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    How to transform a room with a few key details

    February 29, 2016 1:41 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 29, 2016

    How to Transform a Room with a Few Key Details | Schlage

    Here are a few easy ideas to help you transform the look of your home to better reflect your style without taking on a major renovation.

     

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    Whether they're big or small, the details matter when it comes to home decor. Simple choices from light fixtures to artwork play a major role in transforming a room. Here are a few easy ideas to help you transform the look of your home to better reflect your style without taking on a major renovation.

    1. Throw pillows

    One of the easiest ways to transform a room is to add a few throw pillows that a pop of color or a unique statement. Opt for pillow covers and inserts to make it easy to switch things up as the seasons change or even just with your mood.
    How to Transform a Room with a Few Key Details | Schlage
     

    2. Artwork

    Like throw pillows, artwork and gallery walls provide an easy way to create a versatile look. Switch out family photos as children grow up or swap a print with a holiday favorite. The options are endless.
    How to Transform a Room with a Few Key Details | Schlage
     

    3. Light fixtures

    While this requires more work and is not nearly as versatile as the two ideas above, changing the lighting in a room can provide a dark, dingy space with a major wow factor. As long as you are placing new fixtures where old ones have already been installed, this is a project any homeowner can take on. Just be sure to read all the manufacturer's instructions and take proper precautions by turning off all power to that room.
    How to Transform a Room with a Few Key Details | Schlage
     

    4. Door hardware

    Your door hardware is often an overlooked feature that actually plays a vital role in providing a cohesive look throughout your home. Is your home full of outdated, bright brass hardware? Maybe you have some hardware that does not match or coordinate with the existing hardware in your home. Choosing a door knob or lever style and finish that better reflects your personal aesthetic can be the perfect finishing touch you've been looking for.
    How to Transform a Room with a Few Key Details | Schlage
     

    5. Plumbing

    Now that you've updated your light fixtures and door hardware to match your personal style, what about your kitchen and bathroom plumbing and faucets? You can choose to allow the finish of your door hardware and lighting to dictate your faucet choices or opt for an interesting touch by mixing finishes.
    How to Transform a Room with a Few Key Details | Schlage
     

    Which details do you notice first in a home? Comment below to let us know!

    Our Favorite Mid-Century Modern Color Palettes

    February 25, 2016 1:29 PM by radhika.belkhede

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    Our Favorite Mid-Century Modern Color Palettes | Schlage

    From a play on minimalism to sharp contours and angles, mid-century design features many distinct characteristics - including its color palette.

     

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    While Mid-Century Modern design saw its prime from the early 1940's to 1960's, this style has surged in popularity once again in recent years and its influence is holding on in many home decor categories. From a play on minimalism to sharp contours and angles, mid-century design features many distinct characteristics. One of our favorites is the classic color palette.
    The mid-century color palette is not loud but uses color to make a subtle statement. It starts with a neutral base that is then contrasted with a pop of bright citrus tones or pastels. To complete the look, these rooms are finished with hardware in a bright chromepolished nickel, or satin brass finish, from lighting and plumbing to door levers and knobs. Here's a look at a few of our favorite mid-century color palettes in the real world.

     

    For even more mid-century design inspiration, check out our complete Mid-Century modern design guide.

     

    Add a Touch of Modern Flair with a Simple Door Hardware Upgrade

    February 23, 2016 12:48 PM by radhika.belkhede

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Add a Touch of Modern Flair with a Simple Door Hardware Upgrade

    We’re introducing the Collins trim which complements a variety of door hardware styles – from contemporary to traditional – to add a modern touch.

     

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    Whether your home decor tastes fall more on the traditional or contemporary side of design, geometric patterns and squares have become a popular way to add a modern touch to a home’s decor. This is especially true in the lighting and furniture industries where square trims are often found with scroll-inspired lighting fixtures in place of more traditional ovals. To help you complete your next home decor project with the perfect finishing touch, we're introducing the Collins trim.

    Refined elegance.

    The Collins trim stems from Northern Europe where styles like Bauhaus and minimalism flourished, giving it a modern, international flair. It's known for its ability to soften a room and serves as a good backdrop for more complex modern levers.
    Collins trim
    A uniquely modern touch in any home, the Collins trim embodies refined elegance, with a square influence that helps modernize a range of styles—from traditional to contemporary. Itcoordinates stunningly with rooms that incorporate cubic shapes, streamlined design, and industrial lighting. And since many new faucets and fixtures come with square back trims, it’s the perfect finishing touch to lighting or plumbing projects.

    Unmistakably modern.

    See how the Collins deadbolt (left) and Collins with Northbrook lever combo (right) pair perfectly with both the contemporary and transitional settings below. Both rooms feature clean lines and have a sort of minimalist appeal that makes this trim work so well.
    Add a Touch of Modern Flair with a Simple Door Hardware Upgrade
    Add a Touch of Modern Flair with a Simple Door Hardware Upgrade

    The perfect complement.

    The Collins trim pairs with a wide variety of styles, making it a great choice for homeowners that are still defining their taste in decor. It also makes a great finishing touch to a project, as it won’t clash with existing hardware elsewhere in the home.
    Take a look at two very unique styles below. When paired with the Latitude lever (left), the Collins trim takes on a modern style. However, when paired with the Accent lever (right), Collins can look undeniably transitional.
    Add a Touch of Modern Flair with a Simple Door Hardware Upgrade
    Add a Touch of Modern Flair with a Simple Door Hardware Upgrade

     

    For more information on the Collins design and details on where to buy, visit schlage.com.

     

    6 Ideas for Making the Most of Your Hallways

    February 12, 2016 12:33 PM by radhika.belkhede

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    6 Ideas for Making the Most of Your Hallways | Schlage

    Don't let your hallways be a blank slate. Check out these six functional and stylish ideas to make the most of this space.

     

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    Hallways are often the lowest priority on a homeowner's to-do list - yet they're the part of your home that likely sees the most traffic. If your hallways are a blank slate, why not make them both stylish and functional? Here are six of our favorite ideas to help you make this most of this important space.

    1. Create a library.

    Many homeowners dream of their own, personal library but if space is an issue, try getting creative. Your hallway could be the best spot to store your literary treasures and makes an impressive statement.

    2. Add character.

    The hallway is the perfect place to take your favorite architectural detail and make it a reality. Try an easy DIY board and batten look or even beadboard to take this narrow space from drab to beautiful. Be sure to check out the before and afters from House 185 on this hallway makeover.
    6 Ideas for Making the Most of Your Hallways | Schlage

    3. Make it kid-friendly.

    Why not use the hallway as more entertaining space for your kids? Create a chalkboard wall for hours of entertainment and artwork that has personal meaning.

    4. Keep it simple.

    Of course, you can never go wrong by keeping it simple. Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls and trim and hang a few pieces of artwork and you'll have a hallway that makes an impact without stealing the show.
    6 Ideas for Making the Most of Your Hallways | Schlage

    5. Try a pattern.

    If you're drawn to trendy wallpapers but fear they could be overwhelming, the hallway is the perfect place to give it a shot. Let the width of your hallway determine the pattern and color palette you choose and have some fun.

    6. Get organized.

    If storage space is limited, put your hallway to good use by making it functional. Add a few shelves or a dresser to store the items that just haven't found a home yet. If your hallway is narrow, this shoe organizer from IKEA is a popular choice among homeowners.

     

    How do you dress up your hallways? Comment below to let us know!

    5 unique interior door makeovers to dress up your home this winter

    February 9, 2016 9:48 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage

    Don't forget to makeover your doors for a winter interior renovation that will make a big impact. Check out five of our favorite interior door looks.

     

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    Looking for a quick winter project that will transform the look of your home? Try giving one - or more - of your interior doors a makeover for an easy project that makes a big impact. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for dressing up those boring old doors and making them pop.
    1. Get the farmhouse look.

    With the popularity of modern farmhouse style and sliding barn doors, try this DIY stable door for a change. Get the details on paint colors and hardware choices over on Apartment Therapy. Spoiler: That's a Schlage Georgian knob in Aged Bronze finish.

     

    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage
    2. Add drama with black doors.
    A quick way to make a dramatic statement is by painting your doors black. The look is both classic and luxurious and will look like you spent a fortune on expensive doors. Finish the look off with either Satin Brass or Matte Black hardware. Here's of our favorites from StyleCarrot and a Schlage photo of an in-home basement theater featuring our Accent lever with Camelot trim in Matte Black finish.
    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage
    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage

     

    3. Coordinate with the trim.
    When it comes to painting your home, many homeowners believe the trim is off limits. Why not try something new and coordinate your door with the surrounding trim? We're loving the way the door coordinates with the walls and trim for a look that's anything but bland and boring. You can easily copy this look on plain slab doors with DIY faux panels.
    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage
    4. Go bold with color.

    Is your home mostly neutral? Give it an elegant pop of color by painting your interior doors a rich shade. This technique adds something fun without being over the top.

     

    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage
    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage
    5. Try a DIY herringbone door.

    Looking for something even more unique? Try this DIY herringbone door. The project is much more time intensive than the ideas above but the end result is worth all the work. Check out this great tutorial from Home Stories A to Z

     

    5 Unique Interior Door Makeovers to Dress Up Your Home This Winter | Schlage

     

    Which look is your favorite? Comment below to let us know! And if you're looking for even more door makeover inspiration, check out our Adore Your Doors Pinterest board.

    How to DIY your own smart home

    February 5, 2016 9:36 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    The DIY Smart Home | Schlage

    This infographic will show you everything you need to DIY a more efficient, secure and/or entertaining smart home.

     

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    According to a recent consumer study conducted by Traditional Home Magazine, there will be 25 billion connected devices in use by 2020 - up from 4.9 billion 2015. The same study also found that nearly one-fourth (24%) of consumers think the technology will be an everyday, common feature in US households.

     

    There are many benefits of building your own smart home but many homeowners feel overwhelmed by the cost and wealth of options. Reduce some of the anxiety by selecting devices you can easily install and manage on your own. Breaking it down by the conveniences that are most important to you and your family can simplify it and help you prioritize which devices to buy.

     

    Equipping your very own smart home is much simpler than you may think. Depending on the goals you'd like to accomplish, this infographic will walk you through the steps you should take to identify which devices you need most as well as the amount of time and difficulty it takes to install. Take a look at some of the top combinations of devices we recommend whether you want greater security, energy efficiency or just looking to entertain yourself and guests.

     

    Which smart home scenario appeals most to you? Join us on Facebook to let us know!
     

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    Looking for even more information on getting started with your first smart home? Take a look at our tech board on Pinterest for great resources.

    15 Essential Skills for the New Homeowner

    February 3, 2016 9:17 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    15 Essential Skills for the New Homeowner | Schlage

    Get your new home ownership off to the perfect start and save a little extra money by learning these 15 essential skills every homeowner should know.

     

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    Purchasing a new home is an exciting time - especially for the first-time buyer - but can also be overwhelming. No matter if it's an older home, a brand new build or a recent flip, there will always be something you need to work on. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the cost of always hiring a professional, it pays to develop a few skills of your own and save the professionals for the bigger and even more dangerous projects. Here are fifteen skills you should pick up right away.
    15 Essential Skills for the New Homeowner | Schlage
     

    1. The right tools.

    Before you get started, it's crucial to ensure you have the basic necessities covered. A well stocked toolbox is usually acquired over time but there are a few foundation tools you'll need to tackle many of the skills below. Here's a fantastic guide from Lifehacker to help you get started.

    2. Door hardware installation.

    One of the first things you need to do when you take possession of your new home is change all your exterior deadbolts and locks. There's no way of knowing who had access to your home before so this is a necessary step for greater security. Choose a new deadbolt based on security rating and ease of installation and you can save some extra cash right off the bat. Be sure to check out our How-to-Center and YouTube channel for plenty of installation manuals and videos for each of our products.

    3. Painting

    Hiring a professional to paint your home is a major time saver and highly convenient but can be rather costly. If you don't have the budget to hire someone to paint and your house could benefit from a fresh coat, this is a skill you need. It's even crucial if your home doesn't need a full coat of paint, but could use a few touch-ups from normal wear and tear.

    4. Fill holes

    Did the previous owner fill the walls with pictures and decor? You may have a major eyesore from the numerous nails and holes that were left behind. A simple search on YouTube will bring up plenty of tutorials for how to fill those holes on your own. This skill will also come in handy in the unfortunate event that an accident happens and a small hole is knocked into the wall.

     

    5. Caulking.

    Cracks in the caulk of your bathtub or shower can result in water damage to your walls as moisture seeps through. Save your calls to a contractor for the really big projects and learn how to re-caulk your bathtub on your own. It's an easy skill to pick up and will take less than 30 minutes to complete. Here's a great tutorial from This Old House

    6. Clean the gutters.

    Over time, your gutters build up with leaves and debris, making it difficult for them to do their job and guide the rainwater safely to the ground. This can result in trapped rainwater and cause your gutters to rust and break away. Proper maintenance can prolong the life of your gutters and save you a major headache and cost down the road.

     

    7. Unclog drains.

    It's very common for bathroom and kitchen drains to clog as time goes on but a simply clogged drain is not the time for an expensive plummer visit - although that's exactly what you'll need if you don't address the clog right away. There are many methods available across the web for unclogging your drains. Here's our favorite from Lifehacker.

     

    8. Inspiration.

    It also pays as a homeowner to have a few go-to resources for decor and remodeling inspiration. A few of our favorites include PinterestHouzzPorch and Zillow.

     

    9. Lighting installation.

    Before you get started in installing your very first lighting fixture, it's important to note that you should always call a professional if the job requires replacing old wires or re-wiring to a different part of the room. If you plan to just replace an existing light fixture with a new one, then that's a job any skill level can accomplish. Just be sure to read all the manufacturer's instructions and turn off all power to the room first.

     

    10. How to choose the right contractor.

    The time will come when a project proves to be too difficult or too dangerous for you to accomplish on your own. This is when you'll need to hire a professional. Be sure to collect referrals from family and friends, scour the web for online reviews and complaints and acquire multiple quotes before you settle on one. You'll also need to understand what permits and licenses your contractor will need and ensure he acquires those before beginning the job. Also make sure he has his own insurance to cover accidents or liabilities. You should never take out a permit, license or insurance on your behalf.

     

    11. How to hang pictures and decor.

    Hanging photos and decor takes more skill than you might think. Be sure to always check that what you're hanging is level. If it's a heavy item like a mirror or shelf, use a stud finder to find studs for extra stability.

     

    12. How to use the circuit breaker.

    Understanding where your circuit breaker is and which breakers control which rooms in your home is beneficial for a number of reasons. When you go to install that new light fixture, make sure you know how to turn the power off. Or, if you're blow drying your hair while your husband is vacuuming the carpet from the same room, know how to flip the breaker back on when you overload the power.

     

    13. Turn off the water.

    Knowing how to turn off the water to your home can help prevent major damage when you decide to go away in the winter or need to repair or replace your bathroom and kitchen pipes. Here's a great video that will teach you to turn off your water and the steps you need to take immediately after.

     

    14. Change your furnace filter.

    Changing your furnace filter is easy and a great way to prolong the life of your furnace and reduce allergens in your home. Take a look at the current filter in your furnace to determine the size you'll need. Be sure to change your filter about every month or so.

     

    15. Add salt to the water softener.

    If you have a water softener in your home, be sure to know how to refill it when salt levels get low for optimum performance. Doing so is easy and just requires you to choose your preferred softener salt and fill to the appropriate level.

     

    What other skills would you recommend for the new homeowner? Share your experiences and advice below!

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