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    Get inspired with these #summerporch décor ideas.

    June 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Summer porch decor | Schlage

    Check out some of our favorite Instagram photos from bloggers and designers to get those outdoor décor juices flowing.

     

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    If your front porch is starting to feel stale this summer, we want to help. Check out some of our favorite Instagram photos from bloggers and designers to get those outdoor décor juices flowing, and don’t forget to follow the hashtags that have you feeling most inspired.

    #summerporch

    Look no further than @onceupona1912 for tips to style a farmhouse cottage. This traditional door complements the wicker furniture and natural wood planters, and the dark finish on the door hardware pairs nicely with a mint green door.
     

    This @oldsaltfarm entryway exemplifies the beauty of simplicity. The planters’ leaves and layered door mat give a pop of color against the otherwise basic black-and-white décor. Those house numbers are another nice detail that improves curb appeal.

    #summerpatio

    Two things we really love about this deck – efficient use of vertical space and party-ready décor. Check out @cleanandscentsible’s account for more photos of hanging planters that draw the eye up and her grilling and drink station along the back wall.
     

    Here’s outdoor flowers with a twist. Dried lavender not only helps create a rustic vibe but also contributes to the overall color scheme for @somuchbetterwithage.

    #summerdecor

    The color combination, the curtains, the calm. We can definitely see ourselves relaxing on this porch by @deacon_cottage.
     

    Are we inside or outside? It doesn’t really matter with this @farmhouseredefined porch. The stone fireplace and wood ceilings are a naturally gorgeous nod to the surrounding woods.

    #outdoorliving

    Looking at this @chrislovesjulia deck design has us planning our next backyard party.
     

    This porch exudes traditional Southern charm thanks to the wicker chairs, distressed table and the print of the rug. We also think @our1880southerncottage nailed the red, white and black color pairing.

    #outdoorspace

    The great thing about this @handmakeshome porch décor? It’s proof that adult chic can co-exist with kid cute.
     

    Without the string lights, fence design and firepit working together, this would be just another patio, but @crazychicdesign brightens things up with variety.

    Small space is no problem for @hunkerhome. The consistent use of light, neutral colors and natural materials keeps this balcony space from looking cluttered.

    #backyarddesign

    There are lots of patterns going on in @diffmiller’s design, but the commitment to a blue and white color scheme makes it work.
     

    This Bohemian-meets-tropical style isn’t for everyone, but @outdoorlivingmag shows how you can create a stylish and functional outdoor space with unusual materials. Wooden pallets became a comfy lounge space for this pup, and the bench can easily be seating or a table.

    #patiodesign

    We love how @manchesterfactory created an outdoor room, complete with a rug to define the space and cushioned seating, while also using so much greenery you still feel like you’re outside.
     

    This before-and-after is fantastic. See how @kimberlyknight used small details – some paint, bright furniture, whimsical lighting and pretty planters – to make a big difference.

    Follow Schlage on Instagram and share your own outdoor décor ideas with us!

     

    14 new takes on classic Mother’s Day gifts.

    May 1, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    Mother's Day gift ideas | Schlage

    Perfume and flowers are classic for a reason – she loves them. But why not shake it up just a bit? Here’s a new take on some traditional gifts Mom is sure to love.

     

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    You want to say Happy Mother’s Day in the most special way. There’s no reason to ditch the typical gifts, though. Perfume and flowers are classic for a reason – she loves them. But why not shake it up just a bit? Here’s a new take on some traditional gifts Mom is sure to love.
    Potted plants on front porch for Mother's Day gift.

    Flowers

    1. Potted plants – When you build Mom a container garden, you open up new possibilities. They’re mobile so you can move them inside if you get a late freeze, they can be customized to fit a tiny balcony or a huge deck, and you can pick and choose her favorite blooms. Think of it as a living floral arrangement that can light up any room, the porch and her smile.

    2. Kitchen herb garden – If Mom likes to cook, plant her a small herb garden. Like the container garden, these can be perfect for large outdoor spaces or small kitchen window sills. They’re pretty, most of them smell good and they certainly taste great.

    3. Front yard makeover – Amp up the curb appeal of Mom’s home by doing a garden overhaul. Try some of these spring landscaping tips from Home Made Lovely, ranging from planting a tree to adding color with window boxes to improving drainage with a pretty gravel walkway.

    Spa Getaway

    1. Salt lamp – The verdict is still out on whether salt lamps have any actual health benefits. What everyone can agree on though is that they create a calming environment and can help limit light in the evening when you’re trying to relax before bed. It’s a great start for that stay-at-home spa alternative.

    2. Porch swing – Can’t you just see Mom relaxing in the evening with a glass of iced tea and her favorite book, lazily swinging away on the front porch? Porch swings, or any kind of comfortable seating, is a great way to add style and function to Mom’s home.

    3. Bedroom makeover – If Mom is looking for an everyday escape, make over the bedroom to transform it into that oasis. New linens – don’t forget the extra-soft sheets – as well as an updated headboard or a relaxing sitting area/reading nook could be just what Dr. Mom ordered.
    Master bedroom with teal walls, black iron frame bed and satin nickel Schlage Custom door hardware.

    A Day Off

    1. Porch renovation – Give Mom that day off by tackling a larger renovation project she’s been asking for. Give the front porch a deep clean, paint the front door, replace the handleset with something that’s both secure and stylish, and definitely fix the wobbly handrail.

    2. Cabinet pulls in the kitchen – We’re pretty sure Mom doesn’t want to live in a construction zone – it’s one of the main reasons people don’t take on kitchen renovations. But you can still make some minor updates that will have a big impact without big dust clouds. Replace the cabinet and update your door hardware. With Schlage’s variety of styles and finishes, you can easily create a cohesive look between your door knobs or levers, new pulls and appliances. The best part is that you can do all this and still have a working kitchen to make her breakfast in bed.

    Homemade Art

    1. Personalize a frame – Instead of drawing another picture (which we’re sure she’d still love), how about decorating a picture frame or mirror? It still has your personal touch and you can get as fancy or as modest as your artistic skills – and Mom’s style – allow.

    2. Vignette – If you can’t decide on one piece of art to create, assemble a collection of meaningful items. These vignettes are increasingly popular with the resurgence of maximalism and Art Deco style. All you need is to bring together a handful of her favorite things – maybe you go thrift shopping to find pretty glasses you know she’ll love – and arrange them as a statement piece.

    3. Create a smart scene – “Homemade” doesn’t have a monopoly on art and food. If Mom has a smart home, try creating a scene that makes her life easier. With a smart hub and the right compatible devices, you can create a scene so that all she needs to do is say, “Alexa, it’s time for bed” or tap one button on her smartphone. Her smart devices will then complete whatever scene you set up – turn down the lights, turn on relaxing music, adjust the thermostat and lock the front door.
    Pink floral minimal wreath on front door with Schlage smart lock.

    Digital Photo Frame

    1. Smart lock – If Mom likes digital photo frames, she might appreciate other user-friendly technology in the home. Each of Schlage’s smart locks – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – adds everyday convenience and peace of mind she’s sure to love. Access codes means she never has to carry keys if she goes out for a run, a log of lock use lets her know when the kids got home from school and remote access means she can control her lock from anywhere with her smartphone. Find more reasons why a smart lock may be the perfect Mother’s Day gift here.

    2. Amazon Prime subscription – We’re kind of biased, but we think one of the big reasons Mom might love a Prime subscription is its link to the Schlage Encode deadbolt. Prime members in select areas can pair their lock with Key by Amazon and opt-in to in-home delivery. That means all those things Mom’s getting free shipping on can be placed right inside the front door and no one has to worry about porch pirates or rain-soaked boxes anymore.

    3. Alexa-enabled smart plug – This is a great idea if Mom is looking for more ways to make her home smart without investing in sometimes-pricey hubs. She can control lights and more either with voice command or the Alexa app. This is one way to give Mom the convenience she craves.

    Looking for even more gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Try these 5 ways to treat mom to luxury. You can also share how you’re celebrating Mother’s Day on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    4 spring color combinations to wake up your front porch.

    April 24, 2019 10:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Spring front porch decor.

    Springtime. You’re ready to break free from the drab winter, so it’s the perfect time for a color explosion.

     

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    Springtime. You’re ready to break free from the drab winter, so it’s the perfect time for a color explosion. Whether you’re itching to douse your home with as many colors as possible or you’re hesitant to go too bold when decorating for the new season, never fear. We have a range of suggestions for front porch spring color palettes perfect for any taste.
     

    Unlike fall color palettes for your porch, which generally rely on rusty reds, browns, oranges and yellows, spring palettes give you a wider range of options. You’ll typically see more primary colors – blue, yellow, red – but even these can run the gamut from a tropical splash to a subdued beachy pastel.

    Yellow + Blue + Green

    This combination often balances hues found in nature – think green – with unexpected punches of contrast – hello, yellow! Ann from On Sutton Place kept her spring front porch decor simple, but that hardly makes it dull. A blue lantern, greenery in the planters and yellow sprinkled throughout pillows, the door mat and flowers, give this a cohesive and classy look. It’s also a perfect example of how to use neutral-colored furniture as a backdrop for more vibrant hues as well as complementing your home’s color palette – the blue door and brick – with your spring décor.

    StoneGable focused on blues and greens for this patio makeover. What makes it extra special, besides just the pops of color, is the way the décor complements the blue and gray undertones of the home’s stonework.
    Blues and greens are also great for waterside. They’re perfect for front porches or even pool patios, as you can see in Shabbyfufu’s update and the tropically inspired porch from Artisan of Seagrove.
    There’s no need to relegate yellow to a mere accent. Satori Design for Living picked the sunny shade as her focal point. A yellow bench dominates the color scheme on this porch with less obvious blues and greens thanks to potted plants.

    Coral + Blue + White

    You can use pinks and blues together without it looking like an Easter egg hunt or a baby shower. Both Lolly Jane and City Farmhouse brought in coral drink trays and blue or turquoise accents to liven up their porches. They also relied on white furniture to balance the overall look. Pillows with those colors, as well as a few others, in the pattern help to tie everything together.

    And a Grandin Road made a gorgeous pairing out of this coral chair, a minty-colored door, and black and white accents.

    Red + Black + White

    It might not be a color combination that causes spring to immediately … well, spring … to mind, but it’s the kind of contrast that makes a bright color like red really jump. Midwest Living used red, offset by white furniture, in pillows, flowers and other decorative pieces.

    A red accent wall or front door can also help pull off this warm-weather color palette, especially with additional black elements. We think a red door looks great with a Schlage handleset or smart lock in Satin Nickel or Matte Black finish.
    Red front door with Satin Nickel handlest and smart lock.
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    And here’s another example of what red paired with a neutral can do for your curb appeal.

    Orange + Pink

    This combo is not for the faint of heart. To avoid it feeling like Halloween, think less rust and more sunset. This seaside porch did just that, capturing sunny rays in pillows and rugs.

    Go all in with orange, pink and purple, like DIY Network did with these orange curtains and other fabrics. No matter what color you choose, when dealing with textiles for your porch, make sure they’re outdoor quality to avoid mildewing and fading.

    There is no truly right or wrong way to decorate your front porch for spring. The important thing is that you find the color palette that best fits your personal style. Find more inspiration or share your own ideas with us on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    Backyard party ideas made stylish and simple.

    April 11, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Backyard party ideas

    Gather inspiration for your next summertime soiree with these festive ideas for décor, food and fun.

     

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    Just like your home, your backyard and how you entertain in it is a unique expression of your personal style. Gather inspiration for your next summertime soiree with these festive backyard party ideas for décor, food and fun.
     

    Man grilling for backyard party

    Photo by Vincent Keiman on Unsplash

    Garden party diva

    You like to bring people together in a timeless fashion. For you, it’s all about connecting with friends and family in a beautiful setting. Your garden is impeccable.

     

    Someplace comfy your guests can sit and enjoy each other’s company is non-negotiable. To create the classic garden party look, think wicker chairs with extra plush cushions. Love seats also lend themselves to more intimate conversations, while multiple seating areas scattered about your garden let people mingle throughout the party.

     

    Your lighting should create an ambience that is relaxing and unobtrusive. Paper lanterns and battery-operated flameless candles are safe and set the right mood. String twinkle lights in your trees or shrubs for a little extra magic when the sun starts to set.

     

    What’s a party without food? Nothing says “garden party” like tea sandwiches and lemonade. Simple yet beautiful fare is usually on the menu. Refreshments should be light and avoid ingredients that might spoil in warm weather.

     

    With a garden party, entertainment typically revolves around quality time with your guests, no elaborate games or stages necessary. You’ll definitely want some music though. The Spruce recommends creating a playlist beforehand that lasts at least three hours. Set it and forget it.

     

    Bonus Tip: You have a gorgeous garden. Use it to your advantage when decorating with your own flowers to create table arrangements.
     

    Smart home host

    You want to devote time to your guests, not the logistics that can be automated with technology. For you, the great outdoors is even greater with some of the comforts of a modern high-tech life.

     

    It doesn’t matter how cushy the chairs are if the summer heat is unbearably hot. Provide guests with some high-tech shade that also lets them charge their phones. A USB umbrella is for you.

     

    Get smart with your lighting and make it automated. Invest in outdoor smart plugs so that lights, or anything else you plug in, can be controlled with a smartphone. Don’t forget to make sure your lights are intended for outdoor use, or if you’re using them near a fountain or pool, water-resistant at the very least. If you’re worried about your WiFi being strong enough to work outside, consider a mesh system or signal extender, which help you stay connected over longer distances and through walls and other obstacles.

     

    We’re not sure what’s on the full menu, but we know it will include some kind of meat cooked to perfection when you can use a Bluetooth grill thermometer. But first, start the party on the right foot with a smart propane detector so you don’t run out of fuel partway through meal prep, and stay smart even after the last guests leave. Grillbots, according to Constellation, are ideal for easy cleaning.

     

    Entertainment is where you’re really going to shine, Smart Home Host. Smart speakers are an obvious choice. Don’t rule out a pop-up outdoor movie theater. HGTV has some cost-effective tips for turning your backyard into an entertainment destination for all your friends.

     

    Bonus Tip: When setting up your smart yard, think about creating scenes that will make your party hosting duties even easier. With a single push of a button or voice command – “Alexa, start the party” – you can initiate a chain reaction that turns on outdoor lights, adjusts indoor lighting, turns up the music and signals to your guests that it’s time to have some fun.
     

    Creator of calm

    You prefer small gatherings over raucous fetes. When you spend time outside, it’s to unwind and find some peace of mind. How you achieve that peace is a unique expression of you.

     

    There is no one-size-fits-all template for creating a calming backyard escape. Some of our favorite ideas though, include cozy hide-away nooks for relaxing or a hammock. Extra points if the hammock is a doublewide so you can share with someone special. Another, albeit slightly more elaborate, seating option is to create an arbor with privacy curtains. Furnish it with comfortable chairs and a bistro table.

     

    Good Housekeeping suggests these origami string lights to softly illuminate a backyard oasis. We also like the idea of citronella candles because nothing ruins a calming evening like a bug that won’t stop buzzing and biting around your ankles.

     

    We thought long and hard about what to serve at your gathering. Should it simply be water flavored with citrus or cucumber to create a spa-like vibe? Or maybe some wine to relax after a long week? Maybe it’s your favorite comfort food. Whatever the answer, we recommend keeping it simple. When all you want to do is unwind, the last thing you should worry about is hauling out loads of dishes and cutlery.

     

    Bonus Tip: Blues, purples and other cool colors are said to inspire relaxation. Consider planting flowers in that color family in your garden.
     

    Social butterfly

    The more the merrier is your party anthem. Sometimes you plan your outdoor gatherings, sometimes they just unfold spontaneously. Your parties are known for their lively fun, good friends and delicious food.

     

    If you never know who – or how many – will show up, you need lawn furniture that can be moved and stored easily. Think light-weight and foldable. It’s also the perfect excuse to show off a more eclectic style flare. No one will mind if the chairs don’t match, especially if you clearly did it on purpose. If you take your backyard entertaining seriously and have a built-in bar or outdoor kitchen, quality bar stools are a must.

     

    When it comes to lighting, two words: Tiki. Torches.

     

    Sure, you can do burgers and beers, but with all these friends piling in for what they know will be an epic night, why not make it a potluck? Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll get plenty of it when everyone brings their favorite picnic dish. When the sun goes down, get the fire pit blazing because you’ve got s’mores to make.

     

    You can take a few cues from the smart home host and bring out your smart speakers and don’t forget to investigate waterproof options for pool- or lake-side fun. But don’t be afraid to keep it old school, too. Classic barbecue yard games or even a simple deck of cards will always be popular options for whiling away the night.

    Bonus Tip: People are ducking in the house to use the bathroom or running to the kitchen to grab the ketchup. Keep your home secure, even with so many people coming and going. Schlage smart locks work great on any kind of entryway, including a back patio, so consider installing this stylish smart solution where you gather most often. A smart lock not only looks great to your guests, but it also works great for you. After a night of revelry, never wonder if you locked up before you went to bed. Check your deadbolt’s status from anywhere, lock it using your smartphone and more.
     

    Making your home welcoming and throwing the party of the season takes more than buying a bag of ice and pack of hot dogs. Regardless of your style, it takes just a bit of planning and a few simple home updates to turn yourself into an entertaining pro. Share how you do outdoor entertaining on Facebook or Instagram.

     

    Sunroom ideas to turn your house inside out…

    April 5, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 5, 2019

    Sunroom design ideas | Schlage

    If you’re still waiting for warmth and sunshine to come to your door, here is some sunroom inspiration to kick cabin fever to the curb.

     

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    Or maybe it’s outside in? Many of us are chomping at the bit to get outside and finally enjoy some spring weather. If you’re still waiting for warmth and sunshine to come to your door, here is some sunroom inspiration to kick cabin fever to the curb.
    French doors leading to sunroom with Schlage Accent levers in Satin Nickel

    White hot

    One common trend in sunrooms is clean, crisp paint, especially white. It’s no surprise given that the color lends itself well to a bright and cheery space. See how r.house_ and timbercovecottage went almost entirely monochromatic to capture the light.
     

    Grow in your home

    If you’re craving a sunroom as an stand-in for the outdoors, what better way to get some fresh air indoors than with plants? They’ll get plenty of light and you’ll likely enjoy their leafiness all year-round. Another perk? You can use greenery in any style of room, as seen in thelittlewhitehome’s more modern space as well as thekwendyhome’s take on updated vintage.
     

    Go with the flow

    Adding curtains to your windows is not only a simple way to add color and flowing style to your sunroom, but also a great option in case you need to dial down intense light. Soph-isticatedstyle used drapes impecably for this. You might also use “window” treatments along with, or in place of, doors. In this second picture, plaids.and.poppies added curtains to her French doors leading from the master suite to the sunroom.
     

    Sit back and relax

    You’re going to want to spend a lot of time in your sunroom, so make sure you have appropriate seating. Get creative with little reading nooks, hang a sling chair from the beams or simply make the sunroom an extension of the rest of your home, like modernfarmhousebliss did with a comfy couch. You can also mix and match like gilmoregirl_home with chairs, benches and what looks to be some soft rugs if you’re going to spend some time on the floor playing with the kids.
     

    For more style inspiration and tips for updating any area of your home, find Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Stylish and practical bathroom design to awaken all your senses.

    April 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Bathroom design with beach view

    There are a number of upgrades you can make to create a space, even a bathroom, that scintillates all the senses.

     

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    Creating the right “feel” for a room requires more than just slapping up a coat of paint and purchasing some new furniture. There are a number of upgrades you can make to create a space, even a bathroom, that scintillates all the senses.
    Modern bathroom with Schlage Custom lever and beach view.

    Sight – Streamline design, color and lighting

    Part of what makes a bathroom relaxing is its lack of clutter. Before you do anything else, take time to remove items you don’t like, toss beauty products you never use or that are expired and maybe give everything a good scrub. This will create a solid foundation for everything that comes next.

     

    When choosing a color, note that high-end bathrooms are often monochromatic or have a single, neutral base. Whites and grays are considered classic, not to mention expensive-looking, plus they have the benefit of letting brightly colored accessories or unique tilework really pop.

     

    There are so many lighting options in a bathroom – around a vanity for up-close shaving or makeup tasks, recessed for a calming environment, backlit mirrors, dimmers. If you can’t decide, take a cue from hotels, which try to make you look great all the time by lighting mirrors evenly on all sides to eliminate shadows. Houzz suggests wall sconces as just one option to pull this off effectively and stylishly.

     

    Don’t forget about natural lighting either. Take advantage of windows in your bathroom, but if you’re concerned about privacy, add some shades. Style Me Pretty recommends window treatments intended for outdoors, which will be more resistant to moisture. Top-down bottom-up shades provide extra versatility for letting in the light but not prying eyes.

    Touch – Premium materials, fluffy towels and door hardware

    Especially if you’re texture-driven, play with different materials in your bathroom. It can be as simple as a plush rug on smooth tile flooring or as extravagant as mixing stone and wood on your vanity. Love the cool feel of marble but not the price tag? Try marble accessories – a tray or bin for your baubles, a toothbrush holder, a soap dispenser – for a budget-friendly compromise.

     

    Invest in towels that are luxuriously soft, not to mention oversized, for a five-star hotel feel. And once you have them, don’t be afraid to show them off. Something you often see in hotels is open shelving that displays the towels expertly folded or rolled. It’s a bit of a mind trick, but copying this storage strategy can signal to your brain that you’re entering a place designed for pampering.

     

    The things you physically hold in your hands everyday – things like door knobs and levers – should feel good and work just as perfectly. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware offers a variety of styles that fit every hand uniquely – knobs that range from round and circular to more oblong, and levers that are either straight-edged or have classy curves. They not only highlight a quality you can feel but also complement the look of your home. Schlage Custom knobs and levers also have 2-in-1 functionality, meaning the locking Bed & Bath function is built in for your privacy.

    Sound – Sound machine, soundproofing and shower head

    We tend to not want to think about sounds in a bathroom, but if you plan on luxuriating in style, here’s a chance to go the extra step. A sound machine can help drown out the worries of the day, help create the illusion that you’re at an oceanside resort or simply provide white noise to block unwanted sounds from other areas of the house.

     

    There are also some easy ways to soundproof a bathroom. Thick rugs can help soundproof floors, and foam pipe wrap softens sounds from rattling plumbing. Hollow doors don’t do much for blocking noise, so you can either replace the door entirely or save some money with weather stripping. If you decide to keep the hollow door, you might be interested in some of these tricks for sprucing up their style.

     

    While you’re eliminating sounds, think about your shower. Does it whistle, thump or rattle? You might need to replace a gasket or adjust the valves in your plumbing. And don’t forget a nice new rainfall shower head while you’re making upgrades.

    Taste – Multitasking pieces

    We’re getting creative here because, well, who wants to eat in the bathroom? Might we suggest a nice stool? It will make for a convenient seating area when you’re getting ready in the morning and a nice table for a wine glass when soaking in your upgraded oasis in the evening.

     

    When it comes to design, the look and feel you create is completely in your hands. Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration to awaken all your style senses.
     

    Maximize your home’s style with updated brass and Art Deco design.

    March 25, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Art Deco bedroom design | Schlage

    If you aren’t ready to wallpaper your living room with large floral prints or tile your floor in fan-shaped marble, don’t think you can’t still enjoy some of the other highlights of Art Deco and maximalism.

     

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    Much of maximalism, which calls for greater visual interest and offers more opportunity to show off eclectic belongings, feeds off the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 30s. Art Deco was a chance for the wealthy to show off their opulence, so common features were bold and geometric designs, saturated colors and luxurious – often metallic – materials.

     

    If you aren’t ready to wallpaper your living room with large floral prints or tile your floor in fan-shaped marble, don’t think you can’t still enjoy some of the other highlights of Art Deco and maximalism. One way to get a taste for the style, or to start making a design transition, is by introducing metallic, particularly brass, accents. Welcome to the 21st century, Gatsby.

    Budget-friendly swap

    Art Deco’s accents are often gold. If you can afford that, fantastic. For the rest of us, brass is an alternative that captures the Midas look without breaking the bank, says Better Homes & Gardens . If you’re worried that brass will look more builder-grade 80s than glamorous gold, focus on matte finishes or pieces with more of a patina, and avoid the ultra-glossy or shiny look that can make a space look dated.

     

    Another way to stay budget-friendly is to mix and match your metal finishes. Brass goes especially well with rose gold, copper and even black. So if you really want that gold sunburst mirror – a classic Art Deco accessory – but can’t afford to outfit your entire house in gold, complement your signature piece with less expensive finishes.

    Small scale …

    One route to take with brass accents, especially if you aren’t sold yet on the idea that brass is back, is to weave metallic accessories into your home in small doses. If you have a knickknack collection on a shelf, make one of those items brass. As a bonus, creating these small vignettes with some metallics is a great way to make any space feel more expensive and lavish.

     

    You don’t need to start a collection to take advantage of subtle brass accents. Hardware, whether on your door or as a kitchen cabinet pull, as well as pendant lights and faucets let you step modestly into brass. Check out Schlage’s variety of door hardware finishes, including Satin and Antique Brass, to find the right look for your home. We also offer a Matte Black finish, great for when you’re mixing metallic finishes.

    ... or big time

    Want to be a bit more daring? Take another route larger brass pieces like coffee tables, chairs and even bedframes. These can stand alone as the statement piece to set tongues wagging. They can also serve as the perfect anchor to tie those smaller metallic accessories together and create a more cohesive look for the whole space. Remember that the original Art Deco architects created lavish spaces people couldn’t help but notice. Don’t be afraid to make a splash.

    Cool, rich colors

    Another characteristic of Art Deco style is bold colors. Minimalism’s neutrals don’t belong here. When choosing your statement color, look for cooler blue and green tones. You can’t go wrong when you pair brass with turquoise, emerald, cobalt or even a deep, rich gray. While Art Deco loves a good color splash, you might do best to steer away from oranges, yellows and reds when using brass.

    Think outside the brass box

    Not surprisingly, you see the most brass in rooms with the most metallic fixtures – kitchens and bathrooms. Don’t forget that brass is more than just a metal, though. For bedrooms and living rooms with a softer, cozier feel, choose paint, fabrics and other materials with brass shades running through them. Take inspiration from leopard print or find artwork with brass hues in the design rather than on the frame.

     

    If you think brass is about 30 years in the past, think again. With modern fixtures – something with clean lines vs. ornate details – outfitted in the right finish, your space will be decidedly on-trend, not decades behind. Visit Schlage.com for more about our variety of finishes, or find us on Pinterest and Instagram for redesign inspiration.
     

    Guest bedroom or office? Design so you don’t have to decide.

    February 26, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    Bedroom with office space

    Until you find your fairytale castle, some of your rooms may have to pull double duty. Here are three tips for making a single room work seamlessly as both your office and a guest bedroom space.

     

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    Most of us would love a house with enough bedrooms for everyone to have their own space, a dedicated play area just for the kids and a home office that inspires work productivity. Also, a maid to clean the mansion of our dreams. But until you find your fairytale castle, some of your rooms may have to pull double duty. Here are three tips for making a single room work seamlessly as both your office and a guest bedroom space.
    Bedroom office with Schlage Custom door lever

    Choose furniture that works hard so you can relax.

    Do you want furniture that serves multiple functions or pieces that can easily be hidden depending on how the room is being used? A sleeper sofa is an obvious multi-use choice. Some even come with built-in storage, which is perfect for stashing extra blankets and pillows. A murphy bed with shelving when it folds up also gives great versatility.

     

    Instead of a traditional desk chair, opt for something with a bit more style that is both comfortable for you to work in and also lounge-like enough for guests to relax in. Bookshelves can double as file storage and nightstands. And we always love an ottoman that can be part storage, part seating, part side table.

     

    If you’re more into hiding what’s not in use, you might try a pretty partition or screen to obscure what’s not needed at a particular moment. You often see this in loft apartments and for good reason. They’re a stylish way to disguise an unmade bed when your bedroom is also your living room is also your kitchen.

     

    Bonus tip: Pair a screen with a bookcase to divide office space from sleeping space. One side can hold your files (or be a nightstand for guests depending on which way you turn it) and the other adds visual interest and covers the less attractive backside of the shelving. The screen could also act as a decorative headboard for your bed.

    Add small details with a big purpose.

    When it comes to smaller décor, a mirror can be a nice touch that works in several ways. We love mirrors that make small foyers seem larger and airier. The same can work in an office to reflect light during working hours. When guests arrive, use it as part of a vanity so they can get ready in the morning without having to negotiate a share of the bathroom.

     

    Don’t forget the greenery. Plants are a healthy touch, no matter the room’s purpose. In a guest room, they feel especially homey. In an office, they can help you feel less stressed and boost creativity.

     

    Because guest rooms can often be more playful than formal master suites, you can afford to experiment with colors. Choose something bright and cheery for the walls, or bold fabrics for the furniture and bedding. You’re in luck too because the same blues and greens named 2019’s colors of the year have also been found to spark creativity, productivity and innovation. That’s what we call brains and beauty.

    Make the transition simple

    Bedroom and office door locks - Schlage


    When you expect a room to fill several needs, you might also want your door hardware to match those needs. With Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware, you get 2-in-1 functionality, meaning that you can easily switch from locking to unlocking depending on the level of privacy you want for a room. Simply insert the privacy pushpin and rotate to enable the locking function. This is ideal if you don’t usually lock your office but want to give guests the option to do so.

     

    With a variety of designs and finishes, you can also update the knobs and levers on your guest room/office without having to replace the entire lock. Match the style to the rest of your house or the décor of that particular room to complement the look of any space.

     

    It is possible to close that deal and open your home to guests, all from one spot. By choosing versatile details, you can transform any room without compromising on function or décor. Find us on Pinterest and Instagram for more style tips for the whole home.

    How Schlage helps make 2019’s top design trends a reality.

    February 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    Scandinavian style living room with Schlage door lever

    Here are three style predictions from HGTV and Houzz.com and how Schlage Custom Door Hardware can help you pull them off.

     

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    We’re all excited by fresh opportunities in the new year, so it’s no wonder everyone is eagerly looking ahead to the hot designs for 2019. Once you find which trends you’re most excited about though, how do you make them a reality in your own home? Here are three style predictions from HGTV and Houzz.com and how Schlage Custom Door Hardware can help you pull them off.
    Scandinavian style living room with Schlage door lever

    Geometric patterns

    Whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, geometric tilework will be a major element in decor. With such bold patterns, how do you style the rest of your room without it looking over-the-top? Pair hardware with other geometric shapes like Latitude or Northbrook levers in simple finishes. The Collins trim sticks with the geometric theme and serves as a perfect backdrop for the equally clean, straight lines of modern knobs and levers.

     

    What about those simple finishes? Try out the super-popular Matte Black for starters. Satin Nickel is also an ideal finish for rooms embracing the geometric trend.

    Colorful statements

    There are several schools of thought on go-to colors this year. Some say we’ll see more white wall paint, while others point toward bold, dark and moody hues as the popular choice. Our take? The right color is the one you like best. Once you’ve decided how to paint a room, think about finishes that will complement that choice.

     

    If you’re leaning toward a neutral color palette for your walls, try door hardware in Matte Black and Satin Chrome finishes, which coordinate especially well with grey tones. With bold and dark wall colors, Satin Brass and Satin Nickel may be for you.

    Global details

    Taking inspiration from around the world really opens up your design possibilities. Different colors evoke different regions, as do certain fabrics, patterns and accessories. Even overall design can take you to another place. It’s the seemingly small detail of a door knob or lever that can make a difference when transforming a room to feel like you’ve fully escaped to another land.

     

    The minimalism of Scandinavian and Northern European style can best be achieved with streamlined designs. Think about the Collins trim and the Broadway lever with their precise lines to capture this look. The Eller lever, which features the soft curves popular in some Scandinavian architecture, might also be a good choice.

     

    While the shape and design of your door hardware is key to helping you achieve a certain global look, finish can be equally impactful, especially if you’re trying to recreate a Spanish or Mediterranean feel. Oil-Rubbed Bronze is the perfect finish for down-to-earth living spaces that need a touch of Old-World character. The Distressed Nickel finish has a similar rustic vibe common to architecture from this region.

     

    Mediterranean architectural styles often incorporate wrought-iron work as well. If that’s the case, and you want to bring that look into your room with door hardware (a less expensive alternative to actual wrought iron), consider a Whitney lever in Matte Black.

     

    Global doesn’t always have to mean “exotic.” For a look that’s more traditional but still worldly, try styles inspired by Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian architecture. The Addison and Camelot trims as well as Georgian knob and Birmingham lever have their roots in British history. If you want to combine traditional with something a bit more ornate, you can’t go wrong with the Victorian-inspired glass Alexandria and Hobson knobs.

     

    Although DIY projects like a vibrant new wall color or exotic textiles are some of the most eye-catching updates, smaller details can play a major role in completely executing a new look. They give that last little punch of style to pull a room together and give your home the flawless look you’ve been dreaming about.

     

    For help finding the right look for your home, try the Style Selector at Schlage.com. You can also find more inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.
     

    Declutter and design: How Schlage adds style to rejuvenated rooms.

    February 7, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Schlage - declutter

    If you have mastered the art of decluttering and are ready to take improving your space a step farther, here are some designs to reward your motivation and showcase your success.

     

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    Everywhere you look, someone’s talking about decluttering or sharing their latest Marie Kondo success story. Maybe you’re one of those people. If you have mastered the art of decluttering and are ready to take improving your space a step farther, here are some designs to reward your motivation and showcase your success.
    Minimalist Bathroom with Schlage Custom Northbrook Combined Interior Lever

    Stress reducer

    A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. If you tossed, donated and cleaned to improve your mental and emotional health, think about how you can style your home to create the calming oasis you desire. With a variety of styles, designs and finishes, Schlage offers endless possibilities for creating your customized look and feel. Choose from styles that range from traditional to contemporary that match any home. And with installation that takes just a few minutes and a screwdriver, you can continue keeping your stress levels down long after you’ve cleared the clutter.

    Go minimalist

    Maybe you love minimalist design, and now that you’ve removed all the piles of stuff on shelves, coffee tables and counters, you’re ready to commit. When streamlining the overall look of a room, remember that something as simple as new door hardware can make a major difference. Consider style combinations that achieve the simple, clean looks of minimalist design.

     

    The Collins trim, with its strong lines and square shape, pairs well with straight-edged levers like the Northbrook or Eller. The Upland trim is another square trim ideal for minimalist style, even with a touch more detailing. Like the Collins trim, Upland pairs nicely with the Northbrook lever. If you like the simplicity but prefer rounded edges, try the Greyson trim. It’s also a great match for the Broadway lever or Bowery knob.

    Small spaces

    Perhaps you decluttered because you lack square footage and felt overwhelmed by things. Don’t believe the myth that small spaces have to be boring. When a room is smaller, you actually have more opportunities to try bold designs that would feel over-the-top in larger areas. Try a wild print on walls or textiles, or take a cue from Southern Living and paint the ceiling an unexpected color.

     

    Because you don’t want to return to a world of clutter, choose accessories wisely and intentionally, opting for a few pieces with big impact. This could even include your door hardware. You need it anyway, so why not make it really say something about your style? Get the trims, knobs and levers that complement your style to the max.

     

    Need more inspiration? Check out this story from our archives on how you can maximize a mini bathroom.

    Moving on

    No one wants to haul 1,000 boxes when they move, especially if they’re never going to use the things in them. If you decluttered to make the transition to a new home easier, you might also be wondering what to do with your locks. Smart locks are a great option when putting your house up for sale. Not only are they a more secure way to let realtors and other service providers in and out of your house, smart locks are also becoming more in demand by prospective buyers. With the style options of the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt and the new Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you’ll also give your home an extra boost of curb appeal, not to mention peace of mind.

    If you’re not sure which smart lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding tool. You can also find more tips on how Schlage can help transform your newly decluttered house into the home you’ve been dreaming of on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

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