II-178078 | Living room, Mr. Ballantyne's house, Montreal West, QC, 1909

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Living room, Mr. Ballantyne's house, Montreal West, QC, 1909
Wm. Notman & Son
1909, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255)
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In the early 20th century, many members of the middle class still furnished their homes with features that were fashionable in the 1890s. Although architects and designers called for simpler furnishing and spacious living spaces, manufacturers were slow to change selections of wallpaper and fabric that still sold well.

After 1900, those who embraced the fresh ideas featured in the home decoration magazines of the period created a living room that was less constricting and furnished it with new furniture and little or no patterning on the walls. Wood floors were polished and covered with rugs, while a central table for objects and flowers became a standard item. As electricity became more common, light was diffused from ceiling fixtures. However, certain elements of late-19th-century decor remained, such as groupings of chairs in corners and bay window seats. There would still have been some knickknacks on displayed, but no more than necessary.