2Michaels360 Central Park W., nr. 96th St., Ste. 16H; 212-662-5358; 2michaelsdesign.com
Sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels are fond of using unusual color combinations and textures to create bright, open spaces that incorporate European accents like a gray woven Swedish rug, Italian mid-century furnishings, and Scandinavian pottery.
Alex Papachristidis Interiors300 E. 57th St., at Second Ave., Ste. 1C; 212-588-1777; alexpapachristidis.com
Papachristidis pairs unexpected colors with classic proportions, drawing on influences from his globe-trotting youth. Rich Italian textures, Greek archi- tecture, and eighteenth-century French interiors all provide inspiration.
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 set against airy, relaxed interiors. Each project is tailored to showcase existing natural elements such as light, views, or flora.
Amy Lau Design601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-645-6168; amylaudesign.com
One of New York’s top designers, Lau expertly mixes modernist know-how with a love of the offbeat and eccentric. Full of color and bold art, her spirited interiors feel more curated than decorated.
Anthony Baratta148 W. 24th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 3A; 212-966-8892; anthonybaratta.com
Traditional with a twist is Baratta’s M.O. Every room is steeped in color and pattern-on-pattern layers. He’s been known to put a cobalt-blue chandelier in an otherwise classic dining room.
Aurélien Gallet259 E. 7th St., nr. Ave. C; 212-228-2281; aureliengallet.com
Gallet favors neutral backgrounds (like Louis XVI gray walls) and solid fabrics. But he’s not opposed to the occasional pop of color, often conveyed via un- usual antique objects or a single piece of furniture.
Bella Mancini Design41 Union Sq. W., nr. 17th St., Ste. 523; 212-741-3380; bellamancinidesign.com
A committed problem solver, Mancini uses what a client already owns by editing, rearranging, and reinventing spaces. She once transformed a spare bedroom in 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., sixth fl.; 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 with clever color choices and some humor.
Brad Ford ID315 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 designers 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, textural finishes, and classical structures. Unafraid to mix eighteenth- and twentieth-century accessories, he once outfitted a dining room with a gilt-detailed, custom palm-wood table; thirties chairs from Leleu Paris; and silver vintage Christofle flatware.
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. He favors white walls and creamy Bolon carpets.
Bunny Williams418 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., fifth fl..; 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 with unparalleled good taste.
Campion Platt152 Madison Ave., nr. 32nd St., Ste. 900; 212-779-3835; campionplatt.com
Luxury is Platt’s mantra, which lends itself to opulent finishes and fine materials such as leather, resin, marble, Lucite, and natural woods. One Brooklyn bachelor pad included a living room with two-tone purple walls in Venetian plaster and a matching custom-made silk throw by Zegna for the couch.
Caroline Beaupère Design433 W. 34th Street, nr. Dyer Ave., Ste. 18F; 917-459-5455; carolinebeaupere.com
Paris-born Beaupère is sought after for her custom furniture, built-ins, and vanities. For an apartment in the iconic Ansonia building, she created a voluptuous, Art Nouveau–inspired decorative mantel and a curved bar made from lustrous, swirled rosewood.