The Writing’s on the Wall: 20 Decorating With Chalkboard Paint Ideas

What if we told you that decorating with chalkboard paint can be totally grown up and chic? We’re not talking about the old-school green chalkboards of the past.

You can buy black chalkboard paint at most home improvement stores for less than $10 and paint a wall all by yourself in just a few hours. And the look is very cool, even if you refrain from scribbling all over the wall.

Why is decorating with chalkboard paint a thing?

  1. The color black is hot in the world of design. Black and white particularly have become the contemporary go-to color combo in the last few years.
  2. The black chalkboard paint you find today is matte in finish. The flat matte finish, paired with the rich black tone, adds a modern contrast to most neutrals and whites.
  3. And after some time, the chalk starts giving the black chalkboard paint a dusty patina and texture you can’t get from ordinary paint. It starts to look more like a limestone or slate wall than an ordinary chalkboard paint finish.
The matte black finish of chalkboard paint adds a rich, stone-like feel to a wall. Image: Form + Field

Check out these chalkboard paint ideas for inspiration. You might find that decorating with chalkboard paint is an easy way to add new life to a spot in your home.

Decorating with chalkboard paint ideas for the kitchen

Swap out tile for a black chalkboard backsplash where you can add your grocery list or other doodles. Image: Shootin
A black chalkboard wall works very well in a farmhouse-style kitchen. Image: Larson & Paul
The black chalkboard wall provides contrast in this small white kitchen and ends up becoming the focal point. Image: Domus Nova
A chalkboard wall in the kitchen is perfect for messages from guests and your favorite inspirational quotes. Image: Meucci

Create your own coffee or wine bar using chalkboard paint

Designate a kitchen spot to creating a space any barista would love. Image: Homeclick
A small counter spot, your coffee appliances and a chalkboard paint wall featuring a coffee menu or favorite doodles can add some fun to your morning coffee routine. Image: Olaf Hajek
Paint a wall with chalkboard paint to create a wine wall featuring wine bottles and favorite wine quotes. Image: Our Vintage Home Love

Decorating with chalkboard paint ideas for the living room

A mid-century modern living room features a large, chalkboard focal wall that changes daily. Image: Lubrano Ciavarra
Not all decorating with chalkboard paint ideas involve painting the entire wall. You can also paint a section, like in this contemporary living room. Image: Dupuis Design
The chalkboard paint panel in this living room is indigo blue. If you want a chalkboard in a unique color, pick a rich shade of your choice in a water-based flat finish. Image: Shappacher White
A Nashville home with a personal touch. Image: Paragon Group

Chalkboard paint walls in the bedroom

Personalize wall space in a shared bedroom by painting the bunk bed wall with chalkboard paint. Image: Suzanna Santostefano
The black chalkboard wall adds a warm, intimate feel to this bedroom. Image: Love Coming Home

Chalkboard paint ideas for a functional and fashionable workspace

When desktop space is precious, convert the wall behind the desk into an extension of it. Image:
A craft room gets a large chalkboard for planning out crafts and projects. Image: Studio Morton
A two-tone wall of black chalkboard paint and white paint adds polish to this small desk space. Image: Pretty Nice
The black matte finish of the chalkboard paint corner adds architectural interest to this open loft space. Image: Studio Maya

Chalkboard paint ideas for the artist

A chalkboard paint wall is perfect for the resident artist. It’s like an ever-changing gallery. Image: Bazant
When you’re talented enough to sketch, a chalkboard wall provides you with the space and flexibility to show your work all year. Image: Alt Digital Photography

Now that you know how simple it is to add some chalkboard paint to a wall or section of your home, which idea do you want to try?