In our modern world, every room needs a clock. Our days are mechanically divided into hours and minutes, filled with appointments, deadlines, and even mealtimes – all driven by the Clock. With that being a mostly true statement, why not make a statement with your wall clock? You can have an ultramodern one, or one that reflects the history of timekeeping and industry. It can be silent, or it can incorporate an ambient “tick-tock” reminiscent of the days when clocks needed to be wound daily to keep a good time.
Because the day is repeating exercise in sunrise, sunset, meals, sleep and work, it is only logical to have a clock face that is round. Large clocks, such as those once displayed in railroad or bus stations or even in classrooms, are easy to read and the clock face offers a platform for decoration. The hands, as well, can be a means of ornamentation, as can the hour numerals. Color can also play a part in the appearance of a clock.
Rectangular or Square Clocks
It is possible to have an analog clock that has a circular motion against a square or rectangular background. These lend a little interest to the clock face, while still affording the opportunity for differences in appearance. Since they are not a traditional appearance, it is also a time to display the time artfully.
Unusual or Organic Shapes
You can put a clock face on almost anything, including in front of gears, on a bicycle or in front of an artwork. All that is really required is some way to mark the hours, and perhaps the minutes and to accommodate the moving hands. That means that the sky’s the limit when it comes to creative clock designs. You can even have open-work clocks that allow the color of the paint behind the clock to show through, making it part of your artistic statement. Clocks are an essential part of our modern lives. They make it easy to arrive at appointments, meetings or social events on time. Your life is made easier by having a clock in every room, so why not use your clock to make a statement or to blend in with the ornaments in your room? Look below for ideas.
Oversized Open Work Wall Clock
Thirty-inch oversize open work wall clock wrought in black with Roman numerals at the hour places. Narrow gray hands are moved by the power base at the center of the clock. An excellent choice for placement on a white or pastel colored wall. An offering from Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse.
Warm to Cool Clock
An unusual clock that comes with artwork as the background. The art is shaded from a bright red, through yellow, then green and over into blue – warm to cool. An alternate composition from the same artist is Constant Motion. Both compositions are by Laura Trevey. The clocks are offered by East Urban Home.
Distressed Round Clock Face with Roman Numerals
Perfect for your Bohemian retreat. Reminiscent of old railway stations, the distressed wooden clock face displays the legend “Antiquite de Paris 1887.” The large face is easy to read from across the room. When a battery is inserted, it not only keeps time but emits a faint clicking for verisimilitude. Intended for indoor use only.
Giant Clockwork Clock
Many fine watches or clocks have windows where the clockworks are displayed. But with this clock, the clockworks are the whole clock, lavishly displayed on the wall. The gears do not move and are for decoration. The clock itself presents a wide, off-white face with gilt Roman Numerals, and runs on a single AA battery. Still, it the piece is attractive and good fun.
A Giant Pocket Watch
For many years, a gentleman’s pocket watch was an important accouterment. Not only did it help him arrive at meetings on time, the watch chain and fob were an ornamental part of men’s wear. This oversized clock is ornamented with a stem and loop, closely resembling those old watches. It has a distressed white face, black Roman Numerals, a fleur de lis decoration and displays the date 1879.
Rectangular Oversize Clock
The Dillwyn Midcentury Wall Clock from Wade Logan is rectangular in shape, with gold colored Roman Numerals at the quarter hour marks and gold colored indicator lines at the other hour marks. The wall behind it is visible through the body of the clock. It is powered by a small, central motor which requires a single AA battery.
Shining Hours Clock
This 30” clock from Langley Street looks as if it would count shining hours. the clock face is simple chrome, with the quarter hours marked with Arabian numerals. It is mounted against brown, wooden rays interspersed with chrome dowels tipped with beads, making it look like a stylized sun. Batteries are required, indoor use only.
Wirework Wall Clock
The Vanderburg 24” Angular Wirework Clock from Mercury Row is an intricate design using thick, gold finish wire. The quarter hour stations are marked by a simple wire, while those in between share the angular design. The face is a choice of gold and white or brown and gold. It uses 2 AA batteries and emits an ambient ticking sound when in operation. Intended for indoor use only.
Factory Gears Clock
The Gears Wall Clock from Austin Trent Design is an ordinary, round clock face with Arabic numerals that is decorated with an arrangement of gears against a background of angular black lines. Excellent for Age of Industry décor. Just surround it with blueprints, pictures of factories and other industrial art. Batteries are required, indoor use only.
Bicycle Wall Clock
The Andrewson bicycle wall clock looks as if an old-style, big wheel bicycle is being driven right out of the wall. Cradled between the handlebars is an old-fashioned alarm clock face with Roman numerals. Beneath the clock is a bicycle basket that can be used to hold an ornament or a plant.