How Clocks Can Be Functional and Fun

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Whether you want to add some pizzazz to a lackluster wall or lend a simple touch to busy interior design, wall clocks can bring purpose and beauty to your living space in a wide variety of colors, shapes, styles, and sizes. From the minimalistic appearance of a traditional analog design to the elaborate wood carvings of a cuckoo clock, or from battery-operated to solar-powered, you’ll be able to discover a fun and functional timepiece for every room in your home.

Contemporary Analog
If you’re looking for an uncomplicated way to keep time with modern style, look no further than a simple analog clock. Similar in appearance to the clocks you see at offices, stores, and schools, their large numbers, thick hour and minute hands, and sweeping second hands create a bold look while ensuring that the time will be easy for everyone to read, even from a distance. Oversize classic analog clocks (anywhere from 18 to 48 inches in diameter) make a “big” statement in any room.

Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clocks
With their earliest prototypes dating back to the mid-1700s, cuckoo clocks have been reliably keeping time for close to four centuries. Skilled craftsmen construct traditional cuckoo clocks from wood, adorn them with intricate carvings of plants and animals, and finish them with a face of Roman numerals and a pair of weights shaped like pine cones. True to their namesake, cuckoo clocks feature a small automated bird that appears through a trap door to “chirp” whenever the clock strikes. Cuckoo clocks are perfect for adding down-home appeal to any space with rustic, traditional, or cottage-style decor.

Back to the Future with Retro Kitsch
Remember Felix the Cat? The Kit-Cat Klock, with its oscillating eyes, playful grin, and time-keeping pendulum tail, has been bringing art deco chic to homes across the world for nearly 80 years. Drawing inspiration from the classic black-on-white original, today’s Kit-Cat Klocks are manufactured in a vast array of colors; some Kit-Cats are even adorned with sparkling rhinestones for over-the-top panache. For a different kind of retro flair, try out an animated Elvis Presley timekeeper — his legs sway in place of a second hand, so you can rock around the clock!

Let Your Personality Shine with a Unique Timepiece
No matter where your interests lie, you can find a clock to express nearly any facet of your personality. If you’re a wannabe beach bum, try a clock that reminds you of where you’d rather be — perhaps a piece with a face that displays a sunny patch of sand beset by palm trees. Musicians, composers, and music fans alike can adorn their walls with clocks lined with tablature or swept by quarter-note second hands. Teens and kids at heart will love the bright flair of neon clocks, available in a rainbow of colors and wild custom-made designs.

Go Green with Solar Power
Solar powered clocks run on energy passively provided by your home’s interior lighting or by a panel that draws sunlight from outside. Each clock is fitted with a sensor that gauges and stores the light to provide power to its timekeeping mechanisms all day, every day, with no need to change a single battery or plug into an AC adaptor — ever! Thanks to their sleek, modern appearance and no-impact operation, solar powered clocks are sure to be the perfect addition to your eco-friendly living room, bedroom, or bath.

With these kinds of choices, it’s easier than ever to find the ideal clock for your home. Don’t wait for time to run out!

Mary McCoy’s father was a long-haul trucker and ever since a kid she’s been fascinated with that life. Although she stays at home with her kids now, she is still involved by keeping an eye out for CDL jobs and writes about topics like commercial truck insurance quotes. One day she hopes to have her own rig.

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