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When your surroundings are feeling tired or flat, updating your home with a fresh coat of paint, some well-placed accessories and statement furniture pieces can work wonders. This Black History Month, we’re excited to spotlight some of our favorite Black-owned brands devoted to helping you do exactly that. These bookmark-worthy businesses specialize in everything from bedroom accessories and wall art to lighting and furniture.
By shifting a portion of your purchases to these businesses, you’re helping to support Black artists and creators while simultaneously adding a dose of beauty to your home. Whether you scoop up some handcrafted glassware and sleek candles or a shiny new couch, the products highlighted below are guaranteed to breathe new life into your space. Here are some of our favorite home decor brands to shop for your next home makeover.
Modern Colors For A Gorgeous Update
Founded in 2018 by interior designer Nicole Gibbons, Clare offers modern shades that contain zero volatile organic compounds (a.k.a. low levels of toxicity and odor), and are washable, self-priming and high quality. With a patented color quiz that helps you find the right color for your space and inexpensive swatch kits you can have sent to your home, the brand aims to help streamline the paint shopping experience.
Glassware That Is As Pretty As It Is Durable
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, this luxury brand of handblown colored glass was named after founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother. The pieces are made by glass artisans in Poland, and the brand refers to the vintage-style glassware as “jewels for your table” due to their iridescence and heirloom quality. Display the pieces decoratively or put them to use decanting wine or storing your favorite liquor.
Dynamic Art That Celebrates Black Artists
A great source for unique wall decor, Minted is currently featuring fine art and children’s paintings made by independent Black artists. The extensive collection doesn’t stop at just art either; it includes greeting cards, stationary, tote bags and more. The creator behind the bold painting above is Seattle-based Brandy Brown, whose business Marabou Design draws inspiration from her family.
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Furniture And Decor With A Timeless Look
Sabai Design’s furniture and home decor is designed to look good and do good for the planet as well. The brand uses recycled and upcycled fabric, which you can get a feel for by ordering free swatches to your home. And if you’re in New York City, you can also see some of their products on display in person. Sabai Design actively works to reduce furniture waste by offering two programs directly from their site: Repair Don’t Replace lets you replace or upgrade parts, and Sabai Revive lets you resell the brand’s furniture.
Lovely Multitasking Pieces For Your Living Room
Imitation By Jerell Emerald Africa Geode Table-Wall Art
This custom Africa-shaped geode resin piece can double as wall art and your coffee table, depending on what you want on a given day. As a coffee table, it can hold up to 50 pounds and comes with three 16-inch hairpin legs. To transform it into wall art, simply fold up the legs and hang it from the pre-bracketed underside. The small business is run by Georgia-based artist Jerell Gantt, who aims to celebrate Black culture, style, and history through art.
Add Color And Texture With Ethiopian Prints
Ethiopian-born founder and designer Hana Getachew started Bolé Road Textiles as an homage to her roots (the throws, pillows, rugs and wall hangings are all handwoven in her home country). Using graphic patterns and bright colors inspired by traditional Ethiopian fabrics, her collection brings a bold, elegant touch to any room.
Unique Pieces That Reflect Different Cultures
Named after the highest summit in Africa atop Mount Kilimanjaro, 54Kibo is a lifestyle brand that aims to make authentic contemporary African designs globally accessible. Founder Nana Quagraine, who was born in Ghana and raised in South Africa, hand selects products that she believes reflect the multitude of cultures from Africa’s 54 countries. The woven pendant light featured above was made in South Africa and was inspired by Ndebele design jewelry.
A Lifestyle Brand For All Your Home Needs
Karen Jai Home prides itself on sophisticated decor for every room in the house. Founded by Dallas-based Janelle Langford, the brand offers free consultations to discuss your design vision and help you bring it to life. In the meantime, you can scour the site for eye-catching vases for your coffee table, colorful pillows for your couch and more.
Art That Leaves A Warm, Fuzzy Feeling
This affirmation on your wall or desk is a reminder to love yourself the way you are. It was created by Sharee, a New York–based freelance illustrator and graphic designer who has also published children’s books that celebrate loving one’s natural hair.
Introduce Bright, Bold Color Into Your Space
Skip the standard black or brown sofas and go bold with this vibrant one. Ẹkáàbọ̀ means “welcome home” in Yoruba—meaningful for the brand’s American co-founder, Darryl Sharpton, who heard those words from his Nigerian friends when he learned of his West African heritage via a DNA test. This lively furniture collection is an ode to that heritage and culture, aiming to give your home a cozy yet dynamic touch. Still prefer your standard brown? They have that, too.
Decor That Sparks Joy
Founder Justina Blakeney started her interior design blog back in 2009, which then went on to become Jungalow. The brand offers playful items that dance with color and accent furniture inspired by nature to “help you to bring good vibes home.” You can also shop their collection at Target in partnership with Opalhouse.
A Curation That Celebrates Small Businesses
Yowie is a creative collective shop that curates small collections from designers, the founder’s friends and independent artists. The range of items include kitchenware, planters and paper art. The brick-and-mortar is based in Philadelphia, so you can shop online or stop by their store in person.
Your Source For One-Of-A-Kind Home Accessories
This home accessories brand is based in Los Angles and run by founder K’era Morgan, who is a mixed media artist. She sells handcrafted tapestries, throw blankets, pillows and prints that are incredibly vibrant. “Guided by intuition, each piece is a non-linear story made of fragments from the world around me,” says Morgan.
A Go-To Marketplace For Sustainably Sourced Decor
Jamaican-Canadian twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart run this marketplace that offers high-quality, collectable items. At Goodee, you’ll find a large variety of decor including baskets, lighting and vases. With choices for all different price points (items can range from $11 to $5,140), this is the shop to browse for something that fits every budget.
West African Goods With Oodles Of Character
This brand is a one-stop-shop for colorful, handmade baskets, bowls, bins and coasters that hold tons of personality and pay homage to West Africa. Founder Sofi Seck created Expedition Subsahara to celebrate Senegalese culture and craftsmanship. Prices start at an affordable $39.
Traditional Houseware With A Unique Spin
Traditional houseware like cushions and tabletop essentials turn into fun, unique items that’ll give your home the spunk it was missing. You’ve likely never seen serving spoons, canisters and coasters the way Effortless Composition makes them.
A Collection Of Vintage Decor Pieces
Laura Hodges is the owner and principal interior designer at Laura Hodges Studio based in the Washington, DC area. Her Maryland-based store is both a brick-and-mortar and online boutique. Hodges has curated a collection of local and globally sourced sustainable home decor, original art and one-of-a-kind pieces like stools, art, candles and ceramics.
Vibrant Art That Celebrates Black Women
Bria Nicole is a Black artist who brings the beauty of Black women to life with her work. She portrays nature, food and travel with vibrant palettes that give your home a burst of color and catch the eye anywhere you put them. Her art can be bought on canvas or as prints.
Cozy Products That Blend Sophistication With Snuggles
Swedish-born designer Johanna Howard honors her love for Scandinavian design with sustainably-made handcrafted accent pillows, throw blankets and candles. Her products blend sophistication with coziness, perfectly exemplified in this handwoven reversible Cozi throw.
Glamorous Decor With A 1920s Art Deco Twist
The Black Home’s defining characteristic is founder Neffi Walker’s use of dark tones and gold mirrors as the focal point in many of her designs. Her brand is a space that celebrates Black artistry and highlights the Black experience. The Black Home store is located in New Jersey so you can drop by if you’re around.
Founder Nasozi Kakembo was inspired by her Ugandan heritage to create a brand that would bring the beauty of her culture into people’s homes. The bold colors and rich, handwoven textures make the brand’s collection beautiful and authentic (her mudcloth pillows in particular feature hand-painted designs that are much better than the old pillows you grab off your closet shelf).
Afro-Caribbean Decor You Won’t Find Elsewhere
Every piece sold by Peace & Riot is full of character (think: cool decor, kitchenware and candles you can’t find anywhere else). This Bed-Stuy boutique was founded by Brooklyn native Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and inspired by her Afro-Caribbean heritage. The woven jute tote storage basket is just one example of the lovely items you can find among the brand’s collection. You can also shop in-store if you find yourself in Brooklyn.
A Go-To For Curiosities And History
Blk Mkt Vintage is a curated collection of vintage collectibles that celebrate the brand’s love for Black people and culture. Some of its cool items include a vintage copy of the April 1968 issue of The Chicago Sun Times and an original newspaper from the Black Panther Party. From art to apparel, everything here is authentic and takes you back in time.
A Curated Collection Of Functional Clayware
If you’re constantly on the hunt for sturdy ceramic, this is your shop. Sara Ekua Todd is an LA-based ceramic artist who was raised in Belgium and creates functional clayware. Shop her stackable mugs, vases and incense burners for less than $50 online.
Your Source For Authentic African Art
Founder Anitra Terrell says she designs and sources African decor for “culturally inspired people who love unique, colorful pieces reflective of who they are.” Since 2013, her shop has offered a beautiful collection of vibrant, authentic African art like clay masks and wooden sculptures. Each item is part of a curation of works by wood carvers, textile artists and sculptors from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon.
A Destination For Modern Decor
After years of running her own interior design firm, Brittaney Elise created Home By Be, a full collection of modern furniture, textiles, lighting and rugs. Elise stands for the power of the home, saying “I believe in helping others create beautiful, personalized ‘dream’ spaces to thrive in.”
A One-Stop-Shop For Plant Lovers
Founder Hilton Carter partnered with Target for a collection of plants and gardening accessories that sold out within days of going live. He also has his own line, Things by HC, full of greenery-themed products created by Carter himself. You’ll find more plant items, and large, beautiful books signed by him that are perfect for your coffee table.
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