Walnut, sycamore, mahogany, satinwood and the best oak paneling were used liberally in the best First Class Rooms. The finest suites were decorated in a variety of styles – from Empire and Louis XVI, to various Dutch styles, Queen Anne and Italian Renaissance, all exquisitely paneled.
Imitation coal fires, set within wrought iron grates and ornate fireplaces, provided heat and a warm comforting glow in the sitting rooms of the parlour suites. The washbasins throughout First Class staterooms were mounted in veined marble. Electric lighting and electric heat – all within the passenger’s control – added to the comfort, and call-buttons could conveniently summon a steward to provide a light meal, cup of tea or perhaps a cup of hot cocoa.
No expense was spared in designing and fitting out Titanic and only the best manufacturers and fittings were sourced. An exclusive Dutch interior design firm, H.P. Mutters & Zoon (who previously completed work for the Dutch aristocracy), were contracted to complete twelve of the most luxurious staterooms aboard Titanic, such as the one seen here.