The best wall clocks

Whether you like retro or modern, statement or subtle, we’ve rounded up our top timepieces in the shops right now with one to suit every space

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If we were to be completely, brutally honest with ourselves, we’d be sure to find that a great many of us nowadays can be found guilty of whipping our phones out of our pockets or handbags to check the time rather than relying on a wrist watch or clock. But even so, who said timepieces have to be purely practical? The world of interior design seems to be having a renewed love affair with wall clocks at the moment, and it’s one that we’re highly in favour of.

From dramatic sunburst clocks with a nod to the retro to ultra-modern oversized designs, via traditional wood and brass pendulum styles, there are so many to choose from that you’re sure to find one to float your boat no matter your personal style. And it’s not all analogue either — for anyone who finds a digital wall clock easier to read, we’ve included one of those, too, with a surprising set of useful features.

Just one thing, before we delve into the fun bit. We’re sure we don’t need to tell you this, but just in case: all clocks benefit from regular dusting, lest any gritty bits get caught in the mechanism and stop it working as well as it should. Keep those feather dusters to hand, give them a quick flick every now and then, and they should stay good as new.

1. Steeple Iron Wall Clock

An oversized wall clock in weathered iron that makes a real statement

Specifications
Best for: Statement piece
Colour: Black, white
Diameter: 122cm
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Iron
Reasons to buy
+Oversized statement design+Rustic weathered effect
Reasons to avoid
-Quite expensive 

There are statement wall clocks, and then there’s this Steeple Iron Wall Clock from Not on the High Street. The enormous face ensures an eye-catching look, but thanks to the cutout design, it won’t look overbearing even in a smaller room. The weathered, patinaed iron gives it a rustic distressed effect, with stark roman numerals adding to the overall striking look. Sure, it’s on the pricey side, but when it comes to wall clocks as decoration, it doesn’t get much better than this. 

2. Karlsson Designer Wall Clock Minimal White Copper

An on-trend copper clock that’s subtle rather than shouty

Specifications
Best for: Trendy minimal design
Colour: White/copper, black/copper
Diameter: 27.5cm
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Minimal copper design+Completely silent operation
Reasons to avoid
-No battery included 

Copper, how do we love you? Let us count the ways… The shade of the moment is appearing everywhere, so it’s only right that we include a copper wall clock in our list of the best. This Karlsson clock is as sleek as they come, with a minimal, numberless face and polished copper casing. Best of all though, reviewers say it’s totally silent, so if you live in a small house or are easily disturbed, this seems to be a great buy that’ll ensure a quiet night. 

3. Smart Garden Marylebone Station Clock & Thermometer

All aboard! This nostalgic statopm clock brings an element of the railroad to your garden.

Specifications
Best for: Outdoors
Colour: Cream/brown
Diameter: 20.3cm
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Bronze
Reasons to buy
+Delightful station-style clock+Shows temperature and time
Reasons to avoid
-On the small side 

Wall decorations don’t have to be restricted to indoors anymore, and when there are products like this delightful outdoor wall clock on the market, we’re pretty happy about that. The lovely scrollwork bracket adds a decorative flourish and will make you feel as if you’re waiting on the platform for an old-fashioned steam train, while the two-sided 180-degree swivel face can show you the time or the temperature, depending on your mood. This is the best station clock we’ve found, and for a great price, too. However, be sure to check the diameter as some have commented on its smaller-than-expected size. 

4. Newgate Master Clarke Wooden Wall Clock

Handsome walnut or breezy beech? This wooden wall clock looks lovely in both.

Specifications
Best for: Modern spaces
Colour: Light or dark wood
Diameter: 28cm
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Plywood
Reasons to buy
+Spacious modern face+Easy to read
Reasons to avoid
-No second hand 

If you like the minimal look of the Karlsson clock, but not the copper, this Newgate wall clock is the one for you. It’s generously sized, with a clean, unfussy and spacious dial, making it clear and easy to read even from across the room. While inspired by Newgate’s iconic designer clock collection, it’s sleek and modern with its smooth plywood casing, available in light or dark wood to fit with any scheme. The only downside is the lack of a second hand. If that’s a deal-breaker, you might want to go for the Karlsson, but if you want a handsome and easy-to-read modern clock, you’ve found it. 

5. Day Clock - Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock

A feature-packed, easy-to-read wall clock, endlessly handy for older buyers

Specifications
Best for: Elderly relatives
Colour: Various
Diameter: N/A (L24.6 x H17.8)
Power supply: Mains, battery backup
Material: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+Very clear display+Set multiple alarms
Reasons to avoid
-Seasonal changes need to be made manually 

This wall-mountable clock has been specifically designed to ease anxiety in sufferers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia by being a clear and constant reminder of the time and day, written out in full to minimise confusion. It also includes a set of multi-function alarms, great for medication and appointment reminders, but perhaps best of all, the packaging makes no mention of what the clock is designed for, so it can be bought as a gift without upset. With its ultra-clear time and date display, it’s also a good option for people with vision loss, or anyone who just wants a no-fuss time-teller. Just remember to make seasonal time adjustments, as the clock doesn’t see to them automatically. 

6. HOME Silver Satellite Decorative Wall Clock

This stunning satellite clock is an easy way to add decorating x-factor

Specifications
Best for: Wow-factor
Colour: Silver
Diameter: 50cm
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Affordable take on a retro classic+Bright, open design
Reasons to avoid
-Quite hard to tell the time 

A fun new take on the retro sunburst clock, this satellite clock from Argos is way more affordable than its high-end look would suggest. Crafted from chrome-look spokes and dots around a diminutive face, it leaves any wall it’s hung on looking bright and spacious despite a considerable 50cm diameter, thanks to an openwork design and light-reflecting mirror finish. Unfortunately it’s not the clearest to tell the time on, especially if you’re a little short-sighted, but it makes up for it by looking fantastic — and on a budget, too! 

7. Wayfair Wood and Metal Pendulum Wall Clock

A grand antique-look clock with all the classic elements you could wish for

Specifications
Best for: Period homes
Colour: Walnut
Diameter: N/A (H47 x W29 x D10cm)
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Wood
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful antique look+Volume set and night shut-off
Reasons to avoid
-Time can be tricky to set 

Finding suitable fittings for a period home can be tricky, especially if you’re on a budget — but if you’re in the market for an antique-look wall clock, you need look no further. This pendulum clock from the London Clock Company is about as traditional as it gets, with a handsome wooden case, faint, non-intrusive ticking, brass-look pendulum, Roman dial and Westminster chime. It has up-to-date features too, like auto night shut-off and volume control, although some have noted that the time can be a little tricky to set. After an affordable, reliable modern clock with an antique look? This is it! 

8. Lascelles Angel Wall Clock, Cream, Dia.36cm

A dreamy, antique-look clock for country-style interiors

Specifications
Best for: Shabby chic
Colour: Cream
Diameter: 36cm
Power supply: 1xAA battery
Material: Wood
Reasons to buy
+Feminine antique design +Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t suit a modern room 

This clock absolutely epitomises the shabby chic aesthetic, so if you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch to a rustic room, this is it. A wonderfully romantic design with a distressed rose motif, faux-antique script and delicate traditional hands, every last detail has been thought of. Add it to a country kitchen or little girl’s room for a lovely decorative flourish that, despite its wonderful ‘Provencal market find’ look, costs less than you might think.