give you privacy overnight. You can speed things up a bit by choosing fast-growing plants and trees. Arborvitae, also known as Thuja, is one of the most popular varieties due to their hardiness and low maintenance. Leyland cypress and many other evergreens are solid picks, too. If you aren’t a fan of having trees close to the house, plant them along your property line in place of a fence.

    Screened-in backyard deck with hanging ferns and wooden slats for privacy.

    Potted privacy plants

    A container garden is another great way to add privacy to a deck or patio. Not only will the plants help shield the sun or your neighbors’ attention, but so will the pots or whatever structure you hang them from. Hang plants high and let them drape, or start them low and let them climb.

    Vertical veggie garden

    Vertical hanging gardens are the perfect solution for those who are looking to create privacy with plants but have limited space to do so. These gardens utilize vertical space, allowing you to grow plants upwards and save valuable floor space. A great low-cost tip is to repurpose a shoe caddie and transform it into an herb planter. Or try growing climbing plants like beans, cucumbers, and even tomatoes on trellises or vertical planters to create a beautiful and functional privacy screen. 


    We especially like I Spy DIY’s vertical garden makeover and addition of a Schlage smart lock and lever on the back door. It’s the perfect companion for gardening enthusiasts who want both security and easy access to their outdoor oasis. With keyless convenience and remote access, it ensures your home is always secure, giving you peace of mind while you tend to your garden. No more fumbling for keys when going in or out of your back door, just a simple touch or code entry!

    Hanging plant wall

    One of the best things about this plant privacy wall is in that you can upcycle many of the materials to make it yourself. Reuse old shutters or pallets, for example, or frame some chicken wire or lattice panels. Once you have your structure in place, hang small potted plants using hooks or rope. The combination of plant varieties and arrangements is endless. This is customized DIY at its finest.

    Suspended window boxes

    Are they window boxes or hanging planters? There’s no need to choose. Use sturdy chain to suspend the boxes from a covered porch or pergola, and fill them with plants that drape over the edges. Think ferns, trailing snapdragon and sweet potato vine. The Spruce has even more ideas for spiller plants for container gardens.

    Potted climbing flowers

    Climbing or vining flowers like jasmine or clematis make the perfect potted privacy plants and add beautiful color to your curb appeal and privacy at the same time. Repurpose tomato cages or use a stake or trellis to give your flowers something to creep up. With a few containers side-by-side, you’ll have a gorgeous and colorful living privacy screen. Climbing roses are a great addition to an existing fence, too.

    Fast-growing trees

    Privacy is key to enjoying your back deck or patio. Especially when houses are close together, having a secluded area where guests can relax without any distraction is important.  By strategically placing tall and dense plants in rail planters, you can create a natural barrier that adds a touch of privacy to your space. Choose plants like bamboo, tall grasses, or even climbing vines to create a lush and secluded space. 

    Porch swing with plant wall for privacy.

    Consider long-term maintenance

    When it comes to using deck and patio plants for privacy, it’s important to consider the maintenance aspect as well. While plants can provide many benefits and added privacy to your space for years to come, it is crucial to choose the right plants and be mindful of their growth habits. Some plants can get out of control, requiring excessive trimming and potentially creeping into your neighbor’s yard. Additionally, certain plants with aggressive root systems can cause potential decking or foundation issues.


    So, while enjoying the benefits of privacy, it is essential to keep these factors in mind and choose plants that are manageable and won’t cause any unwanted complications. With proper planning, you can create a private outdoor sanctuary that brings beauty and tranquility to your space. 


    Looking for more ways to add privacy to your home? Or maybe you’re just hoping to spruce up your curb appeal for the warmer months? Visit the Schlage blog for more DIY tips and tricks that will help make any home feel like a haven.


    Prepare your home for independent living without a full remodel.

    August 23, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 23, 2023

    Independent Living | Schlage

    Whether you are interested in making accessibility updates to your home or the home of a loved one, these tips are a great starting place for making a home more comfortable and safer for the future.



    For adults wanting to stay in their homes as they age, preparing the home for independent living now can make that goal more practical. Whether you are interested in making accessibility updates to your home or the home of a loved one, the tips below are a great starting place for making a home more comfortable and safer for the future.
    Independent living couple sitting on front porch with coffee.

    Have all living essentials on the main level

    The most basic place to start is to have your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry all on the main level of your home. This may mean moving your washer and drier up from the basement or converting a room on the main level into a bedroom. Eliminating the need to go up and down stairs for any of these essentials will help facilitate independent living for longer.

    Update your bathroom for accessibility

    Bathrooms are notoriously difficult to navigate and are one of the most common places in the home for a fall. A few changes to your bathroom can make it safer for independent living. Start by adding a handrail by your toilet, and if it is low to the ground, consider upgrading to a chair-height toilet that will be much easier for sitting down and standing up. Next, make changes to your bath or shower. The best option is to have a low or no threshold shower with a wide doorway and grab bars both at the entry/exit point and in the shower itself. Other helpful additions including swapping your shower head for a wand, adding non-slip pads in the shower and on any floor tile and placing a bench or teak stool in the shower.

    Increase lighting

    As our eyes age, additional lighting is a necessary help. Consider how you can increase both natural and electric light in your home. While it may be tempting to add lamps in every corner, it is also important to think about reducing cords that could pose a trip risk and making lighting easier to access. For example, updating window treatments to a remote-control option can make it easier to welcome natural light during the day and changing to smart light bulbs or switches makes turning the lights on or off as easy as a simple voice command to your smart home hub.

    Woman reaching for closet door handle.

    Swap doorknobs for levers

    For those with arthritic hands or who have trouble gripping things, levers are much easier to operate than doorknobs. Fortunately, there are many stylish and secure options when it comes to door handles and levers – this is one change that can make your home more beautiful and functional for independent living!


    While you’re at it, consider ease of use for other home hardware as well. Appliance pulls, cabinet hardware, and faucets are all simple to switch for a more ergonomic option.  

    Widen doorways and slope transitions

    While this is a more extensive project, widening your doorways makes it easier to move throughout your home and may be necessary if you need a walker or wheelchair. Wider doorways also enable medical equipment or emergency personnel to come and go more easily. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is the perfect resource for navigating these modifications. 


    As you evaluate your doorways, it’s also a good idea to measure transitions between different types of flooring to make your home more accessible. Any transitions that are taller than a quarter inch should be changed to a sloped transition to prevent any trip hazards. 

    Add handrails

    While it may seem excessive now, installing a handrail by all steps throughout your home will make independent living easier. Don’t forget exterior steps to make your outdoor space more accessible as well – this will help you enjoy your outdoor living spaces well into the future.

    Happy couple in kitchen preparing breakfast together.

    Raise furniture and appliance heights

    Any furniture that is low to the ground or difficult to get in and out of should be replaced with a taller option. Additionally, placing appliances like washers and driers or the dishwasher on risers will make everyday tasks easier and safer. If you love to cook and bake, consider installing a wall oven at a height that will be convenient for years to come. For areas in the kitchen that may be difficult to get to, like bottom kitchen cabinets, install pull-out shelving units to minimize hassle.


    While you are in the process of raising furniture and appliances, make sure you have at least a few outlets in each room that are at an easily accessible height. 

    Smart home technology for aging in place

    Integrating smart home technology into your daily life can ease some of the challenges you may face as you age. From high-tech options like a fall detection robot to simple solutions like motion activated lighting, there are smart home solutions for almost every need. One top recommendation is to set up a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa throughout your home – they can help simplify your daily routines and make it easier to immediately call for help in the case of an emergency.

    Man installing Schlage smart lock on garage door.

    Install smart locks

    One of the best smart home technologies to make independent living simpler and safer is to install smart locks, particularly on exterior doors. Smart locks give you better control of who has access to your home and when; by granting unique access codes to trusted family, friends and caregivers, you can maintain independence and improve home security. To be thoroughly prepared for an emergency, you may even choose to have an access code on file with your local 911 dispatch center so that emergency personnel can quickly access your home if needed.


    Through the Schlage Home app, you can check the status of your lock, lock and unlock your door, and see real-time activity logs. While this is certainly helpful for you, it may also be a smart idea to consider giving app access to your loved ones so that they can detect any changes in your activity. Schlage smart locks are also compatible with top voice assistants, so controlling your lock is as easy as “Hey Google, lock the front door.” With all of these features, smart locks for aging in place can give both you and your loved ones peace of mind. 

    Use our get help deciding tool to pick out a smart lock that will simplify home access and security to help you enjoy independent living well into the future. For more home updates for aging in place, check out the ADA accessibility checklist and follow the Schlage blog for more independent living ideas. 


    6 ways to start rainscaping for water conservation.

    May 26, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2023

    Rainscape ideas | Schlage

    One important element of a more sustainable yard is water conservation. Here are some helpful tips you can use to reduce the ecological footprint of your yard with a rainscape.



    With spring officially here and summer close behind, lawn and garden projects are in full swing. Whether you’re revamping your landscaping or working on your lawn, now is the time to think through how your yard can positively impact the environment. One important element of a more sustainable yard is water conservation. Below, we provide some helpful tips you can use to reduce the ecological footprint of your yard.
    Rainscape ideas with rain barrel collecting rain water.

    What is a rainscape?

    A rainscape is simply landscaping that is intentionally designed to conserve water and protect water quality. Rainscaping helps reduce stormwater runoff from your property by putting it to work in more productive ways. There are many options for implementing rainscaping into your residential property – while you might not be able to make all these changes at once, it’s never too late to get started by choosing one project to make your yard more eco-friendly.

    1. Add rain gardens

    Rain gardens are a fun DIY rainscaping addition to your yard that helps collect and purify rainwater rather than allowing it to pick up chemicals and pollutants as it flows on a straight path to the sewer system. The best spot for a rain garden will depend on your yard – the next time it storms, look out the window to see where rainwater runoff exists. Often, water runoff travels down hardscaping like driveways and decks or builds at the end of downspouts. By diverting this runoff with a pipe or path of river rock to a shallow depression at least 10ft from your house, you can easily create a rain garden that has an added benefit of protecting your home’s foundation from pooling water. Learn how to build a rain garden here.

    2. Harvest rainwater

    One of the easiest rainscaping ideas to use at your home is to collect rainwater runoff from a roof or other surface. By channeling your downspouts to stormwater runoff rain barrels, you can store rainwater to replace a large amount of your water needs. This environmentally responsible choice gives you more control over your organic water supply and can add up to significant cost savings, especially if you are paying for city water for landscaping needs.

    3. Landscape without water

    Landscaping for your location can be tricky, especially if you live in a dry climate where plants can require a lot of supplemental water to survive. No-water and low-water landscaping allows you to rainscape even if your location doesn’t see much rainfall because you are intentionally conserving water. The first step is to choose plants that can tolerate drought – looking up a list of plants native to your state or region is the easiest place to start. Its also important to think about the density of plants in a landscaping bed. When plants are permitted to run up to one another, the soil is shaded from heat and sun, preventing moisture from evaporating too quickly.

    Backyard rainscape with rain barrel garden shed and potted plants.

    4. Make your lawn drought tolerant

    To survive dry spells, your lawn needs a deep root system. While it is tempting to run a sprinkler on a consistent schedule or at the first sign of any wilting grass, it is better to wait to water your lawn when closer to 50 percent of the grass is wilting. Once these conditions are met, you want to give your lawn a thorough soak of 1/2-3/4 inches, but make sure to stop before creating any wasteful run-off. By giving your grass a long watering only when it absolutely needs it, you are helping establish a deep root system that will develop more and more drought tolerance and require less and less watering.


    Another management tip to motivate your grass to develop deep roots is to never mow grass shorter than its highest recommended height. Longer blades of grass have more surface area to photosynthesize and store energy to endure drought. If these methods don’t work and you still find yourself having to frequently water your lawn, it might be time to reduce the amount of turf in your yard. Native gardens and groundcovers are a more sustainable use of your property, and there are lots of creative ways to reduce lawn space in a way that is beautiful and appealing from the curb.

    5. Create a rain swale

    Water that quickly runs over the surface of your yard or driveway on its way to the sewer collects pollutants rather than benefitting the ecology. Rain swales are a rainscaping tool that slows water down and spreads water out, giving it a chance to actually sink into the soil. You can create a rain swale by digging a shallow ditch where water runoff typically builds in your yard. Line the depression with material like gravel, native plants and mulch that will help filter water. Rain swales can be a fascinating focal point for your yard that creates year-round aesthetic interest.

    6. Move to permeable pavement

    You’ve likely noticed a rainscaping theme: reduce rainwater runoff. Impervious pavement like cement and blacktop are the most common surfaces for residential driveways, patios and sidewalks, but they act as a slide that moves valuable rainwater away from the soil and into the sewer. If you are adding or replacing any hard surfaces outside your home, look for porous, permeable options that filter rain runoff into the soil beneath. For example, a patio with a sub-base of gravel and topped with permeable pavers is a much more eco-friendly option than pouring an impervious concrete slab.

    While the options above only scratch the surface of the many ways to add rainscaping features that conserve water outdoors, we hope they inspire you to make a small step towards a more environmentally friendly landscape. For all things home improvement and DIY, check out the Schlage blog, Instagram and Pinterest!


    8 front door design ideas to inspire you.

    May 11, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 11, 2023

    Front door design ideas | Schlage

    With a gorgeous front door, your house is sure to make a great first impression. Spark your creativity with this list of eight modern front door ideas.



    At Schlage, we believe the front door sets a tone for the entire house. While there are many styles to choose from, the best option is timeless, functional, and reflective of what you want your home to embody. Whether you're looking to overhaul your entryway completely or simply give your front door a new coat of paint, these eight front door design ideas will help you get started. From bold and bright to understated and elegant, there's something for everyone here.
    Grey home with black front door, sidelights, and brick porch steps.

    1. Doorway with sidelights

    A front doorway framed by sidelights is a perfect way to add a touch of class and style to any home. Not only does it add visual interest, but it also creates a sense of symmetry and balance as well as an inviting entryway. By breaking up space, it helps to make the doorway appear larger and eye-catching.

    Contemporary white home with geometric yellow front door.

    2. Geometric details

    One of the most striking features of a well-designed front door is the use of bold geometric details. A strong vertical line can add a sense of height and grandeur while a striking pattern can add a touch of whimsy and personality.


    Geometric details also add luxury to an otherwise simple design. In this example, bold windows and symmetric lines give the door an eye-catching look that will entice guests to step inside. You could elevate this design even further by pairing a front entry handle with a smart lock instead of a knob or lever.

    Red dutch door with glass panes on blue home with large planters.

    3. Bold contrast

    Make a bold statement with a contrasting design. A bright red door creates a striking visual that is sure to turn heads. For a more dramatic effect, pair a dark door with a light-colored façade. The contrast will really make the door pop and give your home an unforgettable entrance.


    If you want to add a touch of elegance, consider using two different colors for the door and the frame. This will create a flawless look that is sure to impress. No matter what combination you choose, remember that bold contrast is the key to creating a stunning front door design.

    White brick home with neutral sage green front door.

    4. Inviting neutrals

    If you're going for a classic look when designing your front doorway, opt for a neutral like white, gray, brown, or olive green. By using soothing earth tones, you can create an entryway that is both stylish and inviting while complementing the rest of your home's exterior. Consider installing a matching handle like the Schlage Custom 3/4 Trim Handleset for added consistency in the design.


    You can also add a pop of color with a bright welcome mat or a colorful door knocker. An eclectic assortment of potted plants will also add visual interest to the exterior entryway's design.

    Grey home with bright yellow front door.

    5. Contemporary color

    When it comes to front door design, don't be afraid to think outside the box. If you're looking for a front door that is both stylish and modern, consider a contemporary color option. A bright door with clean, simple details is the perfect way to add curb appeal to your home.


    Try pairing a bold yellow door with clean lines and a contemporary aura. Guests will have no trouble finding this house. A vibrant color option is a perfect way to make your home stand out from the rest.

    Entryway with stained glass front door.

    6. Timeless stained glass

    If you're looking for a distinctive way to add beauty and value to your front door, consider adding a touch of stained glass. Whether it's a traditional Victorian-style design or a more modern abstract pattern, stained glass can add a touch of class and elegance to any home.

    Modern home with neutral natural wood front door and matte black door handle.

    7. Modern simplicity

    Elevate your home's exterior with a classic brown wooden door with black accents. This design featured offers the perfect blend of natural and simple for a warm take on a modern look. The matte black front entry handle gives the right amount of edge while still being inviting.

    Bright blue dutch door on blue beach house.

    8. Dutch doors

    The Dutch door is an increasingly popular choice for front doors, thanks to its rustic charm and simple elegance. This design is perfect for homes with a country or cottage style, as it adds a touch of charm and authenticity. Whether you're looking for a classic design or something more modern, a Dutch door is an excellent option.


    This example by Jenny Komeda features a bold, black color against a crisp white backdrop. If this isn't quite your style, this type of door can be easily customized to suit your taste. You can choose from a variety of woods, stains, and hardware to create a unique look that complements your home.

    A front door is more than just an entryway into your home. It's a reflection of your style, and it should make a statement. With a little bit of thought and planning, you can design a front door that makes your home look its best. For more ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, visit the Schlage blog, or keep up with all the latest trends on our Facebook page.


    Foyer decorating ideas to making coming and going more beautiful than ever.

    May 02, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 2, 2023

    Foyer decorating ideas | Schlage

    If you’re looking for a quick, easy and cost-effective way to boost your home’s value and personality, your foyer is the perfect place to start.



    Whether you’re rushing home after a long workday or ushering in guests for an evening of fun, your home’s foyer is the space where welcome takes place. If you’re looking for a quick, easy and cost-effective way to boost your home’s value and personality, your foyer is the perfect place to start. Update your front entry with inviting details and intentional functionality to make a first impression that lasts.
    Family leaving foyer for baseball practice while dog watches.

    Evaluate your existing foyer

    Before jumping all in on redecorating your foyer, take a minute to step back and asses your current space. First, take note of the foundational elements you have to work with: square footage, flooring material, natural light and the general flow of traffic. Then, decide how you want your foyer to function. Is it a high-traffic space where clutter gets dropped in the hustle and bustle of daily life or is it a more formal entrance to your home used primarily by guests? Answering these questions before you begin will help you design a foyer that meets your specific needs and has lasting beauty. 

    Top trends for foyer decorating

    Seamless transitions

    A great way to get your creative wheels turning when redecorating your foyer is to open your front door wide and then take a few steps out front to look back in. This is the first view guests will have when you open the door for them, so it is helpful to envision their experience. Designing a seamless transition from your front porch to foyer creates a relaxing and welcoming first impression. We love how @lexi.pratz incorporates similar colors, natural materials, and greenery on both her front porch and in her foyer to ease the outside to inside transition. And nothing makes coming and going more effortless than a smart lock from Schlage. Our Schlage Encode™ family simplifies home access, making it possible for you to control and monitor your home from anywhere with built-in WiFi. Updating your foyer with the best smart lock for your needs will make your home smarter, safer, and more stylish.

    Think practical – foyer rugs & furniture

    In general, it is easiest to pick your largest décor elements before narrowing in on smaller details. A beautiful entry rug and intentional furniture pieces will be the anchor for styling your foyer. When choosing an entryway rug, don’t forget that it is likely to bear the brunt of bad weather – think snowy boots, soggy sneakers and dirty sandals. For this reason, we recommend a washable and durable entry rug pushed right up to your front threshold like this cheerful example from @missjustinamarie. If you live in a wet or snowy climate, you may want a waterproof rug that will really protect your floors from moisture damage – or simply layer a rubber mat under the entry rug that best shows off your personal style. 


    For furniture, at minimum you want a seat where guests can easily take shoes off and on. If your foyer tends to be a clutter magnet, consider a bench with cubbies or a lidded chest that can keep daily use items off the floor but still easily in reach. Wall hooks are a cost-effective way to both beautify and add storage space to your entryway. 


    If you’re stumped on how to style a small entry foyer, use a rug, small chair or stool and coat hook to define a welcome area. Even if you just have an odd corner of a multipurpose room, these elements work together to define a location for coming and going. This way, shoes, coats, purses and the like won’t always end up strewn about your greater living space. 

    Foyer décor for self-expression

    Now for the fun part! Our favorite foyer decorating tip is to incorporate unique items that express your personal style and interests. Look for antique pieces that you can blend in with more modern finishes to create a welcoming, on-trend entryway. @iamyvetteb’s foyer décor is a lovely example of adding unique touches to give your entry personality – we love how she pairs coastal elements with bright chrome and weathered wood to create a fresh, inviting space. If you want to really spice things up, consider bold paint colors or wallpaper to make a graphic statement in your foyer. But if a paint project sounds like a hassle, use a large piece of artwork or create a sophisticated gallery wall to make your foyer look expensive and interesting.  

    Think practical – foyer rugs & furniture

    Using materials and colors with high contrast will give your foyer an effortlessly chic vibe. As your experts in door hardware and finishes, some of our favorite pairings include matte black and satin brass. Not only do these two finishes play elegantly off each other, as @smt_designs and @craven_haven demonstrate, but creating high-contrast moments will also give your foyer a designer, high-end look. 

    Calm curves

    Using materials and colors with high contrast will give your foyer an effortlessly chic vibe. As your experts in door hardware and finishes, some of our favorite pairings include matte black and satin brass. Not only do these two finishes play elegantly off each other, as @smt_designs and @craven_haven demonstrate, but creating high-contrast moments will also give your foyer a designer, high-end look. 

    Think practical – foyer rugs & furniture

    The right finishing touches can transform your foyer to be distinctly inviting. @driftwood_decor thought of every detail to decorate a foyer that welcomes people into the home with genuine hospitality. Fresh or faux flowers instantly brighten the entryway and can easily be changed out for a seasonal touch. And if you like to entertain, a petite receiving table with refreshments goes above and beyond to show guests that they are appreciated. The key with these finishing touches is to have a few small details that bring you cheer and highlight your personality. 

    Giving your foyer a makeover is a small project with a big impact. Use these entryway decorating ideas to transform your foyer, making the simple acts of coming home and welcoming guests more effortless and beautiful. A home should make a lasting first impression. Make your statement at the front door with Schlage. Check out our blog, Instagram and Pinterest for more inspirational design tips!