Georgian furniture includes home furnishings that date from the mid 18th century to the mid 19th century. This style of furniture gets its name from Great Britain’s King George I, II, and III, who reigned during this period. It was also during this time that the first Europeans settled in the Americas, so many early American furnishings were inspired by Georgian design. Much Georgian furniture design characteristics came in direct response to the heavy, Gothic style of the time. In contrast to these dark and heavy pieces, Georgian furniture styles are much lighter and more refined.