2Michaels360 Central Park W., nr. 96th St., Ste. 16H; 212-662-5358; 2michaelsdesign.com
Twin 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. European textiles, classical architecture, and 18th-century furnishings all provide inspiration.
Amy Lau Design601 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. M272; 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 Baratta224 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., fifth fl.; 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.
Antonino Buzzetta Design39 W. 14th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 504; 917-971-0571; antoninobuzzetta.com
Buzzetta claims to be a traditionalist at heart, but he has a talent for using bursts of unexpected color, pattern, and texture to bring life and interest to sleek and modern spaces.
Ashe + Leandro611 Broadway, nr. Houston St., Ste. 804; 212-242-3642; asheleandro.com
Designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro take “a youthful but not young” approach to their projects. The duo strike a collaborative rapport with clients and livens up spaces with playful pieces: a glowing “LOL” sign on a fireplace mantel or a neon chevron rug in the center of a living room.
Bilhuber and Associates330 E. 59th St., nr. First 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 Design30 Vesey St., nr. Church St., Ste. 500; 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. Better than most, he has clearly absorbed lessons in eclectic elegance from the designers Charles and Ray Eames.
Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.140 W. 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 18th- and 20th-century accessories, he once outfitted a dining room with a gilt-detailed custom palm-wood table, ’30s chairs by Leleu, and vintage Christofle silver.
Bunny Williams306 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.
Cafiero Select36 E. 2nd St., at Second Ave.; 212-414-8821; cafieroselect.com
David Cafiero’s extensive travels and eclectic cosmopolitan sensibility shape his design practice, Grey Gardens, which includes his gallery and home-goods and antiques store, Cafiero Select. He’s a terrific source for reclaimed pieces.
Campion Platt152 Madison Ave., at 32nd St., Ste. 900; 212-779-3835; campionplatt.com
Luxury is Platt’s mantra. He specializes in 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 Design1 University Pl., nr. Waverly Pl., Ste. 7B; 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.