Rethinking the Chalkboard Wall

Rethinking the Chalkboard Wall

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 29, 2015
(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Chalkboard paint kind of exploded on the scene a few years ago, and suddenly it was everywhere. Walls, doors, refrigerators, piggybanks — chalkboard paint anywhere you can imagine. And then it seemed to disappear. I think maybe we all got a little burned out. But while some of you may be happy with chalkboard paint going the way of chevron prints, I think it's worth a second look. It's dark and rich and has a certain amount of movement, thanks to all that chalk, and besides that, it's just fun, because it enables you to make your walls into anything you want (and then change them a week later).

In short: chalkboard paint is great, and it should never go away. Here are cool, modern interiors that make chalkboard paint look new and fresh.

Above: This chalkboard wall from Design Sponge mixes chalkboard paint, photographs, and portraits for a funky, textured effect. Bonus points for painting the door, too.

(Image credit: Vosges Paris)

Chalkboard paint in a bathroom, because why not? Spotted on Vosges Paris.

(Image credit: Yatzer)

This space from Yatzer takes it to the next level with chalkboard paint on the ceiling.

(Image credit: Dove Drury Hornbuckle)

Chalkboard paint enlivens a kitchen from Dove Drury Hornbuckle.

(Image credit: Dezeen)

Chalkboard paint — not just in black anymore. Green chalkboard wall spotted on Dezeen.

(Image credit: Houzz)

Chalkboard paint makes for a creative workspace, as seen on Houzz.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Even when you don't have something beautiful or clever on the wall, chalkboard paint can add a nice bit of texture. Image from My Scandinavian Home.

(Image credit: Poppytalk)
(Image credit: Poppytalk)

And finally, from Poppytalk, a couple of images from a beautiful and funky South African home. The chalkboard-painted doors in the kitchen add a funky touch, and the chalkboard-painted fireplace wall (with swirly script) is surprisingly sophisticated.

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