Modern living in a mature home | Schlage


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Classically modern style.

Homes with history offer built-in character, but they also come with unique challenges. Interior floor plans can feel closed off, and hunting for historically accurate materials can make exterior updates tricky and time-consuming. That’s why many homeowners choose to maintain a historically accurate façade and focus on modern redesigns for their interiors.
Glass french doors leading to master bedroom.

Open things up.

Naturally finished woodwork, a closed floor plan and highly divided rooms can make older homes feel dark and crowded. Updated lighting fixtures, French doors that let light flow from one room to the next and mirrors that reflect the light you do have make houses feel brighter and more open without major demolition.

White living room with blue accents.

Brighten up.

Light colors add instant airiness and space to a room. They’re also a great way to unite old and new elements on a cohesive background and highlight decorative elements like darker natural woodwork. Use eggshell white or a brighter cream on walls and furniture to let more colorful accessories speak boldly.

Driftwood mantel decor.

Add some art.

A simple way to modernize an older home’s interior is to try eclectic, contemporary accessories. Found art, created from pieces of random cast-away objects, is the epitome of eclecticism. Or try clear, custom-made blown glass to add shine to a room filled with woodwork.

Glass Alexandria knob with aged bronze finish.

Twist the traditional.

If you love your home’s history, embrace and expand upon it. Many modernized interior décor pieces run parallel to traditional styles. Research popular designs associated with your home’s architecture, then hunt for pieces that either mirror the elements you want or offer a fresh interpretation on the ones you don’t.

Make a transformation.

Interior door hardware can help transform your older home, whether you’re looking to stay traditional, create a more contemporary vibe or combine the two for a look that’s uniquely you.
Rustic style bedroom with Schlage Accent lever.

1Old meets new.


Plumbing fixtures, door hardware and accessories in dark finishes – Aged Bronze, Distressed Nickel and Matte Black – complement the natural woodwork of your mature home. If you’ve incorporated white walls and furniture, glass, light countertops and other bright elements in the room, you’ll avoid feeling bogged down by too many dark hues.

Farmhouse kitchen

2Perfect finishing touch.


Schlage offers a variety of door knob and lever styles that work wonderfully with traditional and modern homes. To keep your hardware looking classic, try Schlage’s glass Alexandria knob or Birmingham lever. To bring your mature home’s style more up to date, consider the Plymouth knob or Accent lever.

Aged bronze door handle.

3Safe and strong.


When securing your older home, consider measures beyond exterior deadbolts. Your lock is only as strong as the door and its frame, so make sure your entryway is still structurally sound. Cracked or warped wood, no matter how much character it has, can leave you open to security risks.

Wood front door.

Related products.

Victorian glass door knob.
Modern farmhouse matte black door handle.
Door handle with aged bronze finish.
Antique brass Victorian style door knob.