Friday, January 9, 2009

What's your opinion on this design trend?

So chalkboards are nothing new - but I seem to be noticing more and more of these schoolhouse staples in residential houses. I usually really like the look - it adds a cozy, lived-in feel to the house. In my last apartment, I had a giant dry-erase board in my kitchen but it didn't last long. It simply became too ugly. A chalkboard could be a different matter though, since one doesn't have to write in florescent colors all the time. What are your thoughts? Do you have a chalkboard in your home?

I love this chalkboard/inspiration area of Carolina Herrera Jr.'s apartment



via Domino



Chalkboard paint turns this screen or a wall into a handy place to jot notes.
via Martha Stewart

via RowHouse Blog

via Tiny Decor via VivaTerra

via Good Housekeeping





via Country Living

A chalkboard back splash could be cool...
via Apartment Therapy

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like the idea of painting part of the door with chalkboard paint. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

I like this trend. I haven't put any in my house yet, but still kick myself for not purchasing a very large old school chalkboard with the original oak frame and chalk/eraser holder. It was the end of the day at a flea market and the seller dropped the price way down. Such is life!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

I love chalkboards -the bigger the better.
Glad I found your blog, its a visual feast! Happy weekend.

Amica said...

I love this idea. I hadn't thought of a panel on the door, that's the perfect place to see before you go out. I live in a dorm (so no paint :( ), and I end up scrawling messages all over the backs of my hands. I think I'd prefer this. :P
I like the examples you found, they're quite inspirational. Thanks for posting!

Faith Sheridan said...

This is useful in a mudroom and a creative outlet for family members to create their own avatar.
I can see it used at a beach home or cabin for guests to leave notes or instructions.
Lots of unique applications for us design types to recommend to clients.

homeinthecities said...

I love this idea - it's a useful and pretty way to keep things organized. I've also seen chalkboard paint used over magnetic paint to create a chalkboard that you can use magnets on. I hope to have such a board in my study or kitchen, when we get around to remodeling them!

Anonymous said...

I think the chalkboard looks very pretty, but what about all of the chalk dust? Could anyone who has or had one tell me about it?

Tracy said...

Hi! I'm a frequent reader but don't think I've commented yet. When we remodeled our kitchen 8 yrs ago, my husband and I built a combo cork board/chalk board onto a wall. It's about 4'Wx3'H and has been a lot of fun. I try to keep a quote on it that's relevent to the season or current events or random family happenings. Guests like to read what's new and sometimes leave their own messages. My daughter is always making note of something she needs me to do or get for her. Sometimes it's "more snacks please". Today it was "CONTACTS!" (as in lenses). To Anonymous 9:33pm - yes, there is dust. That's why those giant ones scare me. And it can't possibly be a good idea, though I've seen it done, to paint your coffee table with chalkboard paint so your little ones can occupy themselves while you chat with a friend. I find, with a board my size anyway, it's no problem to wipe up the dust with a damp cloth or swiffer whenever there's enough to notice.
Get one!

Serialstyler said...

Can't say I am a fan of it. Maybe in a craft or design room, workshop or kitchen. The charcoal colour is great but I don't think they are a inspiring. Just practical.

Teresa Porter said...

I've been lurking around here for quite some time... so I'm coming out now. I adore your blog. I love all of the wonderful decorating ideas.

I painted a huge chalkboard on my son's bedroom wall. All of the kids that came over loved it, too. The only downside is all of that chalk dust on the floor.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yep. I painted a pocket door in the kitchen with chalkboard paint....It is usually open, so cannot see it. So, later painted a whole wall that is across from our pantry. LOVE it. Dust is no biggie.
Actually use it as our phone book mostly!

karlene said...

I have had chalk boards for several years, I still think they are funky.

bluelaugh said...

! love the photo with the green chalkboard. The white on the green livens up the room. I have all these ideas as to when I get my own place. After seeing that photo I know now that I would want a chalkboard. Could you do something to make it magnetic. This would be neater than cluttering up the fridge. The only problem is where to put the board. As I have seen here mos of them are in entry ways or kitchens. I guess it depends where I end up living.

beulah designs said...

i love chalk on the wall!!! and now that i have it in the better part of my kitchen, i can't imagine not having it...really comes in handy when you can't find a pen. there's a pic of my chalk/wall on my blog if you're looking for more pics...great blog, by the way!!!

Justine said...

I love this idea, but in practicality, you're looking at few issues:

-This will need a lot of maintenance. Where do you keep the chalk? Chalk brushes? You'll have to clean the chalkboard and brushes often. It can be very dusty and cause problems for people with allergies. And the board can look gross when it's smudged or been written on too often. A great many elementary classrooms have moved towards wipe boards because of these issues.

I think if you do it, a small, contained area (like the door panel) are just about right.

kirbydog said...

I am not a fan. To me they are dirty,and messy looking not to mention highly impractical. If you need a list, write it once with a pen and on a pad of paper. I really dislike it because so many people I know use it to announce something, like, "WELCOME SPRING" or "2-nite's menu is..." or making an itiotic personal statement that just begs to be commented on.... Geezeeee, get a diary or start a blog. I find it very embarressing and cheezy.

Paloma said...

Fantastic images! I have a collection of chalkboard images ( i recently did a similar post), but there are many here that I'd never seen. You have a great eye!

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

It can be very practical, not for me though..., the things I need to remember (and write down) are usually things I need to buy, so I want it on a piece of paper that I can put in my wallet.

Down Comforter said...

No chalkboard in my place, but I wouldn't rule one out. Really great way to save on paper, pens, etc... I love the calendar :)

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

I like it in small doses or when it is in balance with a room. The picture of the kitchen with the purple hydrangeas on the table has a nice use of it on the inset of the door. Very fun pics!

red.door.read said...

i know there is some chalkboard hate getting momentum out there but i still like them. they're practical, fun, easily changed.

why not.

love your blog btw.

Velvet and Linen said...

We've used chalk boards in several jobs.
They look great in a playroom on big cabinet doors or the wall in front of a desk. I also love them in kitchens They are great looking and functional.

xo
Brooke

paisley peacock said...

I have one in my kitchen {which I love} that is magnetic...so the eraser sticks to the board & the chalk rests on the eraser- practical enough for me!! I also have round metal tins that stick on it holding stamps, paper clips, & rubber bands!

Lauren said...

Great collections of pics. I think it's a really fun idea but don't have one. (I feel like mine would never look as cute as the ones I see in the pic though! :)

alex brooks said...

How cute is this post? I LOVE the chalkboard. So much better in a home than a restaurant?

Christina said...

I don't have one in my apartment but I think it is a great element and texture to add to a room!

Tracy Elaine said...

I like on the back of the door. It's not too big that cleaning it would be a hassle, and it's in a place where it would be utterly useful for putting reminders that you'll actually see as you're running out the door in the morning.

The wall idea seems like a good idea until all the chalk dusk starts to collect on the tables, floor, and other nearby objects.

Pink Wallpaper said...

great post...love the one w/ the coco chanel quote.

Jennifer Ramos said...

I love chalkboards...and I have one big one in my kitchen...
Have a few photos on my blog..in the 'Glimpse inside my home' post.

Jen Ramos
'Cards & Prints You'll Love...'
www.madebygirl.com
madebygirl.blogspot.com

Playa del Rey interior designer said...

I tend to forget often, maybe putting one of these on my front door would remind me of the things I ought to do before leaving the house. Lol.

In response to one of the comments here on chalk dust: well, there's such a thing as dustless chalk, you know. Crayola has one.

Ms Unreliable said...

That image from the RowHouse Blog is absolutely stunning! Love the little arrow to the dog's bowl too! I lurve chalkboards but I hate my own handwriting, plus I'm not a big fan of the resulting dust. But nevertheless, I love it as a trend and love seeing how creative people are getting.

Rebecca said...

Well done! Beautiful Blog I love your style.
http://allthingscolorful.blogspot.com/

Dean said...

This could would keep my kids busy while the wife and I cook...

Miranda said...

Put me firmly in the "love it and have it in my kitchen" column.

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