A few weeks ago, when people muted their social media and posted black squares, there was a resurgence in the desire to support Black owned businesses. I’ve been dedicated to buying Black all year long, but was focusing solely on fashion, since that was the majority of my spending in 2019. Now that we’re home all the time, I’ve been spending a lot more money on home decor, so decided to extend my commitment to buying Black to the home as well. Over the past few weeks, the Ijeoma Kola team has been compiling lists of Black owned owned fashion, beauty, baby, and home decor businesses, and we’ve identified over 150 Black owned home decor brands! From furniture makers and artists to wallpaper and accessory sellers, there is something for everyone in this list. Keep scrolling to read about 20 Black owned home decor brands, and download the full list of over 150 Black owned home decor brands here.
Natalie Manima’s pillows, lampshades, aprons, oven mitts, table runners and more use African prints to spice up practical homeware. I built my balcony design plan around this black & white lampshade, but she also sells a DIY lampshade making class + kit that I’m tackling this weekend to make a custom lampshade for TKB’s nursery.
Nicole Gibbons has designed a whole new paint shopping experience by selling paint + all the supplies you need to do it yourself. This two-minute quiz will help you narrow your choices between the brand’s soft neutral hues and more vibrant hues to find the right paint color to match your room’s furniture and lighting.
Carmen Neely’s home decor shop is relatively new, but her selection of carefully curated textiles, hardwood furniture, wall art, and coasters, all feel evoke a feeling of warmth and homeliness. I’ve got my eyes on these leather pillows to place on the white couches in our living room.
Leonard and Andrea Allen have built a community-focused brand that supports local designers, women, family-owned businesses and small makers and manufacturers. They house a wide array of aesthetic planters that can be used for outdoor, indoor, and hanging plants.
Purchasing a woven basket from Expedition Sub Sahara supports Sofi Seck’s mission to build a school for young girls in Senegal; plus you get authentic handmade baskets made by African artisans to use to store laundry, blankets, toys, or anything else that needs to be hidden in plain sight.
Zoe Sinclair‘s digital collages center inspiring Black figures from the past and present. Her gallery includes civil rights icons like Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela, artists like James Baldwin, Tupac, and Aretha Franklin, and contemporary greats like Chimamanda Adichie and Kendrick Lamar. She also sells adult coloring books, and custom orders!
Pauline Masika founded Imani and Co, a Christian faith-based lifestyle brand that incorporates the Word and teachings of God in its creations. Her Etsy shop has a number of beautiful glass mugs etched with encouraging scriptures that would make perfect gifts. She also sells jewelry!
K’era Morgan is a Los Angeles based artist who hand paints designs and then has them made into beautiful statement textiles for your home. Her collection of blankets, wall tapestries, throw pillows, and notebooks are sure to be unique conversation starters in your home.
Karibe has a great combination of quality kitchen utensils, cast iron skillets, and stainless steel saucepans that will add spice to your cooking. Founded by Vernon Williams, the NJ based company (woot woot!) also has signature recipes on their website for when you’re out of dinner ideas.
If you’re looking to transform your walls with beautiful wallpaper designs, Mitchell Black has dozens of traditional, peel and stick, and tiled wallpapers in various styles, colors, and patterns. Plus they offer a free consultation to help you choose the right wallpaper for your space, and will tell you how much you need to buy based on your dimensions.
These soy candles with interesting sayings in bold graphic font are both deliciously fragrant and stylish. With over 20 varieties – that are often sold out – you just might find yourself getting addicted to them all.
I’m not sure how or when I first discovered Philece’s work, but she was the very first Black owned home decor business I ever supported (also the first original artwork I purchased rather than some Marshalls/Target canvas piece). Her ability to capture the Black female form in detail is absolutely amazing.
Include some art on your dining table by adding TNT Goods’ coasters. The shop, run by best friends Jesicca and Simone, also offers handmade decorative trays, trinket dishes, soap dishes, keychains, stickers, and pin-back buttons.
Unwrp boasts an eco-friendly, sustainable, creative alternative to traditional, boring wrapping paper. Perfect for sending gifts to all your friends whose birthdays you can no longer celebrate in person or framing as wall art (this is my favorite high impact photo frame btw). The prints also come in pillow covers, greeting cards, wine boxes, and scarves.
The 125 Collection – an urban luxury candle brand – coins its name from the legendary “125th Street” located in Harlem (which I miss dearly!). The brand fuses fun, sass and individuality in their messaging with fragrance profiles that include Metallic Rose, Lavender & Sage and Spicy Blood Orange.
54 Kibo sources modern and contemporary African made and designed home goods from all across the continent (hence the 54). The online boutique has a wide array of home goods at different price points, from nursery decor to bespoke furniture.