Every home decor can benefit from a musical wall clock. Clocks are often treated as purely functional, and neglected as an opportunity to add to your home decor. Clock designers have created a huge selection of clocks that are really hanging works of art.
If you’re looking for a perfect gift idea, clocks can’t be beat.
But when you think about the repetitive sounds we listen to all day, from the drone of the refrigerator to the buzz of your neighbour’s lawnmower, a clock chime is simply a way to add something more pleasant to all the background noise. And many clocks will actually play a dozen or more different tunes, from Beethoven to the Beatles, meaning that you probably won’t hear the same melody more than once in a day.
It’s amazing how the warm companionship of an old-fashioned chiming clock can improve your disposition.
When melody wall clocks are mentioned, many think of the classic pendulum clock, framed in an octagonal oak or walnut frame and chiming the Westminster Quarters. These simple, classic wall clocks add character to almost any room or decor from the dining room to the office. They are still a popular choice for home decor and are made by companies like Bulova and Seiko.
A more elaborate, but no less versatile version frames the clock face and pendulum within a tall glass and hardwood case. These chiming clocks have all the charm of an old grandfather clock, but in a much more compact and manageable design.
While they invoke the era of wound clocks and old fashioned hammer and bell mechanisms, modern chiming clocks are usually battery powered with quartz timing. Some even offer volume control.
While traditional pendulum clocks will always have a place in the home, contemporary wall clocks have given a new direction to musical wall clock designs.
Clocks by designers like Gustav Becker are a visual and musical experience. For example one model is designed as a brass version of the traditional pendulum clock, framed in art deco embellishments and marks every hour with a different familiar song (they automatically go quiet at night).
For a truly personalized gift, there is a novelty wall clock to suit any personality. You can choose from themes like Movies, cars, bird songs and even religious themes to find the perfect clock. A cartoon or storybook clock can make a welcome addition to your child’s bedroom decor.
If you’re looking for a truly unique clock gift, online resources like Amazon are usually the best place to go for the biggest selection.
No discussion of musical clocks would be complete without mentioning the beloved cuckoo clock. There are countless variations of this timeless German design with moving parts and more than one alternative to the familiar “coo coo” sound.
Modern battery-powered cuckoos feature a colourful cast of animated figures and birds and a variety of different musical birdsongs and music box themes. Cuckoos make charming and fun conversation pieces for your home. Not only that, but your pet will love them too!