I recently watched the film The Young Victoria and was impressed with the recreated interiors of the sets. The film is based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, in the late 19th century.
Rows of tassels, heavy curtains, carved ceilings and tufted furniture were all characteristics of the Victorian era. A house from this period was idealistically neatly divided in rooms, with public and private space carefully separated.
Nowadays interior design is simpler and homes are smaller. There is no need of a grand excess of ornament. However, antique pieces can be used to make an ambience more elegant.