As far as home improvement decisions go, it probably isn’t the biggest you’ll have to be forced to make. Nevertheless, the right wall clocks really can make all the difference in the world to pretty much every interior living space across your home. Of course, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the wrong wall clocks can stand out like a sore thumb…and not in a good way.
The world may be going primarily digital, but there is still something to be said for a cute, quirky or quintessentially stunning wall clock. It’s up to you how elaborate or otherwise you go, but there are a few things you will need to bear in mind if you want to select a clock that suits your home flawlessly.
So before simply diving into the first killer clock you come across, ponder the following key considerations:
Focus Point or Faded and Functional?
First of all, you need to decide whether you want your wall clock to be something of a focus point for the entire room, or a functional item that fades into the background. In many instances, it could simply be that you need to install a clock for practicality purposes, rather than to bring a new aesthetic dynamic to the room. By contrast, you may have absolutely no interest in practicality whatsoever and simply want to display something spectacular, as loudly and proudly as possible. So before even thinking about the available designs, it’s worth taking the time to consider your preferences and priorities.
Materials and Models
The range of materials that are used to create wall clocks is nothing short of mind-blowing. Every type of wood, plastic, metal, glass and combination thereof can and is used to create everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. If you are looking to purchase a clock that fits in seamlessly with the rest of your interior décor, you’ll need to think of which materials suit what you already have. However, if you are looking for something that will stand out on its own, you may want to think about materials and models that will contrast sharply with their surroundings. Do bear in mind though that the material chosen will have a significant impact on the overall price of the clock.
Generic or Unique?
There’s one inherent problem in the everyday standard of heading out to a furniture store and picking up a clock. You go there, you see a clock that will perfectly suit your home and you take it. The trouble is, so do thousands of others – day in and day out. Of course, if uniqueness isn’t of any real importance to you, this doesn’t matter at all. It’s inevitable that there will always be millions of homes all over the place that have exactly the same clocks, furniture, fixtures and so on. Nevertheless, if you would prefer your home to remain as unique as possible and do not want to see the same clock on the walls of countless other homes as you go about your daily business, you might want to take a step away from the generic.
Unless you go for a modern electronic wall clock, chances are it is going to make at least some noise. Exactly how much noise will vary significantly from one clock to the next – some are as quiet as a whisper, others you can hear clearly from another room. This is something you will need to take into account if you are planning on installing the clock in a key living space, like a living room or bedroom. After all, the last thing you want is to find that the clock you were in love with turns out to be excruciatingly annoying, summarily being taken off the wall as quickly as it was installed!
Room and Positioning
Last but not least, try to remember that each room of the home is somewhat unique when it comes to everyday ambient conditions. For obvious reasons, certain rooms of the home tend to get considerably warmer or colder than others, while some become more humid or dry. Just as there are certain examples of wall clocks that are perfectly suited to pretty much any room around the home, others really should not be used where there is excessive humidity, the possibility of high temperatures and so on. If you’d prefer your clocks to go on doing what they do best as long as possible, be sure to use them in a suitable environment.