We decode the specific elements that will give you an elegant, East Coast design in the hardest-working room in the home…
Shaker style, attributed to the eponymous 19th-century American religious group favouring simple, honest design, is at the heart of the Hamptons kitchen. However, doors are chunkier: an 80mm rail compared to Shaker’s traditional 60mm. Tongue-and-groove panelling is a regular inclusion. Corbels and turned legs can also be incorporated, but these blur the distinction between the Hamptons look and its fancier French-provincial cousin.
Colourwise, white with a little bit of grey is a good choice; try Dulux’s Lexicon Quarter or White on White. For handles, look for polished nickel or chrome. Bar versions or cup handles mixed with knobs are perfect, or you could take inspiration from this room and leave upper cabinetry handle-free for a less-is-more vibe. Natural stone, ceramic or subway tiles are all a good look on the splashback, while white marble with soft grey veining is an amazing choice for the benchtop, as is recycled timber. If you’re on a budget, marble-look reconstituted stone is a good substitute.
The golden tones of natural timber flooring warmly complement white cabinetry, while white-washed wooden boards give a high-end beach resort vibe. Dark-stained floors add an Art Deco feel, and concrete or stone play up the more contemporary side of the design. For furniture, oak-coloured wooden bar stools are a perfect fit.
Who doesn’t love Hamptons style? This beautiful renovation is brimming with it.