10 Creative Ways To Use Blackboards In Your Home

Growing up the only place we saw a blackboard was at the top of the classroom.  And more often than not, I was the one standing up there writing repetitive lines for my latest misdemeanour!  😛


These days they can be used in a variety of ways to add interest and personality to your living space. Blackboards come in all shapes and sizes or you can create your own surface using blackboard paint or wallpaper.

Here’s a few ideas to get those creative juices going.

When entertaining

Use blackboard paint on the back of the chairs so guests can easily see where they are seated.  

chalkboard place mats

Or use chalkboard cheese boards as placemats.


I love love love this DIY blackboard table runner from Hey Look  Use it to write your table settings, list the menu or just leave cute little messages for your guests


When working


Send critical messages to yourself with a blackboard behind your desk. Image from minimal desks

For fun


Give your guests something to do when they’re visiting the smallest room in the house 🙂  Image from Daily Home Decor Ideas

For the family


Keep tabs on every family members schedule with a weekly planner.  You’ll  have no excuses for not knowing what is going on with everyone in the family now!  Image from Franceso Mugnai

Paint a cupboard door using blackboard paint to keep tabs on what needs to be added to the shopping list. Image from houzz.com 

For kids


Paint a chest of drawers with blackboard paint and teach the kids to be organised and clear up after themselves. Image from Adrian Shellard Photography

Know your onions

Chalkboard garden stakes

Or chives or scallions for that matter.  These cute little chalkboard garden plant markers would brighten up any garden.

emerald interior design blackboard decorating ideas

Or paint your herb pots to keep Rosemary and Basil from having a good Thyme. (I’ll get my coat  😛  )

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

One Comment

  1. I have one in our ‘games room’ around darts board – it’s easier to keep the track of the scores and any holes in the wall (which always happen when I play) are less visible 🙂
    Keep up a great job!
    xox, Wioleta

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