With so many timekeeping devices available today, most people understandably feel a little overwhelmed by the range to choose from. Especially once you’ve started googling around, you will likely find more different versions of the thing you were after than you could have even imagined. Just a new wall clock – how complicated can that be? But it can be. I’ll try and help you sort out what you really want and need…
Yes, the possibilities are many, and we’d like to bet that you’re short on time – unlike the clock! So in this blog post we are going to look at the different kinds of wall clocks available, and we’re going to categorise them so that you can see your options at a glance.
We can categorise by mechanism… We can categorise by materials… We can categorise by function… And we can categorise by form. We can also sort by room and by style.
You can get both old fashioned or contemporary clocks. Some are wound mechanically by hand crank or by a key, and others are controlled digitally. Some cuckoo, chime, click or tick-tock and others are completely silent. There are indoor wall clocks and outdoor wall clocks. Some are made from wood and some from metal, wrought iron, ceramic, plastic, even natural found materials in boutique natural wall clocks. Antique clocks bring back the feeling of yesteryear to your living area. Modern and contemporary clocks can catapult you into the future. You can even get novelty, themed and branded clocks that go with your favourite movie, series, brand or toy brand. A well-chosen and well-placed wall clock can be a beautiful focal point for your entire home and living space.
Schoolhouse wall clocks are big and practical in your living room or for the elderly and vision-impaired. A large clock is also perfect in the classroom so that all children can see and tell the time clearly.
For the weather aficionado, you can get clocks which will display the weather forecast and even tap into the Wifi mobile network to tell you how it’s looking in real time. You can also get a moon phase clock or even a tide clock to keep you up to date with the vast expanse above our heads.
Every kitchen needs a wall clock so that you can easily tell how long until your chocolate cake, Sunday roast or tray of cookies is ready! A kitchen wall clock should be large enough to see from all parts of the kitchen, easy to read even in low lighting and possibly having an in-built timer that you can utilise for your cooking and baking.
Many outdoor wall clocks are powered by the sun, to make use of the powerful sun’s rays which warm your patio, your shoulders and your toes! While you’re contemplating the outdoor wall clock, consider also the sundial wall clock, intriguing especially to children and to curious visitors. A focal point for your patio or outdoor entertaining area perhaps?
LED wall clocks are trendy and do away with the need for moving parts and the traditional round shape. With an LED wall clock you can tell the time even in the dark and at a distance. Many will have built-in alarm capabilities which may be handy for you especially in the kitchen or where you sleep.
Speaking of where you sleep, we can’t forget children’s wall clocks! A children’s bedroom needs a delightful clock just right to make the child feel cosy and at home whilst assisting them in knowing when it’s morning, when it’s school time, when it’s rest time and when it’s bed time. Novelty and toy brand tie-in clocks are popular for children but don’t forget the range of clocks specially for the very little ones which help the child understand visually when it is appropriate for them to get up out of bed and when it’s time for going to sleep. These clocks such as the Gro Clock sleep trainer clock can save a parent’s sanity once the child gets used to the external rule of get up/go to bed according to the gentle and friendly lit-up clock face.
I can’t finish without at least mentioning the grandfather clock, of course. Whilst not strictly a wall clock, a grandfather clock has real presence and takes up pride of place on a wall, often in a hallway or offset from the main living area. A grandfather clock’s gentle chime throughout the night can be a cosy and welcoming sound, and familiar and comforting to adults and children alike. Just be sure to secure them to the wall if you have children in the house, so the clock cannot be tipped or fall. Grandfather pendulum clocks can be found as antiques and also as modern creations of contemporary fashion. They whisper of days gone past and yet are never truly out of fashion.
Finally, when furbishing your home with personalised items, don’t forget that a garden wall clock can make an outdoor garden space cosy – don’t forget to make yourself a special space in your outdoor environment, maybe with a special garden wall clock, a wooden and wrought iron bench, some pretty roses and country flowers and voila! you will have your very own Secret Garden sanctuary, perfect for childhood dreaming, romance, companionship with family and friends, or simply alone time with the birds (and maybe a good book).
What’s for sure, there is a wall clock to suit every vertical space in your home and surrounds.