How to get Hamptons style outside

Your outdoor spaces revisited: Hamptons 101

If you crave the look of the Hamptons for your home, extend this classic decorating style to your outdoor living and entertaining spaces.

Achieving timeless Hamptons style is a matter of getting a few simple elements right and sticking to them for your whole decorating scheme.

This applies to your outdoor areas as well as interiors. The combination of coastal charm and sophisticated luxury, Hamptons-style is based around a look that will weather a beach-side location, so lots of white paint and a traditional weatherboard look to your exterior is the first place to start.

Whether your home is old or new you may be lucky enough to have a weatherboard home, or perhaps simply covet the look. Cladding your outdoor areas and painting in a light, bright colour will go a long way to nail the look of Hamptons coastal style. If not achievable for your whole exterior, use it as a key feature of your outdoor spaces wherever possible. Consider cladding a feature wall or entrance way, or perhaps you can bridge spaces together with cladded walkways.

Key elements of the Hamptons look

Light, bright, open spaces designed for easy living and entertaining

Neutral, coastal colour base palette of whites, creams, linen tones and greys

Add blues in a range of tones, inspired by the sea from duck egg through sea glass to a rich navy

Accent with natural textures

Natural light

Internal panelling

High ceilings – even in your outdoor entertaining areas

Weatherboard exterior

Add accents of colour with soft furnishings and greenery, particularly palms and orchids, to bring the space to life and let in plenty of natural light. “Natural light can really transform a room,” says interior designer Natalee Bowen. “It’s worth spending time at the start of a Hamptons-inspired build or renovation to consider key ways to maximise light all-year round.”

“The lightest shade of white paint for the ceilings is the final step in maximising space within.” Natalie Bowen

Other elements to consider

Open-plan living areas

Raked or coffered ceilings

Oversized bi-folds and large windows

Lightweight voile curtains that drape to the floor

Upholstered seating in seaside tones

Ample deck space for entertaining and transitioning between indoors and out

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