About Us

Naomi Silva relocated from the US where she was an established designer and the owner of Naomi Silva Gallery specialising in contemporary paintings, photography and sculpture, as well as art and photography consultancy. Originally a native of Chicago, a city influenced by architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, it was studying Contract Design that established her style of incorporating contemporary, clean spatial design along with a very strong colour sense and lighting sensitivity. She also often utilises art, photography and architecture as strong focal elements. This led to her working as a producer in an animation studio in Chicago and later establishing a production office in Atlanta, where she represented the studio as well as commercial illustrators, photographers, film production houses and graphic designers. Her evolving love of photography led to a degree in that media before she opened her art gallery.

The Naomi Silva Gallery was based in the US and represented over 40 painters, photographers and sculptors located throughout the world who specialise in contemporary art - everything from interior designer Vicente Wolf’s photography to an exhibit of Andy Warhol prints through The Wiseman Collection and the works of sculptor Sergio Bustamante. During this time, she curated more than 40 exhibits, photography competitions and established an online limited-edition photography website, Irevelar.com (I reveal). Naomi's past experiences also include managing and merchandising a trade showroom specializing in Italian furnishings and lighting at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Centre. All of this has culminated in a style consisting of classical, functional design, often with an element of surprise coming from the inclusion of art and photography. For Naomi, the natural light sources of an interior are another critical element and one of the starting points in conceptualising a space.

What services do you provide?

Interior design, Artwork, Art and Photography Consultancy

How would you describe your style?

"Naomi Silva specialises in elegant, distinctive, luminous and timeless interiors which reference the past but move towards the future. A discerning eye inspired by art, photography, architecture and fashion results in contemporary, eclectic or traditionally classical styles tailored to each client."  

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"We recently redesigned the interiors of a Grade II-listed, seven-storey Georgian townhouse with gardens facing St James Park. It was a wonderful project in that, with the exception of the wallpaper and carpet in the master bedroom, I had the opportunity to start with a clean slate. My proposal was to keep the interiors and furnishings classic, incorporating a soft colour palette with fabrics and furnishings that instilled a quiet elegance and showcased both the beauty of the architectural details and the views onto St James Park. This was accomplished with subtle blues, pale yellow and beige along with touches of cobalt blue, black and gold. 

One of my strengths is understanding how lighting and colour greatly affect the mood of an interior, which references back to my many years in working with photographers, film and fine artists. In this instance, we lightened the existing paint colour. It was a shade of grey which, in a rainy, cloudy setting, along with the shade from the many trees, created a very sombre mood. The walls were then all painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, in a semi-gloss finish to bring additional light and reflection into the room that helped to amplify the architectural details. In the drawing room and adjacent library, Office White rugs were chosen to lighten the space while the selection of Massimo Listri’s beautiful photographs of the Galleria Uffizi set the tone.

The project called for complete concept design to final installations for seven floors; five ensuite bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, library, office, media room, kitchen and eating area with the selection of paint colours, finishes, floor coverings, repositioning and selection of all lighting fixtures, and the selection and purchase of furnishings and artworks. I also worked with a landscape gardener to redesign the garden adjacent to the lower level kitchen facing St James Park and all the terraces which secured the vision for the redesign.

For another Grade II-listed country townhouse, the brief was to design the living, dining/garden rooms while retaining the integrity of the historic details. A fireplace was installed which served as a focal point, along with a much-needed heating element; three radiators in the living room were removed so as to free up the wall space allowing furnishings to be placed in front of them. A custom-designed bookcase houses books, audio and video elements, hidden in drawers, as well as a screen. Most of the artwork was selected from the artists represented by the Naomi Silva Gallery."

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