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    Don't overlook these 5 interior details

    March 28, 2016 1:47 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    Don't Overlook These 5 Interior Details | Schlage

    Refreshing your home doesn't have to mean a major remodeling project. Upgrade these 5 overlooked details for a quick style update.



    When it comes to remodeling your home, there are a few details you may be quick to overlook but actually play a major role in tying an entire room together. The good news is, these details can easily and affordably be upgraded in a single day and can make a big impact without a full room remodel. Check them out below and see if your home could benefit from these simple changes.
    Don't Overlook These 5 Interior Details | Schlage

    1. Door hardware

    In the past, door hardware was always seen as a basic necessity that only deserved our attention when it was time to repair and replace. Now that there are so many stylish and affordable options on the market, door hardware has become a reflection of your personal style. From traditional to contemporary and everything in between, it is now easier than ever to purchase the style and finish of your choice. Check out our Style Selector to help you get started.

    2. Hinges

    Depending on the original finish of your door hardware, once you've replaced old knobs and levers with a new style and finish, you may need to upgrade your hinges as well. Matte Black or silver finishes won't take you very far if your hinges are reminiscent of the outdated bright brass knobs you had before. But don't let this project intimidate you. Changing your hinges can be as easy as removing and replacing one at a time. No need to remove your whole door and worry about proper alignment with this one.

    3. Thresholds

    Like many homeowners, your flooring may vary from room to room. Thresholds play an important role in transitioning from one room to the next without looking incomplete. You should always place a threshold when your flooring changes. For example, where the carpet of a bedroom ends but the tile of a bathroom begins. Do not place thresholds when flooring continues from room to room, like the hardwood in a living room that continues into a hallway.

    4. Switch plates

    After many years of wear and tear on your lighting and outlet switch plates, these covers can start to look a bit dingy. Consider a quick cleaning or opt for new cover altogether. They're affordable, easy to install and can make a room look completely refreshed in no time.

    5. Vent covers

    Through the years, your vent covers can collect a lot of dust and hair - especially if you have pets. Take some time to remove these covers and give them a quick wash or consider replacing with a style and finish that better reflects your personal style. You may even consider choosing a look that complements your door hardware and lighting fixtures.


    What other details have you updated in your home that completely changed the look and feel? Comment below to let us know and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!


    5 ways to keep your mudroom from looking like a mudroom

    March 25, 2016 1:34 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    The mudroom doesn't have to be a bland, often dirty room. Here are 5 ways to make the mudroom as stylish as the rest of your home.



    Ah, the mudroom. Or like many homeowners, maybe it's just the back door. Either way, this space is often overlooked and quickly dirtied with constant traffic moving in and out. There's no reason not to make this space feel like it's part of the home and a reflection of your personal style - even if you do have to mop it a bit more frequently. Here are five simple ideas to make your mudroom a stylish part of the home.

    1. Install classic finishes

    We are loving this mudroom makeover shared over on Apartment Therapy. This homeowner took a bland space brought it to life with a trendy light fixture and vibrant accessories. Satin Brass lighting is the perfect touch with the black door and Satin Nickel hardware. For more tips on mixing hardware the right way, check out our guide to mixing finishes.

    2. Add unique flooring

    Resist the urge to stick with a boring neutral flooring if you want to give your mudroom a touch of something special. Who knows - having something unique you'll want to show off may motivate you to keep this space even tidier. Sarah M. Dorsey creates the perfect entrance by installing her flooring in a herringbone pattern to mix things up. *Spoiler: This clean space also features the perfect finishing touch with Schlage's Latitude levers in Polished Nickel.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    3. Place a cute rug and planter

    You don't have to opt for time consuming projects like new flooring or light fixtures. Simply place a new rug and houseplant to make this space feel homey in no time. We're loving the combination of colors from Not Just a Housewife with Satin Nickel door hardware.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    4. Create built--in storage

    The best entryways - whether at the front or back of the house - always remain clean and organized. Add some built-in storage so you can have a place for everything when you step in the door and avoid having shoes and mail all over your home. Get the details on this Cape Cod home from Home Bunch.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    5. Add a touch of glam

    Don't let the name "mudroom" fool you into thinking this room doesn't deserve a touch of glam. When it comes to your personal style, anything goes, including a crystal chandelier in an eclectic farmhouse mudroom. See more of this adorable home from Style Me Pretty.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage
    What unique touches have you added to your back entrance or mudroom? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

    5 must-have details for hollywood regency style

    March 15, 2016 12:45 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage

    To get the iconic Hollywood Regency look in your home, be sure to include these five must-have design elements.


    Hollywood Regency style - or Glitz and Glam - has quickly moved to popularity in the last couple of years. With its nod to classic Hollywood and glamorous details, it's no wonder it has an influence over many home decor brands. If you've been wondering how to pull this iconic look off, the details really do matter. Here are five details you shouldn't skimp for true, Hollywood Regency style.

    1. Statement furniture

    In Hollywood, its all about making a statement and being the start of the show. You should have one furniture piece that does just that. Look for pieces that will spark a conversation with your guests. The more unique, the better. With a little patience and perseverance, you can find the perfect piece of furniture without the Hollywood budget by browsing thrift stores and consignment shops.

    2. Gorgeous glass

    You won't have to look far to find the perfect fixtures and accessories complete with plenty of shine to add a little Hollywood glamour. Look for lighting or mirrors adorned with crystals to reflect the 1930s chandeliers that were so popular among starlets. When it comes to Hollywood Regency, no amount of shine is too much.

    5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage

    3. Bold colors

    It wouldn't be Hollywood without the drama. This iconic style often pairs bold colors that offer the perfect pop when paired with black, white or grey. It's easy to play around with multiple colors especially when starting with a neutral base but for true Hollywood Regency style, its best to choose one color and stick to it.

    4. Elaborate prints

    Solid colors aren't the only way to add a little drama to your space. Elaborate prints in vintage wallpapers or furniture and throw pillows are great at doing this as well. After choosing your bold color above, find an elaborate print that pairs well like paisley or damask. Hollywood Regency is anything but understated so choose a single print and go big.

    5. Polished metals

    Don't overlook the hardware in your home for a chance to add even more shine and glamour. Our Polished Nickel finish (pictured left) will perfectly match homes with lacquered surfaces and glass accents, but is adaptable enough to coexist with other modern styles. If your home falls into a warmer environment, consider Satin Brass (pictured right), featuring hints of gold for a modern brass alternative.


    5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage 5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage

    Which detail is your favorite when it comes to Hollywood Regency style? Comment below to let us know!


    Install door hardware with ease with this door prep checklist

    March 11, 2016 10:25 AM by claire.cox

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Install Door Hardware With Ease With This Door Prep Checklist

    Before installing new door hardware, be sure to verify your door's holes are properly drilled and alignment is correct with this door prep checklist.



    Installing new door hardware is an easy project that any homeowner can take on. Whether you're a seasoned remodeler or just getting started at tackling these projects on your own, with a little prep work, you can update a whole home in no time. Follow this door prep checklist to make sure your hardware project goes quickly and smoothly.
    Install Door Hardware With Ease With This Door Prep Checklist
    Before you start installing your new hardware, you'll need to verify the holes are properly drilled. Be sure to check each of the following items off on your list before you begin installation. If you can't check each one, you'll need to adjust your door or frame to ensure a proper fit. Here are the measurements you should check for both interior and exterior doors.



    - Your lock crossbore diameter must measures 2 1/8".


    Lock crossbore measurement



    - The backset is the distance from the edge of the door to the center line of the prep in the door. This should measure 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" from the door edge to the center of the crossbore.

    Door backset measurement

     Latch bore


    - The latch bore should measure 1" in diameter.


    Measurement of door latch bore



    - The thickness of the door should be between 1 3/8" and 1 3/4"

    Proper door thickness for standard door hardware



    - The latch bore in the doorjamb should measure at least 7/8" in diameter and a minimum of a 1/2" deep.

    Doorjamb latch bore measurement
    When installing door hardware on exterior doors, also check the door's current alignment by answering these questions:
      Can I lock my door without lifting, pulling or pushing the door?
      Does my door alignment stay the same with the changing seasons?
      When the door is closed, is there space for the deadbolt to extend 1" into the frame when locked?


    Once you've verified these important factors, you'll be all set to install in just a few easy steps. For more door prep and installation tutorials, be sure to visit the Schlage YouTube page or the How-to-Center at schlage.com.