Give your interior doors a little sparkle with clear, colored, or patterned glass knobs
Maybe you're looking to dress up the new door to your bedroom, bath, or study. Or maybe your old one could use a bit of bling. Either way, adding a glass knob is an easy upgrade. First introduced in the 1820s, glass doorknobs rose in popularity around World War I, when metals were in short supply. Today they're back in style again, with choices ranging from jewel-toned beauties inspired by the Victorian era to clear orbs that date to the 1920s to colorful handblown pieces patterned after mid-century art glass. Just take your pick from these 20 gems.
Swirls, stripes, and spots were common in mid-20th-century art glass. Knobs with such patterns provide an accent that can be either fun or formal.
Handblown and set on a square bronze rosette, this large knob can hold its own—and make a bold statement—on the inside of the heftiest wood entry door.
About $271 each; Sun Valley Bronze
Versatile clear knobs range in style from perfectly plain to dramatically faceted. Pick a rosette to match your other hardware choices.
In the early 1900s, kitchens and baths often sported knobs that had flat faces to showcase patterns molded inside the base. This vintage original has a brass rosette with a nicely aged patina.
About $38 each; Liz' s Antique Hardware
Victorians used colored knobs to dress up a home's public spaces—the fancier the room, the fancier the knob.
Inspired by 1870s "mushroom" knobs, this tea-color reproduction is handblown.
About $395 a pair; Knobworks