Interior decoration and interior design of the Victorian era are noted for orderliness and ornamentation. A house from this period was idealistically divided in rooms, with public and private space carefully separated.
The parlor was the most important room in a home and was the showcase for the homeowners where guests were entertained. A bare room was considered to be in poor taste, so every surface was filled with objects that reflected the owner’s interests and aspirations.
The dining room was the second-most important room in the house. The sideboard was most often the focal point of the dining room and very ornately decorated.
Here below is an amazing set of found photos that shows people in their parlors from the late Victorian era.