Wall clocks are more than just for telling time. Keep reading for 6 incredible tips on finding the best wall clocks for your home.
People have been tracking time for over 20,000 years. In ancient times it was with the use of the sun, flowing water, or moving grains of sand.
In today’s digital world, we all depend on the minicomputer we keep in our pocket called a cell phone. However, there’s something to be said about hanging a beautiful wall clock in a room.
Wall clocks are not only functional, but they can add to the decor of the room. Keep reading for some useful tips for selecting the right wall clock for your room.
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1) Design Focal Point or Functional Tool?
The first thing you need to think about is how much of a statement you want your wall clock to make. You could opt for large and bold. This would make it a statement and focal point in the room.
Or you could opt for something more subdued and have the clock fade into the background. This way, it silently keeps track of time but doesn’t distract from the rest of the decor.
If you want a functional clock, be sure that the numbers are large and clear enough to be read from anywhere in the room. For statement pieces, this isn’t as important since you are looking to make an impression and not tell time.
2) Material of Choice
Think of a material, and there is a clock made out of it. This includes plastic, glass, wood, metal, and any combination thereof.
The material you choose will depend on the style, use, and budget you intend for your clock. Think about the other materials that are already present in the room. Try to match or compliment them.
If you have a more traditional decor, then wood is a smart choice. Look at the other wood in your home and try to match the tone and type of wood.
For more modern homes, plastic, glass, or metal are the right choice. These materials lend to the more sparse and streamlined look of your home.
Keep in mind that plastic wall clocks are going to be some of the cheapest. While metal, glass, or wood can be quite expensive depending on the detail and size of the clock.
3) Unique or Generic?
It is inevitable that someone else will have a clock similar to yours. However, you can limit just how many people have the same clock. If you shop at a large retail chain you can be positive you will have a generic, mass-produced clock.
Maybe this won’t bother you if it’s the perfect clock for your wall. If you aren’t concerned about individuality or uniqueness, then these are the clocks for you.
If you want a unique piece for your home, avoid the large box retail chains. Instead, look for a unique handmade piece at a local art festival, or on Etsy. These clocks are more likely to be one of a kind.
4) Noise or Silent During Operation
Unless you buy an electronic wall clock, your new wall clock will probably make at least some noise. The control you have is over how much noise your new wall clock makes.
Some will have a whisper quiet operation that you can only hear if you get right next to it. Others are a lot more noisy with an operation you can hear clearly in the other room.
The noise level is something you need to think about if you plan to put your wall clock in a living area or bedroom. Will the constant ticking of your new clock keep you up at night?
Something to keep in mind, not everyone is bothered by the steady ticking of the hands. For some, this rhythmic sound is actually quite soothing. You need to decide before you buy your clock which type of person you are.
5) Position in the Room
Finally, you need to make sure the clock you select can function in your room. For example, each room has it’s own characteristics when it comes to humidity, temperature, and direct sunlight.
You need to buy a clock that can handle the level of humidity and not corrode in the moisture. Or you need to select a clock that can function in higher heat temperature if it will sit in direct sunlight all day.
6) Battery Life and Accuracy
If you plan to have a functional wall clock, you need it to tell the time accurately. Otherwise, it’s useless to you.
If you are the type of person who is always on time or early and uses phrases like “sharp” when referring to time, then you need an accurate wall clock.
Look for an atomic clock; these clocks use an electronic frequency to stay synchronized with the US atomic clock. That way, it always displays the correct time.
The battery life of your clock will also play a significant role in how accurate the clock is. Remember, the more batteries your clock needs, the more expensive it will be to maintain.
Clocks that go through batteries quickly will require you to take the clock down off the wall and change the batteries more often. This will become annoying after a while.
Start Shopping for Wall Clocks
That empty space on your wall is the perfect spot for a wall clock. All you need to do is select the right one.
When it comes to your options, there are many different materials, styles, functions, and sizes of wall clocks. The one right for you is the one that solves your need and fits your budget and space.
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