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    How to safely store and dispose of paint, stain and other DIY supplies.

    March 10, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 10, 2022

    Paint disposal | Schlage

    We’ll show you how to safely store your paint so it lasts longer and how to properly dispose of it without harming the environment.



    One the toughest home improvement questions you may ever have to answer: How much paint do I need? It turns out we aren’t very good at calculating the amount of paint it takes to redo a room, even with online calculators to help us. The Product Stewardship Institute estimates that about 80 million gallons of household paint go unused in the U.S. each year. Many of us will hang on to some of that extra paint for future jobs or to touch up the walls after our toddlers have their way. But what about the rest? Below, we’ll show you how to safely store your paint so it lasts longer and how to properly dispose of it without harming the environment.
    Two people dipping paint brushes into paint cans.

    How to store paint to make it last longer

    The less air that reaches your paint, the longer it will last. That’s why many experts recommend putting it in a smaller container such as another can or jar. Whatever you choose, make sure you can get an air-tight seal with the lid.


    If you’re going to store the paint in its original can, clean the rim and sides of excess paint. Then place some plastic wrap over the opening – this helps create a tighter seal – and replace the lid. Use a rubber mallet to tap the lid back into place securely without damaging it. If you use a regular hammer, you can distort the lid or the rim, preventing it from closing properly. True Value also recommends storing the can upside down.


    Store your paint in a cool, dry place like a cabinet or basement. Too cold of a location will cause the paint to separate and become unusable if it freezes. Too hot of a location or one in direct sunlight will cause the paint to deteriorate more quickly. Also, avoid storing paint directly on the ground where moisture can cause the bottom of the can to rust and damage the paint.


    Label your paint clearly so it’s easier to find and use when you need it again. The original can will likely have the color on it, but you can use a permanent marker to write the date and how it was used previously. Then, when you want to do touchups later, you won’t be guessing which paint was used in the living room and which was the dining room.

    Used paint brushes

    How to dispose of paint and wood stain

    Latex paint

    You have a few options for disposing water-based latex paint. You can take it to a hazardous waste facility or add a drying agent to it before putting in the trash. If you choose the second option, add kitty litter or a commercial paint hardener, then let it sit out and harden for a few days. Make sure it’s somewhere kids and pets can’t get to it. Once the mixture is the consistency of oatmeal or firmer, put it out on the curb with the rest of your garbage. Double-check your local regulations to make sure this is legal in your area first.

    Oil-based paint

    Oil-based paint cannot be thrown away, no matter what you do to it first. Take it to a hazardous waste or drop-off center so they can dispose of it properly without polluting the environment. Another great option is to donate extra paint to a local non-profit organization such as a community center, theater, school or place of worship. The same goes for pretty much any item on this list.

    Spray paint

    Only recycle cans of spray paint when you’re sure they’re completely empty. A half-full can still contains a great amount of pressure and can explode. Spray a piece of cardboard to be sure the can is completely empty before recycling it. Learn more about disposing aerosol cans and other common household items.

    Wood stain

    In many cases, you dispose of wood stains the same way you would paint. However, check your local regulations first. Your community may require you by law to drop off leftover stain at a hazardous waste facility for proper handling. Used rags can usually be thrown in the trash once they’ve completely dried.


    Used to seal and protect wood, varnish is considered a hazardous material. As such, it should be disposed of by taking it to a drop-off center. It is flammable, so don’t throw it in the trash.

    Empty room set up with paint supplies, drop cloth and step ladder.

    How to dispose of painting supplies

    Brushes, rollers and pans

    Most high-quality brushes and rollers can be reused if you clean them properly after each use. When it is time to dispose of them, follow the instructions for paint disposal. Supplies used with latex paint can be thrown in the garbage after they’ve completely dried. If you used oil-based paint, take them to the waste disposal facility with your leftover paint.

    Drop cloths

    Plastic drop cloths or cardboard should not be recycled. That type of plastic typically isn’t accepted by most curb-side pick-up recycling programs. And if it’s covered in paint, it probably can’t be processed anyway. A canvas drop cloth can be reused more often and is the better choice for reducing waste in the first place. When it’s time to retire it, though, you’ll probably want to take it to a special collection location, especially if you used oil-based paint. HGTV also has a fun alternative for turning old canvas drop cloths into wall art.

    Paint thinner and paint stripper

    Leftover paint thinner, used paint stripper and used rags should be disposed of at a hazardous waste center. Do not throw them away as they are highly flammable. Do not pour them down the drain. This can cause groundwater contamination. Bob Vila also has tips for storing paint thinner for reuse.

    Dirty paint water

    Once you’ve cleaned your brushes, you’ll be left with a bucket of dirty paint water. What do you do with that waste? Let the bucket sit in a warm spot until the water evaporates. Make sure to keep it away from children and animals. You can then peel off the paint residue left at the bottom of the pail and throw it away.

    Let the Schlage blog help you find other ways to use up that leftover paint. Get inspired with these low-cost interior home projects.


    How to pair your Schlage smart lock with your new smart device.

    March 02, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    Schlage smart locks | Schlage

    So, you received a new smart home device? Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected with your Schlage smart lock quickly and easily.



    We know a deadbolt might be a bit of a strange gift. But we also know it happens (and we thank you). More likely, perhaps, you got a new smart home hub like Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Apple HomePod® for the holidays. Maybe it’s a new voice control assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant that you want to sync with your Schlage smart lock. Could it be an Apple Watch®? Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected quickly and easily.


    Before you can sync your devices, make sure the lock is properly installed on your door and that you have the smartphone app that coincides with your hub and lock. You may need to create an account and complete some initial start-up steps via the app before pairing your devices. Find step-by-step interactive installation instructions for each of our smart locks online:



    Now let’s get connected.

    Schlage smart locks.

    Samsung SmartThings

    Why pair SmartThings with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt?


    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the SmartThings app

    • Gain peace of mind by checking the status of your lock from your smartphone

    • Get app alerts when a user code is entered so you know who is coming and going from your home

    • More advanced features with the Schlage Connect lock with Z-Wave Plus

    To pair your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Samsung SmartThings, open the SmartThings app on your mobile device and tap on Home. Under Things, choose Add a Thing and follow the directions in the app. At the end of enrollment, a green light on your lock indicates success.


    Why pair Wink with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt - Z-Wave Plus?


    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the Wink app

    • Add and delete user codes at any time and from anywhere via the Wink app, like when you need to give access to a trusted friend while you’re stuck at work

    • Check the battery level via the Wink app

    • Create convenient shortcuts and more advanced features

    To sync your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus to your Wink hub, open the Wink app on your mobile device and follow the app’s instructions. When you have successfully connected your devices, you will see a flashing green check mark on the lock. The Wink app will also indicate that it has found the lock.

    Ring Video Doorbell

    Why pair Ring Video Doorbell with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt?


    • See and speak to guests at your door and unlock the door for trusted friends and family with the Ring app

    • Check the status of your lock remotely and, if you forgot to secure the deadbolt before leaving home, lock it using the app on your phone

    • Set up your lock with the Key by Amazon App for additional access control to your Ring of Security, including cameras

    To sync your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt to your Ring Video Doorbell, download the Schlage Home, Ring and Key by Amazon apps to your smart phone and create accounts if needed. Follow the setup instructions in the Schlage Home app. Next, you’ll add the lock in the Ring App. From the dropdown menu, select Devices and tap on the + icon. You’ll then choose Locks and Connect via Key by Amazon and follow the remaining in-app instructions to complete setup.

    iPhone and Apple Watch

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt are both HomeKit™-enabled locks and compatible with a variety of Apple® devices through the Apple Home app. Why pair one of your Apple devices with the Schlage Sense lock or Schlage Encode Plus lock?


    • Lock/unlock your deadbolt from your iPhone or Apple Watch screen in the Apple Home app

    • Use Siri voice control to operate and check the status of your lock when near the lock

    • For the Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt, create and manage always-on access codes in the Apple Home app

    The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt also supports Apple home keys for iPhone and Apple Watch. Why pair home keys with the Schlage Encode Plus lock?


    • Simply tap to lock and unlock the door using Apple home keys, stored in your Apple Wallet, on your iPhone or Apple Watch for easy and secure access to your home

    • Express mode for home keys offers the ability to use your iPhone or Apple Watch as your key without the need for authentication for quick unlock access

    There are a few ways to set up your devices to control your Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Apple home keys via your Apple Watch or iPhone.

    Setting up the Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt in Apple Home app

    If your Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt is already set up with the Schlage Home app, you’ll next need to pair it with HomeKit. From the Schlage Home app, select Works With from the dropdown menu and add HomeKit. Follow the instructions in the app. When it asks you to Add Accessory, you can tap your phone to the interior side of the lock on the HomeKit label or manually type in the HomeKit setup code found on the inside of the lock’s interior. Once the lock has been found and paired with HomeKit, select Yes when it asks if you want to use home keys. It will then ask if you want to use Express Mode. This mode allows you to unlock doors by holding your iOS device near the lock without first authenticating your iPhone or Watch with face or touch ID. You can choose to enable or disable Express Mode. Complete the setup process by following the final steps in the Schlage Home app.


    If you choose to control your Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt using the Apple Home app only, open the Apple Home app on your phone and choose Add Accessory. Locate the HomeKit setup label on the inside of the interior portion of the lock and tap your phone to that label. Alternatively, you can manually enter the HomeKit setup code shown on the label. When prompted, select Add to Home. Put the lock into pairing mode by pressing the black button on the inside of the lock’s interior. When the blue light flashes slowly, tap your phone to the lock to pair or choose to enter the HomeKit setup code manually. From here, you can follow the steps provided in the app.

    Setting up the Schlage Sense deadbolt in Apple Home app

    Open the Apple Home app on your iPhone and choose Add Accessory. Locate the HomeKit setup label on the inside of the interior portion of the lock or Quick Start Guide and scan the HomeKit QR code. Alternatively, you can manually enter the HomeKit setup code shown on the label. When prompted, select Add to Home.


    If setting up from the Schlage Home app after using the guided interactive instructions, choose “Continue with HomeKit.” Once you’ve chosen the “Continue with HomeKit” option, follow the instructions provided in the Schlage Home app.

    Apple TV®, iPad® or HomePod

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode Plus Smart Deadbolt are also compatible with a variety of Apple devices, including Apple TV, iPad and HomePod via HomeKit, which allow a more options for access control and home automation. Why pair one of these Apple home hub devices with the Schlage Sense lock or Schlage Encode Plus lock in your Apple Home app?


    • Lock/unlock and check status of your lock remotely, which can give greater convenience and security

    • Allow your lock to work in tandem with other Apple HomeKit™-enabled devices in your home through the Apple Home app

    • For the Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt, remotely create and manage always-on access codes in the Apple Home app

    • Create automations that allow your lock to work with other Apple HomeKit-enabled devices in your home

    • Use Siri® to lock and unlock your door for hands-free convenience remotely

    • Receive notifications from the Apple Home app when the lock is used so you know who is coming and going from your home

    Here is a guide to setting up remote connectivity with Apple HomeKit using a compatible Apple TV, iPad or HomePod.

    Voice Assistants

    Don’t forget that you can use voice assistants with your smart deadbolts, too. In most cases, you’ll need to use one of the smart hubs above to take advantage of the compatibility between your lock and Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.

    Amazon Alexa

    Because of its built-in WiFi, you don’t need a smart hub to connect your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt with an Alexa-enabled device. To start using your Schlage Encode locks with Alexa, access the Alexa app on your smartphone, choose the Schlage Home skill and follow the instructions in the app.


    If you have the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, all you need is the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter to use Alexa. Find instructions here.


    If you have the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee technology, you’ll need Key by Amazon, Echo Plus or Samsung SmartThings. Use the links below for instructions on how to connect your Schlage Connect deadbolt with Zigbee to Alexa.


    Samsung SmartThings and Wink are also compatible with the Schlage Connect Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology. Use the links below for instructions on how to connect your Schlage Connect deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus to Alexa.


    Google Assistant

    To pair Google Assistant with your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, follow these instructions.


    If you’re a Google Assistant user and have the Schlage Sense deadbolt, make sure you have the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter to take advantage of voice control capabilities. Find instructions here.


    To use Siri to control your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, follow these instructions. You can also learn which Apple devices support “Hey Siri” here.

    If you’re still considering which lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. You can also learn more about all of Schlage’s smart locks and find additional partners like Leviton that help you get the most from your deadbolt every day at


    What is a mobile wallet and should you trust one?

    March 02, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 4, 2022

    Mobile wallet | Schlage

    Mobile wallets are making financial transactions and keeping track of credentials easier, quicker and more convenient. But what are they? And how can you use them?



    Stop wasting time doing unexciting things. As much as it feels like our lives are speeding up, we wouldn’t complain if we could get through everyday mundane tasks a little quicker. By taking advantage of technology like mobile wallets, you can do that. Spend less time standing in the checkout line, digging around in your bag for an ID or trying to track down your transit pass and more time enjoying what you bought and the friend you’re traveling to see.


    If you aren’t using a mobile wallet like Apple Pay or Google Pay yet, chances are that you’ve seen someone else wave their phone near the card scanner, grab their bags and go. Or someone paid for their share of the check by saying, “I’ll Venmo you the money.” Mobile wallets are making financial transactions and keeping track of credentials easier, quicker and more convenient. But what are they? And how can you use them?

    Apple pay mobile wallet.

    What is a mobile wallet?

    In the simplest terms, a mobile wallet is the digital version of carrying everything you have in your physical wallet or pocketbook. Instead of a bunch of plastic credit and debit cards, the information you need to pay for in-store or online purchases is kept virtually in your mobile wallet. The same goes for loyalty cards, some identification cards and more.


    When this information is stored in your mobile wallet, you can then use your smartphone or compatible smart watch to make payments, show an ID or ticket, unlock a door or automatically link to those store rewards. The benefits of a mobile wallet include convenience, safety through touchless transactions and increased security.


    If you’ve ever gotten to a store and realized you forgot your wallet or don’t have the credit card you need, that problem is taken care of with mobile wallet. With everything you need to pay right on your phone, there’s no more searching your bag or making embarrassing apologies for holding up the line. Just tap your device with the mobile wallet to the store’s reader and you’re set.


    More stores and shoppers began to adopt mobile wallets for touchless pay during COVID-19. With no need for you to touch the store’s credit card reader or transfer a card or cash to the employee, risk of transmitting germs was reduced. And as for increased security? Keep reading.

    iPhone using apple home keys from mobile wallet

    Are mobile wallets safe?

    No matter where you keep your credit cards, you need them to be safe. The last thing you want is for the card or any of its information to fall into the wrong hands. The same goes for keys and other credentials. So you’re probably wondering how safe mobile wallets actually are? How much can you trust a mobile wallet to protect your personal information?


    To answer that, let’s start with how mobile wallets work. According to Clearview Federal Credit Union, mobile wallets use Device Account Numbers, or DANs, instead of your actual credit card or account numbers to make payments. After you enter your card or account information to the mobile wallet app, that information is encrypted. It’s the encrypted information – the DAN – that is used for transactions. This is important for security because if your phone or watch is lost or stolen, the finder has only the encrypted information, which is essentially useless to them without your biometric authentication or passcode. The encryption means they will not have direct access to your account.


    By comparison, if your physical credit card or credential is lost or stolen, there is little to deter someone else from using that information to make unauthorized purchases or otherwise impersonate you. It’s similar to why we at Schlage love keyless security for your home. Without physical keys to carry or share with someone like the babysitter or dog walker, you’re limiting the risk that those keys will go missing. Instead, by relying on smart lock access codes, you have greater control over who can enter your home, not to mention increased ability to monitor that access through smartphone apps.


    Authentication features like face ID or touch ID on your smart device also provide an additional layer of security to protect your personal and financial information. Before completing a mobile purchase at the store, you often have to prove your identity before the mobile wallet will complete the transaction. Again, that simply isn’t the case with a physical card or key.


    As with anything, of course, it’s best for you to also maintain secure personal practices. Don’t share your authentication code with others. Follow best practices to create strong access codes and PINs, taking special care to choose ones that can’t be easily guessed. And just as you wouldn’t hide a physical key in one of those obvious fake rocks, make sure you properly store your smart devices or take then with you when they’re not in use. Don’t leave them on the coffee shop table, even for a minute, or leave them in plain view in your car.

    Jogger using Apple Watch Home Keys on Schlage Encode Plus

    What else can you store in a mobile wallet?

    When we think of “wallets,” our minds often go first to money. But what else is in your physical wallet? There probably are plenty of other cards – IDs and licenses, store loyalty cards, bus passes – and scraps of paper like receipts, too.


    A mobile wallet isn’t much different. When using an app like Apple Wallet, you can store credit card information as well as boarding passes for your next flight, bus or subway passes, tickets for that concert or sporting event, in the mobile wallet.


    Again, loyalty cards can often be uploaded as well as some identification cards. Allegion, parent company of Schlage, helped make it possible for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to launch contactless student IDs in Apple Wallet in 2019. The groundbreaking innovation enhanced credential security on campus. Even if a phone was lost, students’ IDs, which were required to enter buildings, couldn’t be unlocked by someone other than the intended user. That means access to buildings like dorms was limited only to those with proper permissions.


    Increasingly, keys can also be stored in your mobile wallet. With Apple Wallet, you may be able to keep your hotel key – skipping the lobby check-in process – or your car key. When you have the Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you can also pair the lock with your Wallet app to take advantage of home keys. This allows you to tap to unlock and securely and conveniently access your home without using a physical key. Just like when paying for your groceries, you tap your iPhone or Apple Watch to use what’s stored in your Wallet. And with the lock, that means easily entering your home, even when your hands are full of those groceries or they’re free because you left your keys in the entryway when you went for a run.

    Schlage Encode Plus Homekit, home keys lock.

    Learn more about the new Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt and how you can use it with Apple home keys, adding more security and convenience to your everyday life.


    How to safely dispose of common household items and chemicals.

    February 21, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 21, 2022

    Materials disposal

    When upgrading your home or tackling a DIY project, make sure you dispose of appliances, furniture and other materials correctly. You’ll not only be keeping your family safer, but you’ll also do your part to protect the environment.



    We love upcycling as much as the next person, but somethings just can’t – or shouldn’t – be reused. When upgrading your home or tackling a DIY project, make sure you dispose of appliances, furniture and other materials correctly. You’ll not only be keeping your family safer, but you’ll also do your part to protect the environment.
    Woman placing trash bag in trash toter on residential street.
    To start, check the labels and packaging of household items, if you can. They often give clues as to how to safely dispose of them. If you’re uncertain, even after using the guide below, call your local environmental, health or solid waste agency. They should be able to advise you on how to properly dispose of or recycle most items.

    How to dispose of common household items

    Cleaning supplies

    The active ingredients in household cleaners can vary widely, so it’s best to consult the packaging for disposal instructions. Some of the milder solutions can often be poured down the drain, but those with more hazardous chemicals – oven and drain cleaners, furniture and metal polish, and tub and tile cleaners to name a few – should be taken to a waste disposal center. Check out this helpful household waste chart from Water Environment Federation for more information on which cleaners are safe to dispose of yourself.

    Light bulbs

    You’re never going to stop using light bulbs. Even if you wanted to, many candles emit toxic chemicals into the air as they burn, so they’re not a great alternative anyway. So when it’s time to replace your light bulbs, at least dispose of them properly. Incandescent – the standard, old-school kind – and halogen bulbs can go out in the regular trash. Fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, however, can re-introduce mercury into the environment, which is no good for soil and water. The Junkluggers recommend taking them to a local retailer or collection center for proper recycling.

    Aerosol cans

    Only throw aerosols in the trash if you’re sure the can is completely empty. Even a half-full can contains a high amount of pressure and can explode. To be sure it’s empty, spray a piece of cardboard until absolutely nothing more comes out. If it isn’t empty, recycle it through a hazardous waste facility. This applies to spray paint, some cleaning solutions and certain types of sunscreens and bug repellants.


    Although some areas will accept mattresses in the landfill, it’s not a great option. Sleep Foundation estimates that almost 20 million mattresses end up in the landfill each year, and at their size, that’s a major environmental impact … not the good kind, either. Instead, recycle them. Earth911 has an excellent database to help you find recycling centers for mattresses as well as other items. If there isn’t a recycling center that will accept the entire mattress and you’re up for a bit of work, break down the mattress and recycle its individual parts.

    Landfill with mattresses and other large household items.

    Best way to recycle appliances and electronics

    Large appliances

    About half the states in the U.S. have banned large appliances from landfills, so if you aren’t going to donate them to a group like Habitat for Humanity, recycling refrigerators, washers and dryers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers and other similar items is really your only option. If you’ve just bought a new appliance, ask the store to take your old one when they deliver the new. They might also be able to take other appliances, not just the upgraded oven you purchased.


    Another option is to ask your community about bulk pick-up days. If there is a designated time for large-appliance pick-up, ask about additional rules. They might not accept appliances with Freon, and if they do, they might charge extra for that service. It’s also worth looking into the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. Not only will a RAD partner dispose of the appliance for you, but you may also be eligible for a financial incentive or rebate.

    Small appliances

    The key to whether these items can be put in the trash or should be recycled is if they contain hazardous waste. Televisions, computers, microwaves, thermostats and string lights, for example, can contain chemicals that, if leaked, contaminate the soil and waterways. Take them to a hazardous waste facility. Lamps and light fixtures, toasters and vacuum cleaners are generally safe for the landfill as long as you remove any rechargeable batteries first. More on batteries in a minute.

    Personal electronics

    When you replace your TV, computer, printer or phone, ask the retailer if they have a take-back program. You can often then mail or return your old electronic to them for proper recycling. This is better for the environment than adding it to the landfill and can be safer for you in that your personal information can be removed from the device before processing.


    The type of battery will dictate the best way to dispose of it. Note that in this case, “type” means which metals it contains, not the size or shape. Single-use lithium and button-cell batteries should be taken to a special recycling location, as should several types of rechargeable batteries. Many other types can be put in your community’s recycling. The EPA has a detailed chart to help you dispose of batteries so that important metals can be reused, making them more sustainable for the environment, and to avoid accidental fires as even “dead” batteries may still have enough charge to cause a spark.

    Man throwing batteries into trash can.

    More disposal tips

    • Keep hazardous materials such as pesticides, cleaning solutions and other solvents in their original containers. This not only reduces confusion of what it actually is – you don’t want someone to mistake it for food – but it also reduces the chance of leaks and other accidents. If you put a corrosive chemical in the wrong metal container, for example, the container could erode, creating a hazardous spill and possibly causing personal injury.

    • Do not remove the original labels from containers. This will reduce the chances that you mistakenly use something for the incorrect purpose as well as keep important information about shelf life, storage and disposal on hand.

    • Don’t mix chemicals. You might think it’s easier to dispose of a single container than lots of half-empty buckets. However, some materials simply don’t mix. You could end up creating a chemical reaction that results in a fire, explosion or other danger. Mixing materials also could mean they are no longer recyclable.

    Looking for more ways to stay safe during home improvement? Check out the Schlage blog for essential safety gear for your next DIY project or tips to help you safely remodel your home during pregnancy.


    How to install a deadbolt lock

    February 17, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 17, 2022

    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    We're going to show you how easy it is to install a new deadbolt lock.



    Updating your front door can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Both DIY door projects are easier than you think and can be tackled in less than a weekend. To help you achieve your new look – and improve the security on your home – we're going to show you how easy it is to install a new deadbolt lock.

    Door preparation

    Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist. This will help to ensure installation goes smoothly and the deadbolt is as secure as possible.


    Next, collect the tools you need to install your door hardware. All you need is a tape measure and a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver. Keep in mind that an electric drill is not recommended for installation as it can easily strip the screws and damage your lock.

    Deadbolt parts checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your deadbolt lock. The first step is to ensure you have all parts. Here's a checklist to help.

    Deadbolt lock - Installation - Parts checklist - Schlage
    Outside housing: The portion of your deadbolt that goes on the outside of your door where you insert the key
     Inside thumbturn: The portion of your deadbolt that goes on the side of your door inside the house and that allows you to lock and unlock from the inside
     Bolt: The interior locking mechanism. It comes with a rectangular faceplate pre-attached
     Round drive-in faceplate: An optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the bolt if your door calls for it
     Strike plate: The metal plate that you affix to the door frame, used to increase security by holding the bolt in place
     Reinforcement plate: This optional piece works to strengthen the door frame, adding security to your door
     Short screws: Used to secure the bolt and faceplate to the door. There should be four of them.
     Tapered long screws: Used to secure the interior thumbturn to the outside housing. There should be two of them.
      Wood screws: Used to secure the reinforcement plate on the door frame. There should be two of them.



    If there are any other terms you don’t understand, check out these definitions for parts of a door lock.

    Deadbolt installation instructions

    1 You'll begin installing your deadbolt lock by placing the bolt.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    The latch comes with a pre-attached rectangular faceplate. If you’re using the rectangular faceplate, continue to Step 2 now.


    If you need to replace it with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below. You'll need a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood with this setup.

    a. Remove faceplate by gently prying it away from the rest of the bolt with a flat head screwdriver.


    b. Twist and remove remaining support plate.


    c. Install round drive-in faceplate simply by snapping it into place.


    2If your door has a backset of 2 3/8", you will not need to make any further adjustments. If your backset measures 2 3/4", the bolt is easily adjusted by simply twisting the faceplate. You'll see and hear the bolt snap in to place.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    3If you're using the rectangular faceplate, slide the bolt into place with the word "top" facing up and secure with the two short screws.


    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    For the drive-in faceplate, slide it into place with the word “top” facing up and gently tap it using a block of wood and hammer until it is flush with the door’s edge.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    4Some Schlage deadbolts are equipped with Snap and Stay technology that allows the outside housing to stay in place while your hands remain free to attach the inside thumbturn. If your crossbore measures 2-1/8", you're ready to move to Step 5 now. However, if it measures 1-1/2", remove the Snap and Stay bracket using the steps below.

    a. Remove the attachment screw located on the interior side of the outside housing.


    b. Rotate and remove the bracket.

    5Orient the outside housing so that the Schlage logo is facing up. Align and insert the tail piece with the bolt. If you're using the Snap and Stay bracket, simply snap the outside housing into the hole.
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    6Next, orient the slot on the inside thumbturn with the tail piece and secure it to the door using the two self-guiding long screws. The tapered tip of the screws allows them to easily line up and thread.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    7As noted above, this step for installing the reinforcement plate is optional. If you choose to, install the reinforcement plate on the door frame, making sure it is oriented correctly as indicated on the plate. Secure it in place with the two wood screws. In some cases, some additional work might need to be done to the door jamb to allow the strike plate to be secured on top.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    8Finally, use the remaining two short screws to secure the strike plate over the reinforcement plate or directly to the door frame if you aren’t using the reinforcement plate.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    Testing the lock

    Now that the installation is complete, it's important to test the lock to make sure everything is in proper, working order.
    1With the door open, turn the thumbturn to extend and retract the bolt.
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    2Repeat Step 1 on the exterior side with the key. Remember to leave the door open while you test the lock.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    3Now close the door and use the thumbturn to operate the bolt. It should extend and retract smoothly. If the deadbolt drags or hits the strikeplate while testing with the door closed, you'll need to adjust the strike or doorjamb for better alignment.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
    To see a demonstration of each of these steps, watch our installation video below.


    Visit the Schlage How-To Center for more videos showing how to install door hardware, including interior knobs and levers, front door handlesets and smart locks.


    How to avoid decision fatigue during your next renovation.

    February 11, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 11, 2022

    Decision fatigue

    Don’t be paralyzed by all the choices or the pressure of making the right decision. Instead, use these tips for avoiding decision fatigue during home improvement.



    We love choices! Sweet or spicy? Beach or mountains? Cats or dogs? Vacation or staycation? But if you’ve ever had the looping “I don’t know, what do you want for dinner?” conversation, then you know decision fatigue. While not being able to agree on a meal is frustrating, decision fatigue is an even bigger issue during major projects like a home remodel or build. Don’t be paralyzed by all the choices or the pressure of making the right decision. Instead, use these tips for avoiding decision fatigue during home improvement.
    Couple choosing materials for home renovation.

    What is decision fatigue?

    By the end of the day, when it’s time to pick a restaurant, your brain is just tired of making decisions – picking what to wear, figuring out who’s taking the kids to their after-school playdate, solving endless pop-up problems at work, selecting centerpieces for the upcoming charity event. Now your mom wants to know if you can help with the landscaping this weekend, birthday presents need to be bought … and the choice between Chinese takeout and pizza is Just. Too. Hard. You have decision fatigue.


    Researchers estimate we make over 35,000 decisions per day. When something out of the ordinary happens or our routine is broken, like when we’re renovating, we need to make even more choices. This can cause a series of micro stresses, according to psychologists, and those stresses compound to cause frustration, despair and feelings of being overwhelmed, AKA decision fatigue.

    Decision fatigue during renovations

    When you aren’t prepared for how many decisions you need to make when remodeling or building a home, decision fatigue can sneak up on you. If you’re building a new home:


    • Do you want an open floorplan or closed? How much privacy do you need?

    • How many power outlets do you want in a particular room? Should they have USB ports? Should they be smart outlets?

    • What kind of flooring do you want? Should you choose a hard flooring in the common areas but carpeting in the bedrooms? What about the stair treads? The garage flooring?

    • What kind of door hardware do you need? Should it be locking or non-locking? And for that matter, what kind of doors do you want? What should they be made of? What color should they be painted? Do you want windows in your front door, sidelights, both or neither? What about French doors, Dutch doors or hollow core doors?

    • What size tiles should you use for the kitchen backsplash? What color tiles? What color grout? Should the backsplash be just behind the sink or all the way along the countertop? What about behind the range?

    • Should you replace the cabinets or refinish the ones you already have? What color should you paint the cabinets? Do you want to paint them all the same color or go for a two-tone look? What about the hardware?

    And we didn’t even mention plumbing and lighting fixtures, countertop materials or appliances. Before you know it, you’re wondering why you thought the project was a good idea in the first place and you’re considering calling it quits. You’re telling your contractor, “Just do what you think is best,” even on things you felt strongly about a week ago. You’re arguing with your partner, not just about the renovation but why they let the kids wear those socks to school! You’re asking strangers in the grocery store to make a choice for you. We’re sorry, but not only do they not know which cereal you should buy, but they really can’t tell you if your bedroom should be painted Caribbean Cool or Mexicali Turquoise.


    Never fear, though. You can avoid decision fatigue. And if it creeps in eventually, you can beat it. Here’s how.

    Mood board with flooring, marble countertop and blue swatches.

    How to avoid decision fatigue while renovating

    • Make a plan and stick to it. Before you start to remodel or build, be very clear with yourself and any pros you’re working with about what you like and the scope of the project. Then, when you have to choose between a concrete or a marble countertop, you can say, “Marble isn’t in our budget,” and the decision is made. When your partner starts talking about how awesome it would be to install subwoofers in the ceiling, you can call up your plan and remind them that you intend to transition the space to an in-law suite, not a home theater. Write down your plans and budget, create a mood board, do whatever it takes to keep the plan top of mind.

    • Keep options to a minimum. It’s much easier to decide between two or three types of wallpaper than 10. If needed, trust your contractor or designer to narrow it down for you and then you make the final call from the paired down list. If that’s not possible, make the decision yourself in steps. Eliminate in stages, kind of like teams being knocked out from a tournament bracket. If you like A better than B, then it doesn’t matter whether B is better than C. It’s already been eliminated.

    • Remember that most decisions can be changed later. If you decide a year from now that you’d rather have a brown wall than a blue one, it’s easy to repaint. Even seemingly permanent choices such as flooring can be improved by adding throw rugs or refinishing. In other words, don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to get it “right” the first time. Heidi Zack, co-founder of ThirdLove, wrote in that focusing on the weight of her business decisions made those choices harder. Instead, she framed them as opportunities, with all the optimism that implies, rather than a decision between right and wrong. You can use the same strategy for your home improvement projects.

    • Pick function over fashion. Remember that you have to live in your home, not just admire it from afar. Mood lighting in the bathroom might give it a calming spa vibe, but if you can’t see well enough to shave or do your makeup, you’ll be replacing the light fixtures sooner than you wanted. To help with this, Carrie Cotton Design recommends spending time truly and honestly thinking about how you want to use the space. Only once you’ve determined how it will work for your lifestyle can you start looking at Pinterest.

      You can also look for functional pieces that don’t compromise on style or at least that find a balance between the two. Door handles are ADA compliant and ideal for people who have trouble with grip or fine motor skills. Those same levers can also meet your design needs when they come in a variety of styles and finishes.

    • Go with your first impression. Optimise Home calls it trusting your gut. Studies have shown that when we fret over a decision and try to think logically, we are often less satisfied with our decision than if we’d gone with our first reaction.

    • Don’t rush. Similar to trusting your gut, remember to take your time. You don’t want to delay your project unnecessarily, but if you plan well, you’ll be able to spread out your decisions over stages and avoid the compounding effect of decision fatigue.

    • Relax. I know this is dangerous advice. You never tell an angry loved one to just calm down. But when it comes to decision and renovation fatigue, Sarah at Paper Room Interiors suggests taking a break when you can. If it’s possible to step away for a weekend – mentally or physically – do it. It also could be as simple as meeting a friend for a drink, getting out of the house and away from the renovation dust, or breathing some fresh air at the park.

    • Trust the experts. How you define this is up to you. It could be an industry expert – your contractor or interior designer. It could be someone who’s an expert on you – a family member or long-time friend. Surround yourself with people who know their stuff and who are also good decisionmakers. They’ll be able to help you make the best choice for you.

    Sometimes the heavy lifting – product testing and research – has already been done for you by those experts. Schlage door hardware is constructed from premium materials for both style and security. It’s also been tested to the highest industry standards and is certified highest in Durability, Security and Finish by the BHMA. That means that when it comes to choosing between a trusted brand and someone else, there’s not much of a decision after all.

    4. You want to go smart

    Smart locks are a great way to add security as well as convenience. Maybe you just love to be on the cutting edge of innovation. With Schlage smart locks, you get the security and craftsmanship you expect from all of our deadbolts, plus integrations with your other favorite smart home devices. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, for example, works with Ring Video Doorbell so you can see who’s at your door and unlock it as needed, all from a single app. If you’re an Apple HomeKit® user, you might want the Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt. Or if you’re partial to Samsung SmartThings, try the Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt. You can see the full list of integration partners at


    Regardless of the smart lock you choose, when it’s connected to your home network, you get remote access from anywhere. That’s peace of mind in the palm of your hand.

    You can also check out our interactive Product Selector at where we’ll walk you a series of questions so you can easily identify the right product and style for you.


    6 signs you should replace your door locks.

    February 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 4, 2022

    Replace door locks

    When a door knob comes off in your hand, you know what to do. But did you know that’s not the only time you might need new locks?



    If a window is broken, you know you need a replacement. If your car tire is flat, it’s obvious that you need a new one. When a door knob comes off in your hand, you know what to do. But did you know that’s not the only time you might need new locks? Here are six signs you need to upgrade your door locks that you shouldn’t ignore.
    Man installing Schlage smart door lock on garage door.

    1. It doesn’t latch or lock right

    Obviously, if your door hardware is broken – your toddler pulled the lever off the door, you can’t get the key in or out of the deadbolt – it’s time to replace it. But other times we fool ourselves into thinking it’s good enough as it is. Maybe the deadbolt sticks a little bit. Or maybe it latches, but only when we tug on it and hold it closed while we turn the key.


    In some of these cases, the issue might be with the door or frame. Rather than investing in new hardware, try making a few adjustments for when your lock doesn’t fit your door. In other cases, upgrading to a higher quality door knob or lever is the answer. The bolt could be sticking because it’s made of sub-par materials and no amount of lubricant or adjusting its position will fix it. Again, choose hardware that’s been tested to avoid these pitfalls. Look for the BHMA rating. One that’s graded A and certified highest in Durability is a sign you can trust that hardware to last.

    2. You’ve had a life-changing event

    Your home should adapt with your lifestyle, not necessarily the other way around. Consider how you use rooms differently as you transition from being a childless couple to having a newborn, from raising a toddler, then a teen and finally returning to being empty nesters. A room could need different door hardware in each of those life stages. You might have wanted to be able to lock the door to your home office, but now that it’s a child’s room? Maybe not. When choosing door locks for toddlers, some families find it’s best to switch to a passage function so their little one doesn’t lock themselves in a room during a fit of the Terrible Twos.


    Learn more about the difference between passage and privacy functions and what door hardware is best for each room in your house.


    If you’ve had a change in marital status, new hardware might be in order. New members of the household will need keys when you blend families . This could be a good time to switch to electronic locks, especially if you’re concerned about kids losing a spare key. With their own access codes, they can come and go securely, while still feeling welcome in their new home. And while it’s not fun to think about, if someone has moved out, it might put your mind at ease to change the locks then, too.

    3. You need security you can trust

    Locks for your front door, and even your back door and side entrance if we’re honest, should protect what matters most. To help keep your home and family secure, make sure exterior deadbolts check the following boxes:


    • High quality: Door hardware that helps protect your home should be made with premium materials, not cheap plastic. Look for attention to detail in the design that helps protect against attacks such as impact from hammers, sawing, picking and bumping. High-quality craftsmanship and better security often go hand-in-hand.

    • Durability: Whether it’s an interior lever or exterior deadbolt, you use your door hardware every day, multiple times each day. It should stand up to the test of time, working and looking as good on Year 10 as it did on Day 1. We know life can be hard on your home and that’s why we test our locks against everything from toddlers hanging on door levers to Mother Nature’s impact on handlesets.

    • Lifetime warranty: One way to check a lock company’s commitment to durability is to pay attention to the warranty. Schlage’s limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty is one way we show our commitment to providing durable, high-quality hardware. We also offer a limited three-year electronics warranty.

    4. You want to go smart

    Smart locks are a great way to add security as well as convenience. Maybe you just love to be on the cutting edge of innovation. With Schlage smart locks, you get the security and craftsmanship you expect from all of our deadbolts, plus integrations with your other favorite smart home devices. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, for example, works with Ring Video Doorbell so you can see who’s at your door and unlock it as needed, all from a single app. If you’re an Apple HomeKit® user, you might want the Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt. Or if you’re partial to Samsung SmartThings, try the Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt. You can see the full list of integration partners at


    Regardless of the smart lock you choose, when it’s connected to your home network, you get remote access from anywhere. That’s peace of mind in the palm of your hand.

    5. It doesn’t match your style

    Many people are surprised to learn how big an impact door hardware can have on a room’s overall style. They don’t really notice a knob or lever until they’ve redone a room and the hardware sticks out like a sore thumb. Whether you’re renovating your entire home or simply giving a face lift to a single room, consider upgrading your hardware to match your new design. Schlage offers a wide variety of styles and finishes to fit nearly any home.


    Updating your door hardware’s style is also a great way to make a big change even when you have a smaller budget. To see what we mean, check out our popular blog on how to update hollow core doors to make the look more expensive.

    6. You’ve moved

    One of the first things you do when move into a new house is change the locks on your doors. You never know who might still have a key from the previous owners. Since you’re going to replace your locks anyway, be sure to choose ones that are right for your home and family. Do you want a mechanical deadbolt or electronic deadbolt? How much should you spend on a lock? While everyone’s budget is different, consider the value of a quality lock that will protect your home. Even a more expensive deadbolt costs less money than replacing belongings after a break-in. And if you don’t have to repair or replace a sub-standard lock that breaks every few years, you’ll save money in the long run.

    Once you’re ready to upgrade, make sure you choose what’s right for you. Get started with this shopper’s guide to door hardware and try our interactive Product Selector at


    A year’s worth of window box ideas to inspire every season.

    January 28, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 28, 2022

    Window boxes | Schlage

    Use these tips for planting the perfect window box at any time of year and check out some of our favorite ideas that will have your home looking as gorgeous in December as it did in April.



    Gardening to boost your curb appeal for the entire year can be challenging. Few plants will survive the heat of summer and the chill of winter. One way to keep your home looking nice no matter the season is to plant window boxes. Their smaller size makes it easier and less expensive to swap out the flowers according to the weather and even upcoming holidays. Use the tips below for planting the perfect window box at any time of year and check out some of our favorite window box ideas that will have your home looking as gorgeous in December as it did in April.


    Tips for a successful window box


    • Pack in the plants. The fuller your window box, the better it will look. Choose plants of varying heights and remember the formula: thriller, filler, spiller. Choose one or two varieties that will really make a splash with color, vibrancy or size. This is your showstopper or thriller. Then choose another to fill in the gaps – your filler. And finally, your spiller is a draping plant to add drama and dimension.

    • Choose plant colors that complement your home’s exterior, including the outside walls and shutters. You can opt for a variety of flowers for high visual interest or go monochromatic, which can be especially beautiful in the colder months.

    • Metal and plastic window boxes tend to be low- to no-maintenance. However, you’ll want to treat wooden boxes with a sealant to protect them against moisture.

    • Window boxes are more exposed to the elements than plants on the ground. That means, among other things, that the soil tends to dry out more quickly. Add an organic material such as sphagnum moss to help the soil retain moisture. Water your window boxes daily and add liquid fertilizer weekly once the plants are established.
    Window box full of flowers.

    What to plant in spring window boxes

    Just as you would with any other area of your garden, you’ll need to switch out the plants as the seasons change. In the spring, try succulents such as kalanchoe and pencil cactus. These and some other varieties can be started in the fall as houseplants and then transplanted to your box in the spring.


    Springtime is also perfect for adding loads of color. Daffodils do well in window boxes as long as the container is deep enough to accommodate their roots. Petunias, tulips, begonias and asparagus fern are other popular options.


    In addition to plants, look for some fun accessories such as Easter eggs or a decorative birdhouse to welcome the warmer weather with a bit of whimsy.


    What to plant in summer window boxes

    Summer window boxes might be your chance to go a bit tropical. Plants like yellow hibiscus should weather the heat and keep their color well. Also consider petunias and geranium. English ivy and sweet potato vine are good options for your spiller. For some height, look to non-flowering plants like purple dracaena and snake plant.


    You typically see fewer window box accessories in the summer so that your plants can really do the talking. But if you’re looking for a little something extra, try American flags around the Fourth of July. This will be especially eye-catching if you go with a red, white and blue theme with your flowers, too.


    What to plant in fall window boxes

    The key to a successful fall window box is choosing varieties that will stand up to colder nights. Flowering cabbage and kale are good filler plants. Celosia, also known as cockscombs, add a nice punch of color as do ornamental peppers, mums and marigolds. Purple fountain grass offers some height without blocking your windows too much, which can get annoying as the days get shorter. Maybe choose trailing ivy as your spiller.


    Fall might be our favorite time for window box accessories. Small pumpkins and gourds leave no doubt as to what season it is. Pine cones are a nice complement to live plants in the fall and carry over into the winter. Plaid bows like you’ll see below are a nice soft touch as well.


    What to plant in winter window boxes

    Don’t pack everything up just because it’s winter. Plan ahead to get your plants in the boxes before the coldest weather sets in. You need them to take root before the extreme temperatures move in for good. HGTV also recommends that you choose plants that are rated for at least one or two zones colder than where you live to help make sure they survive the winter.


    Popular plants for winter window boxes include dwarf evergreens such as junipers, arborvitae and boxwoods. In many regions, creeping lantana is an excellent spiller choice.


    Accessorize with berry branches, which add some color during the coldest months. String lights like you might use at Christmastime are also a nice detail, especially during the long winter nights.


    Container gardening is a can’t-miss strategy for boosting your curb appeal at any time of year. Find more tips and tricks and the Schlage blog, including how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in containers.


    Make your entryway stand out with these accent wall ideas.

    January 25, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 25, 2022

    Entryway accent wall | Schlage

    Creating a clearly defined entryway doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try these feature wall hacks to make walking in the door feel like coming home to a haven.



    Do you have a true entryway or is it just an open expanse where shoes collect? Especially if you have an open floorplan, it’s possible that the only thing eye-catching about your foyer is piles of clutter. Rather than showing off your personal style, it just kind of runs over into your living space. And, because there are no definite boundaries, painting and decorating becomes tricky. The good news is that creating a clearly defined entryway doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try these feature wall hacks to make walking in the door feel like coming home to a haven.

    Why you need an accent wall in your entryway

    • My front door opens immediately into my living room and no matter how many hooks and mirrors I hang or console tables I try, the space still looks unfinished.

    • I want to paint, but my open floorplan means that if I start in the entryway, I’d also have to paint the living room and then up the steps and then into the upstairs hallway … there’d be no end.

    • I want to try a new color or pattern, but I’m intimidated by the boldness.

    • I found a wallpaper I love, but I’m on a budget and can’t afford to use it in an entire room.


    If any of those sound like you, then an accent wall could be exactly what you need to take your entryway décor to the next level. An accent wall can help create the illusion of a separate space, tricking the mind into thinking you’ve entered a new zone, even when the walls haven’t changed.


    And because most entryways are relatively small spaces, they can be the perfect opportunity to try different décor you might not attempt elsewhere in the house. Bold patterns and bright colors can be used in moderation, making them feel less overwhelming. Plus, the smaller space means you’ll likely spend less money on materials, letting you save up or splurge in other areas.


    Accent wall ideas that wow with wallpaper

    Wallpaper is much more user-friendly than it used to be, which explains its recent resurgence. With more temporary and peel-and-stick options, there’s also less pressure to get it perfect the first time around. And that’s great to hear with all those amazing designs to choose from.

    Geometric patterns in bright blue make a strong statement in this entryway by Murphy Deesign. Somewhat surprisingly, despite the pattern, the space isn’t what most would call “busy.” Thanks to the clean white doors and console table and complementary blues in the mirror and umbrella stand, the overall look stays streamlined.


    Meg at Baker Blooms has a hard time saying no to a mural wall, but we picked this wallpapered entryway as a reminder that even second entrances – side doors, back doors, one off of a garage – can be beautiful and functional. Coordinating the colors in the wallpaper with the green in the door goes a long way toward keeping a cohesive, intentional style.
    This foyer shown on House Beautiful is a great example of how a small space can be the perfect opportunity for a splash of the unusual. The wallpaper, artwork and pillows designate this as an official entryway instead of a nook with a random bench. We can imagine coming home to the bright, fun colors each day.
    Even soft patterns can make a difference in your entryway. Krystin Lee’s greige trellis wallpaper provides some visual interest while complementing the traditional style of the home. The understated neutral plays well with the color of the tile flooring and matches the overall décor.

    Pleasing paint for accent walls

    If your entryway gets lots of natural light, this could be prime location for one of the darker, moodier colors you’ve been meaning to try. Remember, it’s all about balance. Choose a dark accent when you have lighter surrounding walls and bright, airy décor. Or go with something unexpected – coral or turquoise – if everything else is neutral.

    Sherwin-Williams paired its Majestic Purple with Natural Linen and Downy in this hallway. The golden pop from that mirror helps to keep the accent wall from feeling overbearing as well.

    Still have a fear of commitment? That’s why Hawthorne and Main painted half of one wall in their entryway. Having been burned more than once by over-the-top colors in the past, they choose this green that’s almost a neutral and kept it extra interesting by adding the pattern above and pink table as décor. It might be safe, but it’s definitely also gorgeous.


    Painted murals don’t need to be bright yellow to draw your attention. If you prefer a soft sage green or blush pink, use that. A sandy hue could also work. They’ll still pop – just in a more subtle way – against a white wall. The goal isn’t to smack your visitors in the face with your wall color, but to fool their subconscious into realizing, “I’m supposed to do something different here.”


    Peony and Honey described this as an “awkward hallway wall” previously, but the soft arch is the perfect backdrop for some simple décor that adds definition to the space.

    Find more entryway décor ideas at the Schlage blog. You’ll also find tips to make painting a snap, whether you’re updating doors and trims, walls or even ceilings and floors.


    Retrofit your home for energy efficiency with smarter lighting.

    January 19, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    Energy efficient lighting | Schlage

    With these lighting efficiency tips, you can upgrade your home easily to run more sustainably, save money and even make it safer.



    You want to make your home more energy efficient, but how? If solar panels, geothermal heating and passive houses are expensive and a bigger commitment than you want to make right now, the answer is lighting. With these lighting efficiency tips, you can upgrade your home easily to run more sustainably, save money and even make it safer.
    Changing lightbulb in pendant light.

    How lighting makes your home safer

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: A home that looks occupied is safer from intruders than one that looks vacant. One of the best ways to make your home look lived in is by keeping it illuminated.


    • Leave lights on or set them on a timer before you leave the house.

    • Make sure your porch is well-lit. Dark corners make excellent hiding spots for intruders.

    • Motion-activated lighting, especially outside near garage doors, gates or pools, can make intruders think they’ve been spotted, causing them to move out of the area.


    It’s not just about security, though. Good lighting can also improve personal health and safety.


    • Include lighting on walkways or near steps to reduce the risk of falls.

    • Install strip lighting along hallways or on stair risers to illuminate a path to the bathroom or an exit.

    • Use plug-in nightlights in children’s bedrooms or a bathroom. Any midnight trips will be safely illuminated without being temporarily blinded by turning on overhead lighting.

    • Choose smart lights or plug a lamp into a smart outlet so you can connect them to a voice assistant. In the event of a fall or other emergency where you or a loved one are unable to reach the light, “Alexa, turn on bedside lamp” could be important.
    Modern home exterior lighting at night

    How to live more sustainably with the right lighting

    Of course, all this lighting takes energy. If you’re concerned about CO2 emissions and improving your home’s energy efficiency for cost and environmental savings, the idea of leaving lights on the entire time you’re on vacation probably doesn’t sound appealing. The good news is that you can use lighting for home security without overdrawing from the energy grid.

    Different kinds of light bulbs on wooden background

    Choose the right bulbs

    For most single-family homes, you have three light bulb options: incandescents, LED and CFL. If you’ve been doing your sustainability homework, you already know that outdated incandescent light bulbs are the biggest energy vampires of the three. A 60-watt incandescent bulb uses, well, 60 watts of energy. The CFL equivalent of the same bulb uses just 14 watts, and the LED equivalent a mere 8.5 watts. That’s a decrease of almost 86% in energy use.


    LED and CFL bulbs have another advantage over incandescents: longer lifespan. According to Eartheasy, you would need an estimated 21 incandescent light bulbs for 25,000 hours of use (the equivalent of leaving the light on, non-stop, for almost three years). You can light your home for the same length of time using only 2.5 CFL bulbs and just 1 LED bulb. That translates to less trash in the landfill.


    Even though these numbers give LEDs and CFLs the clear win in terms of sustainability, you might be asking about financial cost. It’s true that they’re more expensive up front. However, when you consider how much less energy they require and the lower frequency of replacement, you’ll likely still come out ahead. Eartheasy has a great breakdown of the costs and savings over time for various lightbulbs.

    Front porch steps lighting.

    Control your lighting

    Once you have the right bulbs, you can improve your energy efficiency even more with the right lighting controls. One option for making your lighting more energy efficient is to use dimmer switches. We often think of dimmers for setting mood lighting, reducing the brightness. But dimming the lights also means they’re using less energy. Install a dimmer for greater control, using only the amount of light – and energy – you need.


    A second option is to use motion sensors with your lights. These are most common outside your home, near your doors or garage. Like we said at the beginning, this can deter intruders by making them think they’ve been spotted. And because they’ll only switch on when triggered, they aren’t using energy when not needed.


    Finally, and we include this because we hear our dad’s voice in our inner mind, you can go the old-fashioned route and be more mindful of your own daily habits. Remember to turn lights off when you leave the room. Open the curtains or blinds and use natural lighting as much as possible. Install mirrors strategically so that they bounce light around the room and give the illusion of more brightness. And if you’re at your desk, work bench or reading in your favorite armchair, consider tabletop lighting that illuminates only what you need to see rather than the entire room.

    Smart lighting controlled by smartphone

    Make lighting a part of your smart home

    Much like adding extra controls to your lighting can reduce energy use, so can making your lights part of your smart home automation. Including lighting in your smart routines is kind of like putting them on one of those first-generation timer plugs only much more sophisticated. For example, if you have an Evening Routine, schedule your lamps to automatically switch off at a certain time. That way, you won’t be burning through energy even if you forgot to turn something off before going to bed.


    Look for smart devices that work together to make this as seamless and simple as possible. With the Leviton Decora Smart® Wi-Fi® lighting control line, you can pair lighting with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt so that when you lock the door, the lights turn off at the same time. You can also set it up so that locking your Schlage Encode deadbolt activates Leviton’s Away Mode. The simple act of securing your door triggers your lighting to turn on and off randomly, making your home look occupied, until you return and put your system back in Home Mode.

    When retrofitting your home for energy efficiency, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. How do you even get started if you want to make your home more sustainable? It’s best to take it in stages, changing minor habits you know you can maintain without major inconvenience and cost. Lighting is a great first step. When you’re ready for more, check out our tips for fixing drafty doors and other energy efficient DIYs.



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