Looking for the best wall clock to hang in your home and look pretty (and occasionally use to check the time)? If we were to be completely honest with ourselves, many of us nowadays can be found guilty of checking the time on our phones 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 to traditional wood and brass pendulum styles, there are so many to choose from, 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.
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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.
THE BEST WALL CLOCKS
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A classic design with a retro style, for those who want the date, time, year and month and day all in one, opt for this Habitat flap clock. It can be wall mounted or freestanding, and it comes in different sizes and colours to suit your decor. A great clock for all ages; it's a design statement for youngsters to style a shelf or compliment a gallery wall and for the elderly a great (and large) reminder of the date and time. Our pick of the best wall clock you can buy as it ticks all the boxes.
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.
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.
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. The best wall clock for gardens, we think.
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.
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.
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!
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 the best wall clock for you!
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.