There were no visitors to the family bedrooms of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and so they did not need to impress. There were few architectural details; the cornice was of a simple pattern. In the smallest bedrooms, particularly those of an awkward shape in the attic, there was no picture rail.
By the late Victorian period, even small houses had fireplaces in bedrooms, although they were only lit if an occupant was ill. It was argued that a fireplace helped to give fresh air, because of the draught it gave. The fireplace had a plain wood or iron surround and a simple grate. They were often painted white.