Hot Trend: A Chalkboard Paint Explosion!

Email from 8.8.08


>> Karkula's shop totally chalkboarded!: We snapped this pic in Karkula a few weeks ago. Head to toe CP, with fun sketches, prices and their mission statement on the walls.

Chalkboard paint has finally crossed the line, graduated beyond children's decor and become a full on modern design trend for 2008. In the following links, I want to take you on a little tour of some really cool uses that use the matte black feeling for visual effect, and also to unleash ADULT creativity....

Also, here's a link to how to make your own. Brands mentioned the most: Benjamin Moore & Rustoleum.

>> Jane & Darko's Kitchen: Jane and Darko use CP on their kitchen cabinets to label what is stored within each.

>> Roland Emmerich's London Study: Walls and ceiling here are covered in CP and Roland's doodles run all around, including overhead.

>> Look!: Chalkboard Paint Border: This is an idea by Anastasia of Faiella Design. She uses CP as a border above wainscotting and writing as decor (we don't know what it's about!).

>> Chalkboard Paint Wall Calendar: This is from The Martha - an inventive use of CP, that has the most practical edge.

>> Chalkboard Paint Placemats: Off the wall and onto the table.

>> Magnetic Chalkboard Paint Wall: Even better when married with an magnetic undercoating!

>> Green Chalkboard Paint at Anthropologie: Green is a great alternative color and this use, while not my favorite, at least shows off the paint well.

>> Julie and Andrew's Kitchen Wall: This is nice effect. Forget writing and just rub the wall down with chalk to create an almost Venetian plaster-like effect. Remember, matte black hides wall imperfections better than anything else.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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