Published Dec 1, 2020 11:22:00 AM

4 Fresh Ways to Boost Curb Appeal with Decorative Door Glass

If you associate decorative door glass with traditional doors with ornate caming, you have a lot of catching up to do. Today’s homeowners are embracing modern glass styles that offer curb appeal, energy efficiency, and privacy. However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options.

In this article, ODL’s door glass professionals discuss modern decorative door glass, looking at its visual and technical aspects. We’ll also offer some practical tips on how you can help builders, remodelers, and homeowners find the right door light for their projects.  

Finding the Right Style of Door Glass for a Project

An entry door can say a lot about a home. Rather than putting the same door (and glass) in every project, it’s best to think critically about each individual home’s style and architecture. For example, a bungalow is a perfect place for Mission-inspired door glass like Monterey, Topaz, or Oak Park 

However, builders and other professionals shouldn’t pigeonhole their designs strictly into one style. Sometimes, blending styles can add drama and interest. For example, a bold, patterned door glass insert, like Converse, could add warmth and personality to a minimalist, contemporary home.  

While we love elaborate doors on craftsman and colonial-style homes, property owners are increasingly embracing midcentury and modern design. Instead of leaded segments, floral stained glass, and heavy wrought-iron caming, owners want door glass options that are sleek and minimal. 

Here are four ways you can connect with modern homeowners’ expectations and evolving tastes.


1. Patterned Privacy Glass that Accentuates the Home's Architecture

Patterned and textured glass is a timeless way to let light in while maintaining some privacy. This type of glass is especially popular in full light door glass inserts because it provides a buffer without obscuring the glass with window treatments. Popular, modern textures for privacy glass include: 

  • Chinchilla glass: With an organic, fur-like texture and wave-like pattern, chinchilla glass is beloved by both builders and property owners. Chinchilla glass can be used in a wide variety of architectural styles, from traditional to contemporary. 
  • Cumulus glass: Evoking clouds or fog, this privacy glass lets in just the right amount of light. 
  • Linen glass: This type of etched glass plays off fine linen’s textures, making it a timeless choice. 
  • Rain glass: A deeply textured glass insert that mimics rain trickling down your door, rain glass offers organic beauty and a great deal of privacy. 

At ODL, we offer a broad variety of textures and patterns that can create eye-catching doorscapes and entryways, ranging from classic frosted to bold patterns.  

In addition to textured and etched glass, our innovative Dialogue Layered Glass® uses layered glass and ceramic frit patterns to create dynamic visuals that constantly shift based upon the light and your location. Styles like Repartee and Brainstorm are perfect for contemporary doorways.


2. Decorative Impact-Rated Gives Peace of Mind

For storm-prone areas of the United States, impact glass is an essential part of home and door construction. However, that doesn’t mean the millions of homeowners who live in these areas have to sacrifice style. Using our state-of-the-art laminating process, ODL impact glass is both durable and visually appealing.  

Many of our decorative glass door inserts are available in impact glass. From luxe patterned glass to elaborate camed inserts, professionals can find an impact-resistant door glass insert that meets their needs. ODL also offers severe weather inserts with grilles between glass (GBG) and enclosed blinds. 


3. Low-E Glass that's Both Welcoming and Practical

Today’s consumers care more than ever about energy efficiency. According to The Freedonia Group, the door glass market will grow by 4.3% by 2023, and this growth will mostly occur due to increasing demand for Low-E products. Did you know that many of our decorative glass inserts can include Low-E and Low-E+ glass? The combination of energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal makes these solutions popular with builders, contractors, remodelers, and homeowners alike. 

Our ENERGY STAR-certified door glass inserts use thin metallic coatings that reduce heat flow. ODL has Low-E and Low-E+ options that will seamlessly blend into your projects, from sleek contemporary and modern glass inserts to elegant Old World styles.


4. Contemporary Caming

From bold wrought ironwork to sleek circles and sinuous vines, we have a glass design for every taste and personality in our catalog. However, many professionals are surprised to discover the level of personalization they can apply with ODL door glass. We offer a wide range of segmented door styles, ranging from Catalina’s Mediterranean-inspired scrollwork to the mid-century lines of Crosswalk.  

Additionally, contractors and builders can choose from a dozen caming finishes, including satin nickel, black chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze. It’s remarkable how switching out classic satin nickel caming with another finish can refresh an entryway’s curb appeal.


ODL: Decorative Door Glass that Exceeds Expectations

At ODL, we’ve been making door glass for generations. Whether your customers are looking for impact glass, the latest textures, or leading-edge Low-E products, we have the right solution. To learn more, contact us today, or find out where to buy. 



Demand for glass used in windows and doors forecast to increase 4.3% annually through 2023. (2019, December 10). The Freedonia Group. Retrieved from 



Monterey offers Craftsman design elements and a bit of modern style to your home's entrance door. Clear bevels provide visibility, yet the translucent, textured glass offers a high privacy level. Patina and satin nickel give you finish options to complement your door hardware.

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As touchable as its namesake, Chinchilla’s fine lines and organic, fur-like texture create a striking wave pattern when seen from afar. It offers a high level of privacy to your home.

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Modern design comes to life through strong linear lines interrupted by bold pops of gray glass. Crosswalk's look is abstract, modern, and stylish. Crosswalk offers a high privacy level.

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