The best modern door hardware for contemporary style homes


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The best modern door hardware for contemporary style homes

By emily.bailey

Monday, October 26, 2020

Modern living room

From finish to knob and lever style, take a look at the perfect modern door hardware pairings you should consider for your contemporary home.



Contemporary spaces rely on the simplicity of color and shape, rather than elaborate design, to provide their aesthetic appeal. With a focus on clean lines and basic shapes, contemporary style was made popular throughout the late 20th century and has continued to evolve into the 21st. If that sounds like your personal style, take a look at these modern door trim, knobs, levers and finishes that look best in contemporary homes.
Modern living room with concrete wall and fireplace

Modern door trim styles

The subtle details in our trim options create the perfect foundation for the rest of your door hardware. Give your home a unique touch by choosing a trim that perfectly reflects your modern or contemporary style.

Modern dining room with Schlage Rosewood lever.

Century trim

Schlage Century modern door trim
The Century trim is chic, boasting a delicate, slightly curved shape that is simple yet imaginative. This trim is a Mid-Century Modern design, characterized by homes built between 1945 and 1980 and made popular in Southern Californian cities like Santa Monica.


Collins trim

Schlage Collins modern door lock trim
The strong lines and square shape of the Collins trim embody refined elegance and provide it with a distinct, minimalist appeal. This trim stems from Northern Europe where styles like Bauhaus and minimalism flourished, giving it a modern, international flair.


Greenwich trim

Schlage Greenwich Mid-Century modern door lock trim
The unassuming look of the Greenwich trim is modern and stylish and lends a chic touch of simplicity to any space. With a Californian flair, this trim was inspired by the look and feel of Mid-Century Modern homes.


Greyson trim

Schlage Greyson urban modern door lock trim
The Greyson trim is elegant, with contemporary appeal that adds a tasteful modern touch to any space. This trim has a chic, urban aesthetic, inspired by fast-paced metropolitan spaces like Manhattan.


Kinsler trim

Schlage Kinsler modern door trim
When you want to make the door knob or lever the star of the show, you want the Kinsler trim. Simple, streamlined and extremely versatile, this circular trim seamlessly blends with nearly any design. It’s the perfect showpiece for any knob, lever or finish.


Rosewood trim

Schlage Rosewood modern door trim
In stark contrast to the Kinsler trim, the Rosewood trim offers a more complex, lavish look. Its multi-faceted face is reminiscent of Old Hollywood and offers a touch of glamour. This style is perfect for an updated take on Art Deco and similar maximalist trends of the 21st century.


Upland trim

Schlage Upland Bauhaus style modern door lock trim.
The Upland trim offers a fresh take on simplistic design by focusing on the beauty of its shape alone. It takes significant style cues from the Bauhaus design movement, best known for open floor plans, functional furniture and smooth facades. This style was made popular in Germany and often featured a muted color palette of blacks, whites and greys.


Door knobs, handles & levers

Take your contemporary style up a notch by choosing the perfect knob or lever to accentuate your favorite trim. Classic door handles like the ones below never go out of style.

Modern door hardware

Broadway lever

Schlage Broadway modern door lever
The minimal, tubular design of the Broadway lever offers a tastefully reserved, yet high-style look. This door lever is influenced by the urban style found in large metropolitan cities. Its tubular design is a sub-genre of the Bauhaus movement.


Dempsey lever

Schlage Dempsey modern door lever
The Dempsey lever is the answer to a romantic, opulent look in your modern space. Inspired by the Hollywood Regency trend, it features an updated glamour that makes it ideal for any room that needs a bit of panache.


Latitude lever

Schlage Latitude modern door lever
The Latitude lever offers a crisp perspective on minimalist design with its clean lines and rectangular features. The modern look of the Latitude lever stems from Mid-Century Modern design and urban town centers like the vibrant city of Miami.


Manhattan lever

Schlage Manhattan modern door lever.
The Manhattan lever offers a modern touch of elegance to any space, bringing with it clean lines, a simple design and a commercial appeal. This lever finds its roots in Mid-Century Modern design and works particularly well in modern environments.


Merano lever

Schlage Merano contemporary style door lever
The Merano lever has a graceful curve that makes this style as delicate as it is chic. This lever gets its sophisticated style from Italian designs of the 1980s and 1990s.


Northbrook lever

Schlage Northbrook Bauhaus style door lever.
The Northbrook lever is imaginative and refined, offering a new view on minimalist design. This lever stems from Eastern European style—particularly that of Germany and the Bauhaus architectural movement. However, the inventive transition from square handle to round shank illustrates a fresh interpretation ofn true Bauhaus design.


Bowery knob

Schlage Bowery modern door knob
The Bowery knob’s clean lines and minimalist design give it a futuristic look that’s as modern as it is stylish. The smart style of the Bowery knob stems from its Mid-Century Modern roots that are ever-present in Schlage’s contemporary line.


Hobson knob

Schlage Hobson modern glass door knob
The Hobson knob is a gorgeous update on the classic glass knobs found in Victorian homes. With its cleaner face and only a hint of embellishment, it’s a modern choice for your contemporary or transitional space.


Door hardware finishes

Complete your contemporary door hardware set with a finish that coordinates perfectly. Here are four we'd recommend to help your modern home stand out in the best way possible.

Modern living room with Schlage Latitude lever.

Satin Nickel

Satin nickel
Satin Nickel is a versatile finish, full of brushed silver hues, that offers a tasteful and flattering accent to any project. This classic finish saw its rise to popularity alongside the Victorian and Mid-Century Modern design movements.


Bright Chrome

Bright chrome
The smooth, mirror-like finish of Bright Chrome gives it a dramatic allure that never fails to make a statement. Bright Chrome finds its inspiration in the Art Deco movement and the jazzy style of the roaring 20s, but is able to seamlessly transition into the minimalist approach of the 1930s and 40s as well.


Polished Nickel

Polished nickel
The Polished Nickel finish is a glamorous designer finish that can adapt to blend into nearly any décor without being overlooked. It was inspired by the timeless sophistication of the Victorian Era. Made from solid nickel, it can change its color and appearance with a simple change of lighting.


Matte Black

Matte black
The striking appearance of the Matte Black finish creates an elegant look that’s sure to be noticed in any style setting. Matte Black is unique in its ability to serve as a bridge between the worlds of modern and traditional styles.


For even more help building the perfect door hardware set for your contemporary home, check out our style selector tool.