Here Are 7 Famous Black Designers You Should Be Following

There are lots of ways to be an ally to the Black Lives Matter movement: write to your government officials, protest, support Black-owned businesses and donate to the cause. To show our support of the Black interior design community, we’re showcasing six of our favorite designers. Join us as we buy their products, add them to our daily Instagram scrolls, and dream of hiring them for our next interior design jobs.

Justina Blakeney – Jungalow

 

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Is there anything Justina Blakeney, founder of Jungalow, can’t do? From bandages (thanks to a partnership with Band-Aid) to textiles to wallpaper, she fills our world with cheerful pops of color, lush plants and a modern Boho vibe. Lonny Magazine calls her a “modern interiors icon,” but we just call her cool.

Rayman Boozer — Apartment 48 Interior Design

 

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In 1994, Rayman Boozer opened Apartment 48 Interior Design, then a home furnishings store in New York’s Chelsea district. Over the next 25 years, the shop developed into a full-scale design practice. Now known as the city’s go-to designer for color consulting, Boozer’s work has been featured in Vogue, InStyle, Architectural Digest and Elle Décor.

Sheila Bridges – Sheila Bridges Design

 

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Sheila Bridges, named America’s Best Interior Designer by Time Magazine and CNN, opened her eponymous interior design firm, Sheila Bridges Design, in 1994. She’s created spaces for everyone from entertainers and former presidents and has made House Beautiful’s Top 100 Interior Designers and Elle Décor’s 2011-2019 A List. We adore her Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper, which is represented in the Smithsonian’s permanent wallpaper collection.

Tiffany Brooks — Tiffany Brooks Interiors

 

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Tiffany Brooks got her start by winning HGTV’s Design Star in 2013. The founder of Tiffany Brooks Interiors, this working mom and self-educated designer made Architectural Digest’s list of the 20 Most Famous Interior Designers Working Today. She’s now an HGTV host and the designer of the HGTV Smart Home.

Darryl Carter

 

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Washington D.C.-based interior designer, Darryl Carter is a lawyer by training, who got his start as an interior designer when a project landed on the cover of Metropolitan Home. In the two decades since, he’s designed everything from residences to hotels, and his work has graced some of the world’s top design mags. P.S. Check out his gorgeous line of furniture at Baker.

Mikel Welch

 

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Mikel Welch broke into the design world by creating TV sets for Steve Harvey. He went on to create green rooms for Halle Berry, Michelle Obama and Oprah. You may know him from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, his reboot of Trading Spaces or the super hot (and super scary) design-meets-true-crime show, Murder House Flip.

Ron Woodson – Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design

 

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Ron Woodson, whose parents worked in the Los Angeles music industry, experienced the homes of tastemakers from a young age. Now, he and partner Jaime Rummerfeld design homes that capture that Hollywood blend of casual luxury. Their clients include Christina Aguilera, Courtney Love, and John Travolta.


Kelley Rebori

Kelley Rebori has written for national brands like Paintzen, HGTV, the DIY Network and Trulia for more than a decade. She loves home renovation projects, chocolate icing and small poodles. She and her husband split the year between their homes in Tennessee and Italy.