Opening Doors

Dumb as a ... yes, doorknobs finish the old insult about intelligence, but they can also smarten up the look of an entire room. The colorful hand-blown glass knobs from Light Impressions Glasscrafters feature whorly, speckled patterns (from $125; light impressions glasscrafters.com). Drummonds makes a wood-and-brass doorknob based on a knob salvaged from the library of a Victorian estate. ($1,950; drummondsarch .co.uk). And Architectural Classics offers, among others, a classically ornate Louis XVI-style knob ($3,200; architectural classics.com).

—Sana Butler

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