This kitchen décor trend isn’t for the kids

All the rage for years, decorative chalkboards are a clever and cost-effective way to add trendy charm to your kitchen. Decorative kitchen chalkboards also serve a multitude of practical purposes. It’s the perfect place to write lists, keep track of appointments, jot down your favourite recipes and give toddlers an artistic outlet that doesn’t include your walls.

Though there are many creative ways to include a decorative chalkboard in your kitchen, these ideas take the top spots in 2016:

Urban cafes and BBQ restaurants add major character and whimsy by painting a major feature wall with chalkboard paint.

Urban cafes and BBQ restaurants add major character and whimsy by painting a major feature wall with chalkboard paint.

Embrace an Entire Wall

How are the cool kids executing the decorative kitchen chalkboard? If you’ve been to a new urban café, or BBQ restaurant you’ll see that they’re adding major character and whimsy by painting a major feature wall with chalkboard paint. Then they are updating it with beautiful handwritten text and high-quality illustrations off on-trend food (like fiddleheads, old-world cured meats and coffee). Chalkboards for your kitchen can be personalised and decorated with illustrations, quotes, and anything you like. If you have a knack for drawing, or know someone who does, this is the showstopper.

Decorative chalkboards are a clever and cost-effective way to add trendy charm to your kitchen. ©shadesoflight.com

Decorative chalkboards are a clever and cost-effective way to add trendy charm to your kitchen. ©shadesoflight.com

Fridge It

A slightly more modest route to incorporating a decorative chalkboard that still has big impact, is to paint your refrigerator! It’s the ideal area to write down your shopping list and daily tasks for the family. It’s also a great place for sharing inspirational quotes and a word of the day.

Frame It

If you don’t have much wall space to spare, then select a cool frame to hold a decorative chalkboard. Simply insert a piece of chalkboard paint covered wood into a vintage or industrial style frame. Kitchen chalkboards are available in a variety of places. Alternatives include painting the base of a vintage tin baking dish, or clay herb pots with chalkboard paint.

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If you have a knack for drawing, or know someone who does, this is the showstopper.© hgtv.com

Beautify Your Backsplash

For something really different, don’t discount the backsplash. Include tonight’s menu by the hob so the family gets excited for dinner. Or, forgo the typical tile treatment and sketch them on! Chalkboard subway tiles. Now, how delicious would those be in your kitchen?