Earlier this week, we made a commitment to you, our readers, that we would prioritize lifting up diverse voices on our site, featuring Black-owned brands and companies run by BIPOC, and further highlighting the work of Black designers and designers of color.
We can do more, and will do more to make MyDomaine a more inclusive place. Not just today, but every single day.
One way we can all start is by diversifying our Instagram feeds and following the brilliant Black interior designers below. Their styles run the gamut from eclectic maximalism, to understated minimalism, to everything in between, and are sure to provide plenty of inspiration.
Supporting the Black Interior Designers Network and the Black Artists + Designers Guild, and hiring Black designers for your own projects is another great way to promote inclusivity in the design world.
And rest assured, we will continue to share the work, stories, and experiences of these artists far beyond today.
Designer Keia McSwain became the president of the Black Interior Designers Network in 2017, the year Kimberly Ward, the founder of the organization and McSwain's friend and coworker, passed away. McSwain is a self taught designer based in Denver who regularly uplifts the voices of up and coming Black designers and helped officially establish The Black Interior Designers Network as a nonprofit.
Forbes + Masters
Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters are the designers behind Forbes + Masters, a full-service interior design firm based in Atlanta. They highlight their bold designs on Instagram, and work on projects around the country.
Malene Barnett is the founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, which she started in 2018 as a response to the lack of diversity in the worlds or art and design. She is a a ceramic artist, activist, and speaker who "hopes to bridge the function of textiles and ceramics from the African region by exploring what it means to be Black in America today."
Tiffany Brooks is a professional interior designer with her own design firm in Chicago. She was the winner of HGTV's Design Star in 2013, and is currently the designer and host behind HGTV's yearly Smart Home initiative.
Beth Diana Smith is an interior designer with a "bold, eclectic style and a love for color, pattern, and details." After more than a decade working in accounting and finance she received a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. Her corporate background coupled with her innate creativity serve her well as the principal of her full service firm, Beth Diana Smith Interior Design.
Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal designer at Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning, full-service studio based in Manhattan. She is known for "joyfully elegant, color-confident interiors expressing both her clients' unique tastes and her vivid, collected aesthetic."
Shavonda Gardner is a designer and the blogger behind SG Style. She chronicles her experience in small space living using the hashtag #thecottagebungalow, and is currently building an English cottage-inspired potager garden from scratch.
Denese Butler is a designer and the founder of the design firm The Perfect Vignette. As the daughter of a carpenter and wife to an architect/builder, she describes her own career path as "seemingly inevitable." On her Instagram, she not only shares finished projects, but progress shots and a peek at her family life, as well.
Kelly Finley is the founder and principal designer at Oakland, California-based Joy Street Design, and joy is what she brings to each of her projects through her use of color and bold design choices. The former lawyer holds degrees from the the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford Law School, and Emory University.
Tiffany Thompson is a residential designer and the founder of Duett Interiors. She previously worked at Nike, before deciding to translate her passion for interior design into a career. Her specialty is "merging cultures with your personal style to transform a space to be uniquely yours."
Corey Damen Jenkins is an interior designer and the founder of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, which has offices in Detroit, Michigan and New York City. He describes his mission as helping to ensure his clients' homes "are always classic, livable, and without an expiration date."