One of America's most popular decorating schemes, traditional style is rooted in designs that emerged during the 18th and 19th centuries, including Queen Anne style, and furnishings styled after Chippendale and Thomas Sheraton.
The signature of this style is the cabriole leg, which ends in one of six different feet--the lion's paw, the ball and claw, the late Chippendale, the Marlborough, and the club and the spade.
Chippendale style is more elaborate than Queen Anne, with a greater use of carving, the addition of fretwork, and rich upholstery in brocades, velvets and damasks.
These designs take their name from Thomas Chippendale, an 18th-century cabinetmaker who incorporated English, Gothic and Chinese motifs into his furnishings.
The furniture combines Chippendale and Queen Anne furniture styles with rich wood finishes to create a slightly formal feel to a room.
Unlike Chippendale, Sheraton used carving sparingly and incorporated simple ivory or brass key plates and metal drawer pulls.
English styles such as Hepplewhite, Queen Anne, and Chippendale are also commonly used in traditional rooms.
Chippendale style is one of the most well-known traditional furniture designs.
Chippendale, Christopher Stonehenge Complete (Thames and Hudson, London, 2004) ISBN 0500284679.