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Modern or Traditional Cuckoo Clocks: How to Decorate with Either Style

Modern or Traditional Cuckoo Clocks: How to Decorate with Either Style

Although the cuckoo clock is one of the most iconic timepiece styles, it has a long history that many do not know. The original inventor of the cuckoo clock remains a mystery, but its origins are traced back to the 1600s. The Black Forest cuckoo clock from Southwestern Germany is believed to be the first style of cuckoo clocks created. Farmers originally used logs from the Black Forest to build these clocks during the winter months. Today, clock makers continue to use the same mechanics and components, but there are a variety of modern styles that have broken free from tradition.

Here are three tips on decorating with cuckoo clocks for any style home décor. 

  1. Choose Your Theme

Cuckoo clocks are often depicted in cartoons and movies as annoying and outdated, but these timepieces are full of traditional techniques! They are truly pieces of art, and some styles have undergone a major transformation since they were invented. Incorporating a cuckoo clock into your home can instantly elevate any room. It just has to be well coordinated. From traditional carved Black Forest cuckoo clocks to hip, trendy clocks like the stunning Romba Hohenzollern Waaghur, there are a lot of different styles to choose from.

However, before you can pick the perfect clock for your home, you have to decide on a theme. Do you want a more traditional cuckoo clock with animated figures to go with your mid-century décor? Or a bold pink cuckoo clock completed with carved leaves and birds?

It can definitely be a little overwhelming, but matching the base color of a more complicated clock to your current décor will make your decision much easier.

2. Find the Right Location

Once you have decided on a theme, you need to find the perfect location for your clock. Would you rather your cuckoo clock blend in with the other accessories in your home or do you want it to be the focal point?

If you picked the latter, we recommend choosing a musical cuckoo clock with animated figures. The Romba Watergirl cuckoo clock features intricately carved figures and a large 36-note music box. Hang it over your fireplace or television for all to see!

But what if you don’t want your clock to be the centre of attention? Sternreiter’s Arabella Black Forest Mechanical cuckoo clock is delicately carved from a rare black Arenga wood for a more subdued look. This 8-day cuckoo clock also features beautifully hard-carved bone hands and a bird, which has exceptional detail all the way around.

3. Think Outside the Box

Every cuckoo clock is unique, and when it comes to style the options are endless — from chalet to Black Forest, quartz or mechanical, 1-day or 8-day, Hermle or Romba, you’ll find what you need in both traditional or modern styles. So why not get a little creative with your decorating? Instead of choosing one mechanical or musical cuckoo clock, consider displaying a cluster of clocks! You can dedicate a single wall to your growing collection to create the ultimate focal point. Utilize shelving, simple pieces of art, and even empty space to separate and define each group of clocks. This option really allows you the freedom to explore and appreciate the vast world of cuckoo clocks.

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The holiday season is truly magical. For a few weeks, time seems to slow down. There’s a joyful spirit in the air, and friends and family reconnect.

Traditions, old and new, are the hallmark of the Christmas season, and few things are as traditional, or as charming, as cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest region of Germany. Carved bird cuckoo clocks, and cuckoo clocks with animated figures, are among the top souvenirs for tourists visiting the region. It’s not hard to see why – the Black Forest is where the cuckoo clock was born, refined, and then shared with the world. It is an endearing timepiece that has enchanted the world since the 1600s.

As you search for the best gifts this year, consider a real Black Forest cuckoo clock. The Black Forest, after all, is steeped in Christmas tradition. 

Christmas in the Black Forest is magical! Some of the longstanding traditions include leaving candy out to becalm restless ghosts, and not watching animals go into the barn on Christmas Eve, so the animals can talk to each other without being observed on the Holy Night! A tradition that is truly spectacular is Triberger Weihnachtszauber, where thousands of lights illuminate the valley.  One of our favorites, Triberg Cuckoo Clock by Hermle pays homage to that tradition. 

When you give a Black Forest Cuckoo clock as a Christmas gift – and it doesn’t matter what kind; it could be an  8 Day  Sternreiter cuckoo clock, a modern Romba cuckoo clock, or even a 12 melody musical cuckoo clock like Hermle Rheinberg, you give a piece of the Black Forest’s heart. These clocks truly are nostalgic and memorable gifts for the young and old alike.

Wouldn’t mom love a delicately carved  cuckoo clock?  And our fine, imported from Germany traditional Black Forest and Chalet style cuckoo clocks are perfect for the cabin, lodge, or rustic home. We even have quartz or mechanical movement clocks to satisfy those that want to wind their timepiece, and those that want it to self regulate.

The joy doesn’t stop when you choose one our authentic Hermle, Sternreiter or Romba Black Forest cuckoo clocks. For a limited time, get a free carved whistle when you spend up to $500, or a free clock with purchases of over $500. You get a gift to give and a little something special for yourself.

Your free gifts are only offered until the clock strikes 12 on December 31, so don’t delay. Shop our outstanding selection of Black Forest cuckoo clocks today, and learn why we are the go-to online clock retailer for traditional as well as modern cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest. Our customer service and our selection cannot be beat.

What is the greatest give you can give anyone at Christmas? Time – and we have plenty of it! This year, turn aside from the electronics that can quickly become outdated. Step away from the clothes (do you really know their personal clothing style?). Back down from the chocolates. Instead, do something different this year. Give someone you love a piece of nostalgia: a Black Forest cuckoo clock that reminds them of the time you give every day of the year.

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Unique and exquisite designs. Precision craftsmanship. Uncommon beauty and enduring value. Handmade in Germany or America of only the highest quality materials. Backed by a 3-year warranty and the reputation of a century-old company considered to be the best in the business. The gift of a Hermle clock, for yourself or someone else, is the gift of a lifetime. It is a prized possession, to be enjoyed, cherished — and, eventually, passed down from one generation to the next. Simply put, a Hermle clock is timely and timeless.  


Since 1912, the name Kieninger has been synonymous with the finest mechanical clocks and very best mechanical movements in the world. Rightly considered true masterpieces of German clock making, Kieninger clocks are mainly limited edition and made to order (requiring 6-8 weeks for delivery), with many models incomparable to any other clock by any manufacturer. Backed by a 3-year warranty, a Kieninger clock is a prized possession. Simply put, a Kieninger clock is timely and timeless. 


Sternreiter cuckoo clocks are instantly recognizable for their intricate hand-carved, lifelike leaves and birds poised in repose or flight. There is a rustic yet refined quality seen only in the finest hand carvings that bring these clocks to life. In addition to cuckoo clocks, Sternreiter produces superb mantel and wall clocks as well as modern and practical alarm clocks made in the best of tradition and most exacting of workmanship. With a Sternreiter clock, you can count on an item made with deep affection for the art and science of clock making. 



Verein die Schwarzwalduhr, or VdS, the Black Forest Clock Association, is comprised of producers, traders and experts as well as providers, dealers and collectors who are passionate about preserving the time-tested traditions of Black Forest Germany clock makers. All of the mechanical cuckoo clocks we offer by Rombach & Haas (also known as Romba)Robert Herr and Trenkle Uhren are certified by the VDS. Some of the Sternreiter cuckoo clocks we offer also feature wooden elements carved by American master woodworkers. Although these clocks often exceed the quality of the Black Forest products, and are made in the Black Forest region, these clocks cannot be certified with the VDS stamp.

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