Thanks to their emphasis on simplicity and plainness, Amish people generally don’t put the same effort and money into interior decorating as the rest of us do.
However, Amish people do enjoy decor. The difference is that typically the items decorating the walls of Amish homes have a practical use as well. Here are three “useful decorations” you’ll commonly see in Amish homes:
Timekeepers are popular with Amish families. Musical clocks in particular are favorites. These clocks which chime a tune on the hour often have elaborate mechanisms which unfold showing the inner workings of the timepiece. They can cost several hundred dollars.
Grandfather clocks are popular as well. Amish people appreciate good craftsmanship in their homes. Clocks are practical but also an opportunity to spend money on a well-made decorative item.
Zip Code Charts
Charts listing area zip codes, decorated with images of flowers or other natural scenes, are popular with Amish people. These are ostensibly practical in a culture where letter-writing persists.
Another type of time-tracker, calendars are very common in Amish homes and shops. Many feature scenes from nature or in some cases Amish-themed images like buggies and farms. Wooden perpetual calendars are also seen in Amish homes.
The Amish don’t take or display family portraits; likewise traditional artwork is not common either. But calendars are one typical way Amish people display attractive visual images in the home.
Erik Wesner writes about the Amish in print and online. His first book, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive was based on 60 interviews Erik conducted with Amish business owners, as well as his own experiences living and working in Amish communities from Pennsylvania to Iowa. He has contributed to Amish-themed articles featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other print media. He also has served as a consultant for numerous authors of Amish fiction and non-fiction and writes the Amish America blog. His upcoming book is called 50 Fascinating Amish Facts.
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