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How To: Decorating with Clocks

Great ideas for a favorite—and useful—accent piece

Produced by Julianne Hilmes
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    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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