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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Let your guests know exactly where everything goes with this decorating technique, perfect for a busy family home!
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!
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!
Get the Ideal Home Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.
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.
Make your next DIY project easier with these handy buys from B&Q
Fast-track your way to a bespoke-looking home
By Rebecca Knight
ElectriQ 12L Dehumidifier review – tried and tested
Our ElectriQ 12L Dehumidifier review puts this affordable compressor dehumidifier through its paces and discovers it's a brilliant buy that won't break the bank
By Rachael Penn
We tried Dyson's new groundbreaking robot vacuum to see how it deals with everyday dirt and dust
The Dyson 360 Vis Nav is Dyson's most expensive floor tech launch to date, but can this robot vacuum compete with the rest of the pack?
By Millie Fender