The Eastlake furniture style came about in response to Eastlake’s dislike of the over-the-top Rococo and Renaissance Revival styles which were very popular during the Victorian era. Although Eastlake furniture is technically considered to be in the Victorian era being popular from 1870-1890, Eastlake furniture design breaks away from the excessive high relief carving, classical elements and numerous curves of other styles produced during this time period.
In contrast to other Victorian styles of furniture which were produced in America, Eastlake furniture is more geometric and incorporates more modest curves. Any Renaissance and medieval influences that could be seen in Eastlake furniture does not overwhelm the design but is rather a minimal style influence.
All ornamental carving seen on Eastlake furniture is lightly incised on the wood rather than being deeply carved into the wood. Wood grains were often emphasized, with rugged oak and cherry often used in. There was an elimination of applied decorations to furniture done in the Eastlake style.