Need A Boost Of Home Decor Inspiration? Follow These 7 Black Women On Social

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Feb. 23 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Steeped in a legacy of creativity and innovation, black female interior designers have long been the unsung heroes of the design world, their contributions weaving rich narratives into the fabric of interior spaces.

Explore with me these seven Black female designers whose remarkable talents have left a permanent mark on the evolution of interior aesthetics and culture.

1. Beth Diana Smith

Featured in the Wall Street Journal,Forbes, and more, Smith has made an impact on the design world through her layered textures and eye-catching color palettes. An inspiration to those of us wanting to chase our dreams, Beth spent many years in the finance industry before she launched her dream interior design firm. As an “unapologetic maximalist,” Beth has completed many residential and commercial projects.

Follow Beth Diana Smith on Instagram, here.

2. Neffi Walker

Proud mother and the owner of The Black Home, Neffi Walker is a powerhouse of a woman. Her store front opened in Newark, New Jersey, in 2020 on Juneteenth at the height of the pandemic. She sells everything from furniture to flatware, candles to exquisite marble coffee table games, bathrobes and even eco-friendly baby bassinets. An advocate for change and a woman who leads by example, Walker offers her female employees paid menstrual leave. “It’s a pleasure to take care of those who work for @theblackhome.” Her designs accentuate the allure of black, from its vibrant hues to its rich cultural tapestries.

Follow Neffi Walker on Instagram, here.

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3. Marlene Barnett

Barnett wanted more from the design industry so she founded Black Artists + Designers Guild in 2018 where she amplifies other black artists and designers by showcasing their work in this online directory. She loves to incorporate pieces of her rich cultural heritage alongside contemporary elements into each of the spaces she designs.  

Follow Marlene Barnett onInstagram, here.

4. Amber Guyton

As the founder and creative genius behind Blessed Little Bungalow, Guyton’s outgoing personality and heart for design is found woven into her blog and social media. She shares her second hand finds, her favorite DIY projects and more, believing that “affordability and aesthetically pleasing home décor is well within reach, you just have to look in the right places with the right eye.”

Follow Amber Guyton on Instagram, here.

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5. Rasheeda Gray

The Queen of transitional modern chic interior design, Gray, owner and designer of Gray Space Interiors, is another “Must Follow.” Not only are her designs incredible, but she is down to earth and relatable. She shares her favorite affirmations for growth as an entrepreneur, talks about the importance of relationships while trying to build a business, and the tips, tricks, and how-tos of building or remodeling your dream space.

Follow Rasheeda Gray on Instagram, here, or TikTok, here.

6. Courtney McLeod

Combining bold pops of color with antique pieces, Right Meets Left interior designer McLeod is another black woman making waves in the design industry. From full-sized condos to smaller apartments, she tailors each space she designs to suit the clients preferences and needs. She featured in the Wall Street Journal Off Duty edition talking about adding “fabulous architectural detail without breaking the budget.”

Follow Courtney McLeod on Instagram, here.

7. Keita Turner

Lover of all things traditional, Turner designs spaces that are orderly, functional, and welcoming. As a former fashion designer, she brings a wealth of experience from both the fashion industry and interior design. She was Category Winner of HGTV’s Designer of the Year Award in 2022, saying “Keep trying and trying and trying again because winners never quit and quitters never win.” She is a founding member of Marlene Barnetts Black Artists + Designers Guild, using her influence as a veteran of the design world to pave the way for the young creatives.

Follow Keita Turner on Instagram, here.

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