A CHALK ON THE WILD SIDE PAINT TREND IS FUN AND FUNKY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh

CHALK­BOARD paint has grad­u­ated be­yond chil­dren’s decor and be­come a de­sign trend.

The rea­son for its pop­u­lar­ity, says Tessa White of Down That Lit­tle Lane, is sim­ple: it’s fun.

It doesn’t hurt that the look is so ver­sa­tile.

“Chalk­board paint and prod­ucts are very pop­u­lar thanks to the uni­sex na­ture of them be­ing a monochromatic base and ... they can be cus­tomised over and over again,” White says.

“It makes them the per­fect gift and a time­less home­ware item.’’

The chalk­board paint ex­plo­sion is a trend for a num­ber of good rea­sons. With a pot of paint, a brush and some imag­i­na­tion, you can turn just about any wall, nook and cranny, old fur­ni­ture, even your re­frig­er­a­tor into a state­ment piece, says Du­lux colour ex­pert An­drea Lu­cena-Orr.

It can be hid­den in­side a cabi­net/ pantry to record recipes and shop­ping lists or on a liv­ing room wall as a place to cre­ate in­ter­change­able de­signs, for ex­am­ple.

“It can be ap­plied over pre­vi­ously coated chalk­board sur­faces, used in the kids’ play­room or bed­room, on desks, ta­bles, walls or toy boxes to cre­ate a can­vas that will en­cour­age artis­tic tal­ents and imag­i­na­tion,” Lu­cena-Orr says.

“Paint ac­cent walls in liv­ing ar­eas to cre­ate per­son­alised in­ter­ac­tive art mu­rals.’’

As the trend grows, so do the colours. An­nie Sloan was an early pioneer and de­vel­oped her Chalk Paint in a range of bold colours to “an­swer the need for a ver­sa­tile paint that would have many uses”.

There are many ways to try chalk­board paint at home. Above: Pas­try Shop Wall Chalk­board Mu­ral (mil­to­nand­king.com). Above right: la­bels (in­spaces.com). Be­low from left: chalk­board place­mat (splosh.com.au); Chalk It Cush­ion (down­thatlit­tle­lane.com.au); re­mov­able chalk­board wall­pa­per (za­kkia.com.au).

Ver­sa­tile ... coloured chalk­board painted draw­ers from Du­lux (left) and a side ta­ble painted with An­nie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.

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