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These artists paint bold graphic or representational murals on blank walls, exposed brick, or any other surface in your home that needs spicing up. They did an Impressionism-influenced pastoral scene for one client and a Metropolis-inspired Art Deco design for another. $-$$ (by appointment only)

Dean Barger Studios, Inc.


Barger has more than 25 years of experience creating decorative murals, gilding, and custom Venetian plasters in the homes of celebrities and fashion designers. When the artist isn’t adorning surfaces with 12-karat-gold-leaf stencils, he teaches decorative art and mural painting at the New York School of Interior Design. $$

The Ellaphant in the Room

Mural painter Jeremy Alan has done a massive humpback whale, and a bright-red cardinal perched on a branch. He also offers more grown-up designs, like a bold abstract pattern to adorn the entryway of a home. He works closely with clients from concept through execution. $$-$$$ (by appointment only)

Eve Ashcraft Studio

247 Centre St., nr. Broome St., seventh fl.; 212-966-1506;

Ashcraft collaborated on Martha Stewart’s original paint lines, and her company is a go-to source for architectural color consultation. The team formulates palettes for indoor and outdoor environments, and it works in tandem with designers and architects to whip up the perfect hue. $$$ (by appointment only / consulting services)

Fresco Decorative Painting

324 Lafayette St., nr. Bleecker St., fifth fl.; 212-966-0676;

Fresco combines traditional techniques of gilding, glazing, and Venetian plaster with a 21st-century sensibility, serving private clients and industry pros. $$$-$$$$ (by appointment only)

Gotham Painting

336 E. 94th St., nr. First Ave. basement; 212-427-5752

The staff at Gotham Painting, a full-service painting contractor, is equipped to handle any job. They also do repairs—even on the most delicate antique hand-printed English wallpapers. $$ (by appointment only)

James Alan Smith


Trompe l’oeil murals take serious talent to produce. Enter Smith, a painter who can paint any fantasy, be it a Tiepolo-inspired panel or a wall of chinoiserie. His legerdemain includes faux marble, wood, and stone; stenciling; and even mock marquetry on the floor. $$$-$$$$ (by appointment only)

KMC Paint Design


Kevin McCormick’s intensive process often involves making samples of the finished walls, so that clients can rest assured that, though messy while in progress, their paint job will look stunning when dry. $$$ (by appointment only)

Matt Austin

Austin can touch up a faux-marble paint job or create an elaborate pastoral scene in a child’s bedroom. He’s been summoned to Europe to deck out lavish homes with gilding and the occasional fresco secco. One recent project involved a mural of birds and butterflies on chinoiserie branches painted in doped copper. $$$-$$$$ (by appointment only)



This online service matches clients with reliable housepainters. Get a quote in 30 seconds, and order up to five complimentary samples from a gallery of 3,500 hues prior to scheduling a job. Customers pay a flat fee according to room size (from $195 to $480), which includes labor, paint, supplies, equipment, tax, and tip.

Robert Star

178 E. 80th St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. C; 212-737-8855;

Open any shelter magazine and you are likely to see this company’s high-end work. Star specializes in the finest wall finishes, decorative painting, and wallpaper installation. $$$ (by appointment only)

Roth Painting Company, Inc.

11 Bruckner Blvd., nr. Lincoln Ave., Mott Haven; 212-883-0800

For a porcelain-smooth job, turn to Gordon Roth’s union shop of 25 pros, most of them graduates of rigorous apprenticeships. In business since 1944, the firm has handled painting jobs at Gracie Mansion, among other high-profile residences. $$$ (by appointment only)


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