Friday, October 7, 2011

Guest Post from Arcadian Lighting

Hi there! I'm Jenn and I write for Arcadian Lighting, which is an e-commerce website that specializes in top lighting ideas and trends from around the world. From the time I was little I have loved everything about home decor and details like lighting fixtures, and now I get to write about it full-time! I love great design websites created by experts, and one of my faves is the blog of McCarthy Designs - Nellie always presents fabulous and inspiring ideas, and I'm honoured to be guest posting here today. Thank you Nellie!

One of the best places for chalkboards is in the kitchen - now the family-friendly hub of a home, the kitchen is where all of the action is, and chalkboards are a fun way to keep lists, track appointments and social engagements, and to just let the members of the household get creative. Placed under a
light fixture, on a door, or across the wall, these eight rooms feature chalkboards in the kitchen and are terrific examples of how useful it can be to have this classroom fixture at home.

1 Chalkboards on a door

Kitchen Chalkboard

The chalkboard on this pantry is a handy place to jot down phone numbers or missed-call messages. It's more subtle when placed discretely on a door.

2 Chalkboards over the stove

Kitchen Chalkboard

Practically built into the cabinetry, this black chalkboard looks great amongst the crisp white cupboards. It would be an ideal place to write out a favourite recipe.

3 Chalkboard refrigerator

Kitchen Chalkboard

What a one-of-a-kind idea: chalkboard doors on a fridge! Let little ones leave some artwork or easily keep track of what groceries need to be purchased.

4 Chalkboard accent wall
Kitchen Chalkboard

The chalkboard wall in this kitchen is a really fun addition. The island and hanging ceiling lights as well as the wide galley configuration makes this the perfect family space.

5 Chalkboards over a hutch
Kitchen Chalkboard

A chalkboard over a wall-bound piece of furniture makes for whimsical wall art. In this room, a quote is sketched onto a chalkboard over a buffet, while the clear pendant lights add both mood and function.

6 Chalkboards on a working wall

Kitchen Chalkboard

Frying pans that are hung up are only somewhat appealing, but here, with a chalkboard backdrop, it becomes an interesting focal point of the kitchen.

7 Chalkboards on a dining wall
Kitchen Chalkboard

Diners, both young and old, will love seeing the day's menu on a chalkboard wall over an informal dining room. The old-school wood chairs also lend a distinct classroom feel to the space.

8 Chalkboards as an organizer
Kitchen Chalkboard

This casual eating area is all about utility - the chalkboard helps track social engagements and reminders, and the stainless steel details like the ceiling light and dishware are chic industrial touches.

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  1. Hi Jenn. So many fabulous chalkboard walls! I love ours in the kitchen and after seeing all these wonderful pics, I think I might paint the bottom inside panels of our front door. I am always sticking post-it-notes to the door if I have to run out and the older girls are still the chalkboard panel idea much better:) Thanks for sharing such great inspiration pics:) Am off to follow your link to have a look at your lighting ideas. Happy weekend to you both Jenn and Nellie ~ xx