Scrollwork, Mission and Acanthus leaf are some decorative corbel styles. The wall brackets that support countertops, ceilings and roofs are typically made from wood and plastic. Iron and marble corbels are more often found in luxury designs.
Scrollwork corbels are carved wood brackets that mimic an unfurling scroll of parchment. This style enhances kitchen design when the finish matches cabinets. The Mission style is also known as Shaker, and its vertical lines and flat recessed panels imitate colonial mission architecture found in California. The corbels are suitable for contemporary kitchens. Simple arch corbels are decorative and functional when serving as a support for a heavy balcony.
Classical Greek architecture influences the Acanthus leaf corbel. The leaf grows with the oldest flower in the Mediterranean region and represents long life. When used to support countertops, the Acanthus leaf corbel extends to the floor. Wrought iron is a versatile decorative corbel style. For industrial kitchens, it is an edgy design. For Spanish design, the curvy intricate bends of the iron evoke Mediterranean architectural accents.
The Home Depot offers carved wood corbels for countertop or shelf support. Many customers complement the alder Capistrano mission corbel. One customer states that the bracket is a beautiful accent to Shaker-style cabinets that display crystal dinnerware.