9 brilliant ways to decorate with a blackboard

Make a statement in your home with an eye-catching blackboard feature wall or detail

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Blackboards used to be strictly reserved for the classroom, placed behind a teacher armed with a piece of chalk and a stern expression! Nowadays they have become an object of style, popping up in homes in every way imaginable. Their versatility and changeable appearance has made them increasingly popular, and judging by these pictures we can see why!

Feature wall

Be bold and create a feature wall using chalkboard paint; this will dramatise a room and enhance your décor scheme by contrasting with your chosen palette.

future wall with blackboard wall and red chairs

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Half and half

If you're not feeling that brave, strike a compromise by creating a blackboard using half of your wall space such as above the splashback in this kitchen area.

kitchen area with blackboard on wall and dining table

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A subtle touch

Get creative and paint over a piece of furniture with blackboard paint; this panelled effect creates interest on this white side table, and you can leave plain or decorate with lovely words or sayings as you wish!

tea cup on table with black drawers

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Head space

Get in the zone with this fabulous home office idea. Let your stream of consciousness flow with this blackboard wall ready to work as a giant memo pad!

blackboard on wall with lamp on wooden desk and clock

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Express yourself

This bunk bed set-up is a great way of letting kids personalise their rooms. They will love being given permission to draw all over their walls without fear of repercussion!

bedroom with red wall and carpet flooring with ladder

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High and dry

Try painting the top section of your wall in chalkboard paint and separate with a shelf or border; this will work brilliantly against a stark white scheme such as this one.

kitchen area with shelf on wall and blackboard with dining table and chairs

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Inside out

Let your guests know exactly where everything goes with this decorating technique, perfect for a busy family home!

kitchen area with blackboard and flower vase with glass jar

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Hide Away

If you like the idea of a blackboard but you don't want it on permanent display, try this clever trick and paint the insides of cupboard doors, to be hidden when it suits!

blackboard on cupboards doors with curtains on window

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All shapes and sizes

Add a touch of humour to your home with an unusually-shaped blackboard such as this one, perfect for kids and animal lovers alike!

wallpaper on wall with cow shaped and blackboard on wall

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.