Few things enchant and illuminate the imagination quite like conceptions of time. It’s something all of us have, and which all of us must use—after all, as J.R.R Tolkien famously wrote, “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.” It can convey the great sense of change we feel in our lives—as the great Tennessee Williams put it “Time is the longest distance between two places.”
Whatever other decorating decisions you make about those distances within your home, one thing is for sure – a luxury clock can be a great way to bring a timeless bit of tasteful class into any room!
Naturally, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible (after all, as Chaucer put it, “Time waits for no man!”) so here are a few just a few things you’ll want to be on the lookout for when searching for a clock with truly timeless appeal!
The Clock Face
There is no facet of your clock more important than its face itself. One of the big decisions you’re going to have to make is whether to buy a clock with Roman or Arabic numerals. Regardless of which were actually developed first, connotatively-speaking, Roman numerals generally “feel” older, in part because they are featured on Big Ben, sundials, and other famed clock faces. By contrast, conventional Arabic numerals such as we use today can feel more “modern,” and come in a wider variety of “styles.”
Clock Colours and Materials
Then there’s the matter of the colours and materials which make up the clock face, rim, and rest of the clock as well. One of the most common, “time-tested” clock face design decisions is to have numerals and clock hands which are differently coloured from the face itself, making them stand out more. You’ll therefore want to look for colours and materials which contrast yet complement one another. White and black is a classic – if quite standard – option. Silver set against either gold or copper can make for a clock with a lovely sheen. There are many different types of silvers, golds, coppers, and nickels to consider here.
You’ll also want to consider the way in which your clock is to fit into your overall décor. An older look – featuring a more simplified look and Roman numerals – can fit into a rustic décor setup, while a more modern setup can accept different colours and textures, from cool grey and minimalist blue clock faces to innovations in the overall shape. Where most traditional clocks are circular, newer approaches can favour different shapes, such as octagonal or differently-angled models.