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    An inspiring guide to French door perfection.

    February 26, 2020 10:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    French doors | Schlage

    Check out our guide to French doors so you can confidently capture the perfect look and feel in your home and get inspired by these 8 makeovers.

     

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    For a timeless, elegant and surprisingly versatile entryway, look no farther than French doors. They’re gorgeous by their own right, but they’re also the perfect canvas for other stylish details, whether you’re updating a traditional home or putting your stamp on a modern one.

     

    Here are eight makeovers that are fantastique. But first, check out our guide to French doors so you can confidently capture the perfect look and feel in your home.

    Why do they call it a french door?

    Let’s answer the biggest question first. Yes, French doors are French. They became popular in 17th-century France when, because electricity hadn’t been invented yet, lighting a room was a challenge. The glass found in French doors was a practical solution for dark spaces while also letting homeowners show off their wealth.

     

    What is considered a French door? Double doors that meet in the middle and swing away from each other. They also should have top-to-bottom windows. Traditional French doors can be surrounded by intricate woodwork and often have several panes of glass, sometimes up to 10 per door. These may mirror the transom windows, those small panes framed above the door. Modern French doors tend to have fewer glass panes or even a single, uninterrupted piece of glass.

     

    The material of the door can also transform its look from traditional to contemporary. Wood often keeps the door more in the classic category, while metals such as aluminum can add a more modern feel.

    Where are french doors used?

    French doors are a popular choice in homes that want to separate two interior spaces but still allow the rooms to feel connected and, like the originals, let light through. They can also be used as exterior patio doors, allowing homeowners to seamlessly extend their personal style to the great outdoors.

    What is the best hardware for French doors?

    Where you install your French doors will help determine what kind of hardware you need. For interior doors, you might be particularly interested in non-turning, also known as dummy or inactive, door knobs or levers. These are purely decorative and won’t lock or latch, an ideal option for transitions between a master suite and a large closet. For exterior doors, you’ll want additional security. Schlage has some helpful tips for choosing the right hardware and locks for your French doors depending on the level of security you’re looking for.

     

    Once you’ve selected the type of hardware you need, you can focus on style. Schlage offers countless combinations of designs and finishes, so you can coordinate your hardware with the style of your home. Just as the French doors themselves can fit in any style of home, our wide selection of knobs and levers means you’ll find a look that suits your taste, whether it’s traditional, modern or somewhere in between.

    Time for the makeovers

    While French doors add loads of character to a home, they can quickly feel outdated if the details are neglected. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite makeover moments to inspire your French door updates.

    Window dressing

    We already know French doors let in extra light and make a room feel larger. But what about when you want more privacy? You still have tons of options. Hang draperies on the doors themselves or around them like you would a window. You could also try blinds or shutters. Renovated Faith shares a tutorial for DIY curtains. If you’re dealing with a smaller space – maybe you chose French doors to create a feeling of more openness – hang curtains as high as possible. By drawing the eye up, you’ll create an optical illusion that makes the room feel larger.

    If you’re feeling exceptionally crafty, use a stencil and paint directly on the glass to create an eye-catching design. For something less permanent, take a page from Two Twenty One's book and simply line the panels with some decorative paper. This is especially great if you like to change the décor with the seasons. Think Christmas paper in winter and floral prints in the spring.

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    We’ve shared this home office refresh many times before, but we’re still in love with the unique way Melissa of Polkadot Chair refreshed her space. Painting the ceiling was a bold but genius move and the hardware she added to her French doors is the icing on the cake. From the outside looking in, this space has instant wow-factor. If you need help choosing the perfect look, try our Style Selector. The Schlage How-To Center can also help with installation.

    Painted beauties

    A great time to paint is when you’re already removing your old knobs and levers. There are two ways you can go with paint – neutral colors that create a subtle transition from one room to the other or bold hues that turn your interior French doors into a can’t-miss statement piece. We love how Katie of Little House of Four chose to paint all of her interior doors, including the French doors found in her basement, a dark, charcoal grey. It adds uniformity and interest throughout the home.

    Heidi of Honeybear Lane also created a gorgeous charcoal look. She added white board and batten to her home’s entryway but needed a little contrast. The French doors leading into her craft room proved to be the perfect place. The dark paint paired with new Bright Brass knobs and hinges quickly made her entryway a style haven.
    If painting French doors with all that glass and framed detail seems daunting, check out this tape-free tip from Bless’er House. Honeybear Lane also has a helpful hack for removing paint from French door window panes when your brush does slip.
    For Tasha from Designer Trapped, adding a new coat of paint and Matte Black Latitude Levers to her French doors took her office doors from plain and uninteresting to professional class.

    Chic on the side

    For those times you’re looking at your French doors and can’t quite put your finger on what looks off, try expanding your view. The problem might be the trim around the doors. Heart Filled Spaces removed their old trim and replaced it with sophisticated molding. The extra detail, either in the woodwork or with an added pop of color, could be the finishing touch that has you feeling like a Parisian native.

    If you need more inspiration, check out our favorite doors on Pinterest. Then head to Instagram and show us how you put a personal touch on your French doors.

     

    More savings? Better living? Try a passive house.

    February 12, 2020 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    Passive House | Schlage

    Increasing your home’s energy efficiency is a common goal for many homeowners. Here's what you should know about passive houses.

     

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    Increasing your home’s energy efficiency is a common goal for many homeowners. Creating a smart home that gives you greater control over lighting, the thermostat and powering down inactive energy-hog devices (here’s looking at you, gaming console) is just the beginning. For those really committed to conserving energy, helping the environment and saving money, there are passive houses.

    What is a passive house?

    The basics of the passive house are pretty simple – control the temperature, control the air flow. When you can do those things, you’ll reduce massive amounts of wasted energy. So how’s it done?

     

    Passive house designers focus on both the building materials used, like all-around insulation and triple-glazed windows, as well as the architecture of the home itself. The home’s design considers everything from thermal grounding to ventless dryers to minimize residual heat loss and redirect natural energy sources where you need them most.

     

    The forethought and extra building expense upfront literally pay off in the long run, however. Once the details of the design are complete, you can sit back and relax. Enjoy the savings that comes from reduced heating and cooling costs. A typical passive house uses up to 90 percent less energy than existing traditional homes, and that has major impact on your wallet.

    Why would I want a passive house?

    We all love to save money, but it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about feel, too. Passive homes use heat emitted from the sun, appliances and human occupants to help regulate the temperature. When the home is insulated correctly, that’s typically enough heat to keep a house at a comfortable temperature. Imagine reading your book by the window in the winter without being cold or reaching for a third sweater. And with strategically placed windows and the right appliances, you could even cook in the summer without sweating over your casserole.

    It’s more than that, though. Temperature control in a passive house is also about maintaining consistent temperature. No more unnecessary strain on your heating and cooling system as it tries to keep up with swings in weather.

     

    You’ll also enjoy improved air quality. Because ventilation is different in passive homes in an effort to make it air-tight, you have systems that are constantly filtering out air pollutants and allergens. Some passive home owners have reported sleeping better, likely because of the improved carbon dioxide levels at night. You might also notice fewer smells in the home. And, because there’s less moisture getting into the walls and creating a breeding ground for mold, passive homes may be particularly ideal for allergy sufferers as well.

    How can I get a passive house?

    Be prepared to pay for it initially. Realtor.com reports that for a single-family home, construction costs range 10 to 15 percent higher for passive homes compared to traditional. The good news is that you’ll recoup that expense quickly thanks to lower heating and cooling costs.

     

    When considering a passive house, keep certain architectural elements in mind. South-facing windows can make the most of the sun’s energy, providing maximum natural light and reducing heat loss without having to use costlier lamps and furnaces. Extra-thick walls enhance insulation allowing for greater temperature control as well. And overhangs with certified windows can help with cooling. This architect’s home featured on Houzz shows how it’s done while also proving that you can still enjoy the outdoors even with an “air-tight” passive house.

    Most passive homes are new builds, but that doesn’t mean your house has to look ultra-modern. Whatever your style, you’ll need to find a designer that specializes in and is certified to create passive homes. The North American Passive House Network is a good place to start to find one.

     

    Passive homes, perhaps more than other, more traditional homes, are the perfect example of how details make a bold statement. Planning out every element of your home, from the technology to the style, can make a major impact on how you feel about where you live. Find more tips at the Schlage blog to transform a house into your perfect home.

     

    Passive House

     

    When hardware met style: Schlage’s favorite couples.

    February 5, 2020 3:42 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020

    Schlage Eller lever | Schlage

    These eight door hardware pairings will create a look that will have you falling in love with your home all over again.

     

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    What better time to celebrate our favorite “couples” than on Valentine’s Day? These eight door hardware pairings will create a look that will have you falling in love with your home all over again.

    Schlage Custom™ Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black

    The straight lines in this pairing, along with the Matte Black finish, creates one of the most modern looks on this list. An Eller lever with Collins trim goes perfectly with Scandinavian design, so think of adding it when you are drawn to minimalist décor and furniture with clean silhouettes. The finish gives a pop of visual interest in neutral-colored rooms and especially against a bright white door.

    Schlage Custom™ Hobson knob with Collins trim in Matte Black

    The Collins trim becomes a bit more classic when paired with the glass Hobson knob. Because of the mix of styles, try it in a room with a more eclectic transitional vibe. Large windows and well-lit rooms will show off this pairing to its best advantage when the gleam catches the details of the knob.

    Schlage Custom™ Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze

    We’re getting even more traditional now thanks to the curves of the Whitney lever and Camelot trim. Use this pairing if your home also has wrought iron scrollwork like that found in stair rails. It also looks great with other Colonial touches.

    Schlage Siena knob with Wakefield trim in Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    For a truly traditional feel, try this oval-shaped combination, especially if you have a Federal-style home like those found most frequently in Virginia. In the Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish, it is particularly well-suited for homes with Old World character and stone accents.

    Schlage Custom™ Alexandria knob with Camelot trim in Satin Brass

    The highly detailed glass Alexandria knob with a trim in Satin Brass gives this pair a truly traditional look. Use it on Victorian-style doors and in rooms with decorative molding to help continue the classic feel throughout your space. This couple is perfect for ornate homes.

    Schlage Georgian knob with Addison trim in Antique Brass

    When you need something understated but don’t want boring (because who does?), you can’t miss with the Georgian knob and Addison trim. They’re both simple and versatile yet have a sly elegance about them. With their traditional roots, try them in rooms with crown molding – a nod to the Georgian architecture that inspired these hardware designs – as well as ornate windows and stained woods.

    Schlage Custom™ 3/4 trim Century handleset with Latitude lever in Bright Chrome

    For homes with a contemporary exterior, try a Century handleset. The Latitude lever for the interior side of the door will continue the modern aesthetic inside and complement the clean, rectangular lines of the exterior grip. You’ll want to use this duo with simple, minimalist décor. And the Bright Chrome finish will positively pop against a dark-colored door.

    Schlage Custom™ Plymouth handleset with Andover knob in Aged Bronze

    If you’ve chosen a Plymouth handleset, we recommend the Andover knob for the interior side of the door. This pairing is typically a good fit for transitional homes, but the Aged Bronze finish inches it closer to the traditional end of the spectrum. Because of this, we like this handleset and knob on Colonial homes with six-panel doors and neutral colors.

    Of course, these aren’t the only pairings we offer. See our complete list of styles at Schlage.com. And if you need more inspiration for giving your home a look you love, find us on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Schlage's favorite hardware couples

     

    How to mix hardware finishes the right way.

    February 4, 2020 3:42 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020

    How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way | Schlage

    Mixing metals and finishes can create visual interest that is both refined and intriguing. Here's how to get the look right.

     

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    It used to be that mixing metals and materials was considered hodge-podge. Lovers of a loom that’s both refined and eclectic, rejoice! Mixing metal finishes can add dimension and visual interest to a room. Instead of a monochromatic, one-note space, you create intrigue and the illusion of texture. When you mix metals, you can blend styles, making a room look more or less modern depending on your personal taste. So how do you do it without making your home feel like a fun house? Follow these four simple steps.

    1. Find inspiration in something that already exists

    Do any of these apply to you?

     

    • I already have a polished nickel (or other finish) faucet I love.

    • Everything is brass. I want to change things up but can’t afford to replace every fixture.

    • I’m doing a complete makeover and have picked out a must-have statement piece such as a lighting fixture, door hardware or cabinet pulls.

     

    When mixing metals, it's best to start with the pieces you can’t live without – or the ones you have to live with – as a guide for the rest of the hardware in the room. Then comes the fun part.

    2. Create a match

    “I thought we were mixing finishes!” We are, but first, a word of caution. The most important thing to remember when mixing finishes is to not go overboard. The magic number to avoid creating more chaos than style is two to four finishes. An easy way to keep it classy is to start with a matching element. Notice how the chrome faucets pair nicely with the gray countertops and flooring in the bathroom image below. They set the foundation for contrasting gold elements, which brings us to step 3 …

    3. Choose a complementing contrast

    Now that you have a matching foundation to work from, choose a different finish that complements the other elements. The best rule of thumb is to consider an opposite finish. For matte or brass tones, look to chrome or other bright metals. Below are a few combinations we love to help inspire your perfect combo:
    Polished Nickel Shower Head + Antique Brass Door Knob
    Metallic Copper Lighting + Stainless Steel Appliances
    Stainless Steel Faucet & Appliances + Satin Brass Lighting + Matte Black Door Track
    Matte Black Hardware and Bedding + Brass Lighting
    Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Pulls + Antique Brass Lighting + Satin Nickel Faucet
    Matte Black Door Hardware, Lighting & Faucet + Gold Mirror & Cabinet Pulls
    Copper Pendants + Nickel Cabinet Pulls

    4. Pull it all together

    Once you've created just the right amount of balance and visual interest, it's time to put the finishing touch on the room. If you're trying to add a little glitz and glam to your traditional space, Lucite accessories and sparkling chandeliers are the perfect way to tie it all together. If your room already sparkles enough, consider a linen shade or softer accessories to tone it down.
    The antique brass chandelier and mirror provide just the right amount of warmth to the cold bathroom below while polished nickel plumbing gives it just the right amount of modern flair.
    Oil rubbed bronze and antique brass cabinet pulls are brought to life by the reflective canisters on the counter.
    And don’t forget that some metallics aren’t metal at all. Fabrics with a metallic sheen can combine balance and contrast in an unexpected way. The silver of the pillows contrast beautifully with the gold light fixture and other sheen in the wall décor.

    Mixing hardware finishes is an easy way to make a statement. At Schlage, our designers make every effort to create a wide- range of styles and finishes that match your personal taste. Not sure what your look is yet? Try our interactive Style Selector or find more inspiration on Pinterest.

     

    How to mix hardware finishes

     

    3 African-American architects, designers you need to know.

    February 3, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 3, 2020

    Robert R Taylor Forever Stamp | Schlage

    These three individuals made indisputable impacts in the worlds of architecture and design. We hope you are as moved by their accomplishments as we are.

     

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    Black History Month and Schlage’s 100th Anniversary combine for the perfect opportunity to recognize some of the trailblazers in our industry. The three individuals below – architects Robert R. Taylor and Norma Sklarek and designer Justina Blakeney – made indisputable impacts in the worlds of architecture and design. We hope you are as moved by their accomplishments as we are.

     

    According to a 2017 report, only two percent of architects in the United States are African-American. For African-American women specifically, that percentage drops two a mere two-tenths of a percent. These statistics highlight just how groundbreaking Taylor and Sklarek were. It also helps to prove how African Americans in today’s design industries are still striving to make their place and inspire the professionals who follow in their footsteps.

    Robert R. Taylor – Architect (1868-1942)

    Robert R. Taylor - American Architect

    Few have made a stronger career out of paving the way and giving others the skills needed to make their world a better place than Robert R. Taylor. The son of a white slave owner and a black mother, Taylor left his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., for Boston where he became MIT’s first black graduate – in any field of study – in 1892. He then spent nearly his entire career at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, where he devoted himself to improving the future for African Americans.

     

    Taylor’s biggest impact came at Tuskegee and not only because of the more than 40 buildings he designed for the school. His tenure from 1892 to 1932 also included a professorship in architectural and mechanical drawing. Taylor and other notable instructors such as Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver emphasized students’ need for the “manual arts” and physical labor if they were to lift themselves beyond a history of slavery. Taylor’s first campus building was Science Hall exemplified this as it was built by Tuskegee students using bricks also made by students. Later, Butler Chapel featured interior electrical lights, also installed by students in Tuskegee’s electrical division.

     

    “Taylor’s buildings created an institutional presence by giving a sense of place and ownership for African Americans who had too little of everything,” said Ellen Weiss in 2012. Later, in 2015, MIT President L. Rafael Reif lauded Taylor as “a builder … not only of structures, but of communities … and an architect who designed not only a campus of national importance … but a more promising future for generations to come.”

     

    Among the Tuskegee campus buildings with Taylor’s touch were The Oaks, now on the National Historic Site and National Landmark register, and the Tuskegee Chapel. Taylor was visiting the chapel in 1942 when he collapsed. He was then transported to the John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital, which he also designed, where he passed away.

     

    Taylor was honored with a Forever stamp by the U.S. Postal Service in 2015. MIT also endowed a chair for minority faculty in his honor and created the Robert R. Taylor Fellowship in the School of Architecture + Planning. His great granddaughter, Valerie Jarrett served as a senior advisor to President Barak Obama.

    Robert R. Taylor Forever Stamp

    Norma Merrick Sklarek – Architect (1926-2012)

    Norma Merrick Sklarek  - American Architect

    When she struggled to find a job with private architecture firms, Norma Merrick Sklarek didn’t know if it was because of her race or her sex. Having graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 1950 – she was one of just two women and the only black student in the class – she was repeatedly turned down for employment.1

     

    Sklarek finally landed her first professional gig with the City of New York, using that position to gain the experience needed to take the state’s licensing exam. By passing the exam on her first try in 1954, a rarity regardless of background, Sklarek became the first licensed black woman architect in New York. Nearly 10 years later, she earned the same distinction in California.

     

    Those were just a few of Sklarek’s many “firsts.” When her career took her to Los Angeles, she joined Gruen Associates despite its policy against hiring African Americans. Her 20-year career with the firm included a position as head of the architecture department and designing the American embassy in Tokyo, among several other commercial buildings. It was certainly a prestigious improvement over her first assignments in New York – designing bathrooms.

     

    Later in her career, she cofounded Siegel Sklarek Diamond, which was the largest architectural firm in the United States to be owned by women at the time. The venture also made her the first African American woman to co-own an architectural firm. Dubbed by some as “the Rosa Parks of Architecture,” Sklarek became the first black female member (1959) and the first black female Fellow (1980) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

     

    As a trailblazer, Sklarek also spent much of her career mentoring up-and-coming architects. While in New York, she lectured at the City College of New York. Her teaching credits also include UCLA, the University of Southern California, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her alma mater of Columbia University, among others.

     

    In recognition for her commitment to opening doors for those who came behind her, Sklarek was honored with the 2008 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the AIA, which recognizes an architect or organization embodying the profession’s responsibility to address social issues. The Norma Merrick Sklarek Architectural Scholarship Award at Howard University is also named in her honor.

     

    “Architecture should be working on improving the environment of people in their homes, in their places of work, and their places of recreation," Sklarek is quoted as saying. "It should be functional and pleasant, not just in the image of the ego of the architect.”

    Justina Blakeney – Designer/Entrepreneur/Author

    Much like Sklarek, Justina Blakeney isn’t sure whether some of her professional obstacles have been a result of her being female or a woman of color. Also like Sklarek, Blakeney has not let those obstacles keep her from success, not only as a designer, but also an artist, entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author.

     

    “It’s hard for me to separate being a female in this industry from being a female of color who came up in this industry in a very unconventional way,” said Blakeney in a CA Home + Design interview. “I do find that at times I don’t feel I’m taken seriously. I also have experienced being offered less money than men for the same job, and I also have experienced unusual behavior, such as people asking to feel my hair. All of these things provide me with unique challenges, but they certainly have motivated me to push myself even more so that I may rise to the top.”

     

    Blakeney’s blog, Jungalow, launched her career in 2009 and established her as the authority on Bohemian, feel-good style. Camille Styles gives Blakeney credit for helping us unearth our love for indoor plants … anywhere and everywhere. She has been lauded as a must-know trendsetter by magazines ranging from HGTV and Entrepreneur to Disfunkshion and Parents.

     

    Her prowess in the digital space ultimately brought her to brick-and-mortar stores. Collaborations with Anthropologie, Pottery Barn Kids and Target, to name a few, put her designs in our homes. Jungalow rugs, prints, pillows and even luggage now help us capture the same vibrant style that has inspired her for years.

     

    Blakeney has described herself as a “’follow your own heart’ kind of person.” Considering her path – as a kid, she dreamed of writing for magazines but discovered that a blog gave her an outlet for her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit – she is more than just talking the talk. By using every available resource, even those on the “outside” can break through obstacles and open possibilities. “(Social) media,” she said in Dallas Market Center in 2018, “is giving a voice to designers and artists who come from communities that are not normally seen as much in the design world, and therefore anyone—not just big stores or television personalities—can start trends.”

     

    Inspiring words from a woman whose blooming career took root with blog and Instagram followers.

     

    You can find more notable moments in history and help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of Schlage at schlage.com/100.

     

     

    1Lewis, Anna M. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers. Chicago Press Review, 2014.

     

    The best Schlage door locks for swoon-worthy spaces.

    January 27, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, January 27, 2020

    Pinterest-inspired room | Schlage

    We found some gorgeous rooms on Pinterest and asked, “What if they had the perfect door? What if we updated the entryway to make a swoon-worthy welcoming statement?” Get inspired with us!

     

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    Are you dreaming of the perfect renovation? Maybe you’re merely admiring other people’s homes and living vicariously. When thinking about the perfect style for your house – even your hypothetical house – sometimes it’s fun to think, “What if …?” We found some gorgeous rooms on Pinterest and asked, “What if they had the perfect door? What if we updated the entryway to make a swoon-worthy welcoming statement?” Get inspired with us!

    Modern living room

    Latitude lever + Century trim in Bright Chrome

     

    This living room is contemporary all the way thanks to the straight lines, monochromatic color palette and airiness. The door we’re sure is lurking somewhere just off to the side should, in our opinion, have a Schlage Latitude lever with Century trim. The rectangular shape of the door hardware would complement the similar lines found in the furniture, while the Bright Chrome finish is modern but still inviting. Matte Black would also look sharp with the room’s gray tones and dark lamp and picture frames.

    Bright Chrome Schlage Latitude lever

    Modern open floor plan

    Bowery knob + Kinsler trim in Satin Brass

     

    This open-concept modern floor plan calls for door hardware that won’t detract from the overall clean motif. The Schlage Custom™ Bowery knob with Kinsler trim would do just that thanks to simple lines that fit in just about anywhere. We also chose a Satin Brass finish to pair with the warm browns in the room, although something in the silver family – perhaps Satin Chrome – would match the coffee table and other accessories as well.

    Bowery knob in Satin Brass

    Minimalist bedroom

    Hobson knob + Collins trim in Matte Black

     

    Big statement with little clutter is what you’re looking for in a minimalist space like this bedroom. You get that with the Schlage Custom™ Hobson knob with Collins trim. The lines are clean, sharp and timeless, making it a perfect fit. The Matte Black finish of the trim also gives the door hardware an even more contemporary feel and would complement the other black accessories in this room.

    Hobson knob with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Industrial modern loft

    Bowery knob + Collins trim in Matte Black

     

    Industrial spaces today feature materials with that raw, unfinished look mixed with sleeker modern touches. Because door hardware is the perfect place to add that contemporary feel, we think a Schlage Custom™ Bowery knob with Collins trim would be ideal for this loft. The trim’s clean lines would pair nicely with the steel supports along the wall and windows, while the knob mirrors the shape of the coffee tables and softness of the couch. Matte Black is a can’t-miss finish in industrial modern homes, although with the silver stair railing in this space, Satin Nickel would be a good look as well.

    Bowery knob with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Industrial modern open floor plan

    Broadway lever + Kinsler trim in Satin Nickel

     

    This industrial modern space relies on plants to soften the room a bit, but hard lines rule when it comes to appliances and furniture. Because of this, we think the door needs a Schlage Custom™ Broadway lever with Kinsler trim. In this open floor plan, the Satin Nickel or Stainless Steel finishes match the kitchen appliances, but Matte Black and brass finishes are also popular in industrial modern homes.

    Broadway lever in satin nickel

    Scandinavian bedroom

    Eller lever + Collins trim in Matte Black

     

    Scandinavian style is hallmarked by white walls, natural wood or stone details, and uncluttered, functional aesthetics. When adding hardware to this bedroom door, we would go with the Schlage Custom™ Eller lever with Collins trim to tie in with the semi-minimalist, functional aspects of the overall design. The Matte Black finish coordinates well with neutral or natural colors, including the wood bench.

    Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Bohemian modern living room

    Plymouth knob + Greenwich trim in Satin Nickel

     

    Choosing door hardware for a bohemian modern space can be easy since it pulls trends from so many different eras and styles. For this living room, we would choose a modern Schlage Plymouth knob with the transitional Greenwich trim to mirror the curved lines of the chairs and soft drapes. If you wanted to highlight the more contemporary framework of the couch and tables, a straight lever could also fit in seamlessly. The Satin Nickel finish pulls in the grays of the décor, although Matte Black would pop nicely, particularly against a white door.

    Plymouth knob with Greenwich trim in satin nickel

    Mid-Century Modern

    Manhattan lever in Satin Chrome

     

    This Mid-Century Modern space is full of clean lines, but they aren’t stark or harsh. That’s why we would love to see the Schlage Manhattan lever with its graceful, subtle curve on this room’s door. The standard circular trim lets other elements shine without being distracting. The Satin Chrome finish provides a bit of contrast without being overbearing, although we’d also love to see this pairing in warmer hues to complement the browns and golds in the room.

    Manhattan lever in Satin Chrome

    Coastal living room

    Merano lever + Greenwich trim in Satin Chrome

     

    The curves of the Schlage Merano lever and Greenwich trim not only work well with each other but would also tie into the wavy beach feel of this living room. With the relaxing blues and greens so often seen in coastal décor, stick with “cooler” silver finishes like this Satin Chrome. A brass finish might tie in well too if you have golden accessories such as the lantern on the mantelpiece here.

    Merano lever with Greenwich trim in Satin Chrome

    Farmhouse kitchen

    Siena knob + Wakefield trim in Matte Black

     

    The Schlage Siena knob and Wakefield trim are a traditional pairing, which makes it suited for farmhouse décor. The slightly unusual oblong shape of the knob, however, keeps it from feeling dated and mirrors the drawer pulls in this kitchen. A Matte Black finish would complement the cabinet hardware perfectly, creating a cohesive look throughout this room. If it’s a lever you’re after, try the Whitney lever, which pairs nicely with this more traditional interpretation of farmhouse.

    Siena knob with Wakefield trim

    Farmhouse entryway

    Andover knob + Addison trim in Antique Pewter

     

    The Schlage Addison trim takes on a more traditional, rustic feel when paired with the Andover knob. Like the farmhouse kitchen, Matte Black would complement the other elements in the space, specifically the stair railing. With the lighter wood and accessories, however, Antique Pewter would also look fantastic.

    Andover knob with Addison trim in Antique Pewter

    Arts & Crafts bedroom

    Avila lever + Addison trim in Aged Bronze

     

    Arts & Crafts homes are most easily identified by those iconic tapered pillars, plenty of woodwork and earth tones. The Schlage Avila lever hints at the pillars’ shapes without being too matchy-matchy, while the Addison trim is reminiscent of the wood molding. We love the Aged Bronze finish with its multi-tone coloring to balance all that woodwork in craftsman-style homes. The contrast helps it stand out without feeling out of place.

    Avila lever with Addison trim in Aged Bronze

    Glamorous bedroom

    Dempsey lever + Rosewood trim in Satin Nickel

     

    Art Deco and Hollywood regency styles both rely on glamor and glitz to make a statement. Because of that, the Schlage Custom™ Dempsey lever with Rosewood trim are a perfect fit with the crystal chandelier, tufted headboard and mirrored nightstands. When abundant shine is a must for your glamorous space, turn to the Satin Nickel finish. Bright Brass can also work, especially when mixed with other gold accents in the room.

    Dempsey lever with Rosewood trim in Satin Nickel

    Victorian kitchen

    Georgian knob + Brookshire trim in Antique Brass

     

    One word describes Victorian style: ornate. Rich colors, stained glass panels and detailed woodwork mean that your door hardware should be equally elaborate. The Schlage Georgian knob with Brookshire trim were made for Victorian homes. And the Antique Brass finish is nothing if not traditional. We especially like the gold-toned finish for this kitchen with its yellows and greens. If brass isn’t your style though, try Aged Bronze, especially with the glass Alexandria knob and Alden trim.

    Georgian knob with Brookshire trim in Antique Brass

    Whether you’re planning a major remodel, considering an update for a single door or just dreaming of a gorgeous new home, Schlage can help. Check out the hundreds of style combinations at Schlage.com or use our Style Selector Tool to find the look that’s perfect for you.

     

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    Choosing historically accurate colors for your older home.

    January 24, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 24, 2020

    Historic home under renovation | Schlage

    Do you know which hues to use on your historic home?

     

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    Historic home under renovation.

    Your classic beauty deserves to let her true colors come through. Choosing an historically accurate paint color for a traditional home can have its challenges, but when done well, it’s a sight to behold. Do you know which hues to use on your historic home?

     

    Especially if your home is on an historic registry, your hands may be tied when it comes to painting and renovating. Follow the regulations, but if you need help figuring out the right colors for your golden oldie, or if you just want to exactly match the tones that originally graced your walls, you can hire a professional. They’ll take samples and use high-powered microscopes to dig deep into your home’s colorful history.

     

    If you don’t have any restrictions and need inspiration, visit historical homes from the same period as yours and see what they have (or haven’t) done well. Of course, you can also use our tips for picking the perfect palettes for your Georgian, Federalist, Victorian or Craftsman-style house.

    Georgian & Federalist

    The most traditional in the United States, Georgian and Federalist homes date from the 1700s to 1800s. Because this traditional architecture spans so much time, there are slight variations in color palettes, but you’ll also see some common themes.

    Exterior of Georgian style home.

    Earlier Georgian houses tended to have darker bodies, or exterior walls. Softer colors such as white or yellow were used for the trim, window sashes and other details. The bodies of later Federalist homes were most often white or straw colored, although you would have also seen orange, slate and darker “Georgian” colors. Exterior trims were subtler, sometimes being painted the same as the body. Both styles favored dark colored doors – chocolate, black and dark green. HistoricIpswich.org does a great job of breaking down colors by era.

     

    While Georgian and Federalist homes often featured more muted colors, there are instances where you’ll find much brighter hues. Surprising to many is the chrome yellow room at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. As BobVila.com points out, bright colors were more expensive at that time, so while you saw less of them, they did exist. We think this gives you license to expand your color horizons a bit more, even if your home is traditional.

     

    Need door hardware for your 18th-century home? Try a Schlage Andover or Georgian knob or Accent lever with Camelot trim. And a Satin Brass finish will fit right in.

    Victorian

    To many, Victorian homes, from the late 1800s, lacked restraint, and it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. You see lots or ornate woodwork, glasswork and patterns, and colors should be used to accentuate those details. But there’s still a “right” way to paint a Victorian home if you want to maintain historical accuracy.

    Exterior of Victorian style home.

    Three-color schemes were popular with Victorian homes, although it wasn’t uncommon to see some with four or more. This doesn’t give a free pass to go color crazy, though. This Old House recommends sticking to one section of the color spectrum, picking different tones in the green family, for example. Which brings us to the second point. San Francisco’s “Painted Ladies” are famous for their brightness, but Victorian homes historically used nature-inspired colors, not pinks and purples.

     

    Remember that subdued doesn’t have to mean boring, especially with Victorian or Italianate architecture. For example, using what California Paints calls Apache Tan, Sleeper’s Entry, Tyson Taupe, North Gallery and Cherry Cola (that’s five colors if you’re counting), you can showcase your classic beauty while keeping it, well … classic. Just save the darker colors for the architectural details – window sashes, gingerbread, turret banding – to help them stand out. Old House Online has more great tips for figuring out all those colors for a true Victorian home.

     

    When looking for hardware to complement a Victorian home, consider a Schlage Flair lever or glass Alexandria door knob. Polished Nickel and Antique Brass make great Victorian-inspired finishes.

    Craftsman

    Craftsman, or Arts & Crafts, homes became popular in the early 1900s. The style was an attempt to get away from what some saw as overly decorated Victorian architecture. Wood, stonework and similar natural elements are iconic characteristics of Craftsman homes, and earthy color schemes with muted greens, browns and cool blues that mirror streams or stone follow suit.

    Exterior of Craftsman style home.

    Warm colors – orange, red, yellow – work well with the abundance of woodwork. We like Behr’s combination of Mesa, Briquette and Bison Brown for this interior. If you’re looking for more contrast, however, slate gray and blues from the other end of the spectrum complement woodwork quite nicely. Behr’s Scotland Road and Amphibian captures that look on this exterior.

     

    For a Craftsman-style home, we recommend the Schlage Avila lever with Addison trim in Aged Bronze. Or try the Schlage Andover knob. Knob or lever, this multi-tone finish will complement the woodwork in nearly any Arts & Crafts home.

     

    Visit Schlage.com for all the styles of door knobs and levers to help make your mature home the star of the block. You can also learn more tricks for bringing modern design to your charming older home with our Design Guide.

     

    Celebrating 100 years of Schlage and a century of success.

    January 21, 2020 7:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Schlage 100th Anniversary

    As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, we’re looking back on the countless impacts we’ve made on people’s lives, homes and businesses.

     

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    When Great-Aunt Edna turns 100, you throw a huge birthday bash. You eat cake, but more importantly, you reminisce about the innumerable experiences and moments she witnessed over the last century.

     

    When a company ushers in a new century, the excitement is much the same. As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, we’re looking back on the countless impacts we’ve made on people’s lives, homes and businesses. We’re also looking toward the future to continue serving you with our reputation for style and innovation for the next 100 years.

    Schlage's 100th anniversary.

    Since pioneering the first push-button lock in 1920 to the high-tech mobile solutions of today, Schlage’s passion for door hardware is what drives us to develop the products that keep you, and what matters most to you, secure. For 100 years, our legacy of continuous improvement, attention to detail and obsession with thoughtful innovation has provided you with peace of mind and solutions for a life and job made simpler.

     

    We have redefined what’s possible and created security solutions for seamless access wherever life takes us. At home, we started with the first lock that didn’t require a key on both sides, dramatically reducing the chances of being locked in a room if the key was lost. Easy-grip handle locksets, never-before-seen levels of style customization and durability allowed Schlage to not only survive chaThisllenging times like World War II, but also thrive and grow internationally. Today we’ve advanced our offerings to include the revolutionary Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, giving you a more secure and simpler way to control access to your home, and Schlage can be found around the world.

    Schlage Encode wifi smart lock on blue front door.
    Innovation flourished in institutional and commercial markets as our products evolved to fulfill customers’ needs at the office, school and beyond. It began with durable mechanical locks and expanded to comprehensive electronic access control solutions. Among their many uses is enabling schools to take greater control over security and keep your students safe. A decade after introducing the first electronic lock with an interchangeable reader and communication modules, today’s wireless access control portfolio delivers a superior level of convenience—while staying true to the strength and level of quality the Schlage brand is built upon.
    Schlage classroom door lever.

    Walter Schlage, our founder and a renowned inventor, sought simple solutions to problems hidden in plain sight. In addition to creating locks, he developed techniques that allowed the Schlage Manufacturing Company, later renamed Schlage Lock Company in 1925, to produce more locks of higher quality in less time. We continue in the same spirit today. As a company of passionate innovators and trailblazers in engineering, technology and design, we will continue to lead in the marketplace, providing superior quality, safety and security for years to come.

     

    With the number of global patents growing annually – Walter Schlage had more than 200 on his own – and an unending commitment to solving modern problems for today’s world, we are proud of our legacy. But as much as we enjoy looking back, we are even more eager to look forward to the next 100 years when we’ll be opening more than just doors. We’ll be opening possibilities.

     

    Learn more about Schlage’s history and help us celebrate our 100th anniversary. There’s more to discover for both home and business at Schlage.

     

    The inventor that started it all: 100 years of Schlage.

    January 21, 2020 6:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Walter Schlage

    It is with that pride that we gladly present “The Story Behind Schlage: The Inventor and the Businessman.”

     

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    Few things seem more commonplace than door knobs and locks. This wasn’t always the case, though, and Schlage is proud to be among the trailblazers in home security and door hardware design. It is with that pride that we gladly present “The Story Behind Schlage: The Inventor and the Businessman.”

     

    Highlighting the early days of Schlage, the video below shines a light on our namesake, Walter Schlage, and his spirit of innovation. Walter’s motivation – find simple solutions to problems hidden in plain sight – continues to drive what we do today.

     

    Since pioneering the first push-button lock in 1920 to the high-tech mobile solutions of today, our passion for door hardware is why we strive to keep you, and what matters most to you, secure. For 100 years, our legacy of continuous improvement, attention to detail and obsession with thoughtful innovation has provided you with peace of mind and solutions for a life and job made simpler. Some may say a lock is just a lock, but we’ve spent a century unlocking opportunity. Together, we’ll be opening more than just doors in the next 100 years.

     

    Schlage 100th anniversary photos

     

    Find more Schlage history and help celebrate our 100th anniversary at schlage.com/100.

     

    4 house staging tips for selling your house in the winter.

    January 7, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    Winter house for sale | Schlage

    Think you can’t sell your house in the winter? Think again. These house staging tips can help you get full asking price, even when cooler weather moves in.

     

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    Think you can’t sell your house in the winter? Think again. These house staging tips can help you get full asking price, even when cooler weather moves in.
    For sale sign in front of house covered in snow.

    Are people buying houses in the winter?

    Spring and summer are the prime seasons for selling homes and moving, but the market doesn’t cool off completely in the winter. Some experts even say the season works to your advantage because there’s less competition for sellers. How many people are actually shopping for new digs in that December to February stretch, though? Consider this:

     

    • Job relocations often happen at the beginning of the year, meaning buyers need a new home and they need it yesterday. Their high motivation and short timeline are good for you.

    • Buyers who have just received year-end bonuses or retirement payouts may finally have the funds to pursue the home of their dreams.

    • Some people are looking to take advantage of tax breaks associated with buying and owning a new home before the new year.

    • September is a big month for bringing home Baby. When fall and winter roll around, those growing families may be looking for larger homes to accommodate their new arrival.

    Are there house-staging tips for winter?

    Absolutely! Some of these tricks work any time of year – people always like bright, airy-feeling spaces – but their importance increases tenfold given the changes in the environment and people’s seasonal mood.

     

    • Shine a light on the potential.

     

    People most often tour homes in the evenings, and when the sun sets earlier in winter, lighting becomes even more important. Clean and repair existing light fixtures, lamps and bulbs. If you notice dark corners inside or around your home’s exterior, consider adding lighting. String lights are a popular choice for both function and style. It not only improves security but can make a small room feel bigger and more refreshing as well.

    • Make them feel warmly welcome.

     

    Pay special attention to the types of things that are on people’s minds in the winter. For starters, a mudroom. Potential buyers are definitely wondering where they’re going to hang their heavy coats and put their snowy boots when they walk in. If you don’t have it in the budget to do a total mudroom makeover, try these tips for creating the perfect space with items you already own.

    Particularly if you live in a colder climate, help buyers literally warm up to the idea of living in your home. Highlight the fireplace, either with décor or by lighting a fire when you expect a showing. Just be sure to open the flue and place a screen in front for safety. If you have winter-friendly architectural features like south-facing windows, show them off to their best advantage as well.
    • Embrace hygge.

     

    Hygge is all about comfort. Help homebuyers envision being comfortable in their new house. Start by decorating for the season. This doesn’t mean Santa statues and blow-up snow globes on the lawn, though. Opt for classic snow themes and more generic winter décor. Indoors, you can try cozy throw blankets, candles, hot chocolate fixings on the bar cart and seasonal music in the background.

    For outdoor curb appeal, plant cold-weather shrubbery. Consider pots or fake shrubs if the ground is frozen. Evergreens, holly and plants with bright berries are always appropriate this time of year. Add a bird feeder to show off the beautiful local wildlife.
    • Put your best foot forward.

     

    Cold weather brings unique maintenance tasks. The need to stay on top of them is even greater when selling your house. Clean autumn’s leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. And when it snows, break out the shovel often. Clear the driveway, patio, walkways and decks. It not only reduces slipping hazards, but potential homebuyers will be able to see the house better.

     

    Seal off drafty windows and doors with caulking, or if they’re really bad, consider replacing them. Higher energy costs and uncomfortable living spaces are a real turnoff for buyers. Even if you don’t replace the doors and windows, it’s a good idea to give them a good sprucing up. Power wash winter grime away and maybe add a fresh coat of paint. Updated door hardware like these front entry handlesets, house numbers and other porch accessories boost curb appeal while also enhancing functionality that will speak to buyers.

     

    Schlage wants everyone to love where they live, whether it’s new construction or a new-to-you classic home. Find more resources for buying and selling homes, moving and remodeling for resale at Schlage.com.

     

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