Federal furniture adopts the light scale, geometric contrasts, veneers, straight legs, and classical ornament of European Neoclassical models such as the Adam style, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton from England and the Louis XVI style in France.
Types: new kinds of furniture emerge: sewing tables, night tables, cellarettes, knife boxes, dining tables which seat 20 or more, card tables, sofas and suites.
Features: Light scale, slender and refined proportions, straight or tapering legs, reeding, fluting, spade feet, thimble feet, and of course the clash between the square and the circle.
Furniture lines the perimeter of the room when not in use. The finest pieces are placed in the most important rooms.
Materials: woods from cherry, birch and maple, veneers, contrasting circles and squares and light and dark pattern.
Color: contrasting color in wood or painted furniture is fashionable.