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    Our Top 10 Home Decor and DIY Blog Posts of 2015

    December 31, 2015 3:43 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

    Looking to prioritize your home remodeling projects for 2016? Take a look at the most popular topics in 2015 to start!



    As we round out the end of 2015, homeowners and designers alike are gearing up to embrace new designs and trends for 2016. Let's take a look back at our ten most popular blog posts when it comes to home decor and DIY projects. Which topic inspired your home renovations most in 2015?
    Our Top 10 Home Decor and DIY Blog Posts of 2015 | Schlage

    1. How to Make Your Hollow Core Doors Look Expensive When You're on a Budget.


    Hollow core doors are a common - and often boring - feature in many homes. Instead of replacing these doors for a major cost, try repurposing what you already have.


    2. 9 of the Most Stunning Bathroom Remodeling Trends.


    Bathrooms are among the highest on many homeowner's to-do lists. Take a look back of the most stunning trends for 2015 to inspire your next project.


    3. 7 Things You Must Consider Before Your Next Bathroom Remodel.


    Don't dive in to that bathroom remodel too quickly! Consider these seven things to ensure an easy renovation.


    4. 11 Small Kitchen Updates That Make a Big Impact.


    Don't have the budget for a full kitchen remodel? Try adding one of these small updates to refresh your space instead.


    5. A Simple Kitchen Upgrade You Can Start and Finish This Weekend.


    Not every kitchen project needs to take weeks or months to finish. Try this simple update that you'll complete in no team.


    6. How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way.


    Whether you're trying to add an eclectic twist to your home or you want to leverage existing hardware without breaking the bank, mixing finishes is a great way to add unique interest and pull an entire room together. Here's how to do it the right way.


    7. 3 Door Painting Tips to Make Your Next Project a Breeze.


    Giving your doors a fresh coat of paint is a quick and easy way to give your home a new look. Follow these tips to make sure your next door painting project goes by quickly and smoothly.


    8. 4 Unique Ways to Dress Up Your Interior Doors.


    Your doors aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Why not use them to make a statement? Here are four unique ways you can dress up your doors and liven up any space.


    9. Beat the Winter Blues with Bold Interior Doors.


    Don't let the dreariness of a long winter be reflected in your home. Add some colorful cheer with these bold interior doors.


    10. 12 DIY Projects You Can Complete in One Afternoon.


    Looking for a quick way to freshen up your home's decor? Try one of these twelve projects that you can complete in just a few hours or less.


    What projects are you looking to complete in 2016? Comment below to let us know!

    The 5 Keyless Electronic Lock Topics You Shouldn't Have Missed in 2015

    December 30, 2015 3:30 PM by admin

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Here's a look back at our top five smart home and keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2015 to help you in your search for the right information.



    Whether you're a seasoned veteran of smart home technology or just getting started in adding security and convenience to your daily life, thorough research is important before you select your next device. When it comes to keyless technology, you may just be looking for a convenient way to stop losing your house key or need something that will work with other smart devices in your home.


    Here's a look back at our top five smart home and keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2015 to help you in your search for the right information.

    The 5 Keyless Electronic Lock Topics You Shouldn't Have Missed in 2015 | Schlage

    1. How smart home technology increases the security of your home.


    Increased security is one of the top reasons homeowners choose to purchase smart home products. Find out the type of devices are essential to achieving greater home security through added protection and 24/7 monitoring capabilities.

    2. 7 easy ways to start building your smart home.


    Building a smart home doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Find out how taking a step back and making the essential home products work more efficiently can save you the most money.

    3. The smart home products you're going to need in 2015.


    Each year, new devices enter the market with promises of convenience and greater efficiency. Let's take a look back at the top smart home products for 2015.

    4. Are keyless electronic locks right for you?


    Choosing the right keyless electronic lock can be a daunting process. Here's a look at a few of the most frequently asked questions to help you decide whether or not you're ready to go keyless.

    5. Boost electronic lock security with effective keyless codes.


    Whether you already own an electronic lock or are thinking of upgrading to one, it's important to understand the steps you should take to make sure your lock is secure as possible. Here are a few tips for creating the most effective keyless code.

    What topics are you hoping to see in 2016 as it relates to keyless technology? Comment below to let us know! In the mean time, be sure to take a look at our keyless offerings to find the right lock for your lifestyle.

    How to Prep Your Front Door for Winter

    November 30, 2015 9:19 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    How to Prep Your Front Door for Winter

    Here are 5 steps you should take to prepare your front door for winter weather.


    With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and change in seasons, there are plenty of things to worry about as you wrap up the year. Don't let your front door be one of them. Here are five things you should consider doing before winter settles in.

    1. Install weatherstripping.

    Refreshing or adding new weatherstripping around your exterior doors can help seal out that frigid winter air. It's a project that's easy for even the most beginner-DIYer to accomplish. Here's a great guide from Houzz for checking for drafts around your home and how to seal them back up.

    2. Secure hardware.

    Now is a great time to make sure your door hardware is properly installed and working as it should. Make sure your deadbolt doesn't catch the door jamb when you lock and unlock. You definitely don't want to be stuck outside applying force to unlock your deadbolt in freezing temperatures.

    3. Go keyless.

    Are you hosting guests this holiday season? Make it easy for them to come and go without worrying about spare keys by installing a keyless deadbolt. Simply assign a unique code for each guest and have peace of mind that no one will get locked out or lose a key while they're staying with you.

    4. Fresh coat of paint.

    As winter drags on for months and months, everything around you can feel dull and depressing. Don't let your front door be one of them. Add a fresh coat of paint now and enjoy a new pop of color all winter long. Check out our tips for painting doors to make this project a breeze.

    5. Put a wreath on it.

    Have a little fun with your front door and accessorize it! Choose a seasonal wreath to add a special finishing touch.


    What are you doing around your home before another cold winter hits? Comment below to let us know!

    The Smart Home is Not as Complicated as You Think

    November 23, 2015 12:16 PM by admin

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    The Smart Home is Not as Complicated as You Think

    Many homeowners are feeling overwhelmed by the smart home technology. Here are 3 reasons why it’s not as complicated as you may think.



    According to a recent consumer study conducted by Traditional Home Magazine, 4.9 billion connected devices will be in use in 2015 and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The same study also found that nearly one-fourth (24%) of consumers think the technology will be an everyday, common feature in US households. With this expectation of explosive growth in adoption, it pays to understand what it really means to have a smart home.
    The Smart Home is Not as Complicated as You Think | Schlage

    You could live like the Jetsons.

    When many consumers think of a smart home, they often picture a futuristic scene where everything in the home is controlled by a single system - much like an episode of the Jetsons. It's full of bells and whistles that are often over the top, like a self-making bed or a toilet seat that automatically warms up before you sit down. While both of the two examples are features of products that actually exist, this type of set up is often complicated and costly.

    You're already using a major component.

    Many of today's available smart home devices are controlled by something you very likely are already carrying in your pocket - your smart phone. You can control your devices in the home simply by pulling up the device's app and commanding it to do what you want. If you pair a compatible home automation hub, you can gain remote capabilities and control your devices from that same app no matter where you are in the world.

    What a smart home really looks like.

    Today's smart home is actually made up of a series of products created by different manufacturers that are developed to work together. They are often set up and maintained by the homeowner instead of a professional. Many manufacturers provide helpful tutorials through videos, installation guides and even step-by-step app setup and online chats to help even the most beginner-level consumer.


    The best way to get started in outfitting your smart home is to consider the products that are used on a daily basis. Think your thermostat, deadbolt and lighting. These items all play a part in keeping your home safe, secure and comfortable and now have the ability to do so more conveniently and efficiently. 


    Building a smart home is much easier than you may think. No matter your level of familiarity with smart home technology, there is an ecosystem of products that are easy to install and use. It just takes a little consideration to see which devices would provide the most benefit to your daily life. For more information on getting started, check out this simple method we recommend.

    3 Reasons It's the Right Time to Consider Smart Home Technology

    November 11, 2015 10:12 AM by admin

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    3 Reasons It's the Right Time to Consider Smart Home Technology

    Here are three reasons you should consider upgrading some of your everyday products to smart home devices.



    Outfitting a fully automated smart home is no longer a distant, complicated dream. Advancements in technology have made smart home products easy and affordable for the average homeowner to install and use. Here are three reasons you should consider upgrading some of your everyday products to smart home devices.
    3 Reasons It's the Right Time to Consider Smart Home Technology | Schlage

    1. Simplicity.

    Smart home devices allow homeowners to simplify their lives by connecting devices that can be automated into sequences that are more convenient and efficient. Imagine the lights in your home automatically turning on as soon as you unlock your door or a coffee maker that begins brewing as soon as your alarm goes off. You can even enjoy greater peace of mind no matter where you are in the world when you're able to check in on your home and ensure everything is safe and sound. Smart home products are all about simplifying your daily tasks so you can start focusing on more important things. 

    2. Trust.

    Many of the same brands you've known and loved for years are entering the smart home space with reliable products. No matter your level of familiarity with technology, you can trust when you purchase a device from an established brand, it's going to work. You can expect the same level of service and quality guarantee you've grown to love but now with the most advanced technology.

    3. Affordability.

    Greater consumer demand and product innovation has made smart home products more affordable than ever. There's no reason to spend thousands of dollars to install a complicated system that requires a professional to set up. Start by upgrading to products you already know and interact with on a daily basis, such as your door locks or lights. It's best to start small and see what features actually suit your lifestyle over others. Here's a simple method to help you get started with smart home technology.


    Tell us, what features do you look for in smart home products?

    Why You Should Thank This Hollywood Actress for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    November 9, 2015 10:24 AM by admin

    Monday, November 9, 2015

    Why You Should Thank This Hollywood Actress for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    Take a look at the interesting life of Hollywood actess, Hedy Lamarr, and her role in paving the way for Bluetooth and other wireless technology.



    Today's Google Doodle pays tribute to a talented actress on her 101st birthday whose life proved to be full of surprises. Hedy Lamarr would have turned 101 today and, looking back on her life, it's no surprise that Google would choose to honor her with this animated video.


    Let's take a look at her life to see why we should thank her for the very technology that has transformed our day-to-day lives, even the way we lock our homes.

    According to hedylamarr.com, Hedy Lamarr was born in Austria and began her film career at seventeen years old. After gaining much attention for her controversial roles, she moved to Hollywood in 1938 where she starred in several films alongside actors like Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. Dubbed one of the most beautiful women in the world, Hedy didn’t feel challenged enough by her career in film making and sought to do much more with her life. She once famously stated, "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."


    According to a 2011 NPR interview with Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy was not your typical Hollywood actress.


    "Hedy didn't drink. She didn't like to party," he says. "Her idea of a good evening was a quiet dinner party with some intelligent friends where they could discuss ideas — which sounds so un-Hollywood, but Hedy had to find something else to do to occupy her time."


    During World War II, Hedy decided to use her ideas to help the war efforts. She had a special interest in science and military technology and used that interest to create a secret communication system to overcome the jamming of Allied radio transmissions by Axis powers. According to CNN, "she teamed with composer George Antheil, a neighbor, to create a frequency-hopping system -- based on the 88 keys in pianos -- that would keep enemies from being able to detect the radio messages." This system became the basis for modern wireless communication, paving the way for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and more.


    To learn more about Hedy Lamarr's fascinating life and history, be sure to check out her official website.

    7 Easy Ways to Start Building Your Smart Home

    November 4, 2015 10:48 AM by admin

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    7 Easy Ways to Start Building Your Smart Home

    There’s no reason to spend thousands of dollars just to outfit your smart home. Here are 7 products you can use to get started for $300 or less.



    If you think you need to spend at least $1,000 to get started with Smart Home devices, you could be doing it wrong. There's no reason to buy a top of the line, fully-integrated home automation system that will leave you overwhelmed and broke. Instead, focus on the items you already use each day and slowly make the right upgrades to add greater convenience and efficiency to your day-to-day life.


    Here are seven items you should focus on first that typically cost $300 or less.

    7 Easy Ways to Start Building Your Smart Home | Schlage

    1. Lock.

    It's never a good feeling when you leave home for the day and can't remember whether you locked your front door. Smart locks can provide both peace of mind and convenience.


    Get started with a lock like our Bluetooth®-enabled Schlage Sense™ smart deadbolt* that allows you to talk to unlock using voice commands with Siri® or enter a custom 4-8 digit PIN to gain access without a key. When paired with an AppleTV®, you can also gain remote capabilities. This allows you to check in to see whether your home is locked and safe no matter where you are in the world. Learn more about the conveniences of going keyless with connected locks.

    2. Thermostat.

    It's nothing new to be able to set a custom set of temperatures on your thermostat but not everyone has the same schedule every day of the week. With a smart thermostat, you can easily adjust the settings in your home from an app on your phone. This will help ensure you're always saving money and energy when you can. Some devices will even use your daily habits to learn on its own to adjust based on the patterns you've shown. 

    3. Lights.

    Imagine a room where the lights automatically adjust based on the amount of natural light shining in or flashing a specific color to alert you when a family member is calling your phone. Gone are the days of crawling out off your warm, cozy bed to make sure all the lights are out. Just pull up the designated app and turn your lights off without ever getting up. The features are simple but the convenience is hard to refuse and energy savings can quickly add up.

    4. Garage door.

    A wide open garage door is often viewed as a welcoming invitation to thieves and unwelcome guests. With a smart garage system, you can check in on your garage door via a mobile app. In the unfortunate event that you did forget to close the door, simply command the door to close right there in your app without turning back to head home.

    5. Appliances.

    The options are nearly endless with smart appliances so it helps to think about the items you use the most and whether the conveniences of those appliances working smarter are worth the extra investment. From smart refrigerators that alert you when certain products are going bad to coffee makers that automatically start brewing before you crawl out of bed, there's a smart home appliance that will fit your needs.

    6. Cameras.

    There's no reason to be worried about whether the kids made it home safely or your home is safe and sound while you're away. Connected cameras allow you to peak in on what's happening at your home whether you're at the office or halfway around the world.

    7. Plug-in.

    You don't have to purchase all new products and appliances to enjoy the benefits of smart home connectivity. With products like the iDevices Switch, you can take any ordinary product, plug-it in and watch it transform into a connected device enabled by HomeKit™ and Wi-Fi®.


    Tell us, what other smart home devices are on your wishlist that make you day-to-day easier?


    *The Schlage Sense™ lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone®.

    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt

    October 23, 2015 2:47 PM by admin

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt

    Thinking about adding security and convenience with a keyless lock? Check out these 9 electronic deadbolt reviews to help you choose.



    There is no shortage of options when choosing the right keyless lock for your lifestyle. We pulled together a few Schlage keyless lock user reviews to help you narrow it down. From installation to daily use and style, find out what these homeowners have to say about going keyless.

    Keypad deadbolt & lever.

    1. Two Twenty One chooses a quick curb appeal refresh with the Keypad Deadbolt with Plymouth trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt
    2. Centsational Girl chooses the Keypad Lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze for convenient garage apartment access.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    Check out our full lineup of Keypad Deadbolt and Keypad Lever styles and finishes.

    Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    3. Simply Organized adds convenient garage security by installing Schlage Touch™ with Camelot trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    4. Your Home Security Watch offers a detailed review of Schlage Touch™ features and benefits.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage

    Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    5. At Home in the Future takes a look at how the Schlage Connect™ stacks up against other connected locks.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    6. Android Guys shares how easy it is to install and use Schlage Connect™ with Century trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    7. Living Rich on Less polishes off her front door makeover with Schlage Connect™ with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    Get the full details on all the features and benefits you can expect from Schlage Connect.

    Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt.

    8. Tech experts at CNET give a firsthand look at the features and benefits of Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    9. Best Smart Lock compares Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt to other smart lock options. 
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage

    Get the full scoop on the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt including HomeKitTM capabilities and app features at schlage.com.


    We want to hear your keyless electronic lock questions. Comment below to tell us what you need to know! In the meantime, check out these frequently asked questions.

    3 Reasons You Should Consider a Keyless Deadbolt Lock

    October 21, 2015 3:46 PM by admin

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Looking for new features to enhance your lifestyle and add a touch of style? Here are 3 reasons you should consider a keyless electronic deadbolt.



    Mechanical deadbolts have been in use for almost a century. They were invented to create additional security beyond the standard door lock which became too easy for burglars to breach. The deadbolt has come a long way since it was first created with no shortage of options to suit a homeowner's personal design choices and lifestyle. Here are three reasons you should consider a keyless, electronic deadbolt.
    3 Reasons You Should Consider a Keyless Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    1. Enhance your lifestyle.

    One story almost every member of your family or friend can relate to is being locked out of the house, and usually at the most inconvenient times. Keyless electronic locks allow you to forget about that pesky key and never worry about getting locked out again. 


    Each of our keyless options feature a keypad or touchscreen that requires a unique 4-8 digit PIN that you define to unlock the door. They're each powered by batteries so there's no reason to worry about the power going out and feature a backup access option in the unlikely event your batteries go dead before you have a chance to replace them. Check out our full list of common worries you can kiss goodbye when you go keyless here.

    2. New features.

    Keyless convenience is certainly the biggest reason to go keyless but our variety of electronic deadbolts have a variety of features that go way beyond locking and unlocking. Both the Schlage Connect™ and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt feature built-in alarm technology for added security should a potential intruder apply any sort of pressure to your door. Add remote capabilities to either lock with a compatible home automation hub that will allow you to check in on whether your door is locked or unlocked while your away or set up alerts to be notified when your kids arrive home safely from school.

    3. Add a touch of style & fun.

    If you opt for a connected keyless lock, the benefits don't stop at security and convenience. With the right home automation ecosystem and plenty of choices for style and finish, you can connect your lock to an experience that is sure to impress all your guests. Create a scene with your connected lights and stereo to kick on as soon as you unlock your door. You can even set your lights to change colors.


    Are you already enjoying a keyless lifestyle? Share your favorite feature or benefit with us below!

    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take

    October 8, 2015 10:44 AM by admin

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take

    Maintaining a safe and secure home requires some due diligence by the homeowner. Here are 8 steps you can take this weekend to improve home security.



    Taking the time to survey your home at least once a year for home security vulnerabilities is a habit that all home owners should adopt. Take some time to ensure all locks, lights and sensors are working properly before an intruder takes advantage of an opportunity. Here are eight steps you can take this weekend to make sure your home is safe and secure.
    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take | Schlage

    1. Check the grade of your deadbolt.

    When shopping for a new deadbolt, it's important to consider the security grade. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is responsible for developing and maintaining performance standards of builder hardware and assigns a product grade to reflect the quality and durability of that product. For deadbolt locks, the ANSI assigns one of three security grade levels - Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3. Grade 1 is the highest security grade that can be given for optimal security, so it's important to look for locks with a Grade 1 rating.


    For more information on door hardware grades and where you can find Grade 1 locks, check out our guide to security grades.

    2. Add more garage security.

    Your garage is one of the most vulnerable entry points for would-be intruders. It's simply too easy to forget to close the garage door while rushing off to work or to lock the interior door that accesses your home.


    To give yourself more control, consider adding a smart garage door opener that will allow you to check in via your mobile device to confirm your garage door is closed or to command it to close. Take your garage security up another notch by adding a keyless lock to the interior entry door. You won't have to worry about forgetting the key or getting locked out as you'll just need a 4-digit PIN to unlock the door.

    3. Install a monitored security system.

    A great way to keep your home secure and notified of a security breach is to install a monitored security system. Monitored security systems often include motion sensors and entry detectors as well as 24/7 surveillance for a monthly fee. You can also opt to avoid a monthly fee by choosing a system that allows you to monitor your home on your own remotely.

    4. Move your spare key or opt for a keyless option.

    It's good practice to move the location of your spare key from time to time. If you've used the same spot for several years, you run the risk of someone noticing when you retrieve your key and obtaining easy access to your home.


    If you want to take your security up another notch, try getting rid of the spare key altogether and install a keyless electronic lock. We offer a variety of keyless lock options that allow you to have full control in the way you gain access to your home whether it be through a PIN number you set up or even through an app in your phone.

    5. Add more deterrents with built-in alarm technology.

    If you decide that a keyless lock is right for you, consider choosing a lock option that features built-in alarm technology. Both our Schlage ConnectTM and Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt come with a built-in alarm that can be programmed to fit your needs. Built-in alarms in keyless locks can help deter criminals before a breach occurs. Program your alarm to sound any time a significant amount of force is applied to your door or set it to activity mode to hear it beep whenever your door opens. 

    6. Lock your windows.

    After several months of opening your windows to allow a fresh breeze flow through your home, it can be easy to forget to lock those windows back up for the fall and winter. Take some time this weekend to double check that all your window locks are securely fastened.

    7. Install motion sensor lighting.

    If there's one thing a potential intruder does not like, it's having attention drawn to them and the easiest way to do that is with motion sensor lighting. Unless you want to leave your front porch or back door light on 24/7, motion sensors are easy to install and great for energy efficiency.

    8. Change your batteries.

    Finally, when you conduct your home security sweep, get in the habit of changing the locks on your smoke detectors, keyless locks, and motion sensors too. These devices often use very little power so it's unlikely you would use the full life of your batteries in a year's time but it's always best to play it on the safe side and make sure all low battery warnings are functioning properly.


    What security tips do you tend to abide by when it comes to increasing the security of your home? Comment below to let us know!

    The best of fall: 6 color choices you should try on your front door

    October 7, 2015 7:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    6 Fall Color Choices You Should Try on Your Front Door

    Take some inspiration from the season itself and try out one of these shades for a fresh look. Here are six of our favorite fall front door colors.



    As temperatures drop and pool parties are replaced with bonfires and hoodies, fall never fails to usher in a beautiful combination of shades just before the leaves begin to fall. The lack of humidity and mild temperatures make it the perfect time of year to paint your front door. Before winter takes claim, why not take inspiration from the season itself and try out one of these shades for a fresh look? Here are six of our favorite fall front door colors.

    1. Yellow

    Yellow is always associated with bright, cheerful feelings. Why not add a splash of cheer before the gloomy days of winter hits? Let your bold choice shine even more by pairing your new front door with a Matte Black handleset.

    2. Mustard yellow

    If you prefer a more rustic vibe for your home, try the next shade of yellow just before it gives way to orange with a more mustard tone. Aged Bronze handlesets and accessories perfectly complement this shade.

    3. Orange

    Orange is the most iconic color of fall. From pumpkins to holiday decor, there's no shortage of variations to this shade. For a look that will last all year long, try a more pastel tone and bring it to life with Matte Black handlesets and light fixtures. If your style is more contemporary, try a bold orange paired with Polished Nickel hardware.

    4. Rustic red

    There's nothing better than a warm, cozy feeling as fall begins to transition to winter. Give your guests a warm welcome this season with this rustic red front door color. Complete the look with our Aged Bronze hardware and accessories.

    5. Red, red

    If you prefer to add more excitement to your curb appeal, try a bold shade of red. A Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel handleset will let this color shine even more while matte black fixtures give the look a more transitional than contemporary vibe.

    6. Brick red

    This classic shade of red will make your guests feel right at home. This inviting color pairs perfectly with Satin Nickel door hardware for a traditional look that is anything but boring. For a unique touch of warmth and a modern flair, try pairing with Satin Brass hardware instead.

    Which color is your favorite? Join us on Facebook to let us know! And don't forget to complete your fall front porch look on a dime with these DIY projects.

    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter

    October 2, 2015 8:25 AM by admin

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter

    Building a smart home is not as complicated as you might think. Here are 5 common household items you can get started with.



    Turning your home into a smart home is no longer a complicated, expensive endeavor meant only for the most technologically savvy. With advancement in technology and a focus on daily convenience, even the most common household items can work smarter and make your life easier. Here are five items you likely already have that will quickly turn your ordinary home into a smart home.
    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter | Schlage

    1. Smart thermostat.

    It's already a common feature to set your thermostat to change temperatures based on your schedule, but unless you work a strict 9-5 job five days a week, those settings can be pretty limiting. With a smart thermostat, you can control the climate in your home remotely and allow your thermostat to learn your daily habits so it adjusts automatically. You can also monitor how much you're spending on heating and cooling that month and make adjustments to increase efficiency and help you save money.

    2. Smart lighting.

    It's probably obvious that smart lighting can help you increase the energy efficiency just like with the smart thermostat. Smart lighting systems can be set on schedules or make adjustments on their own based on the amount of available light in the room.


    Smart lighting can also add convenience to your daily life. Did you forget to turn a light off downstairs when you went to bed? Pull the designated app up on your phone to shut it off. You can even set up smart lighting to sync with notifications on your phone. Is your wife calling while you're in the middle of watching the big game? Set your lights to flash a designated color so you never miss a message.

    3. Smart home surveillance systems.

    Smart home surveillance systems are all about peace-of-mind while you're away. Never worry about whether the dog is getting into the trash can or someone is trying to gain access while you're away on vacation. Install a connected camera that allows you to check in and see that everything is as it should be when you're away.

    4. Smart door locks.

    Keyless smart door locks are all about convenience and security. When you install a Schlage ConnectTM or Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt and connect it to a compatible home automation hub*, you can receive alerts when your kids make it home from school or check in on whether you locked the door on your way to work and command it to lock without turning around. You can even connect your smart lock with compatible smart lighting to set your lights to turn on as soon as you unlock your door. 


    Be sure to check out our full list of keyless lock benefits.

    5. Smart garage doors.

    Forgetting to shut your garage door when you leave is often viewed as an invitation for burglars to enter your home. Just like with smart door lock technology, you can always check in to make sure your garage door is shut no matter where you are when you install a smart garage door opener. Simply press a button in your garage door app to command it to close in the unfortunate event that you do forget.


    Do you have any smart home technology in your home? Comment below to let us know what you use and your favorite feature.


    *The Schlage ConnectTM uses Z-wave technology to communicate with compatibile home automation hubs. The Schlage SenseTM lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone.

    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home

    September 11, 2015 1:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home | Schlage

    Here are six items you likely haven't thought about yet that will make your Contemporary style dreams come true.



    Furniture, decor and artwork aren't the only ways you can get the perfect Contemporary look in your home. Contemporary styles rely on the simplicity of color and shape to provide their aesthetic appeal, rather than elaborate design, making even the smallest of details have a major impact. Here are six items you likely haven't thought about yet that will make your Contemporary style dreams come true.

    1. Exterior doors.

    Your front door is the first thing your guests will see when they arrive at your home and serves as your first chance to make the best first impression. Make sure your exterior reflects your style by choosing just the right elements that pair perfectly with the interior of your home.


    For contemporary style homes, look for doors and handlesets that feature clean lines and basic shapes. Finish the look off with bold colors and metallic finishes like Bright Chrome and Polished Nickel.

    2. Interior doors.

    For interior doors, look for two or three-panel doors to create a clean, modern appeal. A great way to make a beautiful white door pop even more is by pairing with Matte Black finishes.

    3. Door hardware.

    Upgrading door hardware is a quick, affordable and impactful way to express your personal style. Does your door hardware match the other hardware in your home? Do your door knobs fall more in the Traditional category rather than Contemporary? Spend some time this weekend swapping your outdated hardware with something that suits your personal style. Our Bowery knobs and Northbrook levers are perfect for Contemporary homes.
    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home | Schlage
    Featured Schlage Product: Bowery Knob with Greyson trim in Bright Chrome
    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home | Schlage
    Featured Schlage Product: Northbrook Lever with Upland trim in Satin Nickel

    4. Lighting.

    A simple search on your favorite channels for home decor inspiration will bring up numerous results for Contemporary lighting. It's the perfect way to add a unique pop to your space with just a few minutes of effort for installation.

    5. Cabinet hardware.

    Now that you've updated your door hardware and lighting, tie the look together even more by bringing your cabinet hardware into the picture. Change out old knobs for clean, minimalist handles. New hardware is a quick and affordable way to transform your kitchen or bath. Use the same technique to transform your dresser, end tables and nightstands.

    6. Plumbing.

    Do your kitchen and bathroom faucets match the style and finish of the rest of your hardware in the home? Changing out an old, tarnished faucet for a more modern model can make your kitchen and bath feel more complete.
    Are you looking to complete your Contemporary home with a tight budget? Be sure to check out these 21 Contemporary DIY projects that will help you finish your home for less.

    12 DIY Projects You Can Complete in One Afternoon

    August 31, 2015 2:19 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    12 DIY Projects You Can Complete in One Afternoon | Schlage

    Try out one of these 12 DIY home remodeling projects you can complete in an afternoon and add resale value to your home.



    Like many homeowners, you may often feel overwhelmed with the number of improvements you need to make to your home. It's hard to see the progress when you're focused on large projects that take months to finish. This week, try focusing on the little improvements that take no more than an afternoon to accomplish and still make a big impact on the resale value of your home. Here are 12 DIY projects you can add to your to-do list and check off in no time.

    1. Paint an accent.

    If you're looking for a way to liven up a room and don't want to spend a whole weekend painting, try adding an accent wall or spruce up an interior door. It's a small effort that's sure to make a big impact on the look and feel of the room. It's even easier to paint it back to a neutral color if you decide to sell your home in the future. Here's a list of our favorite bold interior doors and a few stylish ideas to accent a wall you likely haven't thought of yet.

    2. Update your door hardware.

    Replacing your outdated door hardware for a new style and finish is a great way to add a finishing touch to the decor in your home. If your home is full of an outdated finish like bright brass, try updating to something more classic like Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze. Maybe your style is more contemporary and your current door hardware screams traditional. Take the afternoon to get rid of the contradiction and finally bring your home decor together. If you're not sure where to begin when choosing door hardware, our style selector tool is a great place to start your process.

    3. Install new lighting.

    Just like the hardware in your home, the type of lighting you have installed can make or break a room. Replacing a light fixture may sound intimidating at first, but it's a job any do-it-yourself homeowner can accomplish. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and follow one of many tutorials available online.

    4. Add crown molding.

    Adding crown molding and trim is a simple way to make your home appear more expensive. Crown molding creates a polished look that can take any mediocre room to wow-status in no time. Try prioritizing one room at a time, starting with the most trafficked spaces, for a quick afternoon project. Here's a great tutorial for installing crown molding from DIY Network to help you get started. 

    5. Create open shelving.

    Open shelving allows you to both stay organized and make a stylish statement without taking up too much space in the room. Show off some of your unique items like family heirlooms and flea market finds while also making it easier to access the items you use on a regular basis. Here's one of our favorite step-by-step tutorials for creating open shelving in a small bathroom.

    6. Refresh your grout.

    Overtime, the grout in your bathroom and around the tiles in your floors can build up with too much dirt, mildew, or even mold and become a stained mess. Cleaning up and refreshing your grout so it looks brand new is a great way to make your house appear more polished and taken care of. A simple search on Pinterest will turn up numerous tutorials full of tried and true grout cleaning methods.

    7. Spruce up your hollow core doors.

    Is your home full of cheap, hollow core doors? Replacing all the doors in your home is expensive and requires a lot of time to accomplish. Try sprucing up your hollow core doors with one of these budget-friendly projects. You'll be surprised at the end result!

    8. Clean the unnoticed.

    There are several items in your home that tend to collect dust over the years that unless you make a point to take a look, you may never notice. If you're listing your home for sale, these forgotten places could cause potential buyers to think you didn't care for your home as well as they'd like. Take some time this weekend to seek out and clean those often ignored spots like vents, outlets, hardware, back doors, gutters, fence, and lighting fixtures.

    9. Upgrade your front door.

    The front door is your chance to make the best first impression whether you have guests coming over or just listed your home on the market. According to this year's Cost vs. Value Report from Hanley Wood, replacing your front door has an ROI of 101.8% - the greatest return when compared to many common home remodeling projects. Try adding a splash of color to liven things up or choose a new energy-efficient model for a quick project that is sure to pay off. Don't forget to add a wow-factor with a stylish new handleset. Check out five of our favorite front door looks for inspiration.

    10. Repair sidewalk and driveway cracks.

    Take some time to identify problem areas before they become a major headache. A crack in your sidewalk or driveway can easily be repaired with a little concrete sealer. If you let them go unattended for too long, you could end up with a bigger and more expensive project.

    11. Install new cabinet hardware.

    Just like with your interior doors, updating cabinet hardware can take your kitchen or bath from outdated to modern in a matter of 30 minutes or less. If you're not sure how to choose the right hardware for your home, try matching the finish with existing lighting and plumbing or follow our guide to mixing finishes and create a more unique look.

    12. Revamp your bathroom or kitchen tile.

    If you're bored with the look of your kitchen or bathroom tile, try adding a unique touch with removable vinyl tile decals like Tile Tattoos®. This is an affordable way to try something new that will take no time at all to install and is easy to remove when you want to try something new.

    What other projects can you complete in an afternoon? Comment below to let us know!

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware

    August 24, 2015 3:55 PM by admin

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage

    We spoke with a two interior designers to get the scoop on what the pros think of door hardware as it relates to a home’s overall style.



    Locks, door handles, levers, knobs, whatever you call them, are high-impact details that are often overlooked in a home. We spoke with a two interior designers, J.D. Dick of Cabinetry Ideas and Tom Korecki of Thomas & Jayne Interior Design, to get the scoop on what the pros think of door hardware as it relates to a home’s overall style. Here’s what we learned:

    On overall styling in a room or home - 

    J.D.: I pay close attention to the client and their character. I like to encourage the growth of their style and their home’s design. I’m not afraid to push a client a little out of their comfort zone, as long as I maintain a core connection to who they are.
    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage
    Basement Bar by J.D. Dick featuring Camelot Schlage Touch with Accent Lever in Aged Bronze
    Tom: Every client is different; design is about reading the client well and then executing on what is right for them. I believe good design is timeless. Classic doesn’t always mean stodgy and old.

    On mixing styles - 

    J.D.: I often think about reinterpreting some of the looks from the past. There’s never really an original idea – things get recycled and revamped. A mix of contemporary and traditional finishes allows you to live in a space and develop your style without feeling that everything has to be perfectly matched. It’s more approachable.


    Tom: I think when you mix it up, it gives everything a little more timeless feel. To me, a well-composed room, even if it was all done in one day, should look like it was done over time and acquired pieces. Having the same finish throughout can make it look more like one era only.

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage
    Master Bedroom by Tom Korecki featuring Accent Lever with Camelot Style trim in Aged Bronze

    On selecting hardware as a finishing touch - 

    J.D.: Door hardware can be the jewelry of the room. Too under-scale doesn’t allow the room to be all that it can be, while overstepping the boundaries can distract from the overall harmony in the room. It’s a pet peeve that often selections like door hardware are easily put on the backburner. A well-thought-out hardware selection is going to be worth the time because it’s a piece that’s could last for the life of your home.


    Tom: I tell all my clients this: invest in good hardware, it’s the jewelry in the room. Matte Black, Polished Nickel, and Satin Nickel are three finishes that I use most often. Oil-Rubbed Bronze is also fairly timeless.

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage
    Mixed Finishes Bathroom by Tom Korecki featuring Accent Lever with Camelot Style trim in Aged Bronze

    How door hardware completes a room's style - 

    J.D.: Manufacturers like Schlage are important, because they look at the trends and offer designs that can work with those trends to create a cohesive statement. A dark finish is a great way to have a subtle pop against a classic white; sometimes that simple statement is so timeless.


    Tom: I coordinated the hardware in the master bathroom because I think the nickel is complementary to the spa feel of the room.


    If you're thinking of upgrading the locks in your home, now is the perfect time! To help you decide which finish is best for your home, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to door hardware finishes.

    Complete Your Modern Home With a Bauhaus-inspired Finishing Touch

    August 7, 2015 11:07 AM by admin

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Complete Your Modern Home With a Bauhaus-inspired Finishing Touch

    Inspired by the Bauhaus design movement, Northbrook lever, Upland trim and Collins deadbolt are the perfect finishing touch for the contemporary home. Find out how to get the look in your home.



    Minimalist home decor features like right angles, clean geometric shapes, and flat surfaces are beginning to peak in the modern home decor space. These popular features are rooted in the 1920s through 1930s Bauhaus style that was sparked by the Bauhaus art school in Germany - the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century. The Bauhaus design movement began with the goal of uniting art and design to focus on function as much as form to reunite creativity and manufacturing.


    Here at Schlage, our designers have worked to create the perfect finishing touch for design purists that are interested in the modern look. Introducing: Upland Trim, Northbrook Lever and Collins Deadbolt.

    Northbrook lever.

    Northbrook | Contemporary Door Lever

    The Northbrook lever is imaginative and refined, offering a new view on minimalist design. This lever packs a punch of style with its unique detailing and inventive transition from square handle to round shank, illustrating a fresh interpretation of true Bauhaus design.

    Upland trim.

    Upland Style Bowery Knob | Contemporary Door Knob Styles

    The Upland trim offers a fresh take on simplistic design by focusing on the beauty of its shape alone. The Upland trim was specifically designed to work with the Northbrook lever, but also pairs nicely with the Century handleset.

    Northbrook by Upland.

    Upland Style Northbrook Lever | Contemporary Door Hardware

    Northbrook by Upland is inspired by the clean lines and sharp corners of the Bauhaus design movement, making a strong, simplistic statement. This combo suites well with highly contemporary furniture and modern décor and allows homeowners to extend the modern styling of their home to their door hardware without paying the price premium that usually comes with such niche styles.

    Collins deadbolt.

    Collins Style Deadbolt | Contemporary Door Hardware

    The Collins deadbolt stems from Northern Europe where styles like Bauhaus and minimalism flourished, giving it a modern, international flair. The strong lines and square shape of the Collins deadbolt embody refined elegance and provide this trim with a distinct, minimalist appeal. When paired with the Northbrook lever with Upland Trim in a Satin Nickel finish (featured below), the Collins trim takes on a modern, contemporary style.

    Which design movement influences your contemporary style most? Comment below to let us know! And if Northbrook by Upland and the Collins Deadbolt are the perfect finishing touch for your home, be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook!

    Welcome Your Guests In Style: 5 Front Door Looks You Should Try

    July 27, 2015 2:01 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Welcome Your Guests In Style: 5 Front Door Looks You Should Try | Schlage

    Here are 5 stylish front door color schemes, door hardware and lighting combinations that will help you welcome each of your guests in style.



    Are you considering updating your front door and adding a little more curb appeal? According to this year's Hanley Wood Cost vs. Value report, a little curb appeal can go a long way in adding value to your home. One of the simplest and impactful ways to upgrade your curb appeal is simply through a fresh coat of paint and the right hardware to make it pop even more.


    Here are a few of our favorite front door color schemes and hardware combinations that will help you welcome each of your guests in style.

    1. Transitional refresh.

    If you tend to incorporate pieces that span across different styles, you likely relate more to a transitional category. Transitional style became popular in the mid-1940s and has carried through to present day. It's a style that is both classic and timeless.


    This transitional home with modern decor and a nod to nature with exposed wood ceiling pairs perfectly with the shade of blue-grey on this front door. It is polished off with a Camelot Style Keypad Lock and Handleset in Satin Nickel and accented by modern exterior lighting.

    2. Unique pop.

    Another way to bring your transitional style to life is to show your personality through a bold color and complementing accessories. The bright green succulents in this wreath pair well with the blue undertones of this bold purple door. The Camelot Style Deadbolt with Accent Lever in Satin Nickel looks stunning against this dark shade. It's an edgy, unconventional look for this traditional beige home but becomes refined once all the pieces come together.

    3. Classic craftsman.

    This front door look may be simple but is definitely not understated. Rectangular features in the door are carried through with the Century Style Schlage Touch Deadbolt in Satin Nickel and provides an exciting, modern edge that guests can expect to be carried throughout the style of the home. Clean lines and crisp white trim create curb appeal that is both modern and elegant.

    4. Modern twist.

    For a look that brings your traditional home in to the 21st century, try pairing Satin Brass hardware and accents with bright, bold colors. The Satin Brass finish is quickly becoming one of the more popular choices for the home as a modern update to Bright Brass. The Satin Brass lighting and handleset are carried through in the home by the modern accents in the entryway. The royal blue front door allows the subtle hints of gold in the hardware to be bold but not over the top.

    5. Chic escape.

    For a look that is both classic and unique, try pairing a popular hue with a mix of classic finishes. Color trends are shifting towards dustier, chalky tones that create an earthy feel. The soft, pale mint green door and satin nickel handleset is a feminine look that crosses style boundaries effortlessly when paired with the masculine, matte black lighting. It's a look that is both chic and refined.
    We want to see some of your favorite front door looks. Comment below to let us know or share your own photos on our Facebook page.

    Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500

    July 23, 2015 2:38 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Not all home renovations need to cost a fortune. Here are our favorite low-cost, high-impact projects that will add value to your home for under $500.



    Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500 | Schlage
    Renovating your home is often a financial and emotionally taxing process that can take months of stress to complete. If you dread the thought of taking on another costly project, you are not alone. The good news is - not all remodeling projects need to cost a fortune to add more value to your home. There are several low-cost, high-impact projects that even a beginner could conquer for under $500. Here are a few of our favorites.

    1. Update the hardware.

    Your personal tastes change over the years and are reflected in your home's style. Whether it's to change out tired bright brass fixtures with a more updated finish, complete a room's styled look with a designer knob or lever, or add a new level of convenience and efficiency to your life by replacing mechanical locks with keyless deadbolts, door hardware can easily be replaced and makes an impact on your home's overall style and function.

    2. Replace builder-grade lighting with custom lighting.

    The style and function of your lighting can make or break a room. Replacing a light fixture might seem intimidating, but it's a job any DIYer can complete. Just be sure you take the proper precautions by following the manufacturer's installation instructions. A simple Google search will bring up many videos and tutorials that walk you through how to change a light fixture as well.

    3. Add crown molding and trim.

    Crown molding and trim can really add value and architectural detail to your home. Many rooms that lack crown molding tend to feel like something is missing. It's a small detail that makes a big impact on the room's overall style. 


    Pangea Interior Design suggests"for ceilings 10 feet tall or higher, consider a rule of thumb allowing 1" of width for each foot of ceiling height. This isn't a hard and fast rule, and it doesn't work for lower ceilings. You wouldn't use an 8" wide molding in a room with 8' tall ceilings, for example."

    4. Install a backsplash.

    A tile backsplash not only adds a pop of visual interest, but it also protects your walls. Backsplash works perfectly in kitchens and bathrooms, above counters, in between molding, above tubs and in showers.


    One of the great things about backsplash tile, is they come in a variety of colors and materials. Take a quick glance at home improvement online outlets and you're bound to find something that fits your space and wallet.

    Which inexpensive DIY remodel is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook!

    How to Future-Proof Your Next Bedroom Remodel

    July 21, 2015 3:52 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    How to Future-Proof Your Next Bedroom Remodel | Schlage

    Here are a few things to keep in mind on your next bedroom remodel to future-proof the design and ensure your hard work lasts for many years to come.



    Remodeling a new space can be both exciting and a huge burden. Unless you're the kind of person that loves to switch things up, frequent remodels can become a drain on both your energy and your budget. If you relate more to the latter, here are a few things to keep in mind on your next bedroom remodel to future-proof the design and ensure your hard work lasts for many years to come.

    1. Know what your bedroom must do.

    Do you need your bedroom to become a relaxing retreat you can escape to after a long hectic day? Maybe space is limited in the rest of your home so you need a bedroom that serves dual purpose. Will it also become your at-home office? A space to work on hobbies like crafts or writing? Decide what you must be able to do within your bedroom to ensure each decision you make during the remodel leaves you with a satisfying and functional oasis.

    2. Start with a neutral base.

    With grey and neutral palettes holding on to the lead for color trends, it's easier than ever to choose a color scheme that gives you some flexibility for changing aesthetics. Opt to create pops of color through accessories and other decor instead of choosing bright, trendy wall colors and bed linens.


    If bright colors and trendy patterns are a must have for you, try purchasing a duvet where you can switch out patterns and colors more easily than an expensive comforter.

    3. Choose furniture with options.

    It's important to keep the dimensions of your bedroom in mind when shopping for new furniture. Try to resist the urge to purchase furniture that only works in one spot of the room and leave some flexibility for rearranging. A great way to do this is by purchasing pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes, like a nightstand that is also a dresser or a bed with built-in storage below. You've now chosen pieces that are functional and give you the space to do something different in the future.

    4. Understand less is more.

    Again, don't fill your room full of furniture and accessories that make it impossible to rearrange and switch things up. The quickest way to get bored with your bedroom design is to eliminate any possibility of using what you already have. Start with your basic necessities then slowly add accessories as time goes on.

    5. Avoid expensive, trendy items.

    Graphic wallpaper is in, but for how long? Unless you want to makeover your room again in a few years, avoid choosing trends that require labor and time to switch up. Instead, look for less permanent details like artwork, peel-able wallpaper, curtains and/or graphic pillow covers to get the look you want. 

    6. Look to the future.

    If you know you'll need to replace your current bedroom suit in a couple of years, don't buy that expensive comforter set just because it matches the suit perfectly. Invest in thoughtful pieces you know you'll keep for many years to come, even as your style evolves.
    What bedroom items have remained a constant for you throughout the years? Comment below to let us know!

    How to Decorate Your New Home While on a Budget

    July 16, 2015 10:34 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    How to Decorate Your New Home While on a Budget | Schlage

    Before you get in over your head purchasing new furniture and decor, check out how you can decorate your new home while on a budget.



    Purchasing a new home is an exciting investment. It's fun to picture how your daily life will be different when you have the right space to accommodate your lifestyle. But, it doesn't take long for that overwhelming feeling to sink in as you start to consider how to make your new house a home.


    Before you feel like you're in over your head, here are a few tips that will help you decorate and furnish your new home while on a tight budget.

    1. Don't buy everything right away.

    There is no reason to have every corner of your living room occupied with furniture or for each wall in your home to have an interesting piece of art. That vintage chair you just had to have may have looked really cool in the store but only gets in the way as traffic flows through your home. It's best to start with the basics, live with it, and then decide what items you need most to fit your lifestyle and needs.

    2. Prioritize.

    Once you understand what missing pieces are keeping you from enjoying each day in your new home, then you can start to prioritize your purchases. For example, your dining room walls can remain a blank slate while you organize books and movies in your living room that were once hidden away and hard to access. Or maybe you've started to entertain more than you originally thought you would. Investing in a large kitchen island that friends can gather around or more seating in the living room may become a higher priority.

    3. Find your inspiration.

    While you live with your home as is for a while, use that time to define the look and feel you want to achieve. Start collecting images that inspire and appeal to your personal style. Identify one or two elements they all have in common and start selecting what you need from there. This is a great exercise to narrow your focus and make sure you only purchase what you really need.

    4. Re-purpose.

    Think about the items you already own. Are any of them in good shape but just don't meet your design tastes? Try to breathe new life in to those pieces by adding your own creative, DIY touch. A slightly outdated couch could look brand new with a new slipcover and a few decorative pillows.

    5. Take your time.

    While you take the time to prioritize what you need, be patient and search for the best deals. Take some time to browse thrift stores and garage sales for great finds. There are many hidden treasures that  - with a little love and attention - could be re-purposed into the perfect conversation piece for your new home. Also, keep an eye on your favorite home furnishing and decor retailers. Throughout the year, they often run special promotions on certain items. This is a great way to save big on the more expensive items like couches or rugs.

    6. Leave room for evolving tastes.

    The latest trends always provide a fun way to switch up your look. Just be careful to not purchase too many trendy pieces. A bright, colorful couch may look great now but you'll likely wish you'd gone with a more timeless style. That way, you can play around with trendy accessories like artwork and throw pillows to switch your look up as your tastes and style evolve.
    Have you recently moved to a new home? Leave your tips below to let us know how you approach decorating while on a budget!

    5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback

    July 9, 2015 2:36 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Many homeowners are shifting to past home design trends for elegance and style. Check out these five retired trends that are making a comeback.


    Just as in the fashion industry, old - sort of retired - designs come back around with new life and a contemporary twist. Thanks to many designers and homeowners shifting to the past for elegance and style, many of our old favorites that we once abandoned have made a comeback with a whole new look. Take a walk down memory lane and check out these top interior design trends.

    Bold Wallpaper

    In the early 2000's, homeowners began drifting from printed wallpapers, opting for solid paints instead. In the last couple of years, wallpaper began to make a comeback in a whole new way sporting large geometric prints and bold colors. Try adding a creative pop to an accent wall, a small bathroom or even in unexpected places like the back of a bookcase or the front of your steps. The key to making this look work is pairing the prints with complementing - not matching - accessories.

    Wood Panels

    While the dark wood panels you remember from the 60's may still haunt your dreams, wood paneling has become a popular design choice but not in the way you may remember it. Say goodbye to dark and dreary and hello to whole new level of warmth and depth. Whether you're motivated by sustainable design elements or are more drawn to a retro-cool vibe, wood paneling can add just the right amount of rustic to your modern home. 


    Soft gold tones have quickly made their way back in with jewelry and furniture but don't forget your hardware and fixtures! Homeowners are choosing to modernize the bright brass accents in their homes by replacing outdated hardware with new finishes that take a softer tone to brass, such as Schlage's Satin Brass. Whether you’re looking to match brass lighting and plumbing, or just accentuate a traditionally elegant home while keeping it up-to-date, Satin Brass is an ideal finishing touch to a current project—or an intriguing first step in a new one.

    Tin Ceilings

    For this trend, we're going way back to the 1880s! During that time tin ceilings were chosen for both aesthetic appeal as well as safety. When cooking, heating and lighting were often accomplished with open flames, homeowners sought out tin ceilings as added fire protection. Many years after its prime, homeowners are still drawn to the old historic patterns that could be found in tin ceilings in the early 1900s along with a wider array of colors and DIY installations.

    Standalone Bathtubs

    The days of large garden tubs are over and standalone tubs are in. Thanks to a renewed love for claw-foot tubs, standalone bathtubs are quickly becoming a popular choice as homeowners remodel their bathrooms. Whether you choose claw-foot or a more modern pedestal style, these tubs add both charm and a sense of luxury in a variety of interiors from modern to traditional.

    What home remodeling trends have you seen make a comeback? Comment below to let us know!



    Get the Look: Polished Nickel

    June 26, 2015 10:56 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Get the Look: Polished Nickel | Schlage

    This blog features Schlage employees who are passionate about the products and services they support.




    Inspired by the glamorous flair of the 1920s and 30s, Polished Nickel is a designer finish that says “contemporary” without shouting it. For homes with reflective accents, stainless steel appliances and mirrored surfaces, Polished Nickel provides a complementary flourish that won’t overwhelm its surroundings, making it a forgiving finish that’s still completely modern.
    Wondering why Polished Nickel is such a popular designer finish
    • Polished Nickel is ideal for rooms that have grey walls, reflective surfaces and mirrors, glass and bright lighting
    • Give your home a timeless, sophisticated look by pairing Polished Nickel with stainless steel appliances, as well as reflective towel rods and plumbing
    • Polished Nickel hardware is an intriguing, unique alternative to Satin Nickel hardware
    • It's warm and lustrous, creating a look that is both glamorous and adaptable
    • Polished Nickel is a designers’ finish that suites with reflective lighting and plumbing, and makes a similar impact on the home.
    • Polished Nickel will perfectly match homes with lacquered surfaces and glass accents, but is adaptable enough to coexist with other modern styles.
    Check out a few of our favorite spaces featuring this gorgeous finish:
    Kitchens - For kitchen projects, Polished Nickel is a forgiving, modern finish that will match your new stainless steel appliances.
    Bathrooms - For bath projects, Polished Nickel is a forgiving, modern finish that will match your new reflective towel rods and plumbing.
    Bedrooms - Polished Nickel lets your glamour-inspired style be reflected in your door hardware, fixtures and other accessories.



    Love the look of Polished Nickel, but afraid to go over the top? No worries! Try starting with smaller accents and fixtures, like your door knobs and levers. Then build on that by adding accessories, lighting, and plumbing until you've reached the look you want to achieve. Get more information on Polished Nickel door hardware here!



    7 Essential Elements That Will Turn Your Bathroom Into an Oasis

    June 22, 2015 11:46 PM by emily.bailey

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    7 Essential Elements That Will Turn Your Bathroom Into an Oasis | Schlage

    Thinking of creating your own in-home spa bathroom? Here are 7 elements that are sure to turn your space into an oasis.


    There are few things more relaxing than a day at the spa! Why not bring a few of those spa-like elements into your own home so you can unwind anytime you like? Below are eight of our favorite bathroom elements that are sure to make you feel like you're in your very own oasis.

    1. Freestanding Baths

    Goodbye bulky, hard-to-clean garden tubs. Hello sleek, beautiful freestanding baths! Freestanding bathtubs are the perfect way to give your bathroom oasis a modern touch. You're sure to relax when your bathroom is both stylish and easier to care for.

    2. Open-concept showers

    For small bathroom spaces, open-concept showers provide a great way to make the space appear both larger and stylish. Finish out the look with a rain fall shower head or massaging jets.

    3. Heated Floors & Towel Racks

    There's no reason to torture yourself immediately after a long, relaxing bath or shower by stepping out on a cold tile floor and grabbing  a towel to wrap up in as quickly as possible. Keep the relaxation going by installing heated floors and towel racks. 

    4. Mirror Defogger

    Save time when you need to get ready after a long shower by installing a mirror with a built-in defogger. Gone are the days of wiping off your mirror and leaving streaks behind!

    5. Light Fixtures

    With the right lighting in place, you can create a perfect and relaxing retreat.You can find a vast variety of ambient lighting to match your personal style from our friends at Build.com. Just keep in mind proper placement to ensure the perfect environment for getting ready in the mornings.

    6. Organization

    Having the right organization in place to store everything you need in your bathroom is the key to a relaxing retreat. Don't let cluttered countertops and wasted space keep you from unwinding after a long day. Consider installing bathroom vanities with ample storage solutions or open shelving to allow you to keep everyday items in an easy to reach space.

    7. Candles

    Finally, don't forget to complete the ambiance with relaxing candles. Find a scent you enjoy and get ready to leave all your worries behind at the bathroom door!


    Tell us, what elements would make the perfect bathroom oasis for you? Comment below to let us know! If you're considering a bathroom refresh, let us help you by entering our Re-Treat Your Retreat sweepstakes for your chance to win a $4,500 bathroom makeover and create the retreat you deserve!

    2 Must-Try Finishes: Polished Nickel and Satin Brass

    June 18, 2015 12:34 AM by admin

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    2 Must-Try Finishes: Polished Nickel and Satin Brass | Schlage

    Introducing our two new finishes: Satin Brass & Polished Nickel! Here's what you need to know to get this modern look in your home.




    Welcome to the Schlage Family, Polished Nickel and Satin Brass!

    If you've stepped into a home decor retail shop or boutique lately, you've probably noticed a few design trends coming through in a number of ways. More and more, we are seeing furniture, lighting and other accessories adopt unique, warm and sparkly finishes, particularly Satin Brass and Polished Nickel.
    We are proud to say that we now offer a wide range of door knobs and door levers in Satin Brass and Polished Nickel, two designer finishes. Now you can use door hardware to coordinate with and complement other elements in your room, really creating a cohesive designed look.
    “As décor and design trends change, we {Schlage} recognize that consumers are always looking for new ways to express themselves through their home’s unique style without sacrificing quality,” said Steve Down, Allegion residential leader. “It’s the smaller details and finishing touches that bring a home’s style together."

    New to Polished Nickel and Satin Brass?

    We can help. Here's what you need to know about these two gorgeous finishes.

    Polished Nickel

    Polished Nickel will add a glamorous, luxurious edge to any project. Inspired by the glamorous flair of the 1920s and 30s, Polished Nickel is a designer finish that says “contemporary” without shouting it. For homes with reflective accents, stainless steel appliances and mirrored surfaces, Polished Nickel provides a complementary flourish that won’t overwhelm its surroundings, making it a forgiving finish that’s still completely modern.
    2 Must-Try Finishes: Polished Nickel and Satin Brass | Schlage

    - For kitchen projects, Polished Nickel is a forgiving, modern finish that will match your new stainless steel appliances.


    - For bath projects, Polished Nickel is a forgiving, modern finish that will match your new reflective towel rods and plumbing.


    - It's a finish that allows you to reflect your glamour-inspired style in your door hardware.


    - Polished Nickel will perfectly match homes with lacquered surfaces and glass accents, but is adaptable enough to coexist with other modern styles.


    - Polished Nickel is a designers’ finish that suites with reflective lighting and plumbing, and makes a similar impact on the home.


    Our Industrial Designer Ted Roberts says..."Mirrored and reflective surfaces are prominent in the Glitz & Glam style and from this perspective Polished Nickel is a perfect coordinating finish. The reflective characteristic of the finish fits perfectly in this type of decor while its warm tone adds softness and a refined appearance."

    Satin Brass

    Satin Brass is a designer finish that brings a classic look into the 21st century. Whether you’re looking to match brass lighting and plumbing, or just accentuate a traditionally elegant home while keeping it up-to date, Satin Brass is an ideal finishing touch to a current project—or an intriguing first step in a new one.
    2 Must-Try Finishes: Polished Nickel and Satin Brass | Schlage

    - An updated, more modern take on brass that still complements your existing brass finishes


    - Satin Brass allows you to express your flair for understated style; its subtle hints of gold add a touch of drama to any room in your home


    - Ideal in rooms filled with dark woods, brass accents, warm tones, and traditional furniture


    - Satin Brass is a traditionally-styled designer finish without the designer price tag


    - Satin Brass allows you to update one room at a time, without clashing with Bright Brass you may still have in other areas of the home.


    Our Industrial Designer Ted Roberts says..."Satin brass, with its warm metallic tones is another excellent choice adding rich warmth and shimmer to the room. This finish coordinates especially well with black and blues creating bold visual contrast."

    For more design inspiration, check us out on Pinterest and Schlage.com!





    Get the Look: Satin Brass

    June 17, 2015 1:03 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Get the Look: Satin Brass | Schlage

    This blog features Schlage employees who are passionate about the products and services they support.




    modern take on brass? It’s not a contradiction. Satin Brass is a designer finish that brings a classic look into the 21st century. Whether you’re looking to match brass lighting and plumbing, or just accentuate a traditionally elegant home while keeping it updated, Satin Brass is an ideal finishing touch to a current project—or an intriguing first step in a new one.

    What makes Satin Brass so great, anyway?

    • Satin Brass is an updated, more modern take on brass that still complements your existing brass finishes
    • With this warm finish you can express your flair for understated style by using Satin Brass’s subtle hints of gold to add a touch of drama to any room in your home
    • Satin Brass finishes are Ideal in rooms filled with dark woods, brass accents, warm tones, and traditional furniture
    • Satin Brass allows you to update one room at a time, without clashing with Bright Brass you may still have in other areas of the home.

    Here are a few of our favorite rooms featuring Satin Brass finishes:


    Kitchens - The warmth of Satin Brass gives kitchens a bit of a cozy modern look that cannot be achieved with cooler finishes like Chrome and Steel.
    Bedrooms - Pairing Satin Brass with luxurious textiles, bedding and accessories makes any bedroom feel extra plush. If plush isn't quite your style, consider pairing Satin Brass accessories and fixtures with more modern lines for a clean, yet glamorous, style.
    Bathrooms - The bathroom is a great place to incorporate Satin Brass, as a little bit can go a long way. Combine Satin Brass door handles, faucets and lighting with bright white for a polished look.


    Tell us in the comments how you like to incorporate Satin Brass into your home's style. And don't forget to enter the Re-Treat Your Retreat Sweepstakes on schlage.com for a chance to win a $4,500 Bathroom Makeover, complete with a House of Schlage locks, a Delta Faucet bath package, a $2,000 Build.com giftcard and an Interior Design consultation from Jenny Komenda!



    7 Things You Must Consider Before Your Next Bathroom Remodel

    June 16, 2015 1:21 AM by admin

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    7 Things You Must Consider Before Your Next Bathroom Remodel | Schlage

    Here are seven important considerations you must think about before you begin your next bathroom remodel to ensure a perfect oasis.


    When it comes to home remodeling projects, bathrooms are more than just a necessity - they're an extension of a homeowner's personal style. With so many stunning new trends popping up, you may be inspired to give your bathroom a total refresh. Here are seven things you must consider first to ensure you end up with the perfect oasis.
    7 Things You Must Consider Before Your Next Bathroom Remodel | Schlage

    1. Layout

    The very first step you should take before beginning a bathroom remodel is to measure the entire space. This will help you make the best decisions as far as what size bathtub should you go with, the right vanity, how far your budget will take you once you choose the right flooring or wall coverings. Take some time to sketch out your ideal layout then measure measure measure before you buy!

    2. Storage

    What kind of storage will your bathroom need to accomodate? Is there room for a linen closet? If space is limited, consider storage options like open shelving or enclosed vanities. Pedestal sinks often look great but offer nothing in the way of hidden storage and little to no counter-top space. Make sure you know how you will use the space to ensure you make the right purchase decisions along the way.

    3. Countertops

    Granite countertops add a gorgeous, upscale look to any bathroom but require more care and attention than other countertop options. If your bathroom is in a high traffic area that will be used by guests and children, you may want to consider an option that can stand up to a little more wear and tear. Check out these tips from the National Kitchen & Bath Association to make sure you choose the right surface for your lifestyle.

    4. Lighting

    When it comes to bathroom lighting fixtures, avoid the urge to only buy a recessed ceiling fixture. You should always leave space for either sconces on either side of the mirrors or a long fixture just above for adequate lighting. For small bathrooms where space for lighting is limited, consider opting for a light colored countertop to help maximize light.

    5. Utilities

    Are you planning to install a larger bathtub? Make sure you have the right size water heater to handle the added water consumption. Consider the number of people that may use your bathroom in a given period of time as well as the other activities that go on in your home that may use up hot water, such as laundry or dishes. This guide from the U.S. Department of Energy will help you determine which water heater is best and most efficient for your lifestyle.

    6. Walls

    The easiest way to give your bathroom a total refresh is to simply paint the walls but you need to be sure you're using the right type of paint first. Consider choosing a gloss or semi-gloss finish as they tend to repel water more easily and are easier to clean. For a more long-term and durable solution, consider covering your walls - or part of the walls - in ceramic tiles. Wallpaper should mostly be avoided as it is harder for it to withstand the humidity that builds up while the shower and bath are in use.

    7. Ventilation

    A proper fan should never be an afterthought when it comes to a bathroom remodel. There are many different models to choose from that fit any lifestyle. From ultra-quiet fans that avoid disturbing your family early in the morning or even fans with humidity sensors that turn on automatically when you may have forgotten to do it yourself, be sure to take a look at all the options available to ensure your fan gets the job done.

    Tell us, what factors do you consider before a major bathroom remodel? Comment below to let us know! If you're considering a bathroom refresh, let us help you by entering our Re-Treat Your Retreat sweepstakesfor your chance to win a $4,500 bathroom makeover!





    This Year's Most Popular Home Remodeling Projects

    June 8, 2015 1:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 8, 2015

    From heated bathroom floors to home automation installations, check out five of the most popular home remodeling projects before your next renovation.


    Whether you're remodeling your home for resale, or ready for something new, taking a look at the top trends can help you inspire or prioritize those projects before they happen. Here's a look at five of the most popular home remodeling projects so far in 2015.

    1. Luxurious Master Bath

    Creating a master bath that also serves as a private oasis is nothing new in 2015 but homeowners are taking a closer look at more luxurious details. Heated floors and towel racks are quickly becoming a must-have feature as well as innovations that focus on a healthier home, like touchless flush and hands-free faucets. Homeowners are also prioritizing eco-friendly features like smart shower technology that reduce water consumption.
    This Year's Most Popular Home Remodeling Projects | Schlage

    2. Sustainability

    The trend of re-purposing and recycling old items like lighting and furniture is holding on strong for another year. This trend not only looks great but is often a more economically friendly project than purchasing brand new materials. What once was viewed as another man's trash is now refurbished into a beautiful and unique treasure that homeowners can cherish for years.

    3. Contemporary Upgrades

    The clean lines and minimalism that best represent contemporary style is stealing the show for 2015, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's style report. Homeowners are quickly transitioning from traditional design aesthetics and opting for a more simple approach.
    This Year's Most Popular Home Remodeling Projects | Schlage

    4. Home Automation

    Because of the importance of ease and convenience to today's homeowner, home automation installation projects continue to grow in 2015. From creating custom settings for your smart thermostat that you can update from anywhere in the world to being able to lock and unlock your door remotely for guests that arrive when you are not yet home, home automation is quickly becoming a normal feature and not a complicated dream of the far-off future.
    This Year's Most Popular Home Remodeling Projects | Schlage

    5. Mixed Metals

    With trends like brass finishes making a comeback and the popularity of chrome, copper and more industrial finishes like wrought-iron or matte black hanging on, homeowners are opting to mix finishes rather than match the entire home. This trend stretches across lighting, hardware and even sinks and furnishings. 



    What home remodeling trend are you planning to take advantage of this year? Comment below to let us know! And if you have before and after photos, we'd love for you to share them with us on Facebook!





    How to Define Your Personal Style Before Your Next Home Remodel

    June 5, 2015 2:20 AM by admin

    Friday, June 5, 2015

    How to Define Your Personal Style Before Your Next Home Remodel | Schlage

    Here are a few steps you can take to define your personal style for a successful home remodel.


    Whether you're moving in to a new home or considering a major remodel for your current home, the most difficult part of that process is often deciding on the style of your home. There's no need to box yourself into one specific category because, chances are you're drawn to elements that span a variety of styles. Here are a few steps you can take to understand your personal style better and reflect your personality in your home.
    How to Define Your Personal Style Before Your Next Home Remodel | Schlage

    Look at what you own

    Take some time to think about the pieces you currently own. Which ones do you love or hate? Take some time to figure out why you're drawn to certain items over others. This exercise is great for jump starting the redesign process and also helps you remove any furniture or decor that doesn't reflect the style you wish for.

    Get personal

    When it comes to the style of your home, it's most important that it represents you. If your home doesn't accurately reflect who you are and what you value, it may be time for a refresh. Write down what matters to you most. Is it time with family and friends? You may need a new space to entertain. Do you enjoy traveling? You might want to consider a minimalist approach to your space to minimize clutter and ensure you come home to an organized space. Determine what matters most to you and your current lifestyle to decide how your home can complement you best.

    Tell a story

    Do you have items around your home you've collected throughout your travels? Maybe you have family heirlooms or something that reflects a tradition you value? Choose designs that help you showcase those items in a complementing way. This is a great way to create a conversation piece in your home while providing an opportunity for your guests to learn who you are.

    Collect inspiration

    With resources like Pinterest and Houzz, creating a mood board for your next home remodel is easier than ever! Start collecting ideas you're inspired by into a Pinterest Board or Houzz Ideabook. Clip magazine pages that speak to you. Once you have a large collection, take a look at the inspiration you've saved and look for commonalities among the styles. This will give you a good idea of the elements you must have in your space.

    Be open to influence

    Who you are evolves through time and so should your home. If you're feeling inspired by a style you never considered before, don't ignore it. Take some time to consider how that aesthetic might fit your current lifestyle. You may want to consider contacting an interior designer for a quick consultation as they can provide direction on where to begin.


    What factors influence your personal style? Comment below to let us know!



    8 Things You Need to Know Before Working with an Interior Designer

    June 1, 2015 2:32 AM by admin

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    8 Things You Need to Know Before Working with an Interior Designer | Schlage

    If you're considering hiring an interior designer to relieve some of the headaches of home remodeling, you'll need to know these eight things first.


    There are many benefits to working with a professional interior designer on your next home remodeling project. Designers have a wealth of knowledge in choosing materials and pieces that function best for your lifestyle and are especially skilled in creating a space that reflects your personal style. If you're considering hiring a designer to relieve some of the headaches of home remodeling, you'll need to know these eight things first.
    8 Things You Need to Know Before Working with an Interior Designer | Schlage

    1. Select the right type of designer for your needs.

    Do you need someone to complete an entire redesign or just need a little advice to point your remodel in the right direction?


    If your needs align more with the latter, you may want to consider in-store designers. Many home decor retailers have their own designers on staff that will complete an in-home consultation. While these consultations are usually free, these designers are often limited in the items they recommend.


    Hourly designers are great for projects when you'll need recommendations and input throughout the whole process. Be sure to request examples and reviews of their work to find the best designer for your style.

    2. Know how you want the finished product to function.

    Prior to speaking to a designer, think about how you want to use the room. What activities must it support? Do you like to entertain? Do you have a large family? How many people will use it? Understanding the daily function of the space will help your designer makes the best decisions when it comes to materials and furniture.

    3. What furniture or accessories must stay?

    Tell your designer up front what pieces you currently own that must be incorporated in to the space. This could range from family heirlooms to favorite flea market finds. At the same time, you must be ready to part with pieces that you may have once loved but no longer serve a purpose for your current lifestyle.

    4. Have an open mind.

    Your designer will be the expert in knowing how certain materials fit your lifestyle best. You may love that cork flooring but your active lifestyle, pets and rolling furniture may break it down in no time. Be open to learn more about other options.


    It's important to also have realistic expectations. Don't get your heart set on a specific page in a magazine or photo online. These sources are great for sharing with your designer the styles that you're drawn to but likely cannot be replicated in your space.

    5. Set your budget and stick to it.

    Give your designer your budget upfront so she can make the best choices for you during the entire process. Having realistic expectations will also help you stick to the budget by understanding what your money can and cannot buy.

    6. Determine a timeline.

    One of the most important keys to staying on budget is to keep your project on track. Set expectations upfront for how many design drafts you're willing to review before you sign a contract. Don't let months pass by before your designer provides a draft you love.

    7. Be mindful of major changes.

    Big changes halfway through the project can put a major hold in the progress and result in bigger expenses. At the same time, if a certain element is going to reduce how much you enjoy your space when it's done, don't be afraid to speak up. Your designer wants you to be completely pleased with your space. Just be sure you have the right expectations when it comes to timing and budget.

    8. Be Patient

    Good design takes time. The wait may seem unbearable, but worth it in the end when you have a room you can be proud of!

    Have you worked with an interior designer before? Share your best advice with us in the comments below! For even more insights into your personal style, be sure to check out our style selector.

    9 of the Most Stunning Bathroom Remodeling Trends

    May 26, 2015 3:03 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    9 of the Most Stunning Bathroom Remodeling Trends | Schlage

    Create your perfect bathroom oasis with one or more of these nine stunning bathroom remodeling trends.


    In the last decade, bathroom remodels have moved up on the priority list of what homeowners desire most. What was once viewed as a functional necessity is now an extension of your personal style and often a private oasis to escape from the hectic world outside. Create the perfect bath with one - or more - of these nine bathroom remodeling trends.

    1. Large Showers

    Goodbye shower curtains. Hello large glass shower doors! Many homeowners are nixing the bathtub and opting for a more open and spacious feel in the bathroom. This look especially works for small bathrooms that are short on space, creating a much more open feeling.

    2. Freestanding Baths

    The days of large garden tubs are over and freestanding baths are in. Freestanding baths are a great way to add a clean, modern touch to your personal oasis.

    3. Grey Palettes

    Your living room and kitchen aren't the only rooms that could benefit from several shades of grey! Grey is especially popular in the bathroom due to its versatility.

    4. Open Storage

    Open bathroom storage is a growing trend that works for bathrooms of all sizes. It's both a stylish and functional addition to any space.


    5. Bold Floor Tiles

    Installing bold tiles in the bathroom is a great way to add a unique personal touch. This trend is especially great for small bathrooms where an accent wall would become overwhelming.


    6. Natural Elements

    After reclaimed woods swept style and design trends in 2014, natural textures are claiming the reigns in 2015, especially when those textures are eco-friendly. Opt for recycled woods to add an interesting element in your bathroom redesign.


    7. White Marble

    White marble in the bathroom is the perfect touch of modern luxury. Pair it with matte black fixtures and satin brass hardware to create a stunning contrast.

    8. Unconventional Vanities

    Re-purposing old furniture in the bathroom is nothing new but this trend is quickly gaining more and more popularity. Give your bathroom a touch of charm and create more storage space by opting for a vintage piece to replace a boring, old vanity.

    9. Glitz & Glam

    Bold glamorous styles inspired by vintage Hollywood decor is a big trend in bathroom remodels this year and makes it easy to change the whole look of a room with just a few details. Simply add a little sparkle to your mirrors and swap out your lighting for something a bit more glamorous and you've brightened up your bath in no time.

    Which trend is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!



    3 Timeless Bedroom Designs We Love

    May 15, 2015 12:21 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    3 Timeless Bedroom Designs We Love | Schlage

    Create an oasis you'll enjoy for many years to come! Check out these 3 timeless bedroom designs to inspire your bedroom remodel.




    For many homeowners, the bedroom is viewed as a little oasis where you can relax and unwind from a long, stressful day. It helps even more when this oasis features a classic style you can enjoy for years to come. Below are three of our favorite timeless bedroom designs to help inspire your perfect oasis.

    1. A little glitz and a little glam

    Glamorous details are quickly gaining popularity when it comes to home decor. Adding sparkling chandeliers and reflective surfaces in just the right place would make anyone feel fabulous! We love the small nod to this trend with the metallic nightstand and shimmering bed set. It has just the right amount of elegance and comfort.

    2. Less is More

    There's no rule that says you must fill every surface available with a decorative item! This beach style bedroom has just the right amount of accessories, allowing it to stand the test of time. Its minimalism provides the perfect escape from the hectic world outside.

    3. Neutral with plenty of interest

    This neutral color palette is anything but boring! Each piece of furniture and accent works perfectly together to create an inviting space perfect for sleeping in on Sunday or curling up to read a good book in the evening. Each detail is thoughtfully curated to add just the right amount of personality.


    We want to see your favorite bedroom styles! Comment below to share your favorite images with us. For even more bedroom decor ideas, check out these clever ways you can switch up your bedroom color scheme.


    6 Easy Ways to Switch Up Your Bedroom Color Scheme

    May 14, 2015 12:55 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    6 Easy Ways to Switch Up Your Bedroom Color Scheme | Schlage

    Here are 6 easy methods for changing the color scheme of your bedroom without spending a fortune.



    Changing the look and feel of a room in your home shouldn't always require a large investment of time and money. If you know you'll want to switch things up every once in a while, start with a future-proof base that will allow you to play around with accents and accessories. If your bedroom is already a blank canvas, try adding a new color scheme with one or more of these six ideas.

    1. Decorative Pillows

    Having decorative accent pillows on your bed provides an easy way to switch up your look from time to time. Opt for pillow covers and inserts to make the switch even easier.

    2. Get the layered look

    Layering blankets on your bed makes it easy and effortless to change the look of your room. Simply re-arrange the layers or switch a single layer out for a new color or texture.

    3. Add an area rug

    Area rugs play a major role in the look of your room. Choose one rug with many colors to give you more options as you switch up pillows and blankets or opt for a brand new rug to change the entire room with one accent.

    4. Create a gallery wall

    Gallery walls are a beautiful way of adding your personal touch to any room. Show off photos of your latest vacation, your favorite quote or a child's artwork. Switch the images out to reflect the season or upcoming holidays.

    5. Try a new vignette

    Having a vignette on a dresser or nightstand offers unlimited ways to change your look. Have a place for fresh flowers you can switch up with the seasons for a beautiful pop of color. For tips on how to display the perfect arrangement, check out this article from Apartment Therapy.

    6. Paint a focal point

    Give your bedroom color palette an interesting pop by painting a nightstand, door, dresser or accent wall a unique color. Just be sure to give it the right finishing touch with coordinating accessories that tie the whole room together.

    Do you like to change up the look of your bedroom? Comment below to let us know how you do it!



    5 Beautiful Kitchens to Inspire Your Home Remodeling Project

    May 7, 2015 1:39 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    5 Beautiful Kitchens to Inspire Your Home Remodeling Project | Schlage

    This blog features Schlage employees who are passionate about the products and services they support.


    As your life changes and your personal style evolves, so should the functionality and look of your home. Maybe your family has grown since you moved in. Or you cook and entertain more than you used to. Before you start demolishing your current kitchen, consider the needs it must meet and start building a list of features your dream kitchen would have. Here are five of our favorites to help you get started.

    1. Rustic Elegance

    Does your style err more towards traditional? We're loving this farmhouse inspired kitchen that's built to withstand the high traffic of a busy family while inviting you to prepare a gourmet meal. Our favorite touch is the cozy trim around the stove area giving it the look of a grand old fireplace or brick oven.

    2. Contemporary Organization

    Wall to wall storage is an organizers dream come true! By keeping the cabinets and walls all white, this design ensures that this open kitchen feels wide and spacious. If you love color, play with pops of color on just a few cabinets and accessories.

    3. Eclectic Creativity

    This gorgeous kitchen is the stuff industrial rustic dreams are made of! We love how the designers chose to keep the original hardwood but opted for a more practical option by placing tile where traffic is the highest and moisture from the refrigerator and sink are most likely to occur. Get creative with your new kitchen by replacing the traditional island with something unexpected and unique. Satin brass hardware provides a modern alternative to bright brass finishes.

    4. Bold and Trendy

    It's no secret that prints and patterns are big this year. Bring this trend in to your kitchen remodel to add more interest. We love how this designer got extra creative by using a chevron pattern for the backsplash above the stove. This bold pattern works in this space as it is broken up by two large windows on either side, preventing the print from taking over the whole kitchen.

    5. Modern and Sophisticated

    If your personal taste is drawn more towards clean and modern designs, then this kitchen is your perfect oasis. We love how traffic throughout the home can easily flow around the island. Its openness to the living and dining areas make it the perfect space to entertain.  We also love how this designer brought in a bit of natural texture with exposed beams for extra support.

    What features would your dream kitchen have? Comment below to let us know!



    11 Small Kitchen Updates That Make a Big Impact

    May 5, 2015 2:26 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    11 Small Kitchen Updates That Make a Big Impact | Schlage

    Updating your kitchen doesn't mean you have to do a costly renovation. Here are eleven small updates that will breathe new life in to your kitchen.


    Are you feeling uninspired every time you walk in to your kitchen? It may be time for a few updates - but not the costly kind! Below are eleven of our favorite small updates that will breathe new life into your kitchen while avoiding the headache of a major renovation.

    1. Open Shelving

    Open shelving is a hot trend right now and for good reason. If your kitchen is small, they help open the space, making it feel larger by removing the bulk of upper cabinets. It also provides an opportunity to show off some of your unique kitchen items like family heirlooms or flea market finds while making it easy to access those items you use on a daily basis. Check out these tips from Houzz on styling your open shelves.

    2. Paint or Wallpaper Interior Cabinet

    It may not be visible to all your guests but painting the interior of your cabinets a bright and cheerful color can give you mood boost the next time you reach for a plate. It's a fun detail that will make you want to keep your shelves organized and beautiful. You might even consider removing the cabinet doors to create open shelving and show it off.

    3. Update Hardware

    Sleek new kitchen hardware can go a long way! Whether its your faucet, cabinet pulls or door knobs, the finish of your hardware plays a major role in completing the look of your room. Consider the matching route like the Polished Nickel hardware you see in the kitchen below or get adventurous by mixing metals.

    4. New Lighting

    Much like the hardware in the kitchen, your lighting fixtures have a major impact on the look of your kitchen. Take a moment to really look at your current lighting situation. Is the lighting old fashioned and outdated? Does it match the style of the room? Or, does it even provide adequate lighting for those late night or winter evenings of dinner prep? Look for styles that match the look of your kitchen and would meet your needs. If new lighting is not on the priority list, be sure to give your current fixtures a good clean to remove any dust you may have ignored.

    5. Accessorize

    Fun accessories can go a long way in adding personality to your space. Dress up your stove with a bright tea towel or add a bit of artwork above the sink. Accessories are an affordable way to switch up your personal style as it evolves.


    6. Add a Rug

    Patterned rugs like you often see in the living room or dining room are quickly making their way in to the kitchen. It's a fun way to warm up the space and add visual interest. 

    7. Paint the Refrigerator

    If a brand new refrigerator is outside your budget, consider this popular DIY hack. Painted refrigerators are an affordable way to pull off the look you're aiming for without spending thousands of dollars to upgrade. A simple search on Pinterest will offer up several tutorials for achieving the exact look you want.

    8. Fresh Flowers & Herbs

    With spring well underway and summer just around the corner, that means fresh flowers and herbs are abundant and patiently waiting to be used! Having potted herbs within reach makes it easy to add a bit of flavor to your meals while also contributing to the style of your kitchen.

    9. Add a pop of color

    Take a look around your kitchen and find an object that could benefit from a bright, pop of color. Are your bar stools looking drab? Give them a fresh coat of paint! What about your pantry door? Could it use a boost like the door below? Find something that is understated and don't be afraid to make it the focal point of the room.

    10. Paint the lower cabinets

    Two-tone cabinetry is one of the hottest trends in kitchen renovations right now. If you don't have the budget to replace all your cabinets, it's an affordable way to take old boring cabinets and give them style. Check out the weekend kitchen renovation below that Jessica Quirk of What I Wore completed with less than $500! The transformation is stunning.

    11. Get Organized

    These days, there's a gadget for almost every kitchen task. Before you know it, your coffee station and blenders have overtaken your counter tops. Suddenly there's no room to prep meals and the clutter is overwhelming. Take a moment to think about all the gadgets you own. Are you using all of them? If not, it's time to scale back. There's no reason to continue storing that electric griddle that never made its way out of the box after your wedding day. Next, find a new home for all of your appliances that is easily accessible but keeps the clutter at bay.

    BONUS* 12. Try a new recipe and enjoy!


    Once you've made your updates, don't forget to take some time and enjoy it! Cook a special meal or bake something new for family or friends and be proud of your almost new kitchen.


    What are some ways you try to change up the look of your kitchen? Comment below to let us know and show your photos with us on Facebook.

    4 Practical Products from the 2015 HGTV Smart Home That Anyone Can Use

    April 29, 2015 11:12 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    4 Practical Products from the 2015 HGTV Smart Home That Anyone Can Use | Schlage

    Here's a list of our favorite HGTV Smart Home 2015 Products that add practical convenience that any homeowner can easily use.


    Each year, we look forward to getting a virtual tour of the HGTV Smart Home. Call us tech geeks or design nerds - but we love seeing how HGTV flawlessly combines innovation and style year after year. While much of the featured technology requires a large investment of both time and money for the average consumer, this year we have our eyes set on a few products that can easily - and practically - help homeowners get a jump start on outfitting their very own smart home.

    1. Smart Shower

    If you'd like to have better control over the water usage in your home, a smart shower is the way to go. Look for innovations from brands like Delta that have created the experience of using more water while actually conserving it.

    2. Connected Locks

    Connected locks offer you both convenience and security. Schlage Connect is compatible with many home automation platforms. With its built-in alarm and ability to control your lock from anywhere, you'll have greater peace of mind knowing your home is secure. 

    3. Programmable Thermostats

    Your life doesn't fit a rigid schedule so why should your thermostat settings? Programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home no matter where you are. 

    4. Smartphone Garage Door Openers

    How often do you wonder whether or not you closed the garage door? Stop driving all the way home to find out. With MyQ Technology from Chamberlain, you now have the ability to control your garage door from your smartphone. 

    Which smart home products do you want to try? Comment below to let us know!



    How to Add Curb Appeal Without Spending a Fortune

    April 24, 2015 12:46 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    How to Add Curb Appeal Without Spending a Fortune | Schlage

    Improving your curb appeal doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. Check out these before and after photos of simple front door.


    When it comes to curb appeal, you don't always need a major overhaul to make a good impression. New landscaping and an updated exterior are all great to have but often require a large investment to pull off. Sometimes, updating the smallest details can make a big impact. Check out our favorite front door makeovers that improve curb appeal below.
    Chelsea of Two Twenty One knew her front door needed an upgrade that was both stylish and convenient without spending a lot of money. She chose a Schlage Keypad Deadbolt in satin nickel to replace her outdated bright brass front door hardware. Find out how her style upgrade didn't just stop at the front door in this blog post.
    Diane of In My Own Style also took a simplified approach to upgrading the curb appeal of her home. After a fresh coat of paint, Diane achieves an elegant look with a complete set of accessories for her door. Find out more about the installation process from deadbolt to door knocker in her blog post.
    It did not take much for Kate of Centsational Girl to take this Las Vegas entry from boring to cheerful. The aged bronze handleset she chose provides the perfect contrast to the teal door and plays well with the added accessories. Get all the product and paint details in her post here.



    Do you have a favorite curb appeal makeover? Comment below or share your own to our Facebook page! For even more curb appeal ideas, check out this list of easy upgrades you can be proud of.





    Take Your Home from Builder Grade to Stylish with This Finishing Touch

    April 21, 2015 1:11 AM by admin

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Take Your Home from Builder Grade to Stylish with This Finishing Touch | Schlage

    Does your home look more builder grade than stylish? Take a look at these before and afters to inspire the right finishing touch.


    Moving in to a brand new home that is a blank slate can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Even after thoughtfully curated accessories and palettes take their place, it can be tough to feel as though your personal style is accurately reflected. Sometimes, the answer to this struggle lies in the details you aren't thinking about yet.
    Take a look at your lighting, door hardware, bath and kitchen fixtures. Are they adding to the style of your space or do they serve no further purpose other than a functional necessity? It may be time to swap that bland, builder grade, bright brass hardware out for a finish and style that suits your space and pulls the whole look together. Here are a few before and after shots of door hardware upgrades that will take your home decor to the next level.




    With such a stylish and welcoming interior, the old exterior door made this home feel anything but complete. By swapping the six-panel door and upgrading the hardware from a standard, bright brass deadbolt and knob to a sleek satin nickel Camelot Style handleset, this home has finally come together.




    When deciding which finish will suit your style best, pay attention to style cues that already exist in your home. The aged bronze Georgian knob upgrade in this bedroom plays the perfect accent between the bold palette of the bed set and classic accessories.





    Sometimes, you just need to throw out the old and bring in a brand new look. Without any major renovations, this living room goes from outdated and contrasted to modern and sophisticated by simply upgrading old bright brass accessories and replacing with metallics and satin nickel.


    What little updates do you plan to make in your home this spring? Comment below to let us know! For ever more home upgrade ideas, be sure to check out all of our style tips here.

    Easy DIY Curb Appeal Projects You Can Be Proud Of

    April 13, 2015 2:47 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Easy DIY Curb Appeal Projects You Can Be Proud Of | Schlage

    Here are a few of the best curb appeal projects that are wallet-friendly and product instant results.


    Curb Appeal - it's what your neighbors see daily, what your guests see first, what helps sell your home to potential buyers and what welcomes you home from a long day at the office. During DIY season, Curb Appeal projects are among the professionals' favorites. They are often quick, easy and can be done with a few bucks. Before undertaking a new Curb Appeal project, be sure to consider the style and feel of your home to ensure a cohesive look that transitions naturally from the outside to the inside. Also, be sure to take note of how much time and budget you have to complete your home improvement projects.
    Here are a few of the best curb appeal projects that are wallet-friendly and product instant results.
    1. Paint your front door, trim or shutters. Paint. We always start with paint. Paint is both low-cost and high-impact. A fresh coat of paint in a bright or complimentary shade can go a long way. Painting (and all the prep and cleanup that goes along with it) can be time-consuming depending on how much you plan on painting, so plan on this project taking the better part of a day. (Psst! Before painting your front door, be sure to check out these front door painting tips!)
    2. Upgrade door hardware, address numbers and kickplates. This is another project that is low-cost and high-impact. Replacing outdated, builder-grade and dingy hardware with a fresh, high quality, handlset in a style that compliments your home's look and feel will change the way you feel about walking through the front door. Additionally, the crisp and shiny hardware act as jewelry for your home's curb appeal, tying the whole look together. Time spent on this project is an hour at most, perfect for the busy family that only has time to complete one project per weekend. And speaking of those busy families, be sure to check out the new electronic/keyless locks on the market. Keyless locks are crazy convenient, easy to install (no special wiring or need for an electrician), and mean there are no keys to lose, hide or forget!

    * Pro Tip: Be sure to choose a BHMA Grade 2 or higher deadbolt for your front door. Grade 1 locks offer the highest level of residential security on the market. Why would you want to protect your home and family with a poorly rated lock anyway? We knew you were smarter than that.


    3. Upgrade your mailbox. DIY Network says: "It doesn't matter if you have a regular mailbox by the road or if you have a box mounted to your house for mail, adding a new and upgraded mailbox can make your home feel upgraded, which adds curb appeal to it. You can find a new mailbox for your house from anywhere from $10-$100. When you install your mailbox, make sure that you are following the regulations that are set forth in the city that you live in. If you have a simple mailbox mounted on your house, this home improvement project should take less than an hour to complete. If you have a full-size mailbox at the road, plan for at least 2 hours or so to complete the home improvement project."


    4. Plant something - trees, bushes, flowers. Planting some color is one of the most common and easiest ways to add immediate curb appeal. Before planting anything, be sure to understand the plant's unique set of light and water needs. Also, take the time to understand how big it will get as that could affect where in your front yard it gets planted. Depending on what you plant and how much you want to take on at one time, this project could take an entire day/weekend.
    5. Accessorize! Flower boxes, planters, pots, door decor, flags, sculptures, porch furniture, large stones, fountains - we could go on forever! Your possibilities are really endless here. Look for new uses for things you currently have lying around the house or in storage. You might be surprised at what can be repurposed to amp up your curb appeal.



    What are your favorite ways to amp up your home's curb appeal? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook!





    9 Subtle Ways to Use Pantone's Spring Color Palette in Your Home

    April 7, 2015 12:01 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    9 Subtle Ways to Use Pantone's Spring Color Palette in Your Home | Schlage

    We chose our favorite shades from Pantone's 2015 spring color palette and put together an inspiring list to help you incorporate these tones in your home.


    This spring, popular home decor is all about minimalist accents and palettes inspired by nature. Pantone describes its spring 2015 color palette using the French expression "En Plein Air" - meaning "in the open air". This phrase is often used to describe the act of painting outside and is the perfect representation for this relaxing color palette that is inspiring designers to create an at-home retreat where home owners can unwind from a long, hectic day.


    More and more designers are opting for the softer side of the color spectrum with cool choices and subtle warm tones. To incorporate these trends in your personal style, we recommend starting with a neutral base and playing with accessories and small pops of color. We chose our favorite colors and collected a few inspiring ideas to help you bring these tones in to your own home.

    1. Scuba Blue

    Just as the name suggests, Scuba Blue is reminiscent of tones you would find in the ocean waters. Bring a pop of color to your space with this playful shade. Create variations of colors by pairing with Pantone's Lucite Green.

    2. Lucite Green

    Give your home a refreshing glow with Lucite Green. This minty shade is both fresh and welcoming.

    3. Toasted Almond

    Toasted Almond is a neutral shade that will balance out your mostly cool palette. Bring a subtle warmth by incorporating this organic shade.

    4. Marsala

    Marsala is this year's shining star after being named the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year and it's easy to see why. This daring shade can be used as a pop of color to create a statement of elegance in any room.

    5. Glacier Grey

    The days of boring beige walls are over and grey is here to stay. Glacier Grey is a timeless shade of grey that will stand the test of time in your home. The options are almost endless when it comes to adding pops of color through accessories. Start with classic greens and deep blue hues to find the right tone for your home.

    6. Treetop

    According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, "...this soothing green hue causes us to breathe slowly and deeply, helping the heart to relax by slowing the production of stress hormones". Create a relaxing environment by pairing pops of this deep green with glacier grey and classic blue.

    7. Sandstone

    Much like toasted almond, sandstone provides an earthy way to bring warmth to your space. It pairs perfectly with Marsala and Classic Blue.

    8. Lavender Herb

    Lavender Herb is one of the more surprising spring palette choices but its eye-catching subtleties are intriguing. It combines well with many other spring colors but we're loving the combination with Toasted Almond for a unique twist.

    9. Classic Blue

    Classic Blue exudes confidence but also gives off a calming vibe. Choose unique placements for this strong shade to create visual interest in a mostly neutral room.


    Which Pantone color is your favorite for spring? Comment below to let us know! For even more inspiring decor ideas that pull from nature, check out our blog post on natural spring decor ideas here.


    Upgrading Your Front Entry on a Budget

    April 3, 2015 1:22 AM by admin

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    Upgrading Your Front Entry on a Budget

    This blog features Schlage employees who are passionate about the products and services they support.


    When was the last time you did an audit of your front entry from the viewpoint of a visitor? Never? You might be surprised what you see when you take a walk up to your entry way through someone else's eyes. Front entries, though often one of the most important "rooms" in a home, get neglected and passed over when it comes to home remodeling projects and upgrades.
    Houzz recommends to, "step outside, stand in front of your entry and study it as if you were a visitor. You may be surprised at what needs tweaking — a lackluster sconce, crumbling mortar on brick steps or a drab door that blends into the surrounding walls. If your porch, stoop, door and other elements could use a little oomph, try these budget-friendly pointers and finds to bring them to life."
    Houzz recommends:
    Schlage Front Entry Upgrades on a Budget

    1. Swap out your light fixture. It's amazing how such a simple change can completely transform the look of an entry. Even if the replacement light you choose doesn't hew strictly to the style of your home, make sure it's similar enough not to feel out of place.




    2. Add a dab of living color. Few things freshen a porch or stoop faster than potted plants, whether they're topiaries flanking the door or vines cascading from a hanging basket. If the design of your porch allows, consider a climbing specimen that will entwine around posts and railings. If not, choose a stylish container or two.


    3. Spark the front door with a bold color. It's a prime opportunity to create a visual focal point and amp up the personality of your home's facade without spending a lot of cash. Choose a color that both sets off and contrasts with your main exterior hue — this turquoise looks lovely against the muted pumpkin orange frame and gold siding.


    4. Roll out a rug. A new welcome mat or floor covering can pull a porch together. The indoor-outdoor versions on the market these days come in so many stylish patterns and materials that it's easy to choose one that sets the tone for your interior decor.

    To see the full list of front entry upgrades, visit Houzz.com.

    3 Ways to Give Your Home Decor a Spring Refresh

    March 25, 2015 10:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    3 Ways to Give Your Home Decor a Spring Refresh | Schlage

    Let spring inspire your next decor refresh! Here are three of our favorite ways you can bring the cheerfulness of spring inside your home.


    It's official! Spring has begun and whether Mother Nature has realized it in your region or not, it's time to give your home a refresh. One way to freshen up the look of your home is to pull inspiration from the season itself. Here are a few of our favorite, creative ways you can change your decor for spring.

    Try A Spring Color Palette

    After a gloomy cold winter, the colors of spring are a welcome site! Bring them inside by applying your favorite palette in nature to the color of a room, accessories or even your doors. A few pops of spring's best pastels can take a room from gloomy to cheerful in no time.

    Bring in Fresh Blooms and Greenery

    The easiest way to incorporate a piece of spring is to simply cut a few of your favorite blooms and arrange them around your home. Add them to a grapevine wreath and hang on an interior door to create a welcoming feeling. We're loving this monogram moss wreath Jen Migonis created for the basement door just off her kitchen. Don't forget to open those blinds and let the sun shine in on those fresh, new accents!

    Add Natural Texture

    Spring isn't just about the flowers. Consider adding texture to your home with natural woods or greenery - a trend that is gaining popularity in 2015. Don't be afraid to add a touch of modern by mixing metals or create a more feminine look with soft accents.


    What are your favorite ways to incorporate spring in your home? Comment below to let us know or share your photos with us on Facebook!

    8 Easy Home Renovation Upgrades You Can Tackle This Weekend

    March 19, 2015 11:08 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    8 Easy Home Renovation Upgrades You Can Tackle This Weekend | Schlage

    Preparing your home for resale? These eight easy projects you can tackle this weekend will make your home ready for the market in no time.


    If there's one thing we've learned from this year's cost vs. value report, it's that over-improving won't help you recoup those major costs when it comes time to sell your home. As long as your home is functional and major repairs that impact the integrity are not needed, your dollars and time will be best spent on getting the little details right. These eight easy projects below will make your home ready for the market in no time.

    1. Touch-Up Your Paint

    Take a look around your home. After years of wear and tear, your walls are sure to take a beating. Look for chips or smudges in your paint and take some time to fill those in. Do you have a room painted in a bold color? Consider taking it down a notch by painting the room a neutral shade. Keep in mind that a buyer needs to be able to see her own style translate into the home.

    2. Create Curb Appeal

    When it comes time to sell, first impressions definitely count. Give your curb appeal an easy boost with a few potted plants around the door and a new welcome mat. If your front door color has faded after years of exposure to the elements, give it a fresh coat of paint and clean up the hardware to make it look brand new. Don't forget to polish it off with a welcoming wreath that will make buyers feel at home.


    3. Organize the Entryway

    The entryway is the first thing you see when you arrive home and will be first to greet potential buyers. Keep their minds at ease by organizing the space with hooks for jackets and keys, baskets to store shoes, scarves and various accessories and a bench to pull the look together. If there's not enough space for this organization system, create a landing strip with a small table to catch phones and keys and a couple hooks for purses and jackets.

    4. Repair Your Flooring

    Your walls aren't the only ones that take a beating through the years. Take time to clean your carpets and hardwood floors, remove any stains and repair chips and scratches. Hiring a professional to come in and do these things is certainly the easiest and most effective option, but also the most expensive. If budget won't allow for it, rent a steamer and spot treat your carpeted areas. There are plenty of tutorials online for repairing your hardwood floors, too.

    5. Clean Fixtures & Hardware

    Dusty, dirty fixtures and hardware can send the wrong message to potential buyers. They may be likely to think if you didn't take the time to care for those details, what else have you neglected that they can't see? Show buyers you did care for the home by paying attention to those details that are often overlooked by giving your fixtures and hardware a good clean. Don't forget your electrical outlets, too! Fresh covers can really pull the look of a room together and give it the feeling that the style was recently updated.

    6. Refresh the Bathroom

    There's no reason to fully gut a functional and quality bathroom to impress buyers. Make updates to small details like ensuring the hardware matches throughout the room. Consider purchasing a new, water-efficient shower head. Buyers will be impressed by the shine and will enjoy the added benefits of greater efficiency. Put the finishing touches on the bath tub by re-caulking. This tutorial will help even a first-timer achieve straight, professional lines.

    7. Upgrade your thermostat

    The connected home is in and energy efficiency is a growing concern for homeowners. Upgrading the thermostat is an inexpensive way to impress buyers with the level of control they will have over energy use in the home. Give them - and yourself - the option of controlling the temperature in the home via a mobile device or remote computer with a smart thermostat.

    8. De-clutter

    There's a reason why staged homes are so appealing to potential buyers. Unnecessary clutter can create anxiety and give a bad impression of the home by detracting from the more important details. Take some time this weekend to remove any items that may keep buyers from envisioning the home as their own. Consider renting a storage unit to keep your items safe until you move or add more organization with new shelving and cabinets.


    What projects are you working on this weekend? Comment below and let us know!

    Remodeling Your Home for Resale? Less is More in 2015

    March 18, 2015 10:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Remodeling Your Home for Resale? Less is More in 2015 | Schlage

    Before you put your home on the market, consider these three takeaways from the 2015 Cost vs. Value report to ensure the greatest value for your home.


    Earlier this year, Hanley Wood released the 2015 Cost vs. Value report. The report compares the average cost of common remodeling projects and the return those projects can provide in various US markets. If you're thinking of putting your home on the market soon and would like to make a few cosmetic updates, you're going to need to understand the trends described in this report. Below are the top three takeaways.
    Remodeling Your Home for Resale? Less is More in 2015

    Do Not Neglect Curb Appeal

    When it comes to selling a home, first impressions definitely count. If the exterior of the home doesn't look as nice as the interior, potential buyers may never consider touring the home. Small, exterior upgrades that require little investment can provide the greatest return. In fact, curb appeal projects claim the top four positions for cost effective remodeling projects.


    According to national averages, simply replacing your entry door with a brand new steel door can recoup costs by 101.8% (costvsvalue.com). If your front door is in good shape but a little bland, consider a fresh paint job and new accessories to make it look brand new again. Don't forget that old garage door, too. It may be fully functional but if it does not match the style of the home or the paint has faded after years of exposure to the elements, you could miss an opportunity to sell your home quickly and for the right price.

    Focus on Efficiency

    Energy efficient upgrades are more important to buyers than ever. Old appliances and windows can put a drain on energy consumption and home buyers place a greater value on lowering their monthly bills even if that means a bigger investment up front. It's even better if the upgrades are installed and ready to go on move-in day. Replacing old, drafty windows with new wood or vinyl windows can recoup over 70% of the cost to purchase and install.

    Keep it Simple

    Many homeowners believe that major kitchen renovations or bathroom remodels are the most effective ways to increase the value of a home; however, these projects are not likely to have the greatest return. Small-scale projects with little details that make a big impact are actually most likely to return the greatest value for the cost to complete. If your kitchen is functional but a little dated, consider making minor updates like replacing the hardware on your cabinets and doors or installing energy-efficient appliances. On average, major kitchen remodels recoup 65% of the cost while minor updates recoup nearly 80%.


    Putting your home on the market and waiting for an offer can be a stressful time. Increase the odds that your home will sell quickly and for the right price by making updates that matter most to potential buyers. For even more insights into remodeling costs vs. value, be sure to download the report that is unique to your city and state at www.costvsvalue.com.


    What remodeling projects are you prioritizing before you sell? Comment below to let us know!

    Beat the Winter Blues with Bold Interior Doors

    February 19, 2015 3:12 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Beat the Winter Blues with Bold Interior Doors | Schlage

    Let a little bold color get you through the last of winter’s bitter cold. Here are a few of our favorite mood boosting ideas for interior doors.


    During the bustle and excitement of the holiday season, brisk winter days have a magical feeling. Fast forward to February, and the lustrous glow of holiday decor and powdery snow is replaced with barren landscapes, dirty slush and bitter cold winds. You can't help but count the days until spring when you open your windows and start fresh with new blooms.


    Who says you have to wait for spring to bring some cheerfulness inside?! Let some bold color get you through the last of winter with a few of our favorite mood boosting ideas for interior doors. 

    Go Bold Or Go Home

    If you have a mostly neutral color palette in your home, surprise your guests by choosing a pop of color they might not expect on one of your doors. This will create more interest and allow your doors to become the focal point.

    To anchor the door within the look of the room, consider painting the frame as well. There's no rule that says color only belongs on the walls.


    Look to Spring for Inspiration

    If bold colors are too much for your style, consider a softer tone. Pastels will take the contrast down a notch while still improving the mood. They work well with a variety of design choices from traditional to contemporary. Even boring, single panel doors can look interesting with a subtle touch of color.

    Paint A Trendy Pattern

    If you enjoy switching things up as trends come and go, create a conversation piece by painting a pattern on your doors. From chevron to color blocking, you're sure to enjoy thinking of fun ways to change things up. 

    Once you choose your bold style, don't forget to complete the look with the right hardware finish. This will go a long way in tying your doors in with the rest of the hardware and accessories in the room. 


    Are you going to add any of these interior door projects to your DIY list? Be sure to share your photos with us if you do. 

    4 Unique Ways to Dress Up Your Interior Doors

    February 18, 2015 1:57 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    4 creative ways to decorate interior doors.


    4 Ways to Dress Up Your Interior Doors
    With frigid temperatures continuing to plague most of the country, your exterior home projects might find themselves coming to a screeching halt. Not to worry! There are plenty of DIY projects that you can tackle inside the warmth of your home. In the spirit of our Adore Your Doors giveaway, let's look at 4 unique ways to give your doors a punch of life. 
    1. Give your door a pop of glitz and glam with a nail-head trim. Consider your door hardware finish when selecting the nails for the trim. The end result will likely look more cohesive if the finishes complement each other. Martha Stewart shares step-by-step instructions on how to do this on a budget and in an afternoon.
    2. Add a touch of whimsy with vinyl decals. The options for vinyl door decals are endless. Whether it's for the pantry, laundry room, bedroom or bathroom, a decal adds a bit of visual interest to an otherwise invisible door.
    3. Control the clutter by adding a command center to one of your interior doors. With a little organization and ingenuity you can kiss the days of loose receipts, coupons and invitations goodbye. The House of Smiths shows you how to build and hang a stylish and functional command center that complements any door.


    4. Let your door serve double duty by turning it into a chalkboard. This works particularly well in kitchens or anywhere post-it notes and calendars might find themselves. Heather at Decor Fix transformed her basement door into a chalkboard calendar and to-do list.

    How do you give life to an otherwise invisible door in your home? Tell us in the comments! 


    -Laura L.

    Social Media Digital Marketing

    A Simple Kitchen Upgrade You Can Start and Finish This Weekend

    February 11, 2015 12:48 PM by emily.bailey

    Sunday, November 30, 0002

    If you have a pantry or exterior entrance in your kitchen, here are a few inspiring ways you can take a blank canvas and create something impressive without breaking the bank.


    A Simple Kitchen Upgrade You Can Start and Finish This Weekend | Schlage
    Does your kitchen decor need a refresh? Don't let your walls and cabinets have all the fun when our favorite home accessory - your doors - is begging for attention. If you have a pantry or exterior entrance in your kitchen, here are a few inspiring ways you can take a blank canvas and create something impressive without breaking the bank.

    1. Paint Your Doors a Surprising Color

    There's no rule that says your doors can't be fun. If your kitchen features a neutral color palette, step outside your comfort zone and choose a bold color for your pantry or exterior door. Finish it off with crisp white trim and matte black hardware to make it pop even more.

    2. Create A Chalkboard

    Because you use your doors several times throughout the day, why not make them even more functional? Let your family know what's on the menu for the week, track your shopping list or leave an encouraging note for the ones you love before they go about their day. You can pull this look off with ease with a small can of chalkboard paint or even chalkboard contact paper from any hobby store.

    3. Give It a Vintage Flair

    If you enjoy entertaining and have an eclectic style, consider re-purposing an old exterior door to add interest. Accessories that have a story of their own ensure there's never a dull moment in the conversation.

    4. Add Frosted Glass

    For a sleek, contemporary look you'll enjoy for years to come, add frosted glass to your pantry door. Allowing some natural light adds warmth to your space. If you already have a door with glass, creating the frosted look can be done with just a few simple steps.


    Are you going to tackle any of these simple kitchen projects? Be sure to share your photos with us when you do. 



    [Infographic] Is Your Future Keyless?

    January 15, 2015 8:35 AM by admin

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    [Infographic] Is Your Future Keyless? | Schlage

    This infographic shows the results of a recent survey that asked consumers how they feel about living in a society that primarily uses keyless locks.


    When Back to the Future (BTTF) II came out in 1989, having a fully automated home by 2015 seemed like a very unrealistic idea. Skip forward to present day and BTTF actually wasn't too far off from our reality. If there's one thing we learned from new product announcements at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it's that the smart home is in. Consumers are looking for convenience, greater efficiency and peace of mind. That's why we're throwing away the key and looking at keyless electronic locks.


    We conducted a recent survey to see how consumers feel about going keyless. A majority (75%) of younger Americans, ages 18-34, believe that keyless locks will soon be inevitable while 62% of all who were surveyed believe we will soon live in a keyless society. We created the infographic below to display the rest the results. 


    Is Your Future Keyless?

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    Are you ready to throw away the key and opt for more convenience and greater security? Check out our line of keyless electronic locks to find out which one is best for your lifestyle.


    Are Keyless Electronic Locks Right For You?

    January 13, 2015 7:51 AM by admin

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Are Keyless Electronic Locks Right For You? | Schlage

    This article will explain the pros and cons you should be looking for in a keyless electronic lock before you make the decision to buy.


    Imagine a world where you can leave your home for a run and never worry about hiding a key where - hopefully - no one will see. Or imagine never locking yourself out of the house or worrying that you might lose a spare.

    That's the world many keyless lock owners live in. Here at Schlage, we offer a variety of keyless electronic locks that are sure to fit your lifestyle; however, like all new purchases, there are some common concerns you should address first.

    Are Keyless Electronic Locks Right For You?
    "If I use a keypad lock, won't people be able to tell which numbers are in my pass code from fingerprints or wear and tear?"
    When comparing different products, this is definitely a detail you'll want to ask the lock makers about. The point of keyless electronic entry is to make your home more secure, not vulnerable. Our keypad deadbolts are both finger-print resistant and won't rub away with continued use. Our touchscreen locks will even work in the rain or when you have gloves on.
    "What if the battery dies while I'm away on a long trip? I'll have no access to my home."
    In the event that your battery may fail, you'll want to be sure your keyless lock has a back-up option for unlocking your home. Our Schlage ConnectTM has a manual key entry that serves as a backup should your batteries fail or if you forget your keycode. We recommend changing your batteries each year when you change the batteries on your smoke detector. This will ensure that your product continues to operate properly.
    "If I share my code with a housekeeper or other service personnel, they can just share that code with others that are then able to freely access my home."
    If you plan to share your code with service personnel or any others that you may not know well, you'll want to choose a product that allows you to assign individual codes for different people so you do not have to share your master code. Schlage TouchTM allows you to have up to 19 different key codes at one time and Schlage Connect stores up to 30 different key codes. We recommend changing your key codes for service personnel immediately after they have been used. This will ensure your home's entry remains secure.
    "Electronic locks are much more expensive to repair or replace than spare keys or mechanical deadbolts if something breaks."
    You should always be prepared to tackle a situation where your product may fail. Make sure you research whether or not there is a warranty attached to your product. We back every product here at Schlage with a generous warranty. For more details on what our warranty covers for our keyless electronic locks, be sure to view each product's user guide on our website.
    "I've heard that digital locks are much easier to pry open than mechanical locks."

    Before choosing a keyless lock, you'll want to be familiar with the different security functions and grades. For exterior doors, you'll want to choose a lock that includes a Grade 1 deadbolt security grade. That is the highest and strongest security grade you can achieve. Visit our site for more information on functions and grades here. All of our electronic locks are equipped with a strong, motorized deadbolt and an anti-pick shield to give you the same durability that old mechanical locks provide.


    Like all major purchases, extensive research is vital to making sure you pick the best product for you and your lifestyle. Understanding all the pros and cons will help you make the right purchase that will last for many years and give you peace of mind. Are you ready to join the keyless era?