Creatives envision spaces inspired by Cicely Tyson, Grace Jones, Beyoncé, and more.
Though interior design might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the names Beyoncé or Cecily Tyson, Black style icons have had a profound influence on fashion, art, and culture around the world. From Celia Cruz’s bold and unapologetic fashion pairings to Marvin Gaye’s 70s retro-hippie soul, trailblazers in Black cultural history have made waves that extend to all creative categories—interiors included. This Black History Month, what better way to celebrate the diversity and accomplishments of these icons than to integrate their vibes into your living space? We rounded up seven icons of Black history, then tapped creatives from their region (state in the U.S., country if outside the U.S.) to envision a room decorated with them in mind. Read on for inspiration.
Cicely Tyson was—and continues to be—an integral figure in African American culture and arts. She was synonymous with stellar fashion moments, spanning six decades of expressive glamor with the likes of red carpet gowns adorned in rich textures and bold colors. When approaching a living room for interior design with Cicely in mind, incorporate silk embroidered pillows atop a cream mohair velvet sofa, coupled with two vintage chairs in one of her signature colors – navy or oxblood. Balance the seating area with a Taznakht rug from Morocco, and a marble coffee table with coffee table books dedicated to Harlem arts culture. To complete the space, add a gallery wall of family photos in gold ornate frames to jazz up the walls colored in a Goodnight Moon hue by Clare paint. Make sure your space smells divine by adding the signature scent Goddess by The Black Home to set a luxurious mood. —Neffi Walker
Grace Jones is a beacon of powerful, androgynous and unapologetic style—and has been for decades. To channel her, think moody jewel tones juxtaposed with bold metals. Use a tight weave fabric on clean lined furnishings with sinuous curves layered with the soft sexy texture of a mink throw and silk accent pillows. Accent fabrics should be unpretentious and honest; graphic prints, such as mud cloth from Mali, are highly advised. Fiddle fig leaf trees in baskets and an extensive fine art collection should be the order of the day for accessorizing. Complete this sultry aesthetic with dramatic lighting and uncensored accessories that will undoubtedly make you laugh, cry, or clutch your pearls. –Karen Booker