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Ranging in style from vintage and industrial to modern and sophisticated, decorative wall clocks make for the perfect pieces of functional accent wall decor. If you've got extra wall space to fill, consider a wall clock. Check out this guide for ten wall clock decoration ideas to help you get inspired.


1. Think Big – Really Big

Decorating with large wall clocks is all the rage right now, and for good reason – they are immediately eye-catching and impressive. Their magnitude means that you can save on additional pieces of wall decor without sacrificing any impact. These oversized clocks are excellent in farmhouse or industrial spaces, but there is also a wide variety that can match more modern or eclectic styles. Pick a relatively simple design for your oversized wall clock – on such a large clock, too many details can be overpowering

2. Use One as a Dining Room Centerpiece

Wall clocks shouldn't be limited to just the areas over the living room mantel or above doorways – they can be absolutely stunning as the centerpieces of dining room walls, especially when oversized. It might be difficult coming up with ideas for how to decorate your dining room walls, but if you've got an oversized wall clock – especially a rustic, wooden one – you're covered. They'll give new meaning to the term "dinnertime!"

3. Keep Track of Multiple Time Zones

4. Hang Sophisticated, Unadorned Faces

The perfect complement to a modern or glam room design is a classy, unadorned wall clock face. Because they are available in almost any color and pattern, such as marble or granite, you're sure to find a sleek clock design that works for your personal style. Even though they lack detail and ornamentation, these clocks can hold their own and can even be hung on a large wall all by themselves.

5. Abstract Clocks Are Modern Essentials

Minimalistic or abstract wall clocks are the perfect decorative pieces for modern rooms. Modern design is all about simplicity in shape and design, which is why wall clock decor ideas that forgo all ornamentation are perfect. Place a modern wall clock above a desk with simple accents like small plants, bookends, and mugs for a perfect minimalist workspace.

6. Track More Than Just Time

Maritime and weather station clocks as well as clocks with additional gauges, such as the phases of the moon, temperature, and baromoeters are a unique decor addition.

7. Add Vintage Charm with a Cuckoo Clock

If you're interested in a much more eclectic, detailed piece than the typical wall clock, the cuckoo clock is the choice for you. Cuckoo clocks are quintessential pieces of decor for any rustic-, country-, or cabin-style home. These intricate, charming artisan pieces will immediately add intrigue to any room.

8. Add Function to Your Gallery Wall

Small, antique-looking wall clocks fit right in on gallery-style walls (walls filled with many art pieces) that have a lot going on. The juxtaposition of a round clock with more angular pieces of wall decor or shelves will elevate an eclectic gallery wall to a whole new level.

9. Cover the Wall in Clocks

Rather than creating a gallery wall complete with wall art, mirrors, and clocks, create one comprised of just wall clocks of different sizes and styles for a gorgeous, unique wall display. This wall clock decor idea is especially impactful in rustic- or farmhouse-style rooms, but if you curate the right styles of wall clock, you can make it work in any space.

10. Try a Sunburst

Versatile and stunning, a sunburst wall clock is an amazing accent piece for any room. A unique combination of modern and eclectic in design, sunburst wall clocks are styled with border pieces that artfully mimic rays of sun. These radiant pieces look beautiful on their own and paired with other decorative wall elements. Try a sunburst wall clock alone above a bed, living room couch, or entryway bench for a fearless statement.

Tip: Hanging a Wall Clock

When you are positioning a wall clock, you may wonder how high to hang it. The general rule of thumb is to hang your clock at eye level. If the room you’re in has a lot of open space or a tall ceiling, you may want to hang the clock slightly higher to draw eyes from all areas of the room.

So, you’ve decided that a wall clock is the next item on your living room decor list.

Congratulations, you’ve made an excellent choice! Wall clocks are a timeless decorative tool that can work well in any living room style.

Whether you're still picking out a clock or have one ready to hang, follow this quick guide to placing a wall clock in your living.

How To Pick A Wall Clock

As I mentioned earlier, wall clocks come in a wide variety of styles.

Regardless of your living room’s vibe, there’s sure to be an option that fits.

Don’t feel pressed for time if you haven’t decided on a clock yet.

Here are a few different options to help you visualize a clock in your home.

How High to Hang a Wall Clock

When it comes to how high you should hang a wall clock, there are two things you should consider.

The first is the vertical placement on the wall.

Clocks work best at two height options, either between eye and chest level or above eye level.

If you’re going for a high clock, it should be higher than the tallest obstruction in the room. 

Think over a doorway, window, or mantel.


The second is the size of the clock.

If you have an oversized clock, especially one with hanging pendulums, above eye level is the place to be.

This helps balance the room’s visual weight and keeps your clock from dominating the rest of your decor.


In addition to height, where you hang your wall clock is also important to consider.

If you're thinking about a spot above a mantel, window, doorway, pdpdz.com advises leaving 4 to six inches of space between your clock and any surrounding lighting, furniture, or other art.

Otherwise, try placing a clock opposite a window or doorway, facing north, east, or northeast for good luck.

Clocks also work well above couches, tables, and bookshelves.

Just be mindful that it doesn’t compete for attention with the other items in your living room.

How To Hang Your Wall Clock

It’s high time you hung your clock! With your spot carefully picked out, follow these steps to ensure your clock is safely secured to your living room wall.

Remember to recruit a friend if you need help.


Step 1:

If you’re hanging a large, heavy clock, use a stud finder to locate the stud within your wall.

If you’re not using a stud, pdpdz.com suggests using anchor screws or nails to support your clock's weight.

Typically, clocks under 20lbs will not need anchors for support.


Step 2:

Hold your clock in place over where you want to hang it.

Then mark the topmost point of your clock with a pencil.

With a heavier clock, ask your friend to hold it or make the mark for you.

Bonus points if your friend is named Mark.


Step 3:

Measure the distance between the top of the clock and the hanger on the back of your clock.

Then use your pencil to make a mark the same distance down from your previous mark.

For example, if your hanger is 4 inches down from the top of your clock, make your second mark 4 inches below the first one.

This is where your screw or nails will go when drilling.


Step 4:

Use a drill or screwdriver to secure your anchor(s) to the wall.

If your clock is lighter and you aren’t using anchors, 1/3rd of the screw should be visible.


Step 5:

Hang your clock! Congrats, it looks great!


Now's your time

As you can see, there are a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing and placing a wall clock in your living.

That’s all we have time for today, but hopefully, we saved you some time in the process.

If there’s any important clock-hanging information you feel we missed, leave a comment letting us know.

This way, we can update future versions of this post with your help.