Sheila Bridges Design, Inc.212-678-6872; sheilabridges.com
Bridges’s taste runs to the colorful, unexpected, and minimal. Her classic and contemporary rooms frame exceptional furniture finds. “I bring the outdoors inside with trays of grass, stones, and shells,” she says.
Siskin Valls Interior Design21 W. 58th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Ste. 2B; 212-752-3790; siskinvalls.com
Paul Siskin seeks out spectacular accessories— chandeliers, brass wall hangings, and art pieces—and sets them against a low-key background. He favors modern furniture and a contrasting color palette.
S.R. Gambrel, Inc.15 Watts St., nr. Thompson St., fourth fl.; 212-925-3380; srgambrel.com
Steven Gambrel is known for his sleek, sophisticated use of textured color—lacquered cobalt, ebonized floors. His taste in furniture enhances the surfaces, with strong shapes arranged for minimal fuss.
Stephen Shadley Designs152 W. 27th St., nr. Seventh Ave., tenth fl.; 212-243-6913; stephenshadley.com
With a star-studded client roster that includes Jennifer Aniston and Diane Keaton, Shadley, a former Hollywood scenic artist turned interior designer, has an eye for textures, colors, and composition.
Stephen Sills Associates30 E. 67th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-988-6100; stephensills.com
Sills arranges European and American furnishings in rooms known as much for over-the-top gestures (a cobblestone floor, a backlit crystal fireplace) as for museum-quality antiques.
Studio Sofield380 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 212-473-1300; studiosofield.com
Old-world comforts get a radical update from William Sofield, a rigorous modernist whose interiors combine elements of design history and fine art. Notable past projects include Tom Ford’s New York flagship store and the lavish David Barton Gym in Manhattan.
Thad Hayes80 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-571-1234; thadhayes.com
Hayes’s interiors are always sharp and sensible, but he flits happily between periods, finding something to appreciate in every century.
Thomas Britt, Inc.136 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 701; 212-752-9870; thomasbritt.com
Britt enhances the grandeur of prewar spaces—and ordinary apartments—with oversize furnishings, plush fabrics, mirrors, and marble. Then he cuts the opulence with the addition of Indian rugs or quirky objects from his travels to Asia and Europe.
Thom Filicia200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 815, in the New York Design Center; 212-736-6454; thomfilicia.com
Filicia mixes classic silhouettes with modern details to create an aesthetic that’s both bold and inviting. His showroom, Sedgwick & Brattle, features products from his eponymous home collection and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. (ecofriendly)
Tom Delavan13 W. 9th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-777-1881; tomdelavan.com
Delavan creates spaces that reflect the lifestyles of his clients through fine furnishings and art. He might use a vintage Vico Magistretti Caori coffee table or display a group of authentic Warhol Polaroid photos featuring Farrah Fawcett, Blondie, and Keith Haring.
Todd Klein, Inc.1201 Broadway, nr. 28th St., Ste. 801; 212-414-0001; toddklein.com
Klein puts a youthful spin on stately grandeur, drawing on his love of natural materials and knowledge of art and architecture. He respects his clients’ lifestyles (which have ranged from mogul to bohemian), and his interiors always radiate fun.
Tom Scheerer Incorporated215 Park Ave. S., nr. 18th St., Ste. 1701; 212-529-0744; tomscheerer.com
Working with whitewashed tones and various wood elements, Scheerer is an expert at composing casually elegant interiors that suggest travel to exotic locales.
Wesley Moon, Inc.195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 301–6; 212-785-0392; wesleymoon.com
The charming southern designer has a talent for combining different styles, periods, and colors (particularly grays and whites). Moon’s philosophy is that every room should be livable and functional. His elegant spaces have a tastefully put-together feel that’s never too ornate.
White Webb105 E. 34th St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 116; 212-889-2900; whitewebb.com
Design duo Matthew White and Frank Webb have complementary styles—White is a classicist, while Webb is a modernist. They painted one Upper West Side living room with pale grays and furnished it with a 1930s French credenza and sexy curved sofas.