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Decorating With a Starburst Wall Clock

Updated on September 27, 2011

The Starburst Wall Clock: Just the Right Look

While some people love shabby chic and others traditional designs, the clean modern lines that echo the 1950s and 1960s are popular as well. Whether you're into the retro look of that time period or you simply like clean contemporary styling, a starburst wall clock can be the final detail to pull a room together. They come in a variety of designs and finishes, from wooden to metal and from silver and gold to mirrored.

On this page you can get a few tips for getting the overall look you want in your room and then you can find the design that will complement the space you have. Be sure to make note of the dimensions so that you choose a clock that will fit the space you have available.

Want to Go Further with Your Retro Modern Design?

If you are really interested in retro, then obviously you have to think beyond that starburst wall clock.

1950s design calls for bold, bright, primary colors. Think black and white tile in bathrooms and kitchens. Throwing in some red or maybe yellow. Pink and turquoise were a popular color combination as well. Formica and chrome dinettes, chenille bedspreads, and so forth were common too.

In the 1960s geometric shapes and large flowers became popular in drapery, upholsery, on pillows, bedspreads, and so forth. Neon colors, bright color pairings like bright orange and hot pink, as well as more muted green (avocado), gold, yellow, and oranges. Beads were used as room dividers and more. Shapes were space age inspired, and plastic, glass, and metal became common materials in furniture but vinyl was still popular on kitchen chairs. Paneling and faux brick could be found on walls.

While a modern design is a bit different, elements of the 50's and 60's along with the starburst wall clock are common.

George Nelson Modern Design

This dramatic starburst wall clock has a modern design. With multiple layers and shapes it's sure to catch the eye of everyone who enters the room. This metal clock has a silver finish and chrome like hands. It operates with a single AA battery so it can be hung anywhere regardless of the availability of outlets. This clock measures 23.5" x 23.5" x 2.25"

Retro Metal Design

This clock features a real mirror dial, metal rods, and high polish silver tone disk accents. It's a 50's inspired design and is the kind of piece that can provide the perfect finishing touch that every room needs.. It measures 24" x 24" x 1" and operates on one AA battery.

Silver Matte Design

This triple layer starburst wall clock adds a dramatic look to any wall. It measures 20" in diameter, the perfect size for smaller spaces and has an attractive matte silver finish. It's a clean, modern look that will complement a variety of decors.

George Nelson Transitional Design

This clock is a more transitional design which brings retro and modern together. It has a black clock face, silver numerals, and white hands protected with a convex glass lens. It features triangular wooden spindles and metal rays. It has high quality quartz movement and operates with a single AA battery.

Chaney Retro Design

On a limited budget? This is an affordable starburst wall clock for those who love the retro look. It's perfect for offices and smaller walls as it measures 17" x 17". It has a convex glass lens to protect the face and hands and has a plastic frame/case. It features quartz movement and operates off of one AA battery.

Contemporary Design

This monochromatic clock has a unique design that is stunning on darker colored walls. It has a retro inspired contemporary look with sleek lines and a silver finish. It's constructed primarily of stainless steel and measures 24 inches. It operates off of a single AA battery.

Multi Color Design

Perfect for smaller spaces, this cheerful wall clock will add color and excitement to any room. It is a 14" clock with aluminum and plastic construction. It has multi colored rays and varied shapes on the hands for additional visual interest. It features high quality quartz movement.

Gold Ashton Sutton

Like the look of old luxury? This goldtone starburst wall clock features a metal frame and braided rods radiating from the face. It is a 20" clock and has an elegant appeal. It operates off of a single AA battery and comes with a 5 year warranty.

Modern Abstract Metal Design

This 20 inch wall clock features triangular rays and metal rods projecting from the body of the face. It has a polished contemporary look and is constructed of metal and plastic to maintain a light weight. It features precise quartz movement and operates on a single AA battery.


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    • ellahall2011 profile image

      ellahall2011 5 years ago

      Big wow, I love this style.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Great collection of starburst clocks! the silver ones look like an atomic model but I love it!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I love the silver starburst one, I think it would look great in my house. My brother bought one of those radio controlled clocks recently, and it kept shooting the dials around at a 100 miles an hour! hee hee he threw it away in the end, it spooked him because it always happened at two in the morning, no idea why, maybe the control centre had a nervous breakdown at that time every night! lol thanks nell

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      BevsPaper 7 years ago from Central Indiana

      Great examples of the Starburst clocks! I love the retro look! That multi colored one caught my eye.

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      Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

      I love clocks! A lot of great ones are featured here. Like the Ashton!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oooooh I love these!! I especially love the multi-colored one you have listed from Amazon!!

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      LizzyJean 7 years ago

      Great collection