Even before my little one could tell time, I still needed to. I was actually amazed when I first became a mom at how much I relied on knowing the time to keep track of everything from feeding time to naptime and bedtime. And, when he cried in the middle of the night and I stumbled into his room half asleep, looking at the clock was one of the first things I’d do to help me decipher why he might be awake again.
Of course, your nursery clock can be more than just a timekeeping tool. A small piece of unique artwork is often sought as a final touch to bring all of the design elements of a room into harmony. Friendly, whimsical characters and objects on the clock face can create storytelling opportunities and help teach your toddler timekeeping basics. As your baby grows, if they are anything like my son, there will be nights when they won’t want to go to bed. This is when you can point to your clock and tell them it’s bedtime “because that’s what Shannon the Sloth says.”
As an interior designer, I’ve witnessed so many wonderful nursery clocks to choose from in my work. It can be difficult to choose one to incorporate into your overall nursery design. To give you a hand, I took a quick minute to put together a list of my absolute favorite nursery wall clock designs and to discuss how they can be included among the decor in your nursery. I started out with my top 10 best choices for nursery clocks, but there were just too many that I loved. So, without further ado, here is my list of the top 12 best nursery wall clock designs.
Artwork by Valentina Belloni
This gentle, elegant unicorn exudes a sense of peace and tranquility. When it’s time for your little one to head to bed, this unicorn can calmly lead the way. At the same time, the three little birds singing sweet songs around her head can bring a cheery, magic mood to the room.
This clock looks great in a nursery with a color scheme of pale reds or creams. Contrast is okay, too, though. This clock could hang well on walls that were painted a shade similar to the blue of the birds on the clock’s face. Other unicorn decor, including wall art, pillows, and blankets from the same artist, will help this clock fit well in your baby’s room.
Artwork by Kelly Breemer
What’s not to love about this shiny, sleepy seal? The bold colors will grab your infant’s attention and inspire your toddler to ask questions. These bold colors work very well in blue, yellow, or white rooms with more intense hues. Other oceanic nautical furnishings, like a sea otter blanket or flamingo wall art would coordinate beautifully with this seal.
Artwork by Brett Blumenthal
Bright colors; big machines. What could be more exciting for a little boy or girl? The details on this steamroller will give your baby plenty to puzzle over. If have road construction going on around your area, it’s easy to take your young one to see the steamroller in action. A field trip like this will cement your clock as a special object in their mind, building a bridge between their nursery and the big, bright world outside.
The bright green machine will work well in a room with bright colors, in particular yellows or greens. Consider coordinating on-theme wall art and a Sherpa throw over the rocker to bring it all together. A street map rug would be the perfect addition to this clock, giving your little one a place to play with their toy trucks.
Artwork by Patrick S. Brooks
If your child has a teddy bear they love, then this clock is a perfect starting place for storytime about the Adventures of Mr. Bear-Bear and his kooky companions. Sailing into a pale sunset, this clock blends well with pastel-hued rooms. The soft lines suggest a soft room, with lots of pillows and a shaggy rug or carpet.
Artwork by Andrea Doss
How I wish, how I wish, for a clock such as this! I love the simple design, and the hope and wonder on the faces of the mouse and rabbit. The deep, quietly bold colors in this artwork look wonderful in a darker blue or purple nursery. The closer the walls are to the colors on the clock, the more the rabbit, mouse, and star will stand out. With this clock on their wall, inspire your own child to wave hello to the stars. You may even consider adding an outer space mobile so they can!
Artwork by Julie Parker
Hey there, goofy green dragon! What are you up to? This dragon’s having a great time painting the numbers on this clock in different colors. Not only is such a creative dragon a fantastic friend for your little one, their activity gives you an easy opportunity to teach your own little dragon about colors and numbers. Your child can even join their new friend in their painting project!
The spare colors make this a good choice for pale walls. With so much off-white surrounding it, the green of this dragon truly catches the eye. In contrast, this clock can work on a dark green wall, too. The white face will stand out against the background, highlighting the dragon in the middle.
Artwork by Julia Collard
Instill the love of music in your little one by jamming along with bear and the band in this adorable wall clock. When it’s time for bed, bear and friends can join you in singing your little musician to sleep with a slow, sweet lullaby.
This clock can be part of a larger musical theme in your little one’s room. Consider musical notes or instruments as a decorative motif elsewhere, across blankets, curtains, or pillows.
Artwork by Liza Lewis
With this clock on your nursery walls, it’s always the time of the dinosaurs. The action and color of the erupting volcano and friendly, flying pterodactyl will grab your little one’s eye. When they ask you questions about the characters, you can tell them all about the mystery of the disappearing dinosaurs. Maybe if they look hard enough, they can find a brontosaurus of their own hiding behind a bush outside.
If your little one loves dinosaurs, this clock makes a great addition to a theme you can continue across their toys, blankets, clothing, and furnishings. It goes well with bold colors that match the intensity of the brontosaurus and the volcano, particularly greens and reds.
Artwork by Alexandra Ball
Set sail for adventure! Octopus and fox are swashbuckling friends on this clock, teaching your little one how fun it can be for different creatures to work together. What are they looking for? Cookies? Or candy? The storytelling possibilities this team-up creates are endless.
Paired best with pale walls and other pastels, this octopus clock can help make muted nursery walls pop. The bright highlights in the artwork attract the eye and can coordinate with other accents of bright color on items like a blanket, curtains, or pillows.
Artwork by Barry Gott
Blast off! What a perfect clock for inspiring your tiny explorer’s sense of adventure. Not only do the dinos in the space capsule draw the eye with bright colors and unusual shapes, they also create many teaching opportunities. What better way to awaken curiosity than by teaching your little one about dinosaurs?
The deep blues of outer space on this clock would look nice hung on a wall painted a blue of a similar shade, or standing out against a bold contrasting color, like a bright yellow. Since this dinosaur is already exploring a starfield, why not decorate the surrounding walls with glow-in-the-dark stars?
Artwork by Alexandra Ball
It’s picnic time! With so many critters on this clock, from tiny ladybugs to gentle bears, your child can wonder at it for hours on end. As they get older, it can be an inspiration for their own tea parties with their stuffed animals. When they see rabbits, squirrels or deer in the real world, you can teach them to wave hello to their furry friends.
If the soft curves and peaceful coloring of this clock look familiar, it may be because you’ve read one of the children’s books illustrated by the artist, Alexandra Ball. If Alexandra Ball or another children’s book illustrator is a favorite of your child, consider incorporating their art throughout your nursery or kid’s room.
Artwork by Neesha Hudson
This sloth is so sweet and silly that she is my absolute favorite clock design. What I love most about this sloth is how entranced she is by the flower she’s holding. As she sniffs the red rose, she reminds Mommies and babies alike that no matter how busy the day can get, there’s always time to stop and smell the flowers.
If your child is an animal lover, this sloth fits well into a menagerie of other animals, both stuffed and printed on your furnishings. The thin lines and soft colors on this clock work well with complementary pastels.
Having a clock in your nursery is an important way to keep track of all the business of the day. But with unique artwork printed on its face, your clock can be so much more than that. Bright colors and interesting patterns can draw your child’s attention. Colorful characters create opportunities for you and your child to come up with stories together. When they’re old enough to learn to tell time, the clock they know and love is an easy introduction to this new dimension of their world. And, on a more functional level, the right clock may be the last piece you need to really tie the design of your room together to create a magical and cozy nursery for your little one to live in.
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