Pinterest is filled with gorgeous interior designs, from homes with gorgeous wooden flooring, glass chandeliers and marble-styled counters. If you’re anything like me, it’s not hard to get discouraged while scrolling through the endless images of beautiful (and expensive!) interior designs. Interior design is a worthy investment, despite the fact that it’s traditionally been seen as an activity that only “elite” white people or the obscenely wealthy one percent can indulge in.
The truth is, if you prioritize your spending habits, you can transform your living space into a sanctuary, or even better, hire an interior designer that will that choose high-quality pieces that’ll save you money in the long run. Moreover, you can do all that while supporting black businesses! Below is a carefully selected list of black interior designers to support, who will help you turn your home or professional workspace into an oasis.
1. Ishka Designs
If you’re a minimalist, look no further than Ishka Designs. Their designs are simple and tasteful and immediately boost your spirit upon entering a room. According to their website, their style can be described as “clean, modern, eclectic and simplistically beautiful”, with their fantastic work having brought them offers all the way from France and the Caribbean.
2. Shakoor Interiors
While you may initially scoff at the idea of hiring an interior designer, it’s important to remember that a skilled, experienced designer will likely be more aware of trade discounts and big sales than you are. Hiring a highly talented designer like Erin Shakoor can help you turn your home into the one of your dreams and for a reasonable price. Her services include space planning, interior & outdoor furnishings selection, fine art consultation, custom furniture and built-ins, lighting scheme design, technology consultation, outdoor living design & planning and much more.
Run by husband-and-wife couple Jeanine Hays and Bryan Ason, Aphrochic’s mission is to create design that is modern, soulful, and has style. They’ve been featured in the New York Times, Elle Décor, Better Homes and Gardens, Refinery29, and many more. They also sells Morrocan-style rugs, wallpaper, kimonos, fabrics, paint, pillows and poufs!
4. Danielle Colding Design Inc.
Hiring an interior designer will almost guarantee that you’ll be able to sell your living space at a higher price, in the event that you decide to sell your home or rent out your apartment. Hiring Danielle Colding Design to work in your house, or your business (if you’re a business owner) will be a worthy investment. The company specializes in creating comfortable, elegant and eclectic spaces that combine tradition with the innovation and modernity of today.
5. Olọrọ Interiors
Don’t just get an interior decorator (which is very different from an interior designer), since literally anyone who enjoys playing around with colors, tones and fabrics can be an interior decorator. An interior designer on the other hand must have either an associate or bachelor’s degree before getting to work in the design industry. Thankfully, Oloro interiors has got you covered with highly-qualified interior designers to choose from.
The company is a full service interior curation firm that specializes in both residential and commercial spaces. Their mission is to “provide functional, harmonious design to bring your dream space to life”. They offer working consultations for the client who already has a good idea of what they want and only needs a little extra help. They also offer complete style makeovers, full service designs, space staging, home organization consultation and e-designs.
6. Halden Interiors
Last but not least, the company black-owned company Halden Interiors offers residential interiors, hospitality & commercial design, design curation, consultation, renovation and restoration, project management, budget analysis and white glove installation. Taking a quick peek through the company owner Kesha Franklin’s work, will leave you sure that her innovative sense of style and her eye for design will make the perfect addition to your home or commercial space!
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