Some attributes of Eastlake Victorian furniture include a great use of oak, cherry and black walnut carved fairly plainly and decorated fairly simply with incising. Flowers, geometrics and other motifs, for example, were carved into the wood instead of appearing in relief.
Despite the simplistic turn in decorating, the resulting furniture could still be fairly ornate. Chairs often had scrolled arms, and their stiles had carved finials. Finials could also be found on sideboards and other pieces of furniture. Large pieces of furniture such as sideboards, desks and cabinets often had applied molding, corner columns, beveled or chamfered corners and veneered panels. Even occasional tables could have marble tops and scalloped aprons.
Gingerbreading, an ornate type of decoration, was also very popular with Victorian Eastlake furniture and can be seen very clearly in Eastlake inspired architecture. Beadwork is also featured on some pieces of furniture, as are spandrels carved in a ball and spindle style. Spandrels are triangular elements that span the space between a vertical and horizontal piece such as the legs and apron of a table. Ball and spindle is a type of carving or turning where balls are separated by spindle-like elements. Chairs were often upholstered in velvet, and the backs were tufted.
The style was developed by Charles Eastlake in response to the overly elaborate Victorian Rococo style.