Nostra Select

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Nostra believes good design enables better living, and we want that for all our clients.

The Nostra Select Interior Design Studio, has been created to give you design inspiration and to help simplify the design process. Influenced by the latest design trends from around the globe, Nostra has identified 5 individual interior looks. So whether you're Scandi or Classic, Natural or Noir, or even Mineral, Nostra's 'How do you like to live?' can help you bring your design inspiration to life.

  • Scandinavian Living

    Style Tips

    Stick to a natural materials palette such as wood, leather, hemp and linen.

    Scandinavian style walls should be neutral with white or cool grey base colours.

    Wood can feature on multiple surfaces – wall cladding, flooring, cabinetry and furniture. Be careful not to use timber that has a yellow hue.

    Keep timber floors light to blonde to unify your spaces and reflect light.

    Clean lines in both architecture and furniture are integral to achieving this style, so take a ‘less-is-more’ approach.

    Scale back on décor, instead adding texture with textiles and rugs and make use of feature artwork in monochrome or pastel colours.

    Pendant lighting and occasional lamps are also signatures of the Scandinavian style.

    For a pop of colour, layer pastel or geometric bowls and plates. Open shelves or small clusters of objects on the benchtop will also add colour.

  • Classic Living

    Style Tips

    What makes a room classic is in the details – detailed skirtings and architraves, deep ornate cornices, wall panelling and room symmetry.

    Keep walls fresh in white or a soft contrast grey and use feature wall sconces in the entry passages and above feature mirrors in bathrooms.

    In living areas oversized table lamps and pendant lighting feature heavily.

    Artwork for the Classic style is traditional – think botanical inspired sketches and country scenes.

    Layer delicate furniture with feminine lines, tapered legs and a neutral palette with throws and ample cushions featuring texture, pattern and soft colours.

    Oak timber floors, parquetry and large format natural format tiles are all great options for the main flooring.

    Ensure you keep the same finish in your cabinetry handles as your door hardware and furniture detail. Polished chrome or nickel are top of the list.

  • Natural Living

    Style Tips

    Medium timber tones create the core palette of the Natural style.

    Flooring works best in concrete or a large format natural/honed concrete inspired tile. This limits join lines and creates a sense of space.

    Warm white walls will co-ordinate with grey and are less arresting and more inviting than a bold architectural white.

    Furniture should be of a similar tone to your cabinetry to restrict contrast.

    Limit window treatments so that the outside can be brought in and black window casings act to frame the outdoor scene.

    Simple pendant lighting is well suited to the Natural style.

    Use your natural environment and bring the outside in. Timber slabs used as a dining table or smaller pieces such as unique chopping boards will add impact.

  • Noir Living

    Style Tips

    Walls should be painted a dark feature shade such as black, navy, charcoal or grey – pushing the envelope of darkness without feeling oppressive.

    Anchor your Noir space with dark aged timber, herringbone or concrete floors.

    Instead of contrasting the walls, layer furniture and textiles in a co-ordinated dark shade adding visual interest through texture.

    Noir furniture design is masculine, so look for clean lines or neat detailing like buttons or small piped cushions.

    Accessorise with dark foliage or timber touches.

    To ensure Noir doesn’t become flat, use different finishes so that texture and shadow can lift the design and create interest.

  • Mineral Living

    Style Tips

    Bronze, Gold, Brass and Copper accents all work strongly as highlights or features in Mineral spaces.

    Mix your metals to deepen the Mineral story – the lounge room might feature burnished gold, while bronze could be the highlight in the kitchen.

    Square set ceilings and wall treatments add a level of luxury to Mineral looks.

    Artwork has an architectural quality through either sculpture or feature mirrors with metallic elements.

    Furniture for Mineral includes low line sofas and striking occasional chairs featuring an art deco-esque metallic frame in a neutral fabric.

    Make a statement from the time you enter by making a metallic feature of your front door.

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