Thursday, May 30, 2013

Six Ways to Add Schoolhouse Decor to Your Home

Hi! I hope your week is going well. It has been a busy one here trying to get yard maintenance done between the rain showers. Hopefully the weather cooperates today because I would like to spend the evening hiking with the family.

Today I want to share a few ideas on how we can incorporate schoolhouse decor into our homes.

1. Chalk Boards

Adding a small chalkboard in your kitchen, foyer or home office is a stylish way for the family to leave notes or reminders to each other.

2. Schoolhouse Furniture

If you are lucky enough to find an old teachers desk or students desks in great shape - grab them! The craftsmanship in those desks were second to none with dovetailed drawers and solid wood. The teachers desks are great in a home office but you could also place one in your foyer to work double duty as a table to toss your keys, purse. etc., and conversation piece. Student desks can be added to the family room, craft room, or child's room to provide a sturdy place for children to draw and craft on.


Lab stools are another way to incorporate schoolhouse in your home and also look fabulous when used as seating around an island in the kitchen.

3. Lockers

These bad boys can go from drab to fab with a coat of paint. Or you can sand them down and keep the industrial, edgy look. Lockers are great for storage and you can use them anywhere in the home for added storage.

4. Industrial Pieces

Large, deep sinks often found in janitors closets are not just for commercial spaces. There are very stylish options on the market for residential applications, and when paired with a large industrial style faucet it ups the style quotient big time.

5. Lighting and Flooring

Linoleum has long been the standard in flooring for schools and of course in the home as well for years. Linoleum is a gem to clean, is hard wearing, and is available in a variety of colors and styles to choose from.


Schoolhouse lighting fixtures are a wonderful and practical way to add interest, personality and design to your home. You can install two or three pendants over your kitchen island, a wall mount fixture in a powder room, a ceiling mount fixture in your hall or any combination you fancy.

6.  Accessories

If you simply want to add a few schoolhouse pieces to your home instead of investing any large amounts for cash or floor space, simply add a few inspired accessories. Find fun and interesting ways to display maps or globes, or vintage teaching posters such as framing and displaying them as a grouping. Re-purpose lab beakers as vases. Add school bells, small clocks or typewriters on a table or if space permits, a bookcase.


Are you a fan of schoolhouse decor? What schoolhouse touches do you have in your home or would like to add?

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