14 Chic Chalkboard Paint Ideas for Grown Up Spaces

Sophisticated chalkboard wall in between laundry room and kitchen

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

At first thought, chalkboard paint does not seem a likely decorating material for adult spaces. But what if we shared it could make a room feel 100 percent grown up? Think about it, black walls do make a chic statement, and for those times you want to personalize them using the right paint will allow you to scribble or draw to your heart's content. Even better, no more forgetting because a chalkboard wall will let you create lists and messages for staying organized. To get your creative juices flowing, behold these sophisticated chalkboard paint ideas for grown-up homes.

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    Chalkboard Walls Can Small Spaces Feel Bigger

    Chalkboard home office

    Lux Design

    Turn an untapped nook in your abode into a small home office with chalkboard paint. Lux Design, an interior design firm based in Canada created this example shown in a tiny apartment. The blackboard walls carve out space for a stainless steel desk and black leather desk chair. The best part? All the furnishings seemingly disappear into the dark corner, which makes the tiny room feel much bigger.

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    How to Create a Chalkboard Kitchen Backsplash

    Brooklyn Homemaker

    Tux, the DIY enthusiast and home chef behind the blog Brooklyn Homemaker despised the kitchen in his rental because it was not pretty and worse, felt outdated. Painting the wall directly above his countertops solved the problem. The new chalkboard backsplash added chic contrast to his cooking space while creating a spot to jot down a grocery list.

    The New York City based blogger offered a few tips for DIY chalkboard walls. To avoid chipping, let the freshly painted surface set for a few days (so no drawing). Afterward, condition your new blackboard by rubbing the entire surface with white chalk and then wiping off. Doing so creates a thin layer of chalk dust, which will make the surface easier to erase. It also transformed his backsplash from dark black to a dusty charcoal gray color, which Tux thinks looks great.

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    Black and White Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

    Chalkboard accent wall in kitchen
    Schappacher White Architecture

    Schappacher White Architecture situated in Shelter Island, New York created this classic black and white kitchen for a local client. While the beadboard cabinetry has a distinctive retro farmhouse look, the chalkboard wall is a bold, contrasting feature that feels fresh and modern.

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    Chalkboard Wall Makes a Mudroom More Inviting

    mudroom with chalkboard wall
    BGD&C Home Builders

    For us, it was love at first sight when we spotted this charming mudroom by BGD & C Home Builders based in Chicago, Illinois. A walnut locker unit with a built-in storage bench offers up tons of room to stash seasonal outerwear. Covering the walls are easy to clean subway tiles topped off with a chalkboard border with welcoming messages.

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    You Don't Have to Paint an Entire Wall

    chalkboard paint ideas in dining room
    Luster Custom Homes

    If painting an entire wall with chalkboard paints sounds daunting steal this decorating tip from Luster Custom Homes out of Arizona. The design team created this large free-standing chalkboard specifically for this client's dining room

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    Conceal a Fridge Behind Chalkboard Paint Cabinets

    Statement making kitchen lighting
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    The gorgeous kitchen in this Spanish style California house renovated by Vidal Design Collaborative is brimming with color and pattern from the Moroccan tile backsplash to the French blue Ilve Majestic range. The professional grade refrigerator is concealed behind custom white cabinetry with chalkboard paint doors.

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    Refresh a Space With a Chalkboard Accent Wall

    chalkboard in dining nook

    Stephanie Krauss Designs

    A chalkboard accent wall personalizes this small modern farmhouse inspired dining space by Stephanie Krauss Designs based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The design team wanted the rest of the room to feel bright and cheerful, so the adjoining walls and ceilings were painted Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore. The white Saarinen "tulip" style dining table set is an iconic midcentury modern piece of furniture that works well in small spaces because of its clean lines and simple design.

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    Black and White Bathroom With Chalkboard Walls

    Chalkpaint bathroom idea
    Zoe Feldman Design

    This chic black and white bathroom by Zoe Feldman Design out of Washington, D.C. pairs chalkboard walls with gorgeous marble, basket weave inspired floor tile. The classic pedestal sink is finished off with polished nickel fixtures and a brass mirror hangs above. Keeping the ceiling white creates the illusion of extra height.

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    Modern Farmhouse Inspired Wet Bar With Chalkboard Wall

    chalkboard wetbar in home
    Herlong & Associates Architecture

    Here is a modern farmhouse inspired wet bar by Herlong & Associates Architecture situated in Charleston, South Carolina. Anchoring the nook is a chalkboard wall with stained wood shelves and a Carrera marble. White base cabinets and a wine fridge keep additional bar supplies out of sight. Hanging over the small sink is a vintage pendant light with a contemporary concrete shade.

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    A New Twist on the Subway Tile Backsplash

    chalkboard paint subway tile backsplash

    Norman Design Group

    Spice up a subway tile backsplash with a chalkboard inlay as shown in this butler's pantry by Norman Design Group out of Torrance, California.

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    Create a Calendar Inspired Chalkboard Wall

    Giant calendar wall chalkpaint
    Inhabit Interiors

    You will never miss an appointment again with a calendar inspired accent walllike this one by Inhabit Interiors situated in Baltimore, Maryland. After painting the wall with black chalkboard paint strips of woods were added to create the calendar the layout.

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    Chalkboard Feature Wall With Wood Burning Pizza Oven

    chic blackboard in kitchen pizza oven

    Crown Point Cabinetry

    There is so much to love in this cooking space by Crown Point Cabinetry out of Claremont, New Hampshire. First, let's talk about the room's focal point, a chalkboard wall with a built-in wood burning pizza oven and fireplace. The trio transforms the kitchen into an Italian bistro. The white subway tile wall enhances the restaurant feeling. The finishing touches are the booth style seating and vintage dining table.

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    Chalkboard Floor to Ceiling Pantry Doors

    Pantry doors with chalkboard paint

    Carden Cunietti

    In a contemporary cooking space by London based interior design firm Carden Cunietti, pantry doors get a new look with black chalkboard paint. When the doors are closed the painted surface transforms into a dark accent wall.

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    Pair Chalkboard Paint With Shiplap

    Chalkboard white and black bathroom
    Modern Organic Interiors

    San Francisco based Modern Organic Interiors is the interior design firm that created this nautical inspired bathroom that delights. The walls are covered in chalkboard paint, with the the lower portion features white shiplap. The floors are durable "wood look" porcelain—a smart choice for a bathroom. The vanity is topped off with a cream quartz countertop. Our favorite feature in this space is the frosted glass door marked WC.