How to Decorate With Wall Clocks


If there is one element to every day that is truly inescapable, it is the element of time. Like it or not, time keeps ticking away. This is something that you can choose to fear or to celebrate. Since you can't fight it, you may as well choose to celebrate it, and one way to do this to decorate with wall clocks. When done carefully and tastefully, with attention to a key decorating principle, wall clocks can become attractive wall decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Collection of clocks
  • Hardware and tools for hanging
  • Painter's tape
  • Gather all of the clocks you would like to use to decorate with. Ideally, the clocks in your collection will be unique in their own ways. Clocks that represent various styles, shapes, styles and even colors, and can complement each other in surprising ways. If you find that your clocks are all quite similar to each other, consider shopping at local flea markets and garage sales to add a bit of interest to your collection.

  • Decide on a plan for your decoration motif. Will you make a collage on one wall? Will you use them as a border? Decide which of these decorating approaches appeals most to you.

  • Use your wall clocks to create a collage on one wall of a room in your home. This plan gives you the most freedom as you decide how you will display your favorite clocks.

    Start by choosing the clock you would like in the center of the collage and then follow a common rule of thumb for interior design: hang art so that its center is at eye level. Because eye level can vary, home expert Martha Stewart suggests that an average eye level is 57-60 inches from the floor (See Reference 1).

    With your favorite clock at the center, experiment with manipulating the rest of the clocks in various arrangements around the clock. Leave equal spacing between the clocks to maintain a sense of continuity.

  • Turn your clock collection into a wall border. This approach would be a bit too much for four walls, but when used to border one wall of a room, clocks can make an unexpected decorating statement.

    Measure the largest clock in your collection, add two inches to the length and record it. Measuring from the ceiling, mark off the recorded measurement against the wall and then use painter's tape to create a line all the way across the wall. (This will help you to hang the clocks evenly.) Start at the center of this marked wall section and hang your clocks in an evenly spaced pattern to create a border.

Tips & Warnings

  • Resist the urge to use every clock in your collection. You will arrive at an arrangement you like that doesn't include every clock. Sometimes less is better.

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