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    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018

    January 12, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018 | Schlage

    Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.



    2018 Trends - Style & Design - Technology - Schlage

    With a new year comes new trends, and January is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home. Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.

    We talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company, about what he expects 2018’s biggest trends to be.


    Roberts said black will continue to be very popular this year. Whether it’s black front doors, black rooms or Matte Black door hardware, anyone can make black work in their home because it goes with everything.


    Product designers across all sorts of industries are adopting the latest technology, and that trend will only continue to gain momentum. Right now, you can buy smart home products for home alarm systems, smart locks, heating and cooling, lighting, and even your kitchen. All of these categories are growing as more and more brands create new products that integrate with smart home technology. Roberts expects this to continue and for more categories to be introduced into the market.


    Schlage is at the forefront of where style and tech collide as we work to make smart home technology more accessible and integrated with style. Schlage’s Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships, Rob Martens, predicts the next big operating system will be inside the home.


    Patterns and texture were popular in 2017 and will continue to be popular this year. There has been a resurgence of 70s stylings. Yellows, greens and bold patterns are becoming popular again. Texture includes anything from animal prints to metal finishes to natural wood. Pantone predicts similar trends for 2018 in their article on

    Do you like these ideas? Do you already have some of them in your home? If you’re looking for more style inspiration, check out our Style Talk Pinterest board.

    9 ways to embrace exposed fixtures and finishes in your home

    January 11, 2018 9:45 AM by pooja.katkar

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    9 ways to embrace exposed fixtures and finishes in your home

    There can be beauty in raw materials. Display them with care, and the effect is surprisingly warm and welcoming.



    It’s not always deliberate that a great piece of work is left unfinished — see Schubert’s 8th Symphony or Mozart’s Requiem, for example. However, sometimes in the creative process there’s a decision to embrace the beauty in raw or “unfinished” materials. In the case of homes and other buildings, there might be an aesthetic choice about whether to expose certain elements — from structural steel to bare concrete to lightbulbs — that might ordinarily be hidden. Should you dare to bare?

    Check out these ideas for creating your own unfinished masterpiece.

    Structural wood

    Exposed structural wood is a much more common sight than some of the other materials in this story. The display of raw wood in a home creates a sense of bringing the natural world inside, and there’s a real-life essence to be gained from the look. Structural oak beams in particular bring so much feeling to a space. Dark woods are wonderful for a framing effect against crisp white walls and ceilings — great for demarcating areas of an open-plan space. And cherry and lighter woods work well as part of an overall scheme; bring them in through furniture, floors and staircases.

    Electrical accessories

    Wiring can be used in interesting ways. The most common is to hang lighting cables in an arrangement that suggests a sense of temporariness, as in an art studio or a construction site where string lights have been hung for a specific purpose. With a little imagination, the opportunities are endless. Cable coverings can be created in a vast array of materials and colors, for example. Just be sure the design is certified and installed by a qualified electrician.

    Bricks (in an industrial property)

    Bricks and mortar are rough and cold and not always a look that comes to mind when you’re designing a cozy living room. Yet using exposed brick, especially on one feature wall, has great merit. The subtle irregularities in texture and color can really be brought to life with some skilfully placed lighting, such as the low table lamp that casts a warm glow in this warehouse-style apartment.

    Bricks (in a period house)

    If you’re lucky enough to have a good-looking internal brick wall in your home, simply seal it with clear or colored products that can be found at any building supply store. If you’re not, then faux brick panels can be installed, the benefit of which is that you can identify a pattern and color that work for you.


    Pipe is a wonderful material with which to get creative. In fact, when I was training as a heating engineer, we would create small sculptures from copper pipe to demonstrate our skill. The most common raw finishes are steel and copper, though any finish can be achieved through painting, plating or polishing.


    There’s a huge variety of fittings and fixings, as well as threading and bending techniques. Uses include water and gas, obviously, but pipe can also be used as cable trunking to form some interesting lighting features. 


    Any design that makes functional use of the pipe (as opposed to purely decorative) should be approved and installed by a qualified engineer who can certify that the work complies with regulations.


    One of the most overlooked building materials in its raw, unfinished form is concrete. But from prefabricated panels to polished countertops, it’s a highly versatile medium. Concrete also lends itself beautifully to a minimalist interior. There’s a nakedness to it that asks for solitary items of furniture or artwork in isolation.


    The irregularities in concrete’s surface coloring work well with other materials that are natural or imperfect in some way. Acid-distressed glass is a great example.


    Sheet materials, especially plywood, can be a real boon to a homeowner’s budget. Although cost isn’t the ideal factor on which to base key design choices, it also can’t be ignored. Fortunately, plywood can look incredibly warm and stylish in its raw state, and it’s a brilliant base on which to redecorate at a later date if you tire of the look.


    How to do it right? In a word: pine. Pine furniture, pine cabinets, pine shelves. Then understand that this really is an unfinished look, so choose light fixtures, tables, chairs and other features that also have a certain “makeshift” style. Try railings made of scaffolding poles, upturned crates for side tables and industrial-style wall lights.


    The practical purpose of ductwork is to achieve proper air flow. A good duct system will keep the air throughout a home fresh and clean and make central parts of the property noticeably more comfortable.


    OK, it’s a bold look to have ductwork out in all its glory, but design fortune favors the brave. All that raw metal can look severe, but it can also be striking in a minimal, contemporary room. Equally, it can look right at home in a space that incorporates a lot of other exposed raw building materials.


    Be conscious of noise implications when situating the duct outlet, and make sure you get up there frequently to dust the metal. Keeping ductwork shiny will mean the difference between a really cool design feature and an unfortunate consequence of a poorly designed building.

    Structural steel

    Steel is a remarkable material for what it allows us to achieve in architectural design, to the point that we can appear to defy the laws of physics with floating staircases, split-level mezzanines and the like.


    Structural steel can be left exposed to give a great industrial feel to an interior. Like exposed ductwork, this is a strong look and will work best if you really play it up as a feature. But again, check your regulations: Steel that’s integral to the structure of the building must be enclosed by fire-rated materials and cannot be left exposed.

    Tell us: Have you exposed any raw materials in your home? Share your tips and photos on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on October 10, 2015.

    Michael Parinchy | Houzz contributor

    Works for West Midlands Award-Winning Home Design and Construction Company, Probuild 360.

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2017

    December 28, 2017 6:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2017 | Schlage

    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2017. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of the year.



    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2017. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of the year.
    Home Decor - Bowery Knob - Century Trim - Schlage

    1. How to properly install door knobs and levers

    Installing door hardware is a simple project you can easily complete with a few minutes and minimal tools. Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a Schlage door knob or door lever in just a few minutes.

    2. How to understand lever and door handing

    Installed your door lever and it doesn't look quite right? Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to determine the handing of your door to ensure you choose the right door hardware and lock for your home.

    3. Get a jump-start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh

    Refresh your bathroom the easy way and get a jump-start on spring cleaning with these five bathroom projects you can complete quickly and affordably.

    4. How to understand BHMA lock security grades

    Learn how to tell which lock is best for you by understanding its BHMA grade based on security, durability and finish testing.

    5. 9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    Take a look at popular home styles from farmhouse to mid-century modern, Victorian and even Craftsman and view our recommendations for door hardware.

    6. What type of door hardware is best for each room in your home?

    This quick guide to door hardware functions will help you navigate the lock aisle and find just the right knob or lever for each room in your home.

    7. The best hardware pairing for your front door color

    A front door makeover is a quick way to give your curb appeal an affordable upgrade. Check out which finish you should pair with your front door color.

    8. How to choose replacement hinges

    Installing door hinges is an easy project for any skill level to take on as long as you choose the correct hinges first. Here’s what you need to know.

    9. The best door hardware for transitional style homes

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

    10. 7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    Dating back to the 17th century, dutch doors are certainly not new but homeowners that value casual style are embracing this trend all over again.

    What DIY and style content do you enjoy most and want to see more of in 2018? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

    How to finish decorating a room

    December 21, 2017 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    How to finish decorating a room

    Got a half-finished space begging for a polished look? These solutions can motivate you to take some essential decorating action.



    We've all been there — you want to get a room pulled together, but it's just not happening. When the paint swatches (none of them just right) have been on the wall for months, your pictures are still waiting to be hung or your space just doesn't feel complete, it's time to get to the bottom of the problem so you can finally finish that room. From color quandaries to clutter, we will take a look at five of the most common roadblocks and ways to overcome them once and for all.

    Roadblock 1: Color is all over the map.

    If your space is a hodgepodge of colors and patterns, the good news that is you are probably not afraid of using color. Really, that is good news — many of us hem and haw for months about which shade of white paint to use! The key to finishing your space is to tighten up the color palette in your room, zeroing in on certain shades and tossing (or moving to another room) what doesn't fit.

    Use your camera

    Try taking photos of each item in your room. Then print the pictures and play around with different arrangements on a big bulletin board, or spread them out on a table. Looking at photos will help give you distance, so you can make decisions about what looks best without letting your feelings for your belongings take over your decision-making process.


    Focus just on color first. Then, once you've winnowed the pieces down to a color palette you like, note which pieces in your room no longer fit with the new scheme and make a list of things to add. Bonus: You can bring your photos with you when you are out shopping to quickly and easily match colors and prints.

    Roadblock 2: I've lived here for years, but it looks like I just moved in.

    This is such a common problem, and there are as many reasons for it as there are people — perhaps you are waiting to put up art until you've chosen the "perfect" paint color, or you are really busy at work and don't have the time to face decorating decisions, or perhaps this isn't your ideal home and you keep thinking you will wait to decorate when you move.


    No matter the reason, it's important to understand that having a warm, welcoming, comfortable home is important to us all, and you deserve to have that now, not at some unknown future time. The first step is to simply acknowledge that you want a "homier" home and commit to doing something about it.

    Design your room in layers

    When you are trying to take your home from bare and empty to warm and inviting, the process can feel a bit overwhelming. Tackling one layer at a time can make the task feel more manageable. And if you get stuck on one decision (like paint color), just move on and come back to it later — don't let it paralyze you.


    The layers:

    • Rugs, window coverings and paint
    • Lighting (aim for at least three light sources per room)
    • Furniture
    • Soft stuff: cushions, throws and bedding
    • Finishing touches: art, mirrors, books and plants

    Roadblock 3: My family is so messy, I don't know where to begin.

    It is possible to have a fun, stylish home with kids in the house, but there's no point in tackling any other decorating projects when clutter is spilling out from every corner. Set aside a whole weekend to pare down and donate unwanted items, or do a little bit each day — the important part is to actually get rid of some stuff before you try to organize it. When you are starting with less, the organizing process will be much easier.

    Organize for daily life

    When the clutter is (sort of) in line, try one or more of these strategies for minimizing the mess every day:

    • Add hooks behind every door
    • Swap out coffee tables and benches for versions with hidden storage inside
    • Try carpet tiles instead of a rug — you can easily replace individual tiles if they get stained or damaged
    • Choose slipcovered or stain-resistant upholstered pieces
    • Start a 10-minute tidy-up period each evening that the whole family participates in — put on music and try to make it fun, or do it after dinner with the promise of dessert as an incentive

    Roadblock 4: An all-neutral scheme feels boring.

    I count myself among the legions of people who adore neutral or all-white color schemes, because they seem so foolproof — and they are. But sometimes all of that beige and cream begins to feel a little too predictable. If you are ready to shake things up a bit, first take a moment to consider what it is exactly that is bothering you about the room now.


    Do you like the neutral hues but want more of a wow factor? A single special piece, like an oversize mirror with an interesting shape or a piece of art you love, could be all you need to add. Or try adding accessories with metallic shimmer. Platinum, gold or silver will add a rich, luxurious quality that elevates the neutrals around it.

    spice up your neutral scheme

    When the clutter is (sort of) in line, try one or more of these strategies for minimizing the mess every day:

    • Choose one bright color to add in small doses — a few red pillows, a basket, a vase of flowers. Just enough to wake things up.
    • Paint a single accent wall a fun hue. It's easy enough to paint over one wall if you hate it, and that one wall could inspire you to keep choosing more color.
    • Deepen the neutral scheme with painted walls or a new rug. If it's the pale, washed-out feeling you are trying to avoid, bringing in deeper, richer neutrals like charcoal or espresso could be just the thing. The floors and walls cover the most area, so using color there will make a big impact.

    Roadblock 5: Fear of getting it "wrong."

    This is perhaps the most common fear of all when it comes to decorating. None of us is perfect, and even professionals sometimes make purchases they regret or have a tough time finding just the right piece to complete a space.


    The important thing to remember is, this is your home. It does not need to please anyone but you. It feels good to move forward — you can always change things later.

    Have you recently finished a room you're proud of? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on December 10, 2012.


    Laura Gaskill | Houzz contributor

    I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist.

    Ted talks Oil-Rubbed Bronze: “Style Sitdowns” with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    December 19, 2017 2:20 PM by Ted_Roberts

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a finish that can fit in many homes, but what sets it apart from all the other finish options for door hardware?



    How to Style Oil-Rubbed Bronze - Hardware Finish - Schlage
    Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a finish that can fit in many homes, but what sets it apart from all the other finish options for door hardware? What style of home will it fit in best, and how is it different than Aged Bronze? We had these questions and more, so we talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company. As design leader at Schlage, he is uniquely qualified to explain what Oil-Rubbed Bronze is and how to style it.
    Ted Roberts - Style Design Chief - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    What sets Schlage apart as a style leader?

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

    Where does Schlage get style inspiration?

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

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze - Home Decor - Siena knob with Wakefield trim - Schlage

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    What sets Oil-Rubbed Bronze apart?

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze is one of the warmer dark finishes. Because of that, it goes well with beige and yellows. It is a living finish, which means that as the product is used, the finish develops a two-tone look over time, so no two pieces are going to be identical.

    Because Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a living finish, it adds a personal touch to any home. Aged Bronze comes with the two-toned look that Oil-Rubbed Bronze will eventually get, but the difference is that the Oil-Rubbed Bronze two-toned look comes from being used in your home and is unique to you.

    Why do you think it’s popular right now?

    It first started to get popular a few years ago with the rise in arts and crafts (Craftsman) style houses. These homes are hand-crafted and are a rebellion against highly ornamented Victorian homes. The natural color of Oil-Rubbed Bronze and the living finish that evolves as it is used fits right in with this style.

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze  - Home Styles - Craftsman - Southwestern

    What style of home will it fit into?

    It works well with Prairie, Victorian, Southwestern and Craftsman style homes.

    How should someone style their home with Oil-Rubbed Bronze?

    The blackish-brown coloring and highlighted copper edge of the Oil-Rubbed Bronze go well with beige walls and orange tones. It also works well with earth and brown-toned rooms. It fits into the 70s style that is making a resurgence right now with all its natural colors.

    If you are looking to change up your home’s hardware and are interested in Oil-Rubbed Bronze, ask yourself if it will coordinate with what is already in your home. Are you looking for a lot of contrast or something that blends? It is up to you, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze could be a great option in either case.
    Door hardware - Oil-Rubbed Bronze Finish - Schlage
    Looking for more style information and inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page!

    How to create a mood board for your next remodeling project

    December 8, 2017 10:23 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    How to create a mood board for your next remodeling project

    Creating a well-designed space requires an intentional, and focused plan to achieve the look you want in a space. Here are our tips to help you get started.



    Creating a well-designed space requires an intentional, and focused plan to achieve the look you want in a space. A great way to stay focused and narrow your choices is by using a mood board. Check out our tips for building one of your own and the tools to help you get started.
    Mood board - Glam style - Polished Nickel - Schlage

    What is a mood board?

    Mood boards are a collection of ideas that help you organize and plan for the design of a space. When the blank canvas of a room becomes overwhelming, mood boards help you to stay focused by narrowing your options to colors and styles that fit your aesthetic best. Whether you're working with a designer or want to do-it-yourself, this step can help keep your project on track and ensure that your personal style is reflected.

    Must-have elements

    Mood boards are perfect for making sure you're considering the big picture of your space. You'll want to make sure you have a good variety of color and texture to set the right aesthetic. Creating a cohesive look goes beyond the paint color or large furniture pieces so be sure to include the smallest of details like hardware and accessories. It's often the finishing touch that ties an entire space together.


    Still not sure where to begin? Start with something you are certain will be used in the space. Do you already have a large furniture piece - like a couch or bedroom suit? Maybe you have a family heirloom that you want to be sure to showcase. Use that as your start and begin adding other elements that catch your eye - paint colors, throw pillows, lighting, etc.

    Create your own

    You may be thinking - "I'm not a creative. There's no way I could create a mood board." - but with so many tools available today, it's easier than ever to go beyond catalog cut-outs taped to the mirror in your room. Below are the tools we recommend checking out to get started. We wouldn't be surprised if you're already using a few.


    Polyvore is a free tool that makes it easy to collect items from all of your favorite brands to create a mood board. You can search by color scheme, style, room and even for specific products. You can even add a little text to communicate the mood you're trying to convey.


    Front Door Look



    Canva makes it easy to create a fully custom mood board that fits your style by eliminating the need for advanced design software. Simply choose the type of layout you'd like to use with your canvas and upload images of items that inspire. You can even browse through hundreds of free images or choose a premium image for $1 each. Here's a great tutorial to help you get started.

    Interior design - Mood board tool - Canva


    With over 100 billion Pins on Pinterest, there's no shortage of inspiration within the tool. If you aren't familiar with Pinterest, think of it as a catalog of ideas stored from across the web. It's a great place to collect ideas and scroll for something new. Try creating boards for each room in your house and saving ideas that appeal to you. Over time, you'll begin to notice a common theme or pattern for the basis of your mood board.


    Last year, Instagram launched a new feature that allowed users to bookmark posts they were inspired by. A few months later, they launched Instagram Collections making this feature much more useful by allowing users to organize ideas by folders. Similar to Pinterest, you could use Instagram Collections as the first-step to creating a mood board by saving the images that are inspiring to you to identify the style you'd most prefer.

    Interior design - Mood board tools - Instagram Collections


    Olioboard is a mood board tool specifically made for interior design. You can choose between 2D and 3D models and select actual products to get a visual of your room before you purchase furniture, textiles or accessories. It's a great tool for experimenting with the overall mood of your space and features a large community of designers so you can browse for inspiration before you get started.

    Interior design - Mood board tools - Olioboard


    Sometimes, you simply cannot beat a good old fashioned photograph of various textiles, paint swatches and hardware you'd like to use in your space. This practice helps you take a step back and see what the details look like in the real world. Check out a few of our favorites from DreamGreen DIY.


    Mood boards - Hardware finish - Satin Brass - Schlage

    Now that you are equipped with the tools that make creating mood boards easy, we want to see your projects as they come to life! Share them with us on Instagram and tag @schlagelocks.

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    December 1, 2017 9:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    It’s the holiday season and that often means you will have guests at your house pretty regularly. How do you make sure the outside of your house looks welcoming?



    Holiday - Curb Appeal - Schlage
    It’s the holiday season and that often means you will have guests at your house pretty regularly. How do you make sure the outside of your house looks welcoming? Below are some tips to boost your curb appeal for the holiday season.


    Even in the middle of winter, there are a few plants like boxwood and spruce trees that can add a pop of color to your entryway. If you are looking for winter-friendly plants, check out HGTV’s post. If you want to do something a little simpler, garland is a great go-to. Hang it around your front door or windows to add color. While you’re getting the greenery, consider also getting pinecones to add to the pots or the garland for a crisp, fresh smell.


    There is a limited amount of time you can have lights up on your house during the year. Take advantage of the long winter nights where you can show them off. Adding lights to your roofline and windows can highlight your home’s architecture. Check out the dos and don’ts of outdoor lighting from Hallmark.

    Holiday curb appeal - Outdoor lighting - Schlage

    Front door décor

    Every guest that comes to your home is going to see your front door, so it’s important to make sure it is welcoming. Wreaths are a popular choice for door hangings and come in all styles, from traditional green branches and berries to bright colored ribbon. If you’re looking for something a little different, this DIY holiday door frame from Modern Masters can add a fun, festive touch to your entry.


    Door mats are another great touch you can add to bring your decor together. There are all kinds of options:, phrases, reindeer, snowmen and more. There is sure to be a doormat that will fit perfectly with your home and delight your guests before they even enter the house.

    Holiday curb appeal - Front door decor - Schlage

    Smart lock

    Spending time with family and friends is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but hosting for the holidays can quickly become stressful. Make it easier on yourself and your guests by installing a smart lock so you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under a rock. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt holds up to 30 access codes, so everyone that needs access can have it.

    Holiday curb appeal - Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
    For more holiday decoration ideas, check out our Pinterest! In the meantime, be sure to enter the 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways for your chance to win a daily prize!

    An expert's guide to choosing kitchen finishes

    November 29, 2017 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    An expert's guide to choosing kitchen finishes

    Lost your way in the field of options for kitchen hardware finishes? This advice will put your renovation back on track.



    Deciding on finishes is one of the most challenging parts of a remodel — particularly a kitchen remodel. Browse the Houzz discussion boards and you'll get a taste of how confusing the process can be. 

    Of course, what makes it even more complicated is that there's no set rule to choosing materials and finishes. "There are as many rules as there are clients and designers, or even combinations of clients and designers," says architect Thomas Ahmann. Every project is different. But there are still some general guidelines that can help you make sense of your kitchen remodel. We talked to three Houzz professionals — Ahmann, Steve Justrich and Robert Kelly — who gave us their best professional tips for choosing a kitchen materials palette.

    1. Start with your Countertops

    “Countertops require careful contemplation, especially for a large island, as this can be the biggest single item of color and texture,” says Ahmann. This large surface area is a great place to start and can be the basis for the rest of your kitchen’s materials palette.


    Choose a countertop that’s durable and easy to clean. Justrich recommends looking into granite or composite materials like Caesarstone first. For a bigger statement, go for stainless steel, zinc or natural wood. Aim for light, smooth and reflective materials. Large-format tiles or slabs of stone will minimize grout lines and create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. 


    Kelly recommends sticking with a single countertop material, with a slight variation at the pantry or island, for consistency and simplicity.

    2. Consider the cabinetry

    Depending on the kitchen, Ahmann might start with the cabinet as the beginning of the materials palette. “This is what ends up being most ‘in your face,’ as the wall cabinets are smack dab at eye level,” he says. 

    Kelly keeps his materials choices as simple and natural as possible. Slate, marble and wood are all common choices. He recommends sticking to a small palette — three or four materials — to keep it simple. Look for light-colored cabinetry to keep the space open and bright, using other materials in small doses for visual depth and texture.

    3. Use additional finishes to pull the space together

    “Let contrast be the key,” says Justrich. “If the counters are rich and dark, go with a lighter backsplash. A monochromatic approach is great, but if the countertop is visually active, calm it down on the backsplash.” Choose a backsplash color that visually contrasts with your countertop and cabinetry. Floors are usually decided based on the surrounding rooms, but make sure the colors won’t clash with what’s in your kitchen. 


    The other little things — lighting, fixtures, bar stools and hardware — can tie the look of the kitchen together. Again, less is more here. “Kitchens of multiple materials and colors require a lot of finesse,” says Ahmann. 

    How did you choose your kitchen materials palette? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on August 11, 2012.


    Vanessa Brunner | Houzz editorial staff

    Vanessa Brunner | Houzz

    Houzz editoral staff.

    6 simple details that will elevate the style of your home

    November 14, 2017 8:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    6 simple details that elevate the style of your home

    How do you get that polished, magazine-worthy style at home? The secret to a perfectly designed space is attention to detail.



    If you’re anything like us, you love checking out the latest styles and trends showcased across interior décor showrooms, magazines, and online. How do they manage to achieve that perfectly stylish yet livable look that makes you want to run out to the story to replicate it at home? The truth is, the secret to a perfectly designed space is attention to detail.


    So how do you get that polished look at home? The first thing to remember is that the spaces you see in magazines were staged and kept in place for the photoshoot. No room that is actually lived in can stay perfect all the time. Which leads us to our number one tip for adding stylish details to your home:

    Design for the function of the room

    When choosing and arranging furniture and other large pieces in a space, keep in mind the natural walkways leading into/out of the room as well as the function the space will serve. Is it a play room for the kids? Or a place for adults to relax by the fire? Maybe it’s a little of both – that’s okay. The key is to make sure items are placed in a way that makes the room easy to use for its intended function and easy to tidy up afterward – an important but surprisingly easy detail to forget.

    Use fixtures to add stylistic balance to a space

    Themes can be fun – when they aren’t overstated. One way to avoid overdoing a particular style and instead add your own fresh take is to choose a few details that differ from the overall theme – door hardware, lighting and plumbing fixtures are perfect for this. If you’re designing a mostly contemporary, modern space, add some ornate Victorian fixtures in a modern finish likes bright chrome. Don’t be afraid to mix styles – variety adds balance!

    Look at lighting in a new way

    When choosing overhead lighting, pay attention to scale – in other words, the size of the room compared to the size of the light. The key, as always, is to maintain a sense of balance – an overhead light with long, hanging embellishments isn’t best for a wide room with low ceilings.


    Lamps are great because simply repositioning them can add a fresh feel to a room you’ve become bored with – without spending a dime.

    Don’t shy away from unique items

    If you want to create a space unlike any other, you’ll need items that are unique to you. It may be your favorite worn old teddy bear from childhood, or a handmade item you bought during a special trip. Keep in mind there are many facets to your personality, so a hodgepodge of eclectic items can work.


    Meaningful items, like heirlooms, often have a place, even if the style doesn’t immediately seem to mesh – we are often so used to looking at them that we forget their potential. Try asking a friend how they would place the item.

    Pull inspiration from your surroundings

    Is your home near a lush forest? Try adding some natural elements of wood or shapes that mimic wild, untamed growth, like vines.


    A beach or lake house is a no-brainer – go straight for that beachy or nautical style if it’s what your heart desires, but use restraint and add details that are specific to you. Maybe the beach house features a vintage fifties surfer style with pastel colors and faded driftwood. Your lake house could invoke your Irish heritage with rich greens and classic novels like Moby Dick lining the shelves. Be creative!

    It isn’t the size of the space, it’s what you do with it

    Don’t focus only on the large spaces of your home – turn an eye toward all the little nooks and crannies. The brightly lit but empty corner by the window could become a cozy reading nook. A striking new color of paint and a few new shelves can make an old, boring closet fresh and fun.

    There are probably thousands of other ideas we haven’t thought of – share your favorite stylish home details by tagging @Schlagelocks on Instagram!

    The ultimate guide to choosing the perfect finish for your home

    November 7, 2017 10:34 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    The ultimate guide to choosing the perfect finish for your home

    Here is an explanation of each of Schlage's twelve finishes, as well as suggestions of knob/lever and trims that go best with each.



    Hardware Finishes - Perfect pairings - Schlage
    Are you thinking about updating your door hardware? Are you also struggling to decide what finish to choose? Schlage offers 12 different finishes so that you can find the perfect look for your whole house. Here is an explanation of each of those finishes, as well as suggestions of knob/lever and trims that go best with each.

    Gold tones

    Door hardware - Finishes - Bright Brass - Schlage

    Bright brass

    Bright Brass is common in older, colonial homes, especially homes styled in the 1990s. The widespread availability of Bright Brass makes it easy to find and, therefore, easy to match with other hardware, fixtures and accessories. This finish will fit easily into almost any house.

    Recommended pairings

    Bright Brass is common in older, colonial homes, especially homes styled in the 1990s. The widespread availability of Bright Brass makes it easy to find and, therefore, easy to match with other hardware, fixtures and accessories. This finish will fit easily into almost any house.

    Coordinates well with

    Vintage style. Bright brass pairs well in homes that have a very classic, elegant style. Homes where an ornate chandelier would not feel out of place.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Satin Brass - Schlage

    Satin brass

    Satin Brass can be considered the “modern brass alternative.” It offers a more refined take on the rustic look of unfinished brass. The Satin Brass finish is becoming one of the most popular choices for the home. The matte look of the Satin Brass finish won’t show fingerprints or tarnish easily, which often makes it more appealing than bright brass.

    Recommended pairings

    Satin Brass looks particularly great on the Georgian knob or Accent lever with Camelot trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Dark surfaces, modern accents and details. This finish is best displayed against dark surfaces where it can really stand out. It fits well with and brings elegance to a house that has modern touches.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Antique Brass - Schlage

    Antique brass

    The Antique Brass finish closely resembles the look of natural brass and has a warm look due to its brown and golden tones. Though Antique Brass stems from the Victorian Era, its high-gloss finish gives it a touch of the modern world.

    Recommended pairings

    The Georgian knob with the elegant Brookshire trim or the Flair lever with Addison trim are often finished in Antique Brass for a sophisticated look.

    Coordinates well with

    Stacked stone and exposed wood. You will often find these elements in Craftsman homes, but many other styles of homes have wood flooring and stone fireplaces.

    Silver tones

    Door hardware - Finishes - Bright Chrome - Schlage

    Bright chrome

    Bright Chrome is inspired by the Art Deco movement and the jazzy style of the roaring 20s, but can easily transition into the minimalist approach of the 1930s and 40s that is becoming more popular in modern styling. The smooth, mirror-like finish makes Bright Chrome a statement piece that could fit into any contemporary home.

    Recommended pairings

    Bright Chrome is often seen on the contemporary Merano lever or the Latitude lever with Century trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Neutral colored doors and walls. Bright Chrome is an eye-catching finish that shines best when it isn’t competing with bright colors.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Satin Chrome - Schlage

    Satin chrome

    Satin Chrome has a contemporary look and feel and originates from the Bauhaus style movement. It is typically used in commercial applications as it is a finish that doesn’t stand out too much and fits in with most styles.

    Recommended pairings

    Satin Chrome feels fashion-forward when paired with the Orbit knob or Elan lever with Century trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Stainless steel appliances, grey tones and reclaimed wood. This finish is modern and clean and does best in an environment that is simple and not overstated.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Polished Nickel - Schlage

    Polished nickel

    Polished Nickel was inspired by the sophistication of the Victorian Era. It is made from solid nickel and a change of lighting can change its color and appearance. The lacquered look of the Polished Nickel finish makes it one of the easiest to clean.

    Recommended pairings

    Polished Nickel looks expertly paired with the Sacramento lever or Bowery knob with Greyson trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Reflective surfaces, glass and bright lighting. Polished Nickel is a bright finish that does best in a bright environment. It shines best when paired with similar surfaces.

    Door Hardware - Finishes - Distressed Nickel - Schlage

    Distressed nickel

    Distressed Nickel has a rustic vibe that is reminiscent of the Old World. Today, the finish is growing increasingly popular and can be seen in urban lofts in cities across the globe. Because Distressed Nickel is tumbled to get the look, no two pieces are exactly alike.

    Recommended pairings

    Distressed Nickel looks particularly stunning on the Georgian knob or Accent lever with Addison trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Reclaimed wood, concrete and exposed brick. This finish fits well into Industrial Modern homes that are styled around exposed building components.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Satin Nickel - Schlage

    Satin nickel

    Satin Nickel rose to popularity with the Victorian and Mid-Century Modern design movements. Satin Nickel looks great against dark colors like black, navy blue or grey. Its looks best when paired with bold, geometric shapes and patterns, bright solid colors and edgy, unconventional furniture.

    Recommended pairings

    Satin Nickel is an excellent finish for almost any piece of Schlage hardware, but is often paired with more refined styles like the Bowery knob or Accent lever with Camelot trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Dark-colored doors and geometric shapes. Satin Nickel is a chic finish that does best when it stands out from its surroundings. Its modern look helps it to go well with bold patterns and furniture.

    Bronze-to-black tones

    Door hardware - Finishes - Oil-Rubbed Bronze - Schlage

    Oil-rubbed bronze

    The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish is suited for a specific look and feel — blending seamlessly into Mediterranean and Tuscan settings. The dark brown tones in the hardware lend it to warm colors. Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a “living finish” that changes over time to give it a constantly evolving presentation.

    Recommended pairings

    The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish works with several styles, but looks particularly charming on the Siena knob or Flair lever with Camelot trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Luxurious wallpapers and stone accents. Oil-Rubbed Bronze is all about ornate details that you can find in many Mediterranean and Tuscan homes, but are also very prevalent in Craftsman homes.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Aged Bronze - Schlage

    Aged bronze

    Aged Bronze is a traditionally inspired finish that is styled from the Victorian Era, but also has roots in the Arts & Crafts movement. Aged Bronze works exceptionally well with ornate, handmade, craftsman-style furnishings.

    Recommended pairings

    Aged Bronze lends an air of luxury to the Siena knob with Wakefield trim or Avila lever with Addison trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Natural tones. This could be wood floors or natural paint colors like browns, yellows and greens.

    Door hardware - Finishes - Matte Black - Schlage

    Matte black

    Matte Black has never been more fashionable—catering to a modern look that takes style cues from Bauhaus homes, wrought iron fences and fixtures made by blacksmiths in the Colonial Era. Matte Black is unique in its ability to serve as a bridge between the worlds of modern and traditional styles.

    Recommended pairings

    Matte Black is a stylish and daring choice best suited for the Bowery knob or Broadway lever with Greenwich trim.

    Coordinates well with

    Grey tones, geometric forms and large windows. Matte Black is a modern finish that fits best with a modern look. Big windows help keep a space from feeling too dark and crowded.

    Are you feeling inspired? Get more ideas and inspiration on our Style Talk Pinterest Board.

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