Federal style was popularized in the U.S. in the late 18th and early 19th century, when things were generally very good: The American Revolution was over, and the U.S. was a bright-eyed new nation. Federal style echoed this sense of hope and promise with some of the most graceful and elegant designs ever created. Rich, dark woods, intricate workmanship, substantial scale and strong, sweeping lines are characteristic of the period. Want to get the look? These pieces echo that rich, bygone era but are scaled and styled to fit the way we live today.