The examination of the interior design of Victorian houses begins first with the style of residence. The situation of a 19th century residence could be reduced to three classes — that of a town or city, suburban, and a country house; each of which had its own style of interior design. A residence in town was best for occupants who enjoyed public and private parties, theatres, concerts, balls, public libraries, and museums.
A suburban residence, or one in the vicinity of a city or town, offered some advantages that could not be obtained by living in town. Because property was not as valuable as in town, many more conveniences could be acquired, such as a garden, and perhaps a field or two, attached to the house; and this additional space could be built upon in the future. Those who settled entirely in the country, at a distance from the city,