Black Interior Designers’ Home Decor Tips

As we’re spending more time indoors, finding ways to make your space more stylish, comfortable, and functional has likely been at the top of your to-do list. The pandemic has motivated many to transform their workspaces, refresh their living room layouts, rethink kitchen pantry setups, and carve out nooks just for self-care. To put it simply, the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged many people to place more value on their homes, and put more thought into how their environment can better suit their lifestyle.

We couldn’t help but to ask a selection of go-to Black designers to share how they’ve reworked their homes in light of the quarantine. Read on for their decorating pointers, which might just inspire you to take your own home to the next level.

Kesha Franklin

Rayon Richards Photography

“My guest room is always prepped and ready for guests, but during COVID-19, our guest visits have been minimal. I’ve repurposed my guest room as a retreat away from my normal routine in the house with weekend naps, catch-up calls with girlfriends, and some late-evening sourcing on my laptop with a cup of Earl Grey tea or a glass of German riesling. I’ve been grateful to

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How to Make DIY Paper Lanterns for Halloween

Use LED bulbs for your lanterns, which won’t overheat.

Punk rock lanterns

Materials:

  • Paper lanterns
  • Craft studs (we used plastic so that the finished lantern would be lightweight)
  • Hot glue or craft glue

    Steps:

    1. Attach studs to paper lantern with glue and let dry.

      Splatter paint pumpkin lanterns

      Materials:

      • Paper lanterns
      • Acrylic or craft paint
      • Water paint brush

        Steps:

        1. Mix water and paint until you have the consistency of heavy cream.
        2. Drip paint onto the paper lantern and let dry, working one side at a time until the whole lantern is covered.

          Mike Garten

          lanterns

          Mike Garten

          Mummy shroud lantern

          Materials:

            Steps:

            1. Cut a length of cloth, roughly stretching and tearing it to create an irregular shape.
            2. Drape over a paper lantern.

              Full moon lantern

              Materials:

              • Paper lanterns
              • Gray acrylic or craft paint
              • Water sponge

                Steps:

                1. Mix together a very light gray paint color adding water until you have the consistency of heavy cream.
                2. Dip a damp (not wet) sponge into the paint and lightly stamp it onto the lantern, blending as you go (look at a photo of the moon for reference).
                3. Let dry completely.

                  Creepy crawlies lantern

                  Materials:

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