The Right and Wrong Way to Hang Pictures

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, November 11, 1913:  Nothing, nothing.

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Right Way1913-11-49.b

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma did “nothing” a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share some fun drawings from a November, 1913 article in Ladies Home Journal about the right way to hang pictures.

How Shall I hang My Pictures?

In the furnishing of any room the question of the proper selection and hanging of pictures is one which should be given careful consideration.

Probably the most common mistake in home furnishing is the use of too many pictures. A wall crowded with odd-sized pictures, usually of indiscriminate selection, produces the most confusing and annoying effect.

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Right Way1913-11-49.d


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Hmm. . . the “right” way looks good to me–but I don’t keep up with decorating trends. Is this still the right way to hang pictures?

19 thoughts on “The Right and Wrong Way to Hang Pictures

  1. I think it really depends on how many pictures you need to hang and how much wall space you have. Also, if it is a public or private space. I like to have a lot of things hanging in my personal office, but in my living space there are less items.

  2. I think the right way is the way you like it ;0) Great post. I wonder if grandma sounded a little sad in writing ‘nothing, nothing’ ? How about her romantic musings from a while ago…is she waiting?

  3. My look is more the wrong way!! I love my pictures this person who wrote this would hate to see the one wall in my den, I have pictures from when I was a little to my own family hanging there. 😉 I think there is a wall behind them?! ha ha

  4. I thought the right way looked a little bare. I will say the wrong way didn’t place their multiple pictures very well. Said as a person with tons of pictures and very little wall space.

  5. Is there a right or wrong way? If you like what you’ve done in your own living space, then it’s right. (I prefer things neatly and uniformly done though.)

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