Blackboard Paint Colors

Updated April 17, 2017

Take any wall and turn it into a creative space. Use coloured blackboard paint to turn your walls into a place for organising your life, or to create a place for your children to express themselves. Paint that dries into a blackboard finish allows you to turn any space into a working surface that is also suitable for playtime. Purchase ready-made chalkboard paints or turn your favourite acrylic glaze into a custom-coloured chalkboard.

Bright Colors

Do away with the drab greens and blacks of yesterday and use bright colours to make a custom chalkboard on your office wall or playroom furniture. Purchase ready-made blackboard paint in the bright colour of your choice, or select multiple colours. Try making a checkerboard chalkboard out of red and orange -- or paint a small accent wall in your child's room in bright blue. Paint an entire tabletop in a bright colour for your child to experiment with, or create a flower using multiple colours for each petal on your wall.


Use greyscale colours in order to create a classy, yet creative addition to your office or studio space. Map-out the pattern using painter's tape. Use a variety of squares in different sizes, overlapping in shades of grey and black. Alternatively, create a checkerboard with 31 or more squares to allow for a calendar. Greys and blacks are also great for refinishing cupboard doors or to use on the outside of the pantry.

Earth Tones

Avoid really pale earth tones and pastels, if you are creating a custom-painted chalkboard. Consider using a grass green palette, dark brown, shades of terracotta or sky blues, if your room is decorated in earth tones. These colours will not be too overpowering for an earth tone palette, but will be dark enough to still be useful. Use a colour that is dark enough for chalk to show up on.

Creating Custom Shades

Make your own chalkboard paint to ensure it is the perfect match for your home's colour scheme. Measure 0.5 volumes of tile grout and set it aside. Combine three volumes of acrylic paint primer and 1.5 volumes of water-based glaze medium, tinted to your preferred colour. Combine the primer and glaze medium in a bowl and mix it well. Add the tile grout to the mixture through a kitchen sieve and stir.

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