Wall clocks are an inexpensive way to enhance the décor of any room...
Wall clocks may sound boring as decorative pieces but if selected with care they can add more meaning and character to the décor of your house. There are people who are passionate about this and take real pains to search for the perfect clock to match the interior of a home and most of the times, when used intelligently, they add an attractive touch to your house.
“I love collecting clocks of different kinds. They fascinate me. Every room in my house has a different kind of clock on its walls,” says singer, Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Though there are some that have been gifted to him by his admirers and friends, most of them have been personally picked. They are indeed truly intriguing. “Whenever I go abroad I pick up ones that look interesting,” he elaborates. Clocks that have a period look and those that are contemporary have both found a place in his house.
Decorative wall clocks come in many varieties and are easily available says interior designer Sheetal. Some are handcrafted and made of wood; there are others that are made up of metal, or plastic and acrylic. Precious metals like silver are also used.
“The most important thing to remember when decorating with wall-clocks is to choose something that you feel represents you and in some way enhances the décor of your room,” says Hitesh Somaiya, who has used clocks in interesting patterns to decorate walls. Hanging a wall-clock is pretty much like hanging a picture or a painting in a room. It is part of the overall décor. Since wall-clocks are generally inexpensive, you could actually have a collection of them. One of the ways to decorate with wall-clocks is to hang several similar ones in a row, as if they were an art gallery. You can set the clock to display real-time of some popular city in another part of the world. “My sons live abroad and I have placed three clocks showing the time of Chicago, London and India in one single row,” says Chandana Sengupta, an artist who has herself designed her Bandra home.
Placing a dark colored wall-clock on a pristine white or light coloured wall is an eye-catching option.
One of the oldest types of wall clocks are the cuckoo clocks and their timelessness will never go out of style. Even today, think wall-clocks and somewhere the thought of a cuckoo clock is bound to cross your mind. Most of these clocks are made either in the shape of a birdhouse or chalet. They have a small mechanical cuckoo bird pop out of a door on the hour to accompany the chirping noises.
A cuckoo clock is among the most unusual type of clocks. A majority of them are pendulum clocks that give the time by striking the hour, using whistles that often sound exactly like the call of the cuckoo bird. Another kind of wall-clock that you can consider are those that come equipped with front-opening beveled glass doors, polished brass lyre pendulums, and are quartz-driven. These clocks are generally key-wound with chime silence options. Some of the many finishes available are cherry, oak, mahogany, and even leather.
However, for a more stylish touch, go in for antique wall clocks. Many antique wall clocks are pendulum operated and some are set in picture frames.
Of late, even eclectic art deco with motifs of the sun, moon, stars, and other new age designs are becoming popular. While we are at interesting ideas for the home, why should the kitchen be left behind? So, try out kitchen wall clocks as well! There’s again a large variety of designs to choose from — fresh fruits, roosters, etc. Your kitchen clock will be a great addition to your kitchen and will help to enhance an inviting, relaxing atmosphere. For the kids room especially, you can opt for neon wall clocks. Not only are they a great way to add extra light, they are also fun and funky.