Is it 'drinks-in-the-garden' o'clock, already? Probably! While they're obviously helpful to keep track of the time especially when you're enjoying a phone-free break, outdoor clocks can be turned into conscious decorative statements.
Combining style and functionality, they'll be the first thing your guests see when walking towards your front door. Here's how to choose an outdoor clock that ticks all the boxes!
What Type of Outdoor Clock Is Best for Me?
Traditionally, outdoor clocks are analogues. Digital clocks that are specifically suited for your external walls are extremely difficult to find, and it's even rarer to see them around (other than in professional settings). After all, they do leave out the decorative element that characterizes outdoor clocks!
Not all analogue clocks are the same, though! Here's what you can choose from.
What's the Right Outdoor Clock for my House Exterior?
Settling for an outdoor clock that's got nothing to do with the theme of your garden or that doesn't stand out against your wall is a waste of… well, time (and money!). Here are a few things that we recommend considering when choosing your outdoor clock:
To make it easier to tell the time, make sure that your clock creates a light and dark contrast against the external wall of your house; if you happen to have an exposed brick wall, look for plain monochrome faces (white will stand out the most);
If you'd like to maintain a cohesive look, identify the accent color in your garden or patio: have you got pink house numbers? A bright yellow fence? Go for a clock in that hue!
Another trick to keep the exterior of your house consistent and wow your guests with your impeccable attention to detail is to choose an outdoor clock that matches the existing theme of your garden and patio (e.g. nautical, flora, fauna, classical, etc.);
Let's not lose track of time or of the most important tips! When choosing an outdoor clock, keep these points in mind:
Most models are analogue: you can choose between battery-operated or, if your wall is directly exposed to sunlight, eco-friendlier solar clocks
Some clocks can tell the temperature and humidity, too: handy depending on your climate!
Weather-resistant materials like plastic and powder-coated or painted metal are vital if that wall is directly exposed to the elements
Go for a frame that is at least 12 inches wide if you don't usually sit directly underneath that wall
Choose a clock that creates a light and dark contrast against your external wall, one that matches the main accent color of your house exteriors or the theme of your outdoor wall décor, or one that follows the main style of your house.