One of the old rustic accents that have easily made their way into the contemporary designs is the corbel. This architectural piece was once created to carry any supplemental weight that the wall may not be able to support on its own.
Today, corbels are used not that much as a weight-bearing element but as a way to add interest and rustic warmth to the interior.
The corbels are most often made from solid wood, with fine fretwork or curved design that instantly attracts the sight.
Today these architectural pieces can be found at thrift shops, salvage yards, on Etsy and on eBay. There are also numerous DIY projects for making your own corbels.
If you love the aged beauty of the corbels and want to have that special architectural accent in your home, see the best ideas on how to include it in your interior.
1. Adding Antique Character to Contemporary Exteriors
Use an aged wooden corbel to accentuate a defining architectural piece of your home.
It will add extra interest and will make the whole arrangement look like an antique feature.
2. Antique Wall Brackets as Bookends
Hold a few favorite books with two corbels. These antique bookends will not only frame your books but will also serve as a decor accent.
3. Architectural Salvage Headboard Idea with Shelving
Embellish your upcycled vintage headboard with corbels. Let them hold a shelf that will display your vintage decor accents.
The bedroom becomes exceptionally romantic and welcoming with such a bed set.
4. A Black and White Kitchen Color Scheme
Give your absorber panels an architectural look with corbels.
Coordinate the size, color, and design of the corbels with those of the cabinets and countertop.
5. Classic Cottage Entryway Fretwork Corners
If your doorway needs something to let it pop out, do it with fretwork corbels.
Placed at the top corners they will easily and instantly transform this opened transitional space.
6. Corbel and Drawers Novelty Shelf
Any wooden vintage drawer can become a valuable piece of furniture if updated with corbels.
Although they are not actually supporting the drawer, they give it a look of a strong storage place.
7. Easy One Piece Repurposed Nightstand
If your bedroom needs a make-over, a stylish nightstand will make it happen. A large corbel becomes the support of this vintage piece of furniture.
Fixed to the wall, it won’t take up any from the floor space so that makes it suitable even for tiny bedrooms.
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8. Elegant Architectural Hanging Side Table
Use a corbel as a support of a small shelf.
Fixed to the wall in the living room, it will function as a side table or as a display for decor accents.
9. Exceptional Victorian Architecture for Eaves
Recreate the specific Victorian architectural beauty in your exterior with corbels.
Added to the ceiling of the porch, they will turn your home into a charming and historical place.
10. Farm Fresh Counters for Country Kitchens
If you want an update of your countryside-style kitchen, you need to consider elements that will suit its concept.
Corbels are perfect to add architectural structure and to give a custom look to the vintage island.
11. Fitting Old Corbels into New Frames
Any opening can be given a character with a corbel.
Whether antique or modern, the corbel will make a great impact, making space feel more antique because of its structure and design.
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12. Frame Your Doorway with Colored Corbels
For a greater impact and stress onto a transitional opening, use corbels in a contrasting color.
The paint can be distressed to let their antique beauty pop out. They will instantly attract the eyes, so consider placing meaningful wall art above them.
13. French Renaissance Corbel Statement Shelf
Regardless of the space, a shelf is placed, it will become a focal point of the room when supported with decorative corbels.
These fretted brackets will anchor the taste for fine and ancient treasures.
14. From Ceiling to Floor Potting Table Project
Large corbels have a significant contribution to a more elegant setting even on the exterior.
The distressed brackets are holding a wide shelf that holds a collection of antique vases and flower pots.
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15. Great Expectations Inspired Urn Display
Your Victorian-style-inspired home needs a special flower pot display. Such that will boost the antique rustic vibe of the space.
This stand can be used for the display of any other decorative accents.
16. How to Pretty Up Your Mailbox
Another way to use a corbel in the exterior is to make them a fine accent of a handmade mailbox.
Made only within a weekend, these posts have done a great transformation on the exterior, increasing the curb appeal and making it more homely.
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17. Ideas for Corbels Big and Small
Accentuate your seasonal decoration stand with corbels of different sizes and designs.
Place them beneath the shelf as brackets and two larger to frame the decorative setting.
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18. Instant Shelf with Corbels and Board
Build your own floating shelf that will beautify an empty part of a wall.
Its decorative value will be enhanced not only by the elements arranged on its top but also by the fine details of the corbels.
19. Inverted Wooden Finial Island Upgrade
Add character to your contemporary kitchen island with corbels on both front corners.
This rustic touch will contribute to making this functional part of the home more welcoming and homely.
20. A Little Bit of This and That
Turn a dresser into a vintage centerpiece. All you need are an old pair of windows, two corbels and a shelf.
The combination of these Victorian architectural pieces and the upcycled wood creates a rustic setting that increases the appealing and welcoming level of the living room.
21. Old World Elegance with Distressed Over-Door Display
Turn the space above a door into a vintage display. Two large corbels hold a shelf for art display.
The value of the art paintings is underlined by the antique look of the shelving.
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22. Picture Perfect with a Dimensional Stairway Arch
Finish the arch with molded corbels. They are offered in various designs and sizes so finding the best model is not a difficult task.
For a greater framed effect, make sure that their color contrasts with the wall and staircase color.
This design hack will lift the architectural appeal of your home.
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23. Pretty Country Corner Design with Shabby Brackets
The simplest corbels also have a great rustic impact.
Used to hold shelves for farmhouse decor, they will add charm to the setting without drawing attention from the rest of the elements.
24. Reclaimed Wood and Scroll Range Hood
Create a custom look for your kitchen with a handmade absorber hood. Use scrapped wood like pallet slats to build the structure.
The hood is visually suspended on two white corbels to ensure a smooth mix of the textures and styles and to differentiate the cooking place.
25. Repurposed Distressed Wood Corbel Candleholder
Next time hunting the thrift shop, make sure to get a corbel. You can use it as a candle holder, as a bookend, as a lampstand, independently as a rustic accent and many more.
Leave it weathered for a more dramatic look or change its color when a bright touch or a match with other accents is needed.
26. Salvaged Corbel Shelf
These corbels are a section from a roof that has been beautifully repurposed to become a shelf above the bed.
If you need a longer shelf, add more corbels on each side. Decorate with family photos, signs, candles.
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27. Scrolled Wood Light Fixture Concept
Get a textured accent and an illumination source in one. This piece is sold at a workshop that aims to recover and repurpose salvaged architectural items.
Turning the corbel into a lamp instantly makes it a desired acquisition.
28. Simple Bedside Lamp and Book Shelf
If you are wondering what design of a nightstand will fit your small bedroom, why not make yourself a corbel nightstand that won’t take any of the floor space?
A pair of old rustic corbels, a slat and suitable hardware define this DIY as an easy weekend project.
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29. Simple Corner Molding Cabinet Detail
Corbels are a designer’s solution for filling up a dead space under the cabinets.
Their function as a decorative element is expressed through softening the straight box lines of the cabinets and framing their start and end.
30. Simple Mission Style Industrial Lighting
This scone lamp sold on Etsy can be easily made by any DIY beginner.
You need only 3 pieces of wood slabs and a lamp.
Assemble the wood pieces into this triangular shape, drill holes to put through the cable of the pendant light and nail them to the wall.
31. Single Antique Bracket Plant Stand
Three corbels are tightly assembled to each other to create a stunning antique flower pot stand.
Along with its functionality, its worth as a decoration is great because of the great rustic touch it brings into this white and naturally lit space.
32. Victorian Corbel Ideas for Kitchen Islands
Looking for an affordable way to update your kitchen? A quick, easy and inexpensive way is to add corbels to the kitchen island.
Although they will not be functional, they will do an instant makeover to the countertop, making it more rustic and pretty.
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33. Vintage Inspired Interior Corbel Ideas
You can’t find any corbels? You can make them yourself and they will look as curvy and stunning as an antique.
If you are in love with the rustic charm they add, make sure to visit the link below with a tutorial and free pattern.
34. Wall-Mounted Molding as a Frame
Are you looking for a unique decoration for your dining room?
Use corbels to frame meaningful wall art. They will grab the attention easily and will help the important statement or image be noticed.
35. Warm Wood Corbel-Supported Fireplace Mantel
Add a wooden mantel supported on corbels to make the cold stone wall of your fireplace feel like an integrated part of your home.
Although this mantel is a contemporary item, its handmade production gives it a rustic aged look which ensures more added charm and warmth.
36. White on White Storage
Give your floating shelves a unique look by supporting them with corbels.
They will also contribute to creating the illusion of heavier and pricey storage furniture.