Mention ‘the Hamptons’ and you’ll most likely drift off to thoughts of expansive decks, sumptuous sofas, grand mansions, beautiful beaches and lavish cocktail parties. And the history behind this popular holiday destination, and style, is just as fascinating as the images it conjures.
Read on to discover 10 essential steps to unlocking this classic style that works just as well in Australia as it does on the East Coast of America.
1. Pattern perfection
Add extra personality to a subtle seaside palette with patterned cushions or curtains in similar hues such as blue or grey. Florals, geometric designs and ikat prints are all popular ways to add some character to Hamptons-style homes.
2. Well-placed windows
“When you say the Hamptons, it evokes images of the beach and a relaxed lifestyle,” says owner Belinda Vanden Boom of Gallerie B Interiors. “In house design, this equates to light-filled, open rooms with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor, something that suits the Australian way of life.” In Hamptons homes, natural light pours in from French doors, classic multi-paned windows and skylights.
3. Crisp white walls
At its heart, the Hamptons look is “sophisticated, relaxed, timeless, airy and light”, says Indah Island interior designer, Natalee Bowen, an ambassador for Scyon Linea Weatherboard. The best place to start is with a fresh coat of paint, and white is always right for American East Coast style.
“Interior colours commonly associated with the Hamptons look are navy, duck egg blue, fresh white and soft greys”Diane Bergeron
4. Oversized furniture
Furnishings should be a mixture of tailored comfort and relaxed elegance. Opt for big, beautiful lamps, large sofas and glass coffee tables, suggests director Leigh Boswell of Highgate House. Check out the Hamptons-look range of furniture from Temple & Webster for suitable pieces.
5. Classic curtains
Floaty floor-to-ceiling curtains bring a romantic feel to a room, and help contribute to the light and airy Hamptons look. “Roman blinds or sheer curtains can soften rooms such as the kitchen and bathrooms,” says Belinda.
6. Coastal colours
Let the seaside inspire the rest of your palette. Think soft neutrals, creamy tones, sea greens and blues – and make sure you apply them throughout. “Ensure the colour palette flows from inside to out,” says Highgate House’s Leigh Boswell. “This doesn’t mean they have to be the same colours, they just need to sit comfortably together.”
7. Plantation shutters
Practical as well as pretty, they let you control temperature and light in a room.
8. Nautical knick-knacks
Team blue and white ceramics such as ginger jars with faux shells and corals for a beachy feel.
9. Timber floorboards
As first port of call for Hamptons-style flooring, timber boards have Been used for centuries for their durable and long-lasting Nature. “American white oak natural boards create warmth or, when stained black, add a dramatic feel,” says Indah Island’s Natalee Bowen.
10. Wonderful wainscoting
Introduce east-coast style with timber moulding along hallways and staircases. “integrate detailed trims such as architraves, cornices and skirtings,” says Belinda. Intrim Mouldings offer a range of inlay moulds and skirting boards designed to bring Hamptons style to your home.
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