Corbels Add Character

corbel is a piece of wood or masonry that jutts out of a wall to carry a weight. Corbels have been used a lot in architecture lately, as these images from notable design magazines demonstrate:

  • House Beautiful showed this carved corbel over a stove in a French Country-style kitchen in Connecticut. The design, selected by interior designer Beverly Ellsley. has a traditional harvest motif.
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Image via Architectural Digest; Photo: Laura Moss


  • Southern Living showed that corbels can be used for purely decorative purposes, as in this garden, where corbels are used as a bench. Accoridng to Southern Living, the detailed antique English corbels look ” like two giant bookends.”
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Image via Southern Living; Photo: Jean Allsopp


  • This Old House celebrated the original corbel in a Queen Anne home  in Collingswood, New Jersey.
This Old House Kansas City
Image via This Old House; Photo: Eric Piasecki

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