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.
Entering a house from the bright sunlight the eye tolerates an excess of color and light. For this reason the carpets and fittings may be as rich as the circumstances of the occupants will permit. Gilding and brass-work is admissible, shown in lanterns, rods, etc. Rugs laid upon the floor-tiles or marbles, or a rather narrow carpet to afford footing upon the polished wood of floor and stairway, and door-hangings in harmonious contrast, go far towards furnishing the entrance hall. If there is space, an open fireplace gives an air of comfort that no other effect can produce; its glancing flames and the radiance of a bright colored lantern are the very lights of home. A few comfortable or picturesque chairs or benches, and some receptable for hats and umbrellas, will suffice for furniture.