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How To: Decorating with Clocks

Great ideas for a favorite—and useful—accent piece

Produced by Julianne Hilmes
  • Serene Setting

    Although clocks may not measure wisdom, they might impart some design acumen. From a little desk clock to a stately grandfather clock and everywhere in between, a well-thought-out clock can provide the perfect accent piece. Click through to see how these ticking beauties, big or small, short or tall, make a statement. Time’s a tickin’!

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  • Tiny teacups form a unique and artistic wall clock.

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  • A large, rustic clock pairs nicely with old barn boards on the dining room ceiling.

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  • “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” – Golda Meir

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  • An antique Swedish clock has a stately presence on a stairway’s landing.

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  • Intricately carved Hawaiian koa wood makes for beautiful desk clocks.

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  • A glided 19th-century mantel clock purchased at the Paris flea market. 

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  • The oversized marble mosaic Waterworks clock with metal hands is a dramatic, moving eye-catcher under the kitchen range’s existing large brick hood.

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  • An antique French bronze clock with a 66-inch diameter looks lovely against gray walls.

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  • Classic and striking, a grandfather clock is dressed up for the holidays.

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  • A big statement clock is at home above the fireplace in the great room.

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  • Part mirror, part clock, this reflective timepiece shows off nature’s beauty in a year-round garden. 

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  • “No clock is more regular than the belly.” - Francois Rabelais

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  • An antique Swedish clock greets guests in the entryway.

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  • A beetle vase sits on the mantel with a porthole mirror and vintage clock.

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  • “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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  • In the foyer, a floor mirror and a Swedish clock both stand 8 feet tall, accentuating the ceiling height.

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  • In the kitchen, a large vintage clock, wood floors, and oversized wall tiles from Walker Zanger set a rustic tone.

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  • Sleek lines on the clock have a more casual look, which fits in with the simple design of the space.

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  • Antique copper items are displayed with a vintage French railroad clock.

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  • The old clock face once graced a public building but now makes a lively accent in an otherwise uncomplicated décor.

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  • “There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.”  - Napoleon I

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  • Giant hands on the family room wall tell the time in a dramatic way.

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  • A stately grandfather clock combined with Zuber et Cie’s “Les Courses de Chevaux” amazing scenic wallpaper contribute to the home’s stunning first impression.

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  • A weathered French antique clock hangs in the master bedroom.

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  • “Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” - Sam Levenson

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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.