One of the things we were most excited about all the painting that was being done at Hawthorne, was getting the chance to use chalkboard paint. There was a wall in the dining room that would be a perfect size to try it out. Plus, we were told by many folks that aside from it being a usable chalkboard, the coloring and depth of the black shade was quite fetching. They were right. Black is an accent color we will use throughout the house, and the chalkboard wall just seems to ground the kitchen and dining area space. For more on chalkboard paint, check out this Benjamin Moore link to answer many questions about this very cool paint option.