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.
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. 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.
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 strikes 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.
Aurélien Gallet13 Gramercy Park S., at Irving Pl., Ste. 2F; 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 unusual antique objects or a single piece of furniture.
Bella Mancini Design41 Union Sq. W., nr. 17th St., Ste. 523; 212-741-3380; bellamancinidesign.com
Mancini understands city living, which translates into a design approach for real people with hectic lifestyles. Most recently, her firm completed a gut renovation of an East Hampton cottage, a modern apartment for empty nesters new to the city, and a total apartment redesign for a growing family.
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 elegance from the iconic designers Charles and Ray Eames.
Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.140 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 18th- and 20th-century accessories, he once outfitted a dining room with a gilt-detailed custom palm-wood table, ’30s chairs by Leleu, and silver vintage Christofle flatware.
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., 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 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.