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    Landscape and style your front yard based on where you live in the United States.

    April 26, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 26, 2023

    Front yard landscape tips | Schlage

    Your personal style should shine through the trees, shrubs and flowers planted around your home. But before you start digging or purchasing things to garden, know which plants can and cannot thrive in your area.



    Your personal style should shine through the trees, shrubs and flowers planted around your home. But before you start digging or purchasing things to garden, know which plants can and cannot thrive in your area. There are lists of plant species native to each U.S. region, where they can grow most happily and sustainably. Wherever you’re located, know about your region’s climate and what grows best. If it’s to be more functional or stylish or both, your final “yard scape” should also be attractive and easy to manage.
    Front yard landscape design.

    Before planting anything in your front yard, make sure you know what to expect. A yard that can’t be tamed is something else entirely—overgrowth can be a big hassle and happen faster than you think. Do your research on what is good and bad about the plants you desire in the foreground and background of your landscape. Whatever you choose, plant new and young greenery in the early springtime for a healthier, fuller landscape against your home in the summer.


    Gardening with native plants is a great way be proactive about yard maintenance while helping the environment. Lean into your home region’s natural climate and plant native greenery in your yard to save time and money on fertilizer and pesticides. Native perennials are especially great for your wallet and work schedule, as they’ll regrow for years on end without needing much from you. Plant your favorite perennials to greet you next spring or choose new plants that don’t need much care to grow well in your climate.


    Yard maintenance is easier when you plant something where it thrives—in the sun or shade, where rain can or cannot reach. Before you plant something new, we recommend checking the health of your soil and going from there. Sometimes, even planting the right native species in your region can go wrong if it’s in a bad spot or not getting enough nutrients through the soil.


    The big idea in choosing native plants is that a well-groomed lawn is more inviting and appealing than a messy one. A house looks and feels more like a home with tasteful landscape to match. Some homeowners enjoy turning heads with their front lawns and others like keeping it simple. But why not meet in the middle for beautiful and easy front yard décor? If you follow the simple cardinal rules and advice for gardening in your region, you can save yourself hundreds of hours of yardwork while helping restore the Earth’s natural climate. Wherever in the U.S. you’re gardening or landscaping, check the soil and search the best species to thrive in your front yard.

    Portland Head Lighthouse, New England Maine coastal landscape.

    Landscape and garden efficiently in New England

    If you live in the Northeast corner of the U.S., from Connecticut or New Hampshire to Maine, your climate ranges from mild to chilly. Cold temperatures and snow in wintertime can be taxing on non-native outdoor plants, dealing them an immediate or slow and pitiful death. But although a bit windy, summers are beach worthy in New England.


    Annual changes in temperature and humidity are not good for exotic plants needing hotter, more consistent weather to thrive. (Have you ever seen a palm tree in Delaware?) When landscaping in New England, don’t be afraid to get creative with native shrubs and maple trees for years of low-maintenance landscaping. Sometimes it makes the most sense to go with traditional flora than something fancy and delicate.

    Afton Villa Gardens Louisiana landscape.

    Plan a naturally beautiful front yard in the Southeast

    The Southeast region of the U.S. pans from Louisiana and Arkansas to the Virginias. This part of the country is known for its hotter, wetter climate around the Everglades. Because more rain falls annually here than in other regions, it’s useful to search watering needs for your outdoor plants in this region. Compared to others, this region can be easier for growing and tending plants year-round. With somewhat more predictable rainfall, property owners and outdoor professionals don’t need to water or fertilize landscapes as often.


    Non-native fruits and vegetables, like peppers, can also grow very well in the hot and humid American Southeast. Plants like these can add great variety and color to your landscape if they do not pose a threat to what belongs there. Non-native species are considered invasive if they notoriously can reproduce and adapt to new areas very quickly. Before planting an exotic or non-native species in the Southeast, ensure it’s non-invasive, your state allows it and it’s good for your neighborhood long-term.

    Midwest farm landscape.

    Plant strategically in the Midwest

    The Midwest, from Nebraska to Ohio, is of mild weather and action. Flatlands spread across the region, great for thriving crop fields and livestock, but also home to a spectrum of outdoor plants, native and non. Many homeowners plant native flowers and shrubs to give homage to the region, but Midwesterners also plant non-native produce like arugula and fruits. Adding such variety helps decorate and functionalize any yard.


    No matter what you’re planting in the Midwest, expect peak growing season to happen from or between April and October. The more northward you are, the shorter your prime growing season. Late summer also tends to be less humid, so if you’re growing plants that love dry weather, we suggest waiting to plant them until about mid-season. The Midwest is an awesome region to plant for looks and practicality; many homeowners and renters use their whole yards to grow colorful produce yearly.

    Rocky Mountain Utah lake landscape.

    Lean into the diverse Rocky Mountains region

    The Rocky Mountains region is known for skiing, hiking and gambling. From Montana to Nevada and Colorado, regional residents grow hearty vegetables like squash, carrots, radishes and potatoes in the rockier area. The hotter, more deserted parts of the Rocky Mountains region, like in Nevada, are better for growing citrus trees and lettuces like kale.


    Of course, if you’re landscaping a front lawn, you may prefer more decorative than fruit-bearing plants. But if you’re interested in functional gardening trends, leafy greens and root vegetables are great options to save money on yard maintenance and groceries long-term. The Rocky Mountains region is diverse in elevation, temperature and rainfall—know what grows best in the soil and overall climate you’re in. If you reside in a desert, you may get more from a fruit tree or a decorative cactus than a raised bed of potatoes.

    Arizona patio landscape.

    Get creative with landscaping in the Southwest

    Arizona to Oklahoma is hot and dry compared to the other regions of the United States. Tex-Mex and a wealth of early American culture are here, tucked in and around the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Natively, you’ll find grasses and cacti in neighbors’ front yards. While many more people visit the area than live there, it’s an awesome place to house species of sage and prickly pear in a garden.


    There are tons of ways to grow a functional and/or simply beautiful landscape in the Southwest. Some homeowners design desertscapes to highlight the natural beauty of their climate. Driving through neighborhoods, past yards in the region, expect to see decorative rock and stones complementing native dry-climate plants like flowers and trees. It’s more likely you’ll see artistic landscapes than gardens in this area.

    Statue of Liberty, New York City landscape.

    Plant produce and decorative plants in the Mid-Atlantic

    Native to the mid-Atlantic region (from Maryland to New York) are ferns and Indian Grass, to name a couple. Cold winters and hot summers are known in this part of the country, nurturing traditional crops like oats and landscape showstoppers like roses. If you’re planting outside of what’s native to the area, look for flowers that can endure more extreme seasonal temperature shifts, like peonies.


    The American Mid-Atlantic is also a great place for perennials to make year-to-year yardwork even easier than it is. Plant a perennial garden to greet you each Spring or think outside the box for a unique, non-native landscape that’s easy to maintain. As you travel the region, you may notice front lawns adorned with produce as well as decorative trees and shrubs. Many homeowners take to growing their own melon, onions and more to save on groceries and add variety to a “yard scape.”

    Pacific Coast landscape view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Grow a functional landscape in the Pacific Coastal region

    The Pacific Coastal region of the U.S. is essentially Hawaii up to Alaska; laid-back vacationers like to visit here. Most that stay in this region year-round love to see the beach and wander through warm to chilly temperatures, depending on the time of year. Generally, though, the climate stays mild year-round.


    When planting in the Pacific Coastal region, vineyards and orchards are some of the most popular annual harvests. Northern California is called wine country, after all. But the southernmost points of the region are hotter, ideal for growing citrus and avocados, for example. When landscaping in the northern Pacific Coastal region, research the best trees and shrubs for your home. If it’s too cold or your soil is less fertile than in southern California, we suggest aiming for a prettier (less functional) landscape garden. The secret to keeping your yard beautiful is knowing whether to plant for looks, functionality or both, depending on location.

    Again, before planting an exotic or non-native species in your front yard, search to ensure your state allows it and that it’s good for your neighborhood. It’s easy to mistake an invasive species for a harmless one—we suggest doing your research before landscaping, especially if doing it yourself. Regional native and perennial plants are great for keeping yardwork at a minimum for extended time. Based on where you live, a beautiful front yard comes from knowing exactly where and what to plant around your home.


    Home office ideas for a productive, relaxing workspace.

    April 24, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 24, 2023

    Home office in closet | Schlage

    Here are a few ideas for where you can create a home office and the items you’ll need to stay productive while you work your way through coronavirus and social distancing.



    Are you excited when you get to work from home or worried about what it’s going to do to your productivity? Some of us see it as the perfect opportunity to wear sweatpants. All. Day. Long. Others not so much.


    Whichever camp you fall in, you might be wondering where you’re going to get your work done if you don’t have a dedicated office. Or, if you have kids at home during the workday, you’re trying to figure out how to maintain productive boundaries. Below are a few home office ideas for where you can create a work zone and the items you’ll need to get work done when remote. 

    Light and bright creative home office space.

    Small spaces for your home office

    When you don’t have an extra room to dedicate to a home office, you might need to get a bit creative. Look for small hideaways that will give you the workspace and privacy you need to stay on top of business.


    • Under the stairs: You never knew what to do with that awkward, empty space anyway. Now’s your chance to turn it into the nook of your dreams. If it feels claustrophobic to you, reserve that space for the kids’ homework zone.
    • Under a window: This is ideal if your window sill is at just the right height. Add a plank or something similar to give yourself a larger surface to work on. This setup also has the bonus of extra natural lighting.
    • In the kitchen: The 1990s loved these kitchen/office combos. Now might be a prime time to bring them back.
    • In the closet: We gave this tip for creating a family command center, but it’s equally effective in this situation. If you or your kiddos struggle with distractions, this might be a nice tucked-away option to help stay focused.
    • In a corner: Do you have a room with a random house plant jammed in the corner? Test it out as an office by adding a small table and chair. It’s not fancy and it might not be ideal for the long-term, but you never know until you try.

    Large spaces

    If you’re lucky enough to have more square footage, you have more flexibility. Try these home office ideas if you need to share workspace with a partner or the kids.


    Bedroom office with Schlage Custom door lever
    • Long wall: Line up a couple tables or pull out the buffet you only use for your Super Bowl party. A long and sleek desk can look chic and is ideal if there’s more than one of you trying to get work done at home.
    • Shed: Get out of the house without breaking quarantine by setting up a work station in the backyard. Maybe it’s a she-shed. Maybe it’s the garage. A little extra space and privacy might do everyone some good.

    Storage spaces

    Especially if your new desk doesn’t have drawers or you’re missing the filing cabinet you have at work, you might need to find some alternative storage solutions. Repurposing items from other areas in the house is a handy option when you can’t get out to buy organizers.


    • Overhead shelving: Consider hanging floating shelves. If you’re looking for a bigger DIY project – off the clock, of course – hang crates or boxes for effective storage and some visual interest.
    • Bar cart: Instead of beverages, you’ll have someplace to set your office supplies and files without taking up valuable space on your work surface. This is ideal if your new desk is more on the petite side.

    • Supply caddy: Your home abounds with items you can upcycle to corral your pens, paperclips, earbuds and post-its. It can be as simple as a drinking glass or a bit more elaborate with a spice rack. We think you’ll be surprised how many things from the kitchen in particular will work in your new office.

    Design productive kid spaces

    Do your kids struggle with staying on task? Are you trying to establish a new routine when they’re home from school? Try including some of these items in their “workroom” to keep it fun and functional.


    • Calendar: Help your kids stay on task with a DIY calendar. It could be sticky notes on a board, like HGTV shows us. Or you could turn a picture frame into a DIY dry-erase board. List their chores for the day or an hour-by-hour breakdown of what they should be working on.
    • Small desk: Their paperwork might be more about finger painting or practicing arithmetic, but they’ll need a worktop, too. If you want a pint-sized option just for them, you could try a wall-mounted desk. Place it in their bedroom and it could grow with them as a vanity or trophy shelf with time.
    • Display area: Just because their teacher isn’t there to admire their work doesn’t mean it has to go ignored. Devise a clip or hanger system or clear off some fridge space to show off their effort.
    • Organizers: Do they have work they need to turn in later? Keep track of their finished assignments with bins, file folders or any other number of hacks that will help corral their hard work and keep them from asking, “Mom, have you seen my …?!”

    Make it a space you love to work in

    No matter what kind of space you have, consider these home office hacks for making it more comfortable and yourself more productive.


    • Lighting: You don’t need to illuminate your entire “office.” Task lighting will make it easier to complete whatever project you’re working on at the moment. If you have a window in your new office space, take advantage of the natural light to ease the strain on your eyes and your nerves.

    • Comfy chair: It doesn’t have to be a traditional desk chair. It could come from the dining room or be the stool from your vanity as long as it’s comfortable.

    • Binder clip cord organizer: Laptops, phones and lamps all need to be plugged in or charged at some point. Keep the cords under control with this hack from Wired.

    • Something pretty: If you’re stuck inside for extended periods of time, it’s nice to surround yourself with things that make you happy. Artwork, plants, family photos or vacation souvenirs can help lift your mood. Just don’t go overboard and make your space feel cluttered.

    • Privacy screen: If your new office doesn’t have a door but you still need some peace and quiet, use a screen or move a tall bookcase near your desk to create some separation between you and the rest of the house.

    Design a secure home office

    Working from home doesn’t mean throwing security out the window. After all, your work computer houses sensitive information, not to mention the value of your home office technology itself. And if you have physical assets from work or confidential papers, you can’t risk those being visible to unauthorized eyes or getting ruined on accident by your child. Try these home office security ideas to protect your peace of mind.


    • Always log off your devices when you aren’t actively using them.

    • Protect your desk and work area as a no-kid zone.

    • Make sure valuable work assets are only accessible behind a lock.

    • Use strong passwords – utilizing a password manager can be a big help.

    The easiest way to protect your home office is with a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever. You can quickly install this smart lever on any residential door with a knob or lever – making your guest room turned home office more secure than ever. Seamlessly control and monitor your lock through the Schlage Home App on your smart phone, so you don’t have to sacrifice keyless access to give your home office premium security.

    Do you have tips for creating an at-home office or improving your productivity while working from home? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re looking for some project ideas to keep yourself or your kids busy, check out the Schlage blog.


    Famous homes you have to see on your next vacation.

    April 12, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023

    Famous home tours | Schlage

    Satisfy that curiosity on your next vacation by visiting these famous homes.



    Who else couldn’t wait to see the next episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”? Do you also wonder what your neighbors’ lives are like as you stroll around the block? We humans are curious creatures, so it makes sense that we’d be fascinated by other people’s lives. Satisfy that curiosity on your next vacation by visiting these famous homes.

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    Villa Lewaro – Irvington, New York

    Considered the first self-made female millionaire in America, Madam C.J. Walker built Villa Lewaro as “a monument to her race” and, according to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, “an inspiration to the African American community about a wealth of business possibilities.” The daughter of former slaves, Walker made her fortune developing and marketing cosmetics and hair products specifically for Black women. Villa Lewaro was designed by New York’s first licensed Black architect, Vertner Woodson Tandy, in 1918 and became a gathering place for the big names of the Harlem Renaissance. Today you can take a virtual tour of the National Historic Landmark and National Trust for Historic Preservation National Treasure.

    The Mark Twain House & Museum – Hartford, Connecticut

    It’s little surprise that the home of Mark Twain, who penned such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, is said to be part steamboat. In fact, the Connecticut house is where he wrote the two novels. Built in 1874 by the author and his wife, it is now a National Historic Landmark. If you can’t make it to this piece of Americana in person, The Mark Twain House & Museum also has virtual tours.

    Mark Twain's Connecticut Home

    The Mark Twain House & Museum – Hartford, Connecticut

    Hobbit House Micro-Castle – Asheville, North Carolina

    When you think of American castles, Biltmore Estate is usually at the top of the list. It seems the Biltmore isn’t the only castle in Asheville, North Carolina, though. On a much smaller scale is the Hobbit House Micro-Castle. Just 850 square feet and inspired by The Lord of the Rings, you can rent this vacation home for your next getaway.

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    If you just can’t quit touring houses from your favorite movies, you need to make a stop in South Carolina and visit some of the most-recognized filming locations from The Notebook. Allie’s family’s summer house is actually Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Founded in 1681, today it’s open for tours, special events and educational programs related to the area’s history, Gullah and Black cultures, and more. Even more popular is the house renovated by the fictitious Noah. Located in Wadmalaw Island, it is still sometimes used as a private residence, so please be respectful when visiting.

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

    Steel Magnolia House – Natchitoches, Louisiana

    The house earned its place in history thanks to the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias, but it was originally built and used as a store in the first half of the 1800s. About a century later, it became a family home and remained so until 2014 when it opened its doors as a bed and breakfast.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio – Oak Park, Illinois

    Many of the homes designed by the famous architect can be toured – Pennsylvania’s Fallingwater is among the most iconic – but why not go where the man himself lived? As you would expect, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home himself. He drew up the plans early in his career, however, so the home might not have all the architectural details he’s most known for today. Built in 1889 and then expanded nine years later to include a two-story octagonal drafting room, the National Historic Landmark is open to the public.

    Tovrea Castle – Phoenix, Arizona

    Imagine a tiered wedding cake in the desert and you have Tovrea Castle. Built as a hotel prior to the Great Depression, it was bought by cattle baron E.A. Tovrea because his wife liked the look of it. When you tour the castle today, you’ll also take in the Cactus Gardens, originally planted with more than 500 species of cactus.

    Tovrea Castle in Arizona

    Tovrea Castle – Phoenix, Arizona

    Cherry Tree Inn B&B – Woodstock, Illinois

    Bill Murray might not want to relive another Groundhog Day, but you can with a visit to Cherry Tree Inn B&B, the Victorian bed and breakfast featured in the movie. Just make sure you head to Illinois rather than Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the film is set. Built in 1895 and with 6,000 square feet, the current owners bill it as “anything but stuffy and repetitive!”

    Amelia Earhart’s birthplace – Atchison, Kansas

    Although perhaps not the grandest house on this list, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart is noteworthy for the aviation pioneer it produced. Built in 1861, it was the family residence of Earhart’s mother and where the pilot spent her early childhood. Earhart went on to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 and the first person – man or woman – to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland three years later. The house is now a museum run by the Ninety-Nines. Earhart was the group’s inaugural president, and its mission of recognizing the contributions of women in aeronautics continues today.

    Ingalls Homestead – De Smet, South Dakota

    Adventure and imagination abound in the Little House on the Prairie books. You can get a taste of what Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about at the Ingalls Homestead in South Dakota. This is one place where it’s more about the experience than the house. Drive a pony cart, make pioneer crafts and try out other pioneer-era activities on your visit. If you’re on an epic roadtrip, don’t miss the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.

    Ingalls Homestead in South Dakota

    Ingalls Homestead – De Smet, South Dakota

    Turnblad Mansion – Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Swedish immigrants Swan and Christina Turnblad settled in Minnesota in the late 1800s. In true American Dream fashion, Swan rose from being a printer by trade to owning the largest Swedish-language newspaper in the United States. The family eventually built Turnblad Mansion, completed in 1908 with 33 rooms and 11 stoves imported from Sweden (because it gets cold in Minnesota?). The Turnblads donated the home in 1929 to what is known today as the American Swedish Institute.

    Bishop Castle – Rye, Colorado

    Even the oldest castles were new at one point, and Bishop Castle is still a work in progress. Owner Jim Bishop has been enjoying this labor of love for almost six decades. You’ll find towers, bridges and what looks to be a giant fire-breathing dragon escaping from the roofline. It’s free to visit and explore, and Bishop is available to speak to school groups about the importance of living out your dreams.

    Bishop Castle in Colorado

    Bishop Castle – Rye, Colorado

    Mt. Ada-Wrigley Mansion – Catalina, California

    What do you do when the Chicago winters get too cold? You build your wife a mansion in California, of course. That’s exactly what William Wrigley, Jr., of chewing gum fame, did for his wife Ada. Built between 1919 and 1921 in Catalina, California, the Mt. Ada-Wrigley Mansion was designed by the same architect who completed the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field. In fact, the mansion overlooked the Cubs’ one-time spring training facility on Catalina Island. There’s no baseball there today, but you can stay at the luxury bed and breakfast.

    Casa di Giulietta – Verona, Italy

    Shakespeare fans can experience the romance (without the tragedy) of Romeo and Juliet by visiting the Casa di Giulietta in Italy. Of course, being fictional, the star-crossed lovers never actually set foot on the infamous balcony, but you can still tour the museum, rub the Juliet statue for luck and leave heartfelt messages in the cracks of the house’s wall. While it’s usually just a daytrip, Airbnb did hold a contest in 2020 to stay in Juliet’s House on Valentine’s Day.

    Casa di Giulietta – Verona, Italy

    Casa di Giulietta – Verona, Italy

    Ponden Hall – West Yorkshire, England

    We don’t blame you if the name Ponden Hall doesn’t ring any bells. Bibliophiles will recognize it as the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Now a luxury holiday cottage, it was originally built in the 17th century. While it’s been updated for a modern, comfortable stay, there’s still plenty of traditional English architecture you’ll recognize from the classic novel.

    The Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi, Kenya

    Karen Blixen moved from her home in Denmark to Kenya in 1913. There, she married her cousin and the couple attempted coffee farming. Long story short, probably the best thing to come from the failed venture was Blixen’s memoir, Out of Africa. The book was eventually adapted for the Oscar-winning movie by the same name. Although it is probably Blixen’s most popular book in the U.S., it was hardly the only one she wrote. The baroness was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature more than once. Her home in Nairobi is now a museum.

    The Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi, Kenya

    The Karen Blixen Museum – Nairobi, Kenya

    Can’t wait to hit the road? Check out some of these virtual home tours now. But when you are ready to travel, remember these home security steps you should take before leaving on vacation and more safety tips at the Schlage blog.


    Bold colors of 2023. 

    April 07, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 7, 2023

    Viva Magenta, Color of the year | Schlage

    Color can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up a few of the top colors of 2023 to help you envision all the fun possibilities that are currently trending.



    This is the year to get adventurous with color in your home. Rather than a statement pop of color on one wall, 2023 is seeing richer shades and unexpected hues delighting in every room throughout the home. Bland neutrals are giving way to strong colors that allow you to add distinction and personal style to your home. Look for playful shades, unexpected pairings and moody neutrals to give your home a warm impact. Color can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up a few of the top colors of 2023 to help you envision all the fun possibilities that are currently trending. 
    Bold living room with Viva Magenta color of the year.

    Color with charisma

    Pantone’s color of the year, Viva Magenta, is the perfect example of how color can pack a punch in your home. This vibrant red/pink is anything but shy. Positive, joyful and exuberant, this is a color that roots us in the present and encourages us to enjoy the vibrancy of life. Similarly, Benjamin Moore makes a bold, optimistic impact by blending red, orange and pink for their 2023 color of the year, Raspberry Blush. For a pink hue with a more neutral influence, try Terra Rosa by Dunn-Edwards. If pink isn’t your jam but you still want something energetic and on-trend, explore lavender and purples to make an unexpected statement. WGSN trend forecasters and Coloro color experts have predicted Digital Lavenderas the 2023 Color of the Year because it balances calmness and cheerfulness for a relaxed home that doesn’t sacrifice fun. 

    Bold green room.

    Dramatic greens

    Green is a constant favorite in interior design. It is classic, natural and soothing without being boring. 2023 is highlighting dramatic greens to fill your home with vibrant serenity. Krylon’s Spanish Moss, as the name suggests, is a midnight green that promises to connect your home with the richness of nature. Sophisticated without being too formal, this is the perfect hue for bringing an uplifting comfort to your living spaces. For a complex green-blue, look no further than Glidden’s 2023 color of the year, Vining Ivy. This versatile color is soothing and welcoming – ideal for an entryway, front door, or powder room. 

    Sitting area with brown neutral color scheme.

    Nature-inspired neutrals

    Gone are the days of wall-to-wall gray throughout the home. With all the bold colors trending in 2023, you may be wondering what in the world to choose if you prefer neutrals but don’t want your home to look dated. Enter complex, nature-inspired neutrals. When deciding between neutral options for your interiors this year, look for depth of color that is rooted in natural elements. Shades of brown are seeing a major comeback, and Minwax even named Aged Barrel their 2023 color of the year. This warm brown is a comforting, rich neutral that highlights natural wood grain and sets your home up with endless possibilities for styling and pops of color. If you want to brighten up a room with a classic neutral, Blank Canvas by Behr is a light, airy off-white that can easily bridge the gap between warm and cool colors throughout your home. Rustic Greige from Dutch Boy is another trending neutral that offers both versatility and a sense of timeless calm. For a more unexpected neutral, Sherwin William’s 2023 color of the year, Redend Point is a lovely mid-toned brown with pink and coral undertones. Try pairing this blushing clay color with natural materials and curved accents to ground your interior in comfort and warmth. 

    No matter what trends appeal to you, 2023 is the year to go bold with interior color. The most important thing is to pick colors you like, after all, self-expression is a central theme for 2023 interior design trends. If you can’t decide which colors would look best in your space, buy a few samples – either paint or stick-on – to help you better envision each color on your walls. Check back to view the samples at different times of day to see how changing lighting affects undertones. Taking this extra step ensures that you don’t paint a whole room only to realize the color is too warm or cool at a different hour of the day. Another paint tip to keep in mind is that most major retailers will color-match paint samples from different brands, so you have lots of flexibility to choose both the brand and the color that fits your needs. For more home design trends and tips, make sure to check out the Schlage blog and follow us on Pinterest and Instagram


    What does that mean? Real estate terms defined.

    March 10, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 10, 2023

    Home for sale | Schlage

    Whether you’re buying your first home or have been around the block a time or two, knowing real estate terms will work to your advantage. Use this list to help you interpret real estate listings.



    Whether you’re buying your first home or have been around the block a time or two, knowing real estate terms will work to your advantage. Some terms and abbreviations might be familiar – 3BR/2BA is a three-bedroom, 2-bathroom home – while others could be a little trickier if the seller is trying to make a house look better than it is. Use this list to help you interpret real estate listings. It could mean the difference between looking endlessly at a bunch of duds and finding the home of your dreams.
    Light yellow suburban home with red for sale sign in front.

    Common real estate listing terminology

    All original details

    All original details: This could be original hardwood flooring, molding and other architectural details – perfect if you’re looking for a charming, historically accurate house. Make sure those original details are still in good condition, though.



    As-is: What you see is what you get. The seller is not willing to make any repairs before you move in, even for something that turns up during the home inspection. There could be several reasons a seller lists the house “as-is” and the good news is that not all of them are bad. The condition will usually be reflected in the price.

    Active with contract (AWC)

    Active with contract (AWC): If you see a listing or your agent says a home is active with contract, know that the seller has already accepted an offer on the house but is still entertaining other offers in case the original one falls through.

    Back on market (BOM)

    Back on market (BOM): The house has gone back on the market after issues with a contract on a prior pending sale.


    Conventional sale

    Conventional sale: This is often an easier transaction than other kinds of sales because there is no existing mortgage on the property or the homeowner owes less on their mortgage than what they could sell the property for.



    Cozy/charming/quaint: These can all be code words for a really small house with tiny, if any, closets.


    Easement: A property with an easement means that another person has legal rights to use that property even while the title is still in the owner’s name. This is often the case in situations like paths to public space or beach access.


    Gross living area

    Gross living area: Related to square footage, gross living area (GLA) indicates how much of the home is actual living space. An unfinished basement, for example, would be included in the home’s square footage but not the GLA measurement.


    Hidden gem/hidden potential/opportunity

    Hidden gem/hidden potential/opportunity: If you don’t want a fixer-upper, avoid hidden gems with hidden potential or that are full of opportunity. That’s sometimes code for “needs a lot of work.

    Lovingly maintained

    Lovingly maintained: A sign that the current homeowner has lived there for quite a long time, “lovingly maintained” often means the house is clean and well-cared for but not updated with modern appliances or décor.


    Traditional vs. Modern

    Traditional vs. Modern: There’s nothing wrong with a traditional home, but beware the listing that uses the word to hide that it’s old and unkept. A home described as modern can be any number of things. It could be an older home with updated plumbing and electrical systems. Or it could be one recently built in a suburban neighborhood.


    Motivated seller

    Motivated seller: The homeowner is trying to sell and move quickly, which could work to the buyer’s advantage in terms of price. A seller may be highly motivated because they’ve already closed on another house or need to relocate quickly for work. However, it could also be because of a problem with the house that they’re just completely over dealing with. Find out why they’re motivated before you sign anything.

    Priced to sell

    Priced to sell: This is usually a seller’s way of saying they aren’t open to negotiating or that they’ve already reduced the price. An offer below the asking price could prevent you from getting the house.


    Conventional sale

    Conventional sale: This is often an easier transaction than other kinds of sales because there is no existing mortgage on the property or the homeowner owes less on their mortgage than what they could sell the property for.


    Move-in ready vs. Handyman special

    Move-in ready vs. Handyman special: Move-in ready means that you don’t have to do a thing to make it livable. Appliances and fixtures up to code, although they may or may not be top-of-the-line. Expect to pay extra for this. A handyman special or investor special, on the other hand, is going to require lots and lots of work. You better have some serious DIY skills or be ready to get a contractor and pay the pros to make it your dream house. If there are only pictures of the house’s exterior, beware.

    One of a kind

    One of a kind: Pay attention to this phrase as a potential red flag. You might like unique and eccentric, but a “one of a kind” house can often mean there’s something so different about it that it’s difficult to live in. Similarly, “fanciful” means it’s just going to be weird.


    Real estate owned (REO)

    Real estate owned (REO): A house that is REO is owned by a bank, government agency or lender. You usually see this after a failed foreclosure auction or short sale.


    Real property

    Real property: You may see reference to real property, which in addition to the home, includes land with anything permanent on it, such as trees, fences and other buildings like a shed.

    Short sale

    Short sale: Not to be confused with a sale that takes little time, a short sale house is one in which the homeowner is selling their house for less than they owe on the mortgage. It may or may not happen with a foreclosure.


    Vibrant neighborhood

    Vibrant neighborhood: This sounds exciting, but it’s also vague. Vibrant could mean lively restaurants and fun, quirky shops nearby. It could also mean a bus stop on your front porch. It’s also worth being cautious about listings in a “quiet neighborhood” since that could mean any number of things in reality.

    Real estate acronyms

    While you probably know BD or BR is bedroom and HOA stands for Homeowner’s Association, a few other acronyms may be less obvious.


    • AEK: All electric kitchen
    • ATT: Attached garage
    • CH: Central heat
    • CPT: Carpet or carport
    • D/D: Dishwasher and garbage disposal
    • DK: Deck
    • EXR: Exercise room
    • F/Fin BSMT: Fully finished basement
    • FP: Fireplace
    • HDW: Hardwood floors
    • LA: Living area
    • NAT GS HT: Natural gas heat
    • SEC: Security system
    • S/P: Swimming pool or A/G PL for above-ground pool

    Find more real estate resources at and tips for moving and settling into your new home at the Schlage blog.


    Natural materials to weave into your home decor.

    March 07, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Tuesday, March 7, 2023

    Decor with natural materials | Schlage

    We’ve gathered our favorite examples to help you envision the possibilities natural materials can bring into your home.



    If you’re tired of trying to keep up with the latest home décor trends, 2023 might feel like a breath of fresh air. With an emphasis on the unique, eclectic, imperfect and unexpected, styling your home in 2023 is all about expressing your personal tastes and elevating timeless staples. One simple approach to making your home more timeless and upscale is to begin weaving in natural materials. Natural wood, stone, and fabrics may seem like more of an up-front investment, but they will fill your home with classic character that only gets better with time. We’ve gathered our favorite examples to help you envision the possibilities natural materials can bring into your home.  
    Home decor with natural materials featuring a rattan chair, cane console, wicker basket with green plant and stone lamp.

    Natural woodgrain

    Wood has an organic warmth that brings peace and balance to home décor. A myriad of texture possibilities and wide variety of stain and finish options make wood an incredibly versatile choice for interior design. Light wood in a matte finish is a modern take on this natural material, while dark, glossy finishes can skew more traditional and vintage.

    Kitchen with wood cabinets, white island and marble look quartz countertops

    Wood cabinetry

    When we think of wood cabinetry, often the first thing to come to mind is a dated kitchen from the 80s or 90s – glossy, yellowed wood that looks dated and heavy. Not a style most of us are looking to revive! However, wood cabinets are making a comeback in 2023 – but with a much more modern, timeless appeal. For kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, real wood can make a statement with modern lines and hardware.

    Wood flooring

    Timeless and kind underfoot, wood is a longstanding popular flooring choice for a reason. Hardwood flooring is always classic and lends comfort and style to your home. To avoid wood floor tones that may go out of style, stick to neutral stains ranging from very pale, light-colored wood floors to mid-toned brown or even a dark, espresso hardwood. Yellow, orange and gray-toned wood floors are more likely to feel dated rather than classic.

    Bold living room with matte black walls and natural materials, hardwood floors, wood cabinet, and green plants.

    Wood furniture

    To keep wood furniture looking fresh and contemporary, opt for light wood, matte finishes and simple shapes. Playful curves and modern lines provide the silhouettes to make your natural wood furniture hip and on-trend.


    A quick word of caution: because light wood is a popular choice for furniture right now, many fast-furniture suppliers are selling cheap veneers and faux options. Make sure to read the specifications to see if an item you’re considering is made from solid wood – if not, it is more likely to look cheapy and fall apart with use. If new wood furniture isn’t in your budget, scour estate sales, online platforms, and resale stores to find real wood furniture that you can easily breathe new life into. Stripping an outdated finish and re-sealing is a great DIY option for scoring solid wood furniture on a budget.

    Wood home decor accents

    If you’re not ready to commit to large-scale wood elements like kitchen cabinets or flooring, you can still incorporate wood home décor accents throughout your home to help create a natural, organic feel. Style shelving with wooden bowls, picture frames, candle sticks and other wood elements. In the kitchen, styling your counters with cutting boards, rolling pins, and wooden spoons can create a cozy charm that can lean as sophisticated or rustic as you prefer.

    Natural stone

    Stone can make a lovely statement in the home – with so many gorgeous varieties and applications to choose from, it can be hard to know how and where to add natural stone into your space. The most on-trend interior designs incorporate stone as an unexpected, dramatic way to usher in organic beauty. Look for unique hues, bold veining, and even imperfections that bring character.

    Kitchen with stone vases and stone backsplash.

    Natural stone countertops

    White marble countertops are perhaps the most common natural stone element found in modern kitchens. While this aesthetic is timeless and rightfully beloved, interior designers are often opting for more dramatic colors and less-common materials like soapstone, travertine, and limestone. Stone is also being used more and more as a backsplash material; think dark, moody colors and pronounced patterns.

    Stone flooring

    If you’re on the hunt for a super durable flooring that will patina over time, natural stone flooring is an ideal solution. Oversized slate or limestone tiles can ground your space and live up to harsh wear and tear. Yet, don’t expect your natural stone floor to always look as perfect as the day it’s installed. Natural stone flooring is intended to change with wear; a scratch from moving furniture or a slightly worn pattern from constant traffic are expected ways your natural stone floor will charm you with a lived-in, authentic appeal.

    Stone accents

    Another way to go bold with natural stone is to layer this material in throughout your styling of shelves and surfaces. Slate coasters, marble lamps, and stoneware vases are a fun way to lean into the trend of blending the old and the new. Look for natural stone accessories at antique stores, estate sales, and even flea markets. Once you find a vintage treasure, pair it with a modern design element in your home for a luxe visual impact.

    Dining room with stone flooring and wooden furniture.

    Woven Natural Materials

    Furniture, rugs and baskets woven from natural materials are an amazing source of texture and visual interest for your home. They provide an airy and light mood that can perk up dull spaces. You may hear terms like wicker and rattan and be confused on what makes each unique and desirable. Below, we’ve outlined the most common woven natural materials to make it easier for you to identify the styles you prefer.


    Harvested from climbing palms native to Southeast Asia, rattan is a natural material that looks a bit like bamboo but is more flexible and thus more suitable for weaving. Rattan can be used on its own to make furniture and is usually sealed or painted to protect against moisture. Rattan can also be processed to be woven into caning or wicker.

    Rattan chair


    Cane is processed from the outer bark of the rattan plant. Thin strips of cane are woven, usually in a flat, web-like pattern to be used in various furniture applications like the back of a chair or face of a cabinet.

    Cane attached to chair seat.


    Wicker refers to the process of weaving rather than the material itself. While wicker can be woven from the interior, reed-like part of the rattan plant, it can also be made from bamboo, reeds, willows, and other natural materials. For outdoor furniture especially, wicker is often crafted from man-made materials to better withstand the elements.

    wicker chair

    No matter your personal tastes when it comes to home décor and interior design, look to incorporate your favorite natural materials to increase your home’s value and aesthetic. As you begin to weave natural materials into your home, work to create a balance between old and new styles for a more lived-in, organic feel. If you’re struggling to make the look cohesive, consider what metal hardware finishes might be outdated, creating a clash. Natural materials tend to pair best with matte black (a nod to vintage ironwork), satin brass, and chrome finishes. For more interior design ideas to help elevate your home, browse our blog, Pinterest and Instagram


    Surprising ways to decorate odd corners in your home.

    March 03, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 3, 2023

    Reading nook corner | Schlage

    No matter where you live or in what era your home was built, we all have a corner that irks us. We believe that spaces like that are the perfect opportunity for a tiny detail that makes you smile.



    No matter where you live or in what era your home was built, we all have a corner that irks us. Décor doesn’t fit right, there’s a weird notch in the wall that’s not big enough or square enough to hold any furniture or it’s just dark and uninviting. We believe that spaces like that are the perfect opportunity for a tiny detail that makes you smile. Will it be 100% functional? Maybe. Maybe not. Will it be perfect just for you? Absolutely. Try these ideas.
    Cozy reading nook corner with bookshelf and chair.

    Kitchen counter corner

    When we think of decorating the kitchen, we often default to choosing attractive appliances and pretty cabinets. Those are important, but they don’t solve the issue of the unused corner. You put a fruit bowl there, but because it was out of sight, the produce went mushy before you could eat it. The toaster left all kinds of hard-to-clean crumbs. The mail stacks up for absolutely no reason. What now?


    Ask yourself if that out of-the-way corner would be a good place for a smart speaker or your voice assistant? Getting ingredient substitutions from Alexa while you cook is handy, but you don’t want to splatter on her. A Bluetooth speaker to play your favorite music or podcasts is another option.


    If the corner goes unused because it’s dark, add some undercabinet lighting. This could be as simple as an adhesive LED light strip or puck light. With a bit of illumination, you’ll be able to see forgotten fruit or even just a piece of artwork that brings you joy.


    We’ll leave you with this crazy idea: leave it empty. Filling every last inch of counterspace can make your kitchen feel cluttered and messy. Just leave that corner alone.

    Miniature shower shelf

    Your shampoo and conditioner, their shampoo and body wash, everyone has a loofa. That tiny shelf just wasn’t cutting it, so you got a caddy to hang from the showerhead. These can be stylish, by the way, instead of just those standard wire eyesores. Unfortunately, now you’re annoyed by the wasted space of that unused shelf.


    Hear us out on this one. Add plants. Some house plants need a lot of moisture and humidity. Try varieties that thrive in steamy showers, like pothos, yet don’t get too big. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy that little bit of greenery while you start your day.

    Under the stairs

    We love those little reading nooks people are always building in the empty space under their staircase. But unless you’re ready to hire a professional or have some pretty high-level DIY skills yourself, that might be out of reach. Instead, try a simple, artistic route. If the nook is little more than a notch, paint the interior an accent color. Contrast it with the rest of the wall paint to help the visual interest pop.


    You could also turn it into a plant pocket . In other words, choose indoor plants that don’t require a lot of light or find some artificial plants to your liking, and fill the space. You can mount planters to the walls, install some basic shelving – a little corner caddy like this one might be nice – or simply stack them on some upcycled crates, depending on how large the space is. Then turn that awkward opportunity into a jungle oasis.


    Finally, make it storage. Maybe you put a boot tray or shoe rack underneath if it’s near your front door. Perhaps you install cubbies to hold toys, books or blankets and other linens. It could also be the “wine cellar” you’ve always dreamed of.

    Odd-shaped corner

    A chair won’t fit, artwork will never be seen by guests and it’s so dark and uninspiring. It’s the monster that is the weird wall cutout. You have more options for decorating here than you might realize. First, you could channel your inner child. Choose soft, formless seating – think beanbag – that will mold to the shape of the space. You might want to hang a floating shelf to house a book or two. Hang it lower than usual to use it as a side table for a drink. Try installing wire-free sconces for some extra light that doesn’t require floorspace or an electrician.


    Second, you could turn it into a meditation corner. So many of us are looking for retreats to escape to since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. A small meditation pillow or bolster, a floating shelf to hold a candle or incense, a small plant and maybe a bit of artwork won’t require a lot of square footage. And it doesn’t matter if those items aren’t on display for everyone to see because that’s not the point. This space is all about you.

    Split-level landing

    The house we grew up in was a split level with a small landing by the front door. There might have been enough room for a small corner table, but every time you walked by, you were bound to knock into it with a bag. Wall scuffs were the bane of my father’s existence. So what do you do when you have an entryway that can’t be built out and barely has enough room to maneuver in?


    The key here is to think flat, whether it’s storage like a narrow IKEA shoe cabinet or décor. Since we’re thinking specifically of solutions that bring joy – storage can make us happy, but still – try a mirror. It can make a space feel larger and brighter. If you or your little ones are constantly knocking into things on the wall, you might opt for patterned wallpaper or a mural to create some visual interest without the tripping and bumping hazard.

    Close neighbors

    Our current neighborhood has a lot of new construction and we’re always surprised by just how close the houses are to each other. Who owns that skinny patch of grass in between? Will a lawnmower even fit? When you have a postage stamp-sized yard, you need a way to keep it looking nice without expending an unreasonable amount of energy to do it.


    One idea is to skip the grass and go for low-maintenance stone ground cover. Something like crushed granite is attractive and easy to lay. The stone eliminates the need for frequent mowing and, depending on where you live, can be an environmentally friendly option in that in doesn’t require watering. If you want to keep the green, look for low-maintenance plant varieties like a “Fire Spinner” ice plant in the Midwest and south or creeping thyme if you live farther north. Think of all the other things you can do that you might enjoy when you’re not expending an unreasonable amount of energy on curb appeal upkeep.

    We hope this gives you some ideas for how you can turn a space that used to be a pain in the neck into one that brings you greater levels of peace and joy. You should feel comfortable in your own home. Find more ways to do that at the Schlage blog – you might like these tips for creating a calm home during stressful times – or check out some fresh ideas on Pinterest.


    How to add value to your home simply from the inside out.

    February 24, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 24, 2023

    Yellow front door | Schlage

    Make the right home design updates by choosing projects that are known to add value and resale potential.



    Your home should feel comfortable in all ways, from the day you move in to the day you finally sell it—if that’s in the cards for you. Maybe you’re upgrading your home because your interior design style has changed. Perhaps you’re staging your home for showings. In the grand scheme, it doesn’t matter why you want to increase the value of a home, but how you choose to do so. Many homeowners resort to landscaping first-thing, but here’s some advice and more ideas to help inspire a better home design.
    Suburban stone home with pale yellow front door and matte black front door handle.

    Upgrade your hardware finishes and trims

    Examine the hardware on doors, sinks, cabinets; is it worth keeping? Do you have a brand-new build to furnish? Chances are, you need new hardware to add any significant value to a home. Consider the paint colors and the shape of each room—do they have something in common? Which finishes compliment the entire home, if any? Do any two or three finishes work well together? Play around with your style and mix and match to add value with shiny new accents in your home.

    Make it energy-efficient and smart home ready

    Your home is worth more with smart technology already in place. Many home buyers look for a house with updated and connected devices like smart deadbolts, thermostats and more for easy comfort and security. The easier you make it for new residents to install and activate a smart home system, the more they’re willing to pay for the added value.


    Smart devices make life more convenient and help homeowners save energy by automating or sensing when someone’s home, for instance. Smart thermostats know when to pause and resume activity, lights go out when you leave and turn on when you return. Even preparing a home with more basic technology, like an in-wall surround sound system, to integrate with a smart home system helps increase its value. Before you buy any new smart devices, find which smart devices are best for your home based on what’s compatible and the features you wish.

    Paint your trims, doors and more

    A fresh coat of paint can make a room or your home look unrecognizable in the best of ways. But painting any part of your home, inside or outside, is a big job to tackle. What about refreshing your painted trims or the color of your front door?


    It’s not always necessary to paint a whole room or add brand new siding to increase the value of a home. We recommend mapping where in your home needs fresh paint and going from there. You may be surprised at what little needs done to make a big difference.

    Clear your space to make it more adaptable

    Add even more value to your home with brand new construction, a simple remodel or just decluttering. A free and open indoor space is more appealing to buyers and appraisers than feeling closed in. Consider making room with fewer decorations and furniture on the floors; shelves could be your new best friend for space-saving storage and decorating. A clutter-free home with plenty of room to move throughout is best for entertaining guests and easy everyday living.

    Your home doesn’t need to change much to be totally different. Take a good look around and realize a more beautiful, versatile space for the next resident or family to enjoy. Maybe your hardware needs renewed or it feels crowded in spots. Go beyond landscaping and increase the value of your home for longer. See more at


    When hardware met style: Schlage’s favorite couples.

    February 10, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 10, 2023

    Schlage Eller lever | Schlage

    These door hardware pairings will create a look that will have you falling in love with your home all over again.



    What better time to celebrate our favorite “couples” than on Valentine’s Day? These eleven door hardware pairings will create a look that will have you falling in love with your home all over again.

    Schlage Custom™ Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Schlage Custom Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black;
    The straight lines in this pairing, along with the Matte Black finish, creates one of the most modern looks on this list. An Eller lever with Collins trim goes perfectly with Scandinavian design, so think of adding it when you are drawn to minimalist décor and furniture with clean silhouettes. The finish gives a pop of visual interest in neutral-colored rooms and especially against a bright white door.

    Schlage Custom™ Hobson knob with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Schlage Custom Hobson glass knob with Collins trim in Matte Black;
    The Collins trim becomes a bit more classic when paired with the glass Hobson knob. Because of the mix of styles, try it in a room with a more eclectic, transitional vibe. The details in this glass knob gleam when catching the light, so large windows and well-lit rooms will show off this pairing to its best advantage. 

    Schlage Custom™ Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze

    Schlage Custom Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze;
    This transitional pairing brings charm and comfort to your living spaces. Perfect for more traditional homes, the Whitney lever and Camelot trim are an architecturally-inspired pairing that reflects Spanish colonial influences – think wrought iron scrollwork, clean curves, and traditional warmth.

    Schlage Siena knob in Antique Pewter

    Schlage Siena door knob in Antique Pewter;
    For a truly traditional feel, try this oval-shaped combination, especially if you have a Federal-style home like those found most frequently in Virginia. In the Antique Pewter finish, it is particularly well-suited for homes with Old World character and stone accents.

    Schlage Custom™ Alexandria knob with Camelot trim in Satin Brass

    Schlage Custom Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze;
    The detailed glass Alexandria knob and Camelot trim in Satin Brass combine for a dramatic high-style look. Use it on Victorian-style doors and in rooms with decorative molding to help continue the classic feel throughout your space. This couple is perfect for ornate homes or eclectic spaces looking to bring some old-school character. 

    Schlage Georgian knob with Addison trim in Antique Brass

    Schlage Georgian knob with Addison trim in Antique Brass;
    When you need something understated but don’t want boring (because who does?), you can’t miss with the Georgian knob and Addison trim. They’re both simple and versatile yet have a sly elegance that is sure to enhance your home. With their traditional roots, try them in rooms with crown molding – a nod to the Georgian architecture that inspired these hardware designs – as well as in spaces with ornate windows and stained woods.

    Schlage Custom™ 3/4 trim Century handleset with Latitude lever in Bright Chrome

    Schlage Custom™ ¾ trim Century handleset with Latitude lever in Bright Chrome ;

    For homes with a contemporary exterior, try a Century handleset. The Bright Chrome finish pops against a dark, bold-colored front door to make a lasting first impression. The Latitude lever for the interior side of the door will continue the modern aesthetic inside and complement the clean, rectangular lines of the exterior grip. Pair with simple, minimalist décor for a sleek aesthetic throughout your home. 

    Schlage Custom™ Plymouth handleset with Andover knob in Aged Bronze

    Schlage Custom™ Plymouth handleset with Andover knob in Aged Bronze;
    If you’ve chosen a Plymouth handleset, we recommend the Andover knob for the interior side of the door. This pairing is typically a good fit for transitional homes, but the Aged Bronze finish inches it closer to the traditional end of the spectrum. Because of this, we like this handleset and knob on Colonial homes with six-panel doors and neutral colors.

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black.

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black ;
    Sleek and contemporary, the Century trim stands out as the perfect choice for modern homes. When matched with Matte Black, you have a fashionable pairing that makes a bold impression. One unique quality of Matte Black is that it can bridge between modern and traditional styles, so don’t be afraid to use this combo to modernize a dated traditional exterior.

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim and Camelot front entry handle in Satin Nickel

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim and Camelot front entry handle in Satin Nickel ;
    This pairing is ideal for bringing a smart solution to a transitional home. The Camelot trim draws on colonial inspiration, while the Satin Nickel finish looks stunning against dark colors. When you need a versatile solution that blends effortlessly with both modern and traditional styles, this is the perfect combo.  

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt on the front door and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever on the side entry door

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt on the front door and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever on the side entry door ;
    For a match made in smart home heaven, pair WiFi-enabled Encode™ locks on your front and side entries. With a Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt on your front door and an Encode Smart WiFi Lever on your side door, you can easily control and monitor both locks from anywhere using the Schlage Home app on your smartphone. Managing multiple locks in the same app gives you peace of mind to know your smart locks are working to keep your home secure. And for those with compatible smart home systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, it is easy to manage your Encode locks with simple voice commands.
    Of course, these aren’t the only pairings we offer. See our complete list of styles at And if you need more inspiration for giving your home a look you love, find us on Pinterest and Instagram.

    Round out your home design with this playful trend.

    January 16, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Monday, January 16, 2023

    Curvy living room furniture | Schlage

    Pick and choose from these design ideas to add a sense of movement and calm to your home through curved shapes.



    Sharp corners are taking a back seat. Instead, look for ways to incorporate circles, arches and playful rounded shapes to keep your home fresh. For a trend that can skew as timeless or funky as your tastes prefer, curved motifs in home design are more popular than ever. Pick and choose from the ideas below to add a sense of movement and calm to your home through curved shapes. And, if this style is for you, be sure to check out our new products featuring this style!
    Living room with rounded velvet couch.

    Rounded accents

    The easiest, most cost-effective option for bringing curves into your home is through décor and accents. Think vases, planters, pillows, rugs and wall art – rounding out a room with soft shapes will make it hip and on-trend. Circular, pill-shaped and arched mirrors create a dynamic and modern presence on a wall. More playful interpretations of the trend include stacked circles for lamp bases, wavy parallel lines and subtle references to moon and mushroom shapes. Get creative by mixing design eras; a trip to the local antique store or flea market might just turn up the perfect curved accent to make your space pop.

    Modern blue bathroom with pill shaped mirrors.

    Curved furniture

    If you’re looking for a statement furniture piece, curves provide interest and exude a sense of cozy. Curved couches can be both fun and sophisticated; the perfect opportunity for you to express your personal style. When paired with extra soft upholstery such as bouclé or velvet, rounded furniture appears cloud-like and inviting. Curved backs, cylindrical cushions and rounded edges are all design elements to prioritize when picking your next piece of furniture. From coffee tables and shelving to armchairs and ottomans, curved furniture is a staple for interior design.

    Round luxurious neutral living room couch and furniture

    Arched doorways

    Open doorways with an arch at the top create extra height and can really open up a room. They add visual interest while still being timeless. Though it isn’t the easiest DIY (you may want to call in the pros for this one!), upgrading a square doorway to an arch is a small project that can make a big impact to your home’s aesthetic. If you want to really add some personality to your home, paint an arched doorway with a bold color that makes you smile. And if a construction project isn’t in the budget, you can mimic this look by simply painting a half moon above the top of a square door in the same color as your trim!

    Bedroom with arched doorways and velvet drapes.

    Soften corners in the kitchen

    Develop extra warmth and movement in your kitchen by softening corners and adding curves. Consider swapping out old lighting for globe or half moon shapes. Pill shaped kitchen islands are also trending. They’re a unique way to add both functionality and sculptural interest to your kitchen layout. Arched oven hoods are another fun way to keep your kitchen ahead of the curve. For a more subtle impact, consider adding a round rug, circular stools, or an oversized globe vase.

    Modern kitchen with rounded island and arched doorways.

    Playful wiggles and waves

    Interior design is all about self-expression. If you want to up the fun and embrace the playful, infuse your home design with wiggles and waves. Modern wallpapers, scalloped borders, abstract shapes and marbled textiles can all bring a lighthearted vibe to your interiors.

    Playful living room with velvet furniture and abstract wallpaper.

    Our favorite thing about the curve interior design trend is that it can effortlessly blend into any personal style. Whether your home is traditional, modern, maximalist, minimalist or anything in-between, adding rounded shapes throughout your home will bring a fresh wave of inspiration.  


    To keep your home up to date and stay on top of the latest trends, check back for more tips at the Schlage blog or follow us online. We’re on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.