This section is from the "The New Home Cook Book" book, by Ladies Of Chicago Et Al. Also available from Amazon: The Home Cook Book: Tried, Tested, Proved.
In a private house, or an apartment occupied only by one family, there is but little occasion for doors for the purpose of seclusion, except in sleeping-rooms. And, so far as that is concerned, doors offer comparatively slight obstacle to persons intent upon observing the occupants of rooms; the best preventative for unpleasant espionage is to have no uncomfortable secrets : if these exist closed doors will not conceal them effectually. Portieres are a better protection against draughts than doors; they can be arranged with double cords, ample enough to shut off all excess of air, while they admit enough to thoroughly ventilate any ordinary apartment. The texture of hangings is decided by their purpose and cost. Rooms exposed to a northern light will bear rich, bright colors, reds and golds; while sunny southern rooms call for cool, dark shades of green and blue, and kindred tints that modify or absorb any excess of light.
Two different tints of red, green, or blue produce a bad effect; not two shades of one color, for harmonious studies of color make beautiful rooms; either all the shades of one color must blend in perfect combination, or various colors in draperies, walls, and furniture must contrast. The soft fabrics hang in naturally graceful folds; the best are the various Indian goods, old Persian and Oriental shawls, and scarfs; fine, soft rugs drape well; velvets are apt to be stiff, but velveteen is excellent in effect, as also are serge, double-face canton flannel, and camel's hair; chuddahs and afghans make beautiful hangings. The heavier Oriental stuffs that are stiff with gold embroideries should be hung nearly flat like the large, soft rugs ; they are very effective in dark, richly colored rooms, and in entrance halls. All the dark woolen fabrics and the Asiatic fur rugs should be guarded against the inroads of moths.
Dining-room draperies are best made of any other fabric than wool; this gathers and retains the odors of food; the atmosphere of this room above all others should be pure and clear, without a suggestion of any by-gone feast - a Nemesis of hospitality - to disturb anticipation of enjoyment in those to come.