37 Creative Ideas for Decorating with Rustic Corbels

Fitting Old Corbels into New Frames

Fitting Old Corbels into New Frames

First and foremost, you might be asking yourself, “What is a corbel?” You’ve probably seen dozens of corbel ideas in design magazines and shows, but you may not have known that’s what they’re called. A corbel is a large, usually ornate, wall bracket used to support the ceiling, a shelf, molding, or another architectural feature. These large but lovely design features have recently become very coveted for architectural salvage projects.

The majority of corbels being repurposed as d├ęcor are made of wood, though plaster and stone examples are also out there. The most popular styles feature heavy Victorian scrollwork or sinuous Art Nouveau lines. That said, simple Mission style brackets are also gaining in popularity. While these pieces blend effortlessly into shabby chic decors, their distressed finish also makes them ideal for rustic and country aesthetics, and the Mission style pieces are well-suited for modern interiors.

If you’d like to make a big impact in areas that are often overlooked, then corbels offer a lot of eye appeal. Our gallery of corbel ideas gives you more than three dozen ways to elevate your interior design game by using corbels with shelves, islands, mantels, and lighting. If you’re dying to borrow from the best of the architectural salvage craze, then open your home to the upcycled beauty of repurposed corbels.

Simple Bedside Lamp and Book Shelf

Simple Bedside Lamp and Book Shelf

Repurposed Distressed Wood Corbel Candleholder

Repurposed Distressed Wood Corbel Candleholder

Picture Perfect with a Dimensional Stairway Arch

Picture Perfect with a Dimensional Stairway Arch

Classic Cottage Entryway Fretwork Corners

Classic Cottage Entryway Fretwork Corners

Wall-Mounted Molding as a Frame

Wall-Mounted Molding as a Frame

A Wall’s Worth of Salvage

A Wall’s Worth of Salvage

Adding Antique Character to Contemporary Exteriors

Adding Antique Character to Contemporary Exteriors

Warm Wood Corbel-Supported Fireplace Mantel

Warm Wood Corbel-Supported Fireplace Mantel

Corbel and Drawers Novelty Shelf

Corbel and Drawers Novelty Shelf

From Ceiling to Floor Potting Table Project

From Ceiling to Floor Potting Table Project

Ideas for Corbels Big and Small

Ideas for Corbels Big and Small

A Little Bit of This and That

A Little Bit of This and That

Architectural Salvage Headboard Idea with Shelving

Architectural Salvage Headboard Idea with Shelving

French Renaissance Corbel Statement Shelf

French Renaissance Corbel Statement Shelf

Antique Wall Brackets as Bookends

Antique Wall Brackets as Bookends

White on White on White Storage

White on White on White Storage

Victorian Corbel Ideas for Kitchen Islands

Victorian Corbel Ideas for Kitchen Islands

Instant Shelf with Corbels and Board

Instant Shelf with Corbels and Board

Pretty Country Corner Design with Shabby Brackets

Pretty Country Corner Design with Shabby Brackets

Frame Your Doorway with Colored Corbels

Frame Your Doorway with Colored Corbels

Single Antique Bracket Plant Stand

Single Antique Bracket Plant Stand

Scrolled Wood Light Fixture Concept

Scrolled Wood Light Fixture Concept

A Black and White Kitchen Color Scheme

A Black and White Kitchen Color Scheme

Exceptional Victorian Architecture for Eaves

Exceptional Victorian Architecture for Eaves

Reclaimed Wood and Scroll Range Hood

Reclaimed Wood and Scroll Range Hood

How to Pretty Up Your Mailbox

How to Pretty Up Your Mailbox

Vintage Inspired Interior Corbel Ideas

Vintage Inspired Interior Corbel Ideas

Old World Elegance with Distressed Over-Door Display

Old World Elegance with Distressed Over-Door Display

Farm Fresh Counters for Country Kitchens

Farm Fresh Counters for Country Kitchens

Elegant Architectural Hanging Side Table

Elegant Architectural Hanging Side Table

Inverted Wooden Finial Island Upgrade

Inverted Wooden Finial Island Upgrade

Easy One Piece Repurposed Nightstand

Easy One Piece Repurposed Nightstand

Simple Corner Molding Cabinet Detail

Simple Corner Molding Cabinet Detail

Simple Mission Style Industrial Lighting

Simple Mission Style Industrial Lighting

Great Expectations Inspired Urn Display

Great Expectations Inspired Urn Display

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