Tick Tock: 9 Clocks That Add A Timeless Touch To Your Decor
In an age of cellphones, smart watches and laptops, why would anyone still want to use old-fashioned clocks? They're not as versatile or feature-rich as their digital rivals, and all they do is tell time.
The answer is simple: because clocks are beautiful. Clocks are unique. And the best ones are utterly beguiling. So yes, their functional capacity is limited to one thing, but their aesthetic potential is limitless.
What follows are nine of the most extraordinary time-keepers that can adorn any home.
1. Simplicity Of Form
Elegant in its plainness and classic in colour, this timepiece attracts the eye through understatement—hence the lack of numbers. The combination of a basic clock-hand with one that's more ornate lends the object a dignified air, while the massive scale of the circular clock makes it seem like the giant door to a bank vault.
Additionally, the monochromatic colours harmonize well with the rest of the interior, which is also elegant yet understated.
2. Light & Sophisticated
A polished, modern interior deserves a clock that's equally refined and modern.
Here, the minimalist approach to the clock-face keeps the aesthetic flow of the hallway intact; the timepiece, while attractive, isn't meant to disrupt, but to provide a sense of continuity by matching the tone and colours of its environment.
When looked at from afar (as in the first picture), the clock appears to be a door or an actual part of the wall rather than an accessory that's been hung up as a fashion statement.
3. The Wheel Of Time
It doesn't get any more classic than Roman numerals. This thick wooden timepiece is more artistic than utilitarian, but that doesn't take away from its obvious charms.
Looked at from a distance, the clock appears to be a wheel and reminds one of the phrase “The Wheel of Time.” How appropriate.
4. Contemporary Edge
Surrounded by vintage furniture and eclectic decor (all of which are unique in their own way) this clock somehow manages to stand out.
Perhaps that's due to the absence of every number except twelve, the thin strips which mark time implicitly, or the slender pair of needles for clock-hands—whatever the reason, this clock adds a touch of sophistication to an otherwise folksy and down-to-earth decor.
5. Eye Of The Needle
Cool, subtle and absolutely original, this clock in the shape of an eye is (to state the obvious) “eye-catching.” More artistic than functional, the sheer creativity of design makes it a must-have decor item.
6. Classy & Cultured
Not every clock has to be as large as a bank vault door or as brazenly conspicuous.
Here, the wall-mounted timepiece blends into the background, working together with the other cultural ornaments (like the chandelier and old-fashioned street lamps) to conjure up images of being in romantic Paris.
Understated but essential, this clock serves to unify the interior.
7. Cool & Contemporary
Unlike the previous examples, this clock is equal parts form and function.
It displays the time, day, month and year in a very clean and legible manner, while the contemporary layout allows it to integrate with the adjacent props, such as the route signs and homage to Forrest Gump.
What results is a clock that synthesizes aesthetically with its surroundings but still proves useful and functional.
8. Dramatic & Decorative
Circles or rectangles—shapes that are typical to most clocks.... Not in this case, however.
Here, the asymmetry of the clock enables it to stand out, break away from other objects mounted on the wall, and even invites reflection on our part as we try to decipher its layout.
Artful, thoughtful and beautiful—three elements which distinguish good decor from great.
9. A Delicate Charm
Set into a white background and alternating between digits and letters, this clock epitomizes luxury, elegance and good taste.
It attracts attention without demanding it, and the delicacy of every word, number and dial inspires feelings of quiet serenity as they harmonize neatly with the soft-toned backdrop.
Exquisitely crafted and perfectly attuned to the interior, this clock is a masterpiece of timekeeping.
All nine examples we've seen highlight the aesthetic potential of clocks. They may not have the complexity of their digital or smart watch counterparts, but these clocks prove beyond doubt that every home deserves its own timepiece.