2Michaels360 Central Park W., nr. 96th St., Ste. 16H; 212-662-5358; 2michaelsdesign.com
A Sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels are fond of using off-the-beaten-path color combinations and textures to create bright, open spaces that have a fresh and inviting feel, like a recent Sutton Place project where rooms alternate playfully between Spanish colonial and boho-chic décor.
50 for 50250 E. 31st St., at Second Ave., Ste. 3B; 50for50design.com
Get chic surroundings on a shoestring with this company, which charges $50 for an initial 50-minute consultation with designer Noa Santos, who will dole out personalized design advice for your space, such as layout, colors, style options, and more.
Aero Studios419 Broome St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-966-4700; aerostudios.com
Thomas O’Brien’s interiors reflect a relaxed, refined elegance. Muted palettes keep things cool, and artful clusters of clients’ personal photographs create a special touch.
Alexa Papachristidis Interiors300 E. 57th St., at Second Ave., Ste. 1C; 212-588-1777; alexpapachristidis.com
Papachristidis pairs impromptu colors and classic proportions to spaces steeped in tradition. The rooms he designs are so eclectic and found-object driven, you can’t help but wonder where in the world this man has (or has not) traveled.
Alternative Design150 Bay St., nr. Marin Blvd., Jersey City, N.J.; 646-230-7222; alternativedesign.com
Principal Courtney Sloane’s style is bold and high-tech to suit the needs of her entertainment-industry clients like Diddy. She softens heavy metals with a seventies spatial sense (like conversation pits) and an array of Asian and African touches.
Amanda Nisbet Design1326 Madison Ave., nr. 94th St., Ste. 64; 212-860-9133; amandanisbetdesign.com
Nisbet’s designs radiate a lively, energetic warmth through the use of jewel and earth tones that are set against airy, uncluttered interiors. Each project is tailored to showcase existing natural elements such as light, view, or flora in their optimal setting.
Amy Lau Design601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-645-6168; amylaudesign.com
One of New York’s top designers, Lau is an expert in mixing modernist know-how with a love of the offbeat and eccentric. Her spirited interiors are filled with color, bold art, and an elegant optimism that is warm and inviting.
Anthony Baratta148 W. 24th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 3A; 212-966-8892; anthonybaratta.com
American traditional decorating is Baratta’s terrain, with every room steeped in color and pattern-on-pattern layers.
Aurélien Gallet259 E. 7th St., nr. Ave. C; 212-228-2281; aureliengallet.com
Gallet’s projects often pair antiques and architectural fragments with contemporary art objects. His moody interiors combine browns and burgundies with an innovative exploration of proportion and volume to achieve an edgy, masculine atmosphere.
Bella Zakarian Mancini41 Union Sq. W., nr. 17th St., Ste. 523; 212-741-3380; bellamancinidesign.com
Zakarian Mancini doesn’t turn up her nose at modest budgets or square footage. A committed problem-solver, she’ll work with what a client already owns, editing, rearranging, and reinventing spaces, such as transforming a spare bedroom of an Upper East Side apartment into a wine cellar and tasting room for a collector client.
Bilhuber and Associates330 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., Ste. 6; 212-308-4888; bilhuber.com
Jeffrey Bilhuber appears to be simultaneously channeling Billy Baldwin, Jean-Michel Frank, and Andy Warhol. In other words: bright, bold, big looks for clients like Anna Wintour and David Bowie.
BNO Design75 Spring St., nr. Crosby St., sixth fl.; 212-343-9709; bnodesign.com
Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s art pieces are as likely to come from eBay as from a tony antiques shop. He pulls together beads and Biedermeier, curves and crisp edges via clever color choices and a bit of humor.
Brad Ford I.D.315 Seventh Ave., at 28th St., Ste. 16B; 212-352-9616; bradfordid.com
Ford creates mid-century-modern spaces that don’t look like a time capsule from 1952. He has clearly absorbed, better than most, lessons in elegance from the iconic Charles and Ray Eames.
Brian J. McCarthy140 West 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 5B; 212-308-7600; bjminc.com
Look to McCarthy for a fresh take on colored walls, classical structures, and prints. He has an eye for both modern and vintage accessories, such as outfitting a dining room with a custom palm-wood table with gilt details, circa-1930 chairs from Leleu Paris, and silver vintage Christofle flatware and candlesticks.
Bruce T. Bananto130 Barrow St., nr. Washington St., Ste. 309; 212-748-9022; bananto.com
Light practically bounces around a Bananto-designed apartment, reflecting from tin ceiling to polished floor. “My color palette is generally neutral”—white walls, creamy Bolon carpets—“with a spare use of objectified color,” he says.
Bunny Williams418 E. 75th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-207-4040; bunnywilliams.com
Whether you want country comfort—like her own Connecticut living room—or formal Georgian elegance, this legendary decorator can make it happen.
Campion Platt152 Madison Ave., nr. 32nd St., Ste. 900; 212-779-3835; campionplatt.com
Simplicity is Platt’s mantra, which lends itself to an up-to-date (but not minimal) aesthetic. Platt’s balanced rooms typically have a contemporary feel, thanks to “metal, Lucite, resin, and lots of natural woods,” he says.