Think refined elegance, a fresh neutral colour palette and whitewashed timber flooring and Hamptons-style is often the first thing that springs to mind. Inspired by the luxury group of villages on Long Island, New York, the interior design style of the Hamptons has become synonymous with subtle sophistication and the breezy effortlessness of the coast. If you’re craving a home that exudes the luxe chic of the Hamptons then getting started isn’t as complicated – or expensive! – as you think. Check out our tips below for all the colours, finishes and furnishings you need to bring the enduring appeal of the Hamptons into your home…
1. White, white and more white!
Crisp white interiors with a low sheen finish are key to mastering this style. While white immediately creates the illusion of space, it also combines modern with classic and gives your home that highly sought-after cool and welcoming vibe. Think all white finishes for kitchen cabinetry, coupled with light stone or pale marble for benchtops.
2. Well-placed windows
Airy, light-filled and open rooms are easily achieved with French doors, multi-paned windows and skylights. Large windows with clean aluminium frames allow for natural light to showcase that timeless, yet contemporary interior.
It wouldn’t be Hamptons-style without timber floorboards! Opt for pale timbers with hints of grey and white, or consider a white-washed distressed look to truly exude that feeling of effortless living.
4. Add wainscoting
Integrate timber with that east-coast style moulding along hallways and staircases. Detailed trims, such as cornices and skirtings, ensures that breezy, seaside feel flows throughout your entire home.
5. Thick and textured rugs
Rugs in cooler colours with natural fibres or woven with textures of cotton and bleached wool work beautifully with timber floors. If you’re after a dash of colour, lighter, washed out shades of blue look are also worth considering.
6. Oversized furniture
A large couch or modular lounge in soft white linen or pale striped upholstery is perhaps the quintessential piece of Hamptons-style. Pair this with sideboards and tables in natural timbers to blend timeless elegance with contemporary comfort. Cane or rattan armchairs of a generous size, with plump, overstuffed cushions complete the look and bring that seaside, holiday feel into your home.
7. Classic curtains
Swathy floor-to-ceiling curtains emanate that airy Hamptons feel and can soften a room by adding a romantic touch. Again, think cooler, neutral tones with a soft, floaty pattern.
8. Pendant lights
Traditional rustic and hand-carved pendants in pale woodwork equally as well here as clean, sharp, modern pendants do. Think large lights with a distressed touch to continue the breezy, coastal style.
9. Carry the theme outside
The Hamptons is all about vast, tiered decks with comfy wicker armchairs facing the beach. Keep your area more coastal than country and ensure the white theme is consistent outdoors too!
10. The finishing touches
Seek to carry the neutral colour palette throughout the entire space and include some personality with decorative vignettes in bleached coral, sea glass or driftwood. Blue china vases and plain linen light shades are another staple of this style with stone or glass coffee tables bringing a little glamour. Heaped cushions in a soft shade of blue or yellow with simple patterns add a touch of flair to your space. Think florals, geometrics and ikat prints, and don’t forget ocean-inspired motifs for a truly Hamptons-inspired feel!
Thinking of building a home that reflects your lifestyle and getting creative with living spaces? Book a call with a member of our team today or call 1800 184 284 for expert advice on the right home design for you!