Q. Hi! I have a question that’s been on my mind lately! For lots of reasons, my husband and I are trying to reduce the time we spend with (smart) phones in hand when we’re at home, so we have instead opted to put a couple of clocks up on our walls — one in our kitchen and one in the living room so far. We’re using those wall clocks so often! But now I’m wondering how many wall clocks are too many? Is it tacky to have one in each room? Are there guidelines you could recommend?
Thanks much, Elise
A. Great question. I love that you are using less of your hand held devices. Something I need to work on in our home.
As for the clocks, I wouldn’t necessarily say there are specific rules to follow. A lot of it depends on the needs of your family and the way your household works. However you can certainly try to be careful not to go overboard with the need to keep time.
This absolutely depends on you and your families needs. Think about where you end up needing it most. Having one for the whole family to see in the living room can help when it’s bed time. Or if you find that you are in need of one in your bedroom or kitchen to help push you out of the house in the morning, then I’d definitely add one here too.
Yes you can have too many. Never have more than one in a room. There is something about having multiple clocks in one time, especially those that tic-tock rather loudly, that tend to add unwanted tension. In my opinion, I just don’t think it is a good thing to be reminded of how much time is going by at all times of the day. It can make people feel anxious.
Personally I don’t think it’s a good idea to go with anything too big. It makes the time feel as though it’s a dominant part of your life. Instead, get one that you can easily see from those important parts of the room, and go no bigger.
Now if you are a lover of shabby chic or country interiors, then an oversized clock is a very good way to go. It is a common part of the decor and it does usually look very nice.
Clocks are actually a rather fun accent to have in a room. If you’re considering purchasing a clock or two, check out ‘Fall Back in Love with Your Clocks’. I mean if you’re going to have them, you might as well get something that you really like right? Once you start looking you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by how many beautiful clocks are out there. Oh and they make for great finds at the flea markets so keep your eye out.
In the end, just go with what you like and what you need. You will find that it will work out perfectly fine.
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