Whatever your image, you need to be able to sit in your home, regardless of what Frank Lloyd Wright thought. Furniture cannot only be functional, it can be an influence on how people see your image and how you see yourself. Do some research into what you want and what is available. If you are going to start buying new furniture, make sure you are dealing with a respectable business and that you can return the stuff within the first month if it doesn’t work out; and get it in writing. If you are dealing with used items, I suggest getting any upholstery cleaned and put it thru some rough use before you buy it to see if it will stand up to your use. Consider finding a good furniture refinisher if you really like your current pieces, but they really need some care and perhaps new fabric.
Look around at what you have right now. Does any of what you have, no matter how old it is, match what your romantic image might want? Would a new slipcover or paint update it into what you are trying to create? If you cannot stand something you have, or it just does not fit into the scheme, talk to a few friends to see if a furniture exchange could be arranged. It is amazing how many people are tired of furniture within a short period of having it. Keep this in mind as you go thru the descriptions.
These are descriptions to make you think of the image, the furniture, and yourself. I am not an expert on furnishings, but I do know what I like for myself. If something catches your eye, I really recommend researching the style further.
Grecian and Roman
Obviously, the Grecian Goddess will have Grecian furniture, or is it obvious? The whole place does not have to be decorated like a temple, but there are a few things that will help you create the Grecian and Roman feel to your home. Remember that the style is simple, almost stark, as well as decorative. The other Goddesses out there, Chinese, Norse, and such, should take notes and look to the mythos from which they are taken. You will find that many of the Goddesses out there have very similar ways of furnishing their homes.
Instead of a regular couch, use a chaise lounge or other backless couch with rounded arms. It will take a bit of getting used to, but this type of couch can be stunning in the right place. Some places call this style of couch a “sleigh” couch. There are also “sleigh” beds that have a definite Grecian feeling to them. Smaller benches with is look can be used as side chairs, end of be benches or even as ottomans in a living room
There are Grecian feel wooden folding chairs available with rounded bottoms and carved arms that look like thrones for the Princess or Goddess. With a pillow, these can be comfortable and look good. The same style is available in stools, also. Make sure whatever you get, you are comfortable and your legs do not dangle badly. They can be found in many colors, and if wood is not your thing, you may be able to find metals and plastics instead.
Tables should be rounded with three legs. With the architectural stuff that is available, look for tables with female figures on the legs called caryatids. Columnar or architecturally inspired tables can be used, but are more yuppie than romantic, in my opinion. A single column as the base of a table can make the table feel heavy visually, even if it is not a heavily weighted table. Glass tops are good to keep the airy simplicity, but a good wood table can be easier to keep clean for longer.
The simpler the line of the piece of furniture, the better, but keep your eyes open for other things, too. If you find something from the early nineteen twenties in the art nouveau style, grab it because it will have the ancient feeling with the “modern” update.
Have candleholders that look like braziers or censers. These were shallow bowls on legs that had coals in them to light or to burn incense. I have seen candleholders like them, and you could make your own by taking a metal bowl that you wouldn’t mind using as a candleholder and putting metal legs under it—even a canning jar lid can work to help stabilize the bowl. If you smoke, do not use such as ashtrays for they will tip over if you constantly are tapping into it. (Make one to take pictures of.)
It has been popular to have the glass bowls and vases held up by metal legs. These are good for the Roman style, but be aware that the glass is usually fragile and is not normally sold separate from the metal legs. Acrylic may work, but when it scratches the surface dulls.
The Princess will look good lounging in a Louis XIV armchair. The style is good for bringing out the femininity of any woman. Finding real French antiques can be hard, so maybe reproductions will work better. I am not an expert on this style, but I have always envied those who can afford the woods and fabrics that were used in the French styles. Look around to see if you can find a good resource of information in your area about reproductions.
Canopies and such are good to go with the French styles of furniture, or to make what you have seem Continentally inspired. Fabric stores have many books on how to make inexpensive canopies that look fabulous. An extra sheet will work wonders, and match what you are doing. Even the Country Maid would feel richly romantic with a canopy in her bedroom.
Full-length mirrors are a good detail that can bring the French style out. If you have a simple mirror now, you can fancy it up by getting a golden frame to go around it. If you can, try to match colors or shapes with the rest of your furniture.
The English styles have gotten a bad rap over the years for being too blocky. There are several good English manufacturers including Hipplewhite and Chippendale. Reproductions of English furniture styles can be worthwhile, but be careful. The Safari woman could really love the sturdiness of a Chippendale desk to work at.
The Modern style might also be called cubic and stark. The most “Modern” furniture item is the sectional. Recently, a lot of the sectionals have been available in leather, but leather might not work for you if you have pets. Certain Modern pieces will work with every image, like a modern chaise lounge for the Goddess.
This is the style Country Maids might feel best with. The furniture is sturdy and even if it is real colonial stuff, it will hold up to most any wear. Again, if you cannot seem to find real antiques that you can afford, look for reproductions.
With the varied selection of Colonial furnishings available, the Country Maid, the Pirate, even the Gypsy might love to have some pieces from this category.
Look for names and styles like Shaker, Amish, Adirondack, and anything that says Colonial on the tag. Just know what you are looking for before you start shopping so that you are not taken advantage of.
Napoleon or Empire
This style of furniture was designed and inspired by Emperor Napoleon III of France. He wanted solid pieces that could be brought along with him during campaigns. This style of furniture could be good for people who move often for it is designed to be broken down easily. The Gypsy or Safari woman might especially like that in their furnishings.
This really is a great style of furniture. Look for the low silver tables with the intricate engraving and cutwork. They are great for the Goddess and the Safari woman.
Platforms that pillows are piled upon are also Arabic in style. A futon would work well for that with the right slipcover.
There are brass and glass candle lanterns available that are beautiful as well as functional.
Samovars are coffee containers that have a small coal or wood fire in the middle. It heats the coffee and keeps it warm for quite a while. They work best on a back porch where there is ample ventilation. The Russian culture also had samovars. The travel oriented images might like to have one to remind them of a trip.
Chinese and other Eastern
The intricate carving of Chinese furniture that most people think of is actually from most of Asia. Chinese beds and such were made in numerous pieces and then put together in rooms hardly large enough for the beds. Many of these that were made centuries ago are still in use.
The fabrics that are used sparingly in Chinese furnishings usually are silk, though cottons and rayons are gaining in popularity. The way to know if it is a natural silk as opposed to a man-made polyester is to take a thread and burn it. If it smells like burning paper or hair, it is natural.