fluted Mission corbels
fluted Mission corbels
Austin corbels
Austin wood corbels
Irvine pilaster corbels
Irvine pilaster corbels
charlotte corbels
Charlotte wood corbels
Regent wood corbels
Regent wood corbels
Atlanta large corbels
large Atlanta corbels

The Artful Use of Corbels in Your Home

Beautiful corbels are a vastly under-utilized architectural element these days. If one needs to display or support a heavy item, such as a sculpture, stylish support from wood corbels or wood brackets is a necessity. Although less obvious today, the beauty and sophistication that these supportive structures add cannot be overlooked. Let your imagination go and visualize these supportive pieces in any area of your home.

A few ideas: In the kitchen, these ornaments are commonplace, although it may not seem obvious. Strategic placement is critical in supporting counters or islands, but they don't need to be boring. Place an ornately carved wood corbel on each end, or several in a row, to support the top. This works beautifully with marble or granite countertops, but can work with any well-made surface. Even cabinets get an upgrade by the strategic addition of these elegant supports.

Fireplace mantels are also among the most common locations for these ornate supports. And, there is good reason for it. Hundreds of years ago, the average home contained a large interior space - essentially a single room under a roof. Cooking was done at the hearth and the occupants slept near the heat in the winter. So, it was situated near the center of the house as the only source for heat.

Over time, it also became the focal point of the structure and for the gentry, the fireplace became a reflection of status, becoming more ornate, built with columns and pilasters or corbels with intricate designs carved on them. Your fireplace can be such a showpiece, as well. Whether your fireplace is large and ornate or more modest, the use of these beautiful supports will completely change the look of any hearth.

corbel with acanthus leaf in the entryway

Any threshold or entryway can be improved by the tasteful application of a single corbel in the center or a pair on either side, especially if the entryway is arched. However, the same strategy can be used in entryways that are more modern in design. Wood brackets can work here as well, supporting a shelf that holds old books, plants or other pieces at higher than eye-level.

corbels; interior design ideas; door trin with corbels

A large wall space begs for striking design, and a corbel "table" might be just the thing. A corbel table is a row of these decorative supports, either placed right next to each other or spaced a distance apart, with a shelf or other platform placed atop the table. The drama created by this collection is impossible to miss!


Simple in design, ornate and even fanciful, wood brackets and corbels can give any room a warm, casual feeling, an air of formal elegance or anything in between, depending on the style you choose. The design options for using these decorative supports are as numerous as the styles you can dream up.


how to turn your kitchen into a masterpiece with corbels
Corbels find themselves right at home in the kitchen. In fact, since the historical use of a corbel is to support weight, just think of all of the heavy pieces that are in your kitchen: cabinets, counter tops, the range hood, possibly open shelving, and more. Everywhere that support is needed is the ideal place for a corbel that not only helps to balance the look but to add interesting hand-carved detail, as well.... read more about how to incorporate corbels into your kitchen >>


finding the right corbels
Most of the corbels come in several sizes and a variety of different woods which makes it easy to fit a wide range of design needs and easy to fit a type of application desired. You can even choose the same design of corbel to carry a theme in a room, but use the right sizes to fit the different tasks in the room... read more about right corbels for your application >>