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If you live in a big city you don’t have to subscribe to the popular minimalist, contemporary style that so many people adopt. It is not only acceptable, but easily achievable to bring a little country or traditional style into any space. You want to start with a traditional color palette. Think blues, greens, sunshine yellows, and deep reds. You’ll also want to carefully decorate the minimal space you have with traditional accessories.
I always recommend cherry grandfather clocks to incorporate traditional style into a modern space. First off, a grandfather clock is a piece substantial enough to tie a room together, especially with a rich cherry stain. The height of most grandfather clocks is a little over six feet which draws the eye upward, adding dimension to the room. Look for a grandfather clock with great details in the trim and on the clock face. It’s the small details that will really make the piece pop.
When most people hear the term grandfather clock, they probably think of old timepieces in their grandparents’ home. While you certainly don’t have to be a grandfather to own one of these clocks, they ironically seem to be placed in the houses of older citizens in my experiences. Simply put, grandfather clocks are tall, freestanding time-keeping devices that are powered by a pendulum.
As analog timekeeping has become antiquated in the digital age, traditional grandfather clocks are becoming rarer. Digital clocks certainly provide the most accurate timekeeping, but a grandfather clock is not only for pragmatic purposes, it is also a piece of art. Most grandfather clocks feature intricate, ornate designs that are crafted by hand more often than not.
Grandfather clocks are distinguished from other timepieces with a pendulum mechanism in that the pendulum is encased. Antique clocks often featured a 30-hour movement, which required that they be wound once a day. It’s not uncommon for novice collectors to discover an old grandfather clock, wind it, and then believe that the clock is malfunctioning because it stops a day later.
Most new cherry grandfather clocks have been upgraded to an eight-day movement, requiring the owner to wind them once a week. Some have claimed that this type of movement decreases the longevity of the clock’s mechanism, but very little evidence has been presented to support it. In any case, grandfather clocks bring a sense of stately elegance to any room.