The above photograph (from the book: Breaking the Rules: Home Style for the Way We Live Today) is of a giant blackboard located in the hallway of Fashion Designer Cynthia Rowley. In the Rowley house they have a rule (and it's probably written in chalk):
This is a great example of both form and function. Chalkboards have been used for years by homeowners to keep shopping, honey-do, and various other lists, and now they're taking on a fun and decorative life of their own.
ApartmentTherapy had a article dedicated to chalkboard art that I enjoyed: it included various chalkboard ideas including how to make chalkboards using chalkboard paint.
From that ApartmentTherapy article, following are a couple blog entries I found interesting:
"My artist friend, Lisa, used chalkboard paint over her kitchen sink only, and it is so amazing! Each week, she writes a quote for the week and random words that she's trying to add to her vocabulary that she gets in those word-a-day emails. The rest of her kitchen walls are cherry red. Looks great with the slate color chalkbord paint. Great to see people using chalkboard paint. It's great stuff!"
"I just painted a wall in my bathroom with chalkboard paint. It's silly and fun. People use the bathroom and leave notes... hee."
Enjoy decorating your home. Remember many of the rooms in your home can act as art galleries or functional space, or both.