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20 Chalkboard Paint Ideas to Transform the Modern Home Office

The last few years have seen a revival in design trends that were shunned away during the 90s as both unnecessary and unappealing. These include a turn towards midcentury modern, the newfound love for wallpaper, grasscloth wallcovering and even the good ol’ chalkboard paint! For a long while, chalkboard paint was relegated to the walls of the kids’ playroom and the kitchen. But few rooms in the house seem more apt for a wall clad in chalkboard paint than the ergonomic home office.

Orange red chairs enliven the home office 20 Chalkboard Paint Ideas to Transform the Modern Home Office
Orange-red chairs enliven the home office [Design: Palacios]

It is obviously easy to imagine why the chalkboard wall is gaining popularity in a world where laptops, smartphones and other high-end gadgets seem to be taking over. It reminds us of simpler times and maybe even brings back a nostalgic memory or two! Of course, beyond that lies the simplicity and practicality that it brings without being an expensive addition. Here are 20 home offices that unleash the beauty of the chalkboard with panache!

A Dynamic Accent Wall

Do not look at the chalkboard wall as a mere practical addition that lets you scribble down chores, upcoming events and the appointments of the day. Think of it as an aesthetic accent wall in the home office and let it elevate the overall appeal of the home office. Most home offices employ a neutral or cool color scheme, and an accent wall in black chalkboard paint seems absolutely perfect to add a hint of playful sophistication to the setting. Black also works beautifully with other bold colors such as red, yellow, orange or even blue. And if you are not too happy with black, remember that chalkboard paint comes in other vivacious colors as well!

Chalkboard wall shapes a dynamic and fun calendar in the home office [From: Sarah Greenman]
Chalkboard wall shapes a dynamic and fun calendar in the home office [From: Sarah Greenman]
Garage home office with midcentury and industrial vibe [Design: Amy Sklar Design]
Garage home office with midcentury and industrial vibe [Design: Amy Sklar Design]
Eclectic home office has a casual, modern vibe [Design: 2to5design]
Eclectic home office has a casual, modern vibe [Design: 2to5design]
Home office chalkboard wall for the genius at work! [Design: Architectural Designs]
Home office chalkboard wall for the genius at work! [Design: Architectural Designs]
Chalkboard wall in the home office with a bold orange cabinet [From: Kailey J. Flynn Photography]
Chalkboard wall in the home office with a bold orange cabinet [From: Kailey J. Flynn Photography]
Let your imagination take wings with a Chalkboard wall [From: Sarah Greenman]
Let your imagination take wings with a Chalkboard wall [From: Sarah Greenman]

Small and Space-Conscious

Small home offices do benefit from the addition of a cool chalkboard, even if it is not an entire wall completely covered in paint. In case you are trying to convert a quiet little nook in the bedroom or a lonely corner in the kitchen into a functional, practical home office, use the chalkboard paint to delineate the space from the area around it. Creating a simple home workspace in the kids’ bedroom with chalkboard paint is also an easy way to add some creative fun to the space. In small home offices, make sure that you do not use more than two or three colors, and keep the color palette as neutral as possible to ensure that there is no visual clutter.

Beautiful home office with chalkboard wall and Fornasetti wallpaper [Design: The Cross Interior Design]
Beautiful home office with chalkboard wall and Fornasetti wallpaper [Design: The Cross Interior Design]
Chalkboard paint comes in colors beyond black [Design: Incorporated]
Chalkboard paint comes in colors beyond black [Design: Incorporated]
Small home office idea with chalkboard walls [Design: John Donkin Architect]
Small home office idea with chalkboard walls [Design: John Donkin Architect]
Turn the chalkboard wall into a work of art [Design: Pause Architecture + Interiors]
Turn the chalkboard wall into a work of art [Design: Pause Architecture + Interiors]
A budget home office design that puts efficiency on top [Design: Smithouse]
A budget home office design that puts efficiency on top [Design: Smithouse]
Renovated home office with ample natural light [Design: ZipWork Designs]
Renovated home office with ample natural light [Design: ZipWork Designs]

Fun beyond the Walls

There is no doubting the fact that chalkboard walls are a great way to save your newly painted walls from the creative scribbling of your kids. They also do a brilliant job at providing the perfect sounding board for all your wacky new ideas! But what if you do not want a giant black wall in your home office? Simply turn to other surfaces such as cabinets or wardrobe doors to usher in the same advantages, but on a smaller scale! A really small chalkboard fixed to the wall above your work desk or a freestanding chalkboard that can be moved around with ease also are ideal solutions for those who want to stay away from repainting the walls.

Beach style home office has an elegant, tranquil vibe [Design: Martha O'Hara Interiors / Refined LLC]
Beach style home office has an elegant, tranquil vibe [Design: Martha O’Hara Interiors / Refined LLC]
Cool combination of crafts room and home office [Design: Alan Mascord Design Associates]
Cool combination of crafts room and home office [Design: Alan Mascord Design Associates]
Fabulous industrial style home office with as splash of blue [From: KuDa Photography]
Fabulous industrial style home office with as splash of blue [From: KuDa Photography]

You really do not need an entire wall clad in chalkboard paint if you are aiming for functionality ahead of form. Even the tiniest of home offices with minimal wall space can benefit from the makeover, and it also creates a personal, beautiful focal point. If you do fancy your artistic skills, then you can even use it as a canvas to showcase your hidden talent… The possibilities are simply endless!

Share your home office with your partner in style! [Design: Residents Understood]
Share your home office with your partner in style! [Design: Residents Understood]
Never forget another chore or appointment! [Design: Sicora Design/Build]
Never forget another chore or appointment! [Design: Sicora Design/Build]
A simple chalkboard for the farmhouse style office [Design: Fieldstone Hill]
A simple chalkboard for the farmhouse style office [Design: Fieldstone Hill]
Home office is not just about laptops and files! [Design: Studio Shed]
Home office is not just about laptops and files! [Design: Studio Shed]

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