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    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Amazon Alexa: What you need to know

    October 31, 2017 2:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Amazon Alexa: What you need to know

    Here’s what you need to know before you connect your smart lock to Amazon Alexa.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt makes it easier to control access to your home – getting started is simple with the Schlage Home app and gaining remote access from anywhere is no problem when you pair the lock with the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter. And now you can also access your lock with Amazon Alexa voice commands. Here’s what you need to know to combine the superior security of the Schlage Sense lock with the great convenience of Amazon Alexa.
    Smart locks - Schlage Sense - Amazon Alexa

    1. Will current Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt models be compatible with Amazon Alexa?

    Yes, all current Schlage Sense lock models are compatible with Amazon Alexa devices through the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter (sold separately), which is perfect for remote access for split-device households or owners who haven’t chosen a home automation system yet.

    2. What hubs does the Schlage Sense lock work with?

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with Alexa-enabled devices via the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter. The Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter does not work with HomeKit or support the use of Siri® voice control.

    3. How do I connect with Amazon Alexa?

    To connect your Schlage Sense lock with an Alexa-enabled device, plug the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter into power at home within Bluetooth range of the lock (about 40 feet). Then use the Schlage Home app to pair your deadbolt with the adapter and connect it to your home WiFi.

     

    Once it is connected, you are ready to complete the setup within the Alexa app. Enable the Schlage Home skill in the Alexa app and link your Schlage account to your Alexa account to give the skill permission to access the lock.

    4. What can the Schlage Sense lock and Amazon Alexa do?

    After connecting the devices, you can ask Alexa to lock and unlock the door, and check the status of your Schlage Sense deadbolt . This offers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing your home is always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

     

    Voice unlocking is one the newest functions available in the integration between Schlage and Amazon Alexa. The feature was made possible through technological improvements that now requires Alexa to authenticate the user’s identity prior to unlocking the door. The additional step helps to maintain the superior security you expect from Schlage while still enjoying the convenience of voice activation. Read more about unlocking your door with Amazon Alexa here.

    5. What can't the Schlage Sense lock and Amazon Alexa do?

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aims to create carefully designed products that bring the possibilities and potential of every door in your home to life – keeping you safe and making life easier and more connected. We are unwilling to compromise that, especially when it comes to smart home integration. With this in mind, Amazon Alexa is not enabled to check battery status or create/maintain secured codes. This ensures that control of these features remains directly in consumers’ hands rather than relying on third-party components.

     

    Whether asking Alexa from bed if the front door is locked or manually securing your deadbolt from the touchscreen, the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt provides all users with keyless convenience and confidence in their home security. Add to that additional benefits that come when you pair your lock with the other technology in your home and it’s proof that smarter homes start with Schlage.

     

    Learn about our other smart home integrations for the Schlage Sense lock at schlage.com. If you have questions about setting up your smart lock, message us on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    4 ways to mix and match materials in your kitchen for a designer look

    October 26, 2017 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    4 ways to mix and match materials in your kitchen for a designer look

    Give your kitchen unexpected flavor by combining wood, stone, glass and more. Here’s how to get the mix right.

     

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    The kitchen is all about mixing and matching. Experienced chefs often love to break away from that ho-hum recipe mold and create something new with a dash of unexpected flavor. Achieving this in your kitchen design is possible in many ways. Here are some tips for combining materials to create a unique kitchen look that suits your individual taste.

    Countertops

    An easy way to get started mixing materials is by using a statement material for the island and a simpler surface for countertops, like in this recent project in which two different quartz stones from Cambria on the island and counter are mixed. And don’t hesitate to contrast quartz against marble, granite or other stones.

    The key to mixing surfaces is to use tones that relate (by sticking to either cool or warm families) and also to use strong contrast so the mismatch is clearly intentional and beautiful. Pick a material with a grain or variation, and then use one of the grain tones for the solid surface. Here the dark zinc on the islands matches the grain tone of the polished Calacatta gold marble.

    These material combinations are often applied to white kitchens. The white keeps the mix from looking too wild, yet the contrast gives the minimalist palette extra life. Here we see a light Statuario marble island and darker Emperador marble counters.
    Continuing a material theme with other surfaces helps tie everything together, such as using a marble-topped dining table (like the classic Saarinen style seen here) to pick up on a marble counter and backsplash.
    You can also beautifully mix stone counters with butcher block. Take a cue from this room and use a demure, subtly patterned stone to avoid its fighting your wood grain.

    Upper and lower cabinets

    Another great way to mix in wood is to use a little on the lower cabinets (matching or lighter than the floor), and stick to the wall color on the uppers for a rich natural flair mixed with airiness. Dark gray or a punchy color also works well on lower cabinets (with light uppers) to keep the eye moving without the feeling being claustrophobic.

     

    For more drama, apply a dark color to the uppers instead, but stick to neutrals. A calm gray like below won’t crowd you in as much as a very saturated color — save that for a few small accents.

    You can also try breaking up dark cabinets with glass door fronts to reduce the dark surface area. On the other hand, darker cabinets also work well to frame the kitchen for a modern look, because they visually define where the kitchen starts and ends even if your floor plan is open.

     

    For a traditional look, try applying a dark finish to the island so it stands out from the main cabinets as its own furniture statement.

    Mixed metals magic

    In modern and traditional spaces, copper is one of the hottest finishes of the year; it works best in small doses, like on a few pendants or hanging pots.

     

    In general you shouldn’t be afraid to mix in a touch of a new, warm metal, like the brass pendants seen here, to add decadent contrast to stainless steel appliances or accents.

    Matte black gunmetal also works wonders as a stunning counterpoint to shiny stainless steel.

     

    Keep in mind, when mixing many materials and tones, it’s best to pick some themes to repeat to create a sense of harmony, such as using multiple shades of wood or sticking to only neutrals. When in doubt, wood, metal and glass make a classic trio.

    One last idea

    In this TIDG project, the same wallpaper used in the dining space was applied as a kitchen backsplash, layered under a glass panel. This unusual use of material connects the adjacent spaces and makes a unique statement that stands up to passing trends.

    As long as you combine materials you love in a way that feels right to you, you’ll achieve a look you’ll love beyond the passing of trends. So go ahead and mix with confidence!
    How are you mixing materials in your home? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on September 17, 2014.

     

    Yanic Simard | Houzz contributor



    Principal designer at the award-winning Toronto Interior Design Group and it’s talented team of designers.

    10 ways to extend your smartphone's super powers

    October 23, 2017 1:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Super smartphone

    Your smartphone plays a bigger role in your life than you may already realize. Here are 10 unique ways to start taking advantage of its many conveniences.

     

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    You rarely leave home without it. It's the one thing that's always by your side, whether home or away. If forgotten, a sinking feeling may overcome. How can you navigate without it?

     

    Your smartphone plays a bigger role in your life than you may already realize. Here are ten unique ways you can extend the power of your smartphone and start taking advantage of many of its conveniences.
     

    Smartphone super powers.

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

    October 17, 2017 11:57 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

    If you’re looking for the convenience and peace of mind that comes with being able to access your lock from anywhere, there are multiple options available for doing this.

     

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    Have you ever left the house in a hurry, and later wondered whether you accidentally left the door unlocked behind you? With so many things to juggle in life, it’s happened to us all.

     

    That got us thinking – what if you never had to wonder whether your door was unlocked again? What if you could lock it from wherever you are? And wouldn’t you like to receive smartphone notifications whenever the lock is used so you can keep track of who’s going in and out and when?

    Schlage Sense - Smart Lock - Anywhere Access

    So we designed the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt so that users could have this functionality – if they want it. Smart lock beginners who want to benefit from the lock’s basic features can do that out of the box with just a smartphone, no need for a home automation system or other smart accessories.

     

    However, if you’re looking for the convenience and peace of mind that comes with being able to access your lock from anywhere, there are multiple options available for doing this – and it’s easy to choose the right one for you.

     

    Here are the basics:

    Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter option: Android smartphones + iPhone

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Anywhere Access

    If you want to use both iPhone and Android smartphones with your lock, you’ll want a Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter.

     

    The Adapter is a simple wall plug-in that connects your lock to your WiFi network so you can lock and unlock it from anywhere and receive activity notifications. It’s easy to set up – plug it in within Bluetooth range of the lock (usually about 40 feet), and use the Schlage Sense app to connect the Adapter to your home Wi-Fi network. Then pair it with your lock.

     

    As long as your Adapter stays plugged into power, connected to WiFi and within Bluetooth range of the lock, you’ll be able to access it using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android smartphone from anywhere.

     

    Keep in mind that while the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter will work with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it does not work with Apple HomeKit and is not compatible with features like Siri or the Apple Home app.

    Apple HomeKit option: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch only

    Schlage Sense - Remote Access - HomeKit Lock

    If you have an Apple TV or use iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in your household, you might prefer the Apple HomeKit setup option. If your lock is up to date with the latest firmware (use the Schlage Home app to check for updates), it will ask you simple questions at setup to determine whether this Apple HomeKit option is best for you.

     

    If you set up your lock with the Apple HomeKit option, you can pair your lock with your Apple TV and gain anywhere access using Apple HomeKit technology. You’ll still be able to control your lock and manage settings from anywhere with the Schlage Home app, plus your lock will work in tandem with other HomeKit-enabled devices in your home through the Apple Home app. You’ll also be able to use Siri to lock and unlock your door, and receive notifications when the lock is used (use the Schlage Home app to manage your notification settings.)

     

    Keep in mind that this option is intended for Apple HomeKit users and does not work with Android smartphones.

     

    Here are the technical details:

     

    We recommend an Apple TV 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher. If you decide to use your iPad as your Apple HomeKit hub (a new functionality offered by Apple with iOS 10.0), the iPad must stay at home powered on and connected to WiFi just as an Apple TV would be.

     

    You’ll also want to make sure that the Apple TV/iPad is set up with the same iCloud and iTunes account information as your iPhone.

    If I already have a Schlage Sense lock, how do I update it so that I can use it with Android and/or the WiFi Adapter?
    First, you’ll need to make sure your lock has the latest firmware. Firmware updates are important because they ensure that your Schlage Sense lock has the latest features and capabilities. The lock will notify you of a firmware update through the Schlage Home app. Firmware updates for the lock must be performed through the app within Bluetooth range of the lock:
    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    When you're within Bluetooth range of the lock, connect your lock with the app.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    Tap “Begin Update” or go to Lock Settings > Information and tap the firmware version information to request an update.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    The firmware will be updated over the next several minutes.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update
    Once you’re up to date with the latest firmware, you can change the setup option on your lock so it will work with Android devices and the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter. In the Schlage Home app, you’ll need to delete the lock from your account and pair it again, choosing the new setup option. This will return your lock to factory default settings and erase any new codes you’ve added, so make sure you record those if you want to add them to the lock again.
    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


    If the lock is currently set up with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, first delete the lock from the account by going to Lock Settings and tapping Delete Lock.

    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


    Then, use the Schlage Home app to pair the lock again. If adding the lock from an iOS device, select “Explore Other Options” and then “Set up with Schlage system.”

     

    A firmware update may be required, after which you will need to restart the “Add a lock” process and select the Schlage system.

     

    Once setup is complete, the lock will be compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and can be paired with the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter.

    Questions about lock setup? You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter or try our FAQs online.

     

    The squeaky hinge gets the grease: unusual ways to quiet your hinges

    October 16, 2017 11:13 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    The squeaky hinge gets the grease: unusual ways to quiet your hinges

    Halloween is almost here - the one time of year that squeaky door hinges are acceptable. However, for those who don’t feel like living in a haunted house, there are plenty of ways to fix your hinges.

     

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    Halloween is almost here - the one time of year that squeaky door hinges are acceptable. If you like getting into the spirit of the holiday by making your house as spooky as possible, put off fixing those squeaky hinges until November.
    Squeak-free Hinges - Schlage
    However, for those who don’t feel like living in a haunted house, there are plenty of ways to fix your hinges.

    WD-40

    There’s a reason dad always kept a can of WD-40 in the garage – it’s perfect for fixing squeaky hinges of all sorts. Rocket Chemical Company created WD-40 to prevent rusting on aerospace technology in the 1950s. “WD” stands for “water displacement,” and it took the three-person team who developed it 40 attempts before finalizing the formula, giving the product its name. Rocket employees started taking the solvent home and using it on a variety of household problems – from lubricating hinges to removing bugs from car windshields to removing road tar from cars. More than 75 years later, WD-40’s original formula still does the trick. Give your hinges some love by attaching the small straw to the canister spout for a more precise application, and enjoy your squeak-free door.

    Household items

    WD-40 isn’t the only option – there are other temporary fixes for your hinges. BrightNest has some great tips on household items that will fix a squeaky door.

    • Bar soap - Just rub it on your hinges until they are coated.
    • Petroleum jelly – Remove the pin from your hinge and cover it in petroleum jelly before reinserting.
    • Paraffin candles – Remove the pin from your hinges and rub hot wax onto it before reinserting.
    • Olive oil – Use a cotton swab to apply a little bit on top of your hinges.

     

    When using these common households products, be sure to concentrate on the hinges and avoid getting it on your doors as much as possible.

    New hinges

    Chances are you probably haven’t thought much about the style or finish of your hinges, but it’s often the small details that make the biggest impact in tying a room together. Replacing your hinges serves a dual purpose: improve the functionality of your door while also adding beauty and consistency throughout your home. If you just updated your door hardware with Matte Black finishes, swapping your Bright Brass hinges for Matte Black is a small and simple project that makes a big difference. Schlage carries hinges in a variety of finishes to match any décor.

    Door hinges - Schlage

    See how easy updating your hinges is in our step-by-step instructions. Or keep the squeak until after Halloween!

     

    For other how-to tips and tricks and decorating ideas, visit our Pinterest page.

    7 fall color palettes to try on your front porch

    October 13, 2017 10:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    7 fall color palettes to try on your front porch

    Fall is a time of transition that is marked by the changing colors in the leaves. One of the best ways to embrace this change is by updating some of the décor inside and outside your home.

     

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    Fall is a time of transition that is marked by the changing colors in the leaves. One of the best ways to embrace this change is by updating some of the décor inside and outside your home.
     

    Taking the time to clean off your front porch and refreshing it with a few accents like a seasonal wreath, potted plant and a gourd or two, will help you get in the fall spirit. While traditional fall décor often times comes in hues of orange, there are an abundance of color palette options available today. These are some of our favorites.

    Purple

    While the color purple easily finds its way into spring and summer blooms, it’s also a bold color that can be used to easily transition your front porch from summer to fall. It comes in a variety of shades and its cool and royal feel will leave your porch looking rustic and regal.

    Sage

    Though sage is a subdued hue, when it’s used in fall décor it can act as a neutral backdrop or an accent pop of color. Incorporating sage into your fall décor will leave your porch light and bright, while still on key with the season.

    Brown

    Brown may not be the first color you think of when you want to freshen up your front porch for fall. However, when used properly it can be both rustic and charming. Use dried corn stalks, wooden crates, brown leaf garland and wooden chalkboard signs to create a neutral monochromatic look that lets the brightly colored leaves pop.

    Yellow

    Welcome the fall season with a bright and cheery front porch by incorporating pops of yellow in your décor. From brightly colored mums and painted accents to the leaves falling from the trees in your yard, this golden hue is sure to warm up your porch as the temperatures cool down.

    Red

    Though Red is a shade found naturally throughout the fall season, it’s not necessarily a commonly used color in fall front porch décor as it typically takes a backseat to its sister shade of orange. Using apples, fabrics, florals and painted pumpkins, red can be the star of your fall front porch.

    Black and white

    Black and white are decorating classics. And with a season speckled in color, sometimes it’s the absence of color that makes a scene visually interesting. With white pumpkins, buffalo check rugs and iron accents, black and white can be a palette that works on any front porch.

    Indigo and orange

    Opposites attract. It’s a fact of life. Let your orange pumpkins and copper toned mums pop off a deeply indigo palette.

    Are you experimenting with a new color palette for your fall front porch décor this year? If so, what colors are you featuring? Share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging us @schlagelocks.

    Sharing access just got easier with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    October 10, 2017 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Sharing access just got easier with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    Sharing access with your smart lock is much safer and more secure than hiding or copying keys.

     

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    If you haven’t already heard, we recently updated our Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with some exciting new capabilities. Not only does the lock work with both iOS and Android devices, there are also new options that make sharing access easier than ever. Using this smart lock is simple and convenient, from scheduling access codes so the babysitter can have access only when neededand  to making sure the neighbor can get in to water the plants while you’re on vacation. 

     

    Best of all, sharing access with your smart lock is much safer and more secure than hiding or copying keys. You may even save money – you’ll never have to head to the hardware store to copy a key again. No more headaches trying to keep track of the keys you’ve handed out or worrying when one is lost or stolen, and no more keys weighing you down when you take your morning run. Adding an electronic lock to your home is definitely a lifestyle change – for the better.

    Smart lock - Access codes - Virtual keys - Schlage Sense

    Easy access for everyone

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt offers multiple ways to share access with those you trust - even if they don't have a smartphone to get in. The lock holds up to 30 access codes which are entered on the lock’s touchscreen, so you can create a personalized code for each person you’d like to allow into your home. The Schlage Home app makes it easy to add codes in just a few taps, and keeping track of codes is simple because you can name each one according to who it was shared with – so Mom, Dad, and Uncle Jerry can all have their own codes. You can even use the app to send them their code via text or email.

    To add new user codes through the Schlage Home app:

     

    Smart Lock - User code set up - Schlage Sense

    Tap the “Users” icon in the bottom right of the screen.

    Under the “Access Codes” tab tap the “+” in the upper right of the screen.

     

    Smart Lock - User code set up - Schlage Sense

     

    Enter a name and digits for the access code. Choose between granting All Day Access or schedule the code for a specific time period.

    Tap “Save” in the upper right corner to save the code. You’ll be prompted to share the new access code with your guest through text or email.

    Custom schedules

    The Schlage Home app gives you even more control over access sharing by allowing you to set schedules for each access code so they only work when you want them to. For example, if you want the babysitter to be able to use her code to enter your home only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, you can do that. The rest of the week, the code won’t work – so you have greater control over who can access your home and when. It’s also easy to delete codes with the app when you no longer need them – much easier than tracking down a spare key or re-keying your lock because a key has been lost or stolen.

    Here's how to schedule access codes for your Schlage Sense lock:
     

    Smart Lock - Schedule user codes - Schlage Sense


    Tap the “Users” icon in the bottom right of the screen. Select an access code to manage or create a new one.
     

    Smart Lock - Schedule user codes - Schlage Sense

    Under Access Schedule, tap the “All Day Access” slider off to make scheduling options appear.
     

    Smart Lock - Schedule user codes - Schlage Sense

    Select one of the two available schedules to edit. Select the days and times that the access schedule will allow or deny access to that code. Tap Save.

    Virtual keys

    If your guest has a smartphone, you can send them a virtual key through the cloud from wherever you are – even if you don’t have the lock set up for remote access (Learn how to enable remote access for your lock here). Virtual keys are like electronic credentials. Your guest will receive a secure link that expires within 24 hours and leads them to the Schlage Home app where their virtual key is accepted. When they arrive at the door with their Bluetooth® enabled smartphone, the lock will recognize their secure credentials and allow access. Thanks to the Bluetooth connection between the lock and their phone, they’ll be able to unlock the door right then and there using the Schlage Home app.

     

    *It's important to note that virtual keys will not work with locks set up using the HomeKit option. If you'd like to take advantage of virtual keys, you will need to reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup. See our FAQs for Schlage Sense for more information.

    Here's how to send virtual keys:
     

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense


    Open the app and select the lock the invite will be for. Tap the “Users” icon on the bottom right of the screen.
     

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense


    Tap “Virtual Keys.”

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense


    Enter name of invited user and indicate whether you’d like to provide Admin access or Guest access (recommended).

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense

    Select a method to send the invite – email, text, etc. The invitation will be available for 24 hours before it expires. When the user is near the lock with Bluetooth turned on, they will be able to use the Schlage Home app on their smartphone to lock or unlock the deadbolt.

    Lock history

    Another very cool feature offered by the Schlage Home app is the lock history, which you can tap to view a log of the last 100 times the lock was used. The history will tell you whether the lock was accessed manually with an access code (and show you which access code it was, so you always know what time the kids got home) or unlocked using the smartphone app.

     

    The great thing about all of these features is that they aren’t just convenient – they offer you a lot of peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home, your possessions and, most importantly, your family.

     

    Questions or comments about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt? Ask away on our Facebook or Twitter page.
     

    Ted talks Matte Black: “Style Sitdowns” with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    October 2, 2017 2:20 PM by Ted_Roberts

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    Ted talks Matte Black: “Style Sitdowns” with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    Matte Black is one of the most popular hardware finishes right now. It’s sleek, modern and can fit into almost any home. But how do you know if it’s right for you and your house?

     

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    Matte Black - Bedroom - Hardware Finishes - Schlage

    Creating a beautiful home requires hundreds of decisions. Flooring, paint, furniture, décor, curtains, wall hangings, lighting – the list goes on and on. Door hardware is probably pretty low on your list of priorities. You might be burnt out from making all of the other décor decisions by the time you get to deciding between levers and knobs and trims and finishes. But door hardware is a finishing touch that is instrumental in tying a house together. Like flooring or trim, you want your door hardware to match throughout your house and fit well with your overall décor theme. So how do you know what will be right for your home?
     

    Matte Black is one of the most popular hardware finishes right now. It’s sleek, modern and can fit into almost any home. But how do you know if it’s right for you and your house? We talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company. Who better to talk to about what finish will fit into your home than the design leader in charge of keeping up with new trends and styles? Ted told us how Schlage gets inspiration for products, why Matte Black is so popular and how he would style with Matte Black.

    Ted Roberts - Style & Design Chief - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    What sets Schlage apart as a style leader?

    Walter Schlage’s first patent was in 1909, and he founded the company in 1920, so Schlage has more that 95 years of experience and has seen styles come and go first-hand. The industry is changing with the advent of new technologies and that brings new challenges when determining door hardware’s design and usability. Schlage has the background and experience to tackle these challenges that have never been addressed before.

    Where does Schlage get style inspiration?

    The industrial design team goes to stores, trade shows and furniture shows to see what is currently popular in the market and what is about to come to market. They also look into cultural trends. What’s happening in movies, TV shows, fashion and auto industries to see what styles are developing.

    Matte Black - Home Decor - Latitude lever - Schlage

    Matte Black

    Why do you think Matte Black is so popular right now?

    Matte Black is a highly versatile finish. There are a number of styles, both architectural and home décor, that it works well with. The finish also has a direct tie to technology, which is becoming more integrated with traditional products. For years, technology was black and furniture was not. Matte Black can help blend the two worlds.

    How should someone style around Matte Black hardware?

    Matte Black works with a variety of colors. If you are planning on using Matte Black hardware, keep in mind that if you have dark paint or furniture, a room can get very dark, very quickly, and you’ll find yourself living in a cave.

     

    But if that’s what you’re looking for. Go for it!

    Matte Black  - Technology - Schlage Sense with Century trim - Century Handleset

    What should you avoid with Matte Black?

    Avoid making a room too dark. Dark walls, floors, or cabinets paired with Matte Black can start to make things feel a little cramped.

     

    Bigger rooms and rooms with a lot of windows can sometimes get away with this.

     

    Also watch out when combining blacks. Sometimes black paints have tints or undertones that make it a little more red or blue. It is a very subtle difference that you might not normally notice, but if you put a Matte Black doorknob on a black door with red undertones, you will probably notice.

    Next time you are in the market for new door hardware, and don’t already have black doors or dark rooms, keep your eyes out for Matte Black. It will bring a sleek, modern look to your whole house. If you’re convinced you need Matte Black hardware or you want to learn more, check out all of your options.

     

    Looking for more style information and inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page!

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