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