Breezy seaside living, natural colours and modern simplicity – there’s no wonder the Hamptons style has taken Australia by storm.
Hampton homes are classic, relaxed and inviting. With a palette consisting of soft greys, pale blues and white on white on white, the Hamptons style foundations are laid.
Inspired by the holiday homes of the luxury New York seaside region of the same name, the Hamptons style has today evolved into an elegant but relaxed essence that fits perfectly into Australian living.
To achieve the Hamptons style, you’ll need to choose the right colours, textures and furnishings. Read on for some of my best decorating ideas and fall in love all over again with this timeless look.
The Hamptons has always been a place at the forefront for emerging design trends. From the simple farmhouses of the early years, to grand summer homes and on to modernist mid-twentieth century design.
Most popular of these styles is the American craftsman home, characterised by their large intricate roofs, colonial glazing and balanced mix of timber and stone cladding.
The craftsman has a had a modernist influence over the years, Inspired by the exquisite beauty of the natural environment of long Island’s, East End. The Hamptons’ home has evolved for modern living embracing the outdoors, natural light and the demand for open plan living.
Image supplied by Luxitecture – Sydney architects
Hamptons Colour Scheme
Born from coastal living, the base colours are the neutral whites, creams and linen tones along with shades inspired by the ocean. Bright green plants contrast perfectly against light cool tones.
We love the pastel blues, greens, pale lilacs and cool grey. Take a look at Silver City, Terrace White and Whitsunday Island from Dulux below.
Internally, the Hamptons style is characterised by architectural trims such as high skirtings, wide door and window frames, wall mouldings, square columns (but not ostentatious in any way) and dark floors.
Defined by picture frame-like profiles and usually painted a crisp white, these features add both character and definition to your home.
Image supplied by Intrim Mouldings
Statement front doors in glossy black or dark grey are popular in Hamptons homes today, while internal doors and cupboards will typically blend harmoniously with the wall colours in shades of white, grey or linen tones.
Door handles and hooks normally have a bronze or chrome finish. In Australia, we are more likely to see chrome doorknobs to match stainless-steel hinges, but if you’re partial to bronze, you should have no problem matching the two.
For flooring, dark and polished timber is a traditional feature of the Hamptons home, often mixed with textured carpets and natural slate tiles for a rustic appearance. Textured rugs and throws can be used to add texture and warmth.
We adore the natural oak-coloured grain of the Penza range of timber floorboards by Tongue N Groove Flooring which feature delicious warm, brown tones.
Furnishings + Accessories
Think clean lines, plump feather cushions, sisal rugs and white and grey throws. It’s a beautiful, light and airy palette that is instantly relaxing and inviting. Compliment your home with white linen couches, wooden furnishings and décor in shades of blue, white, grey and black.
Let There Be Light
Lighting is beautiful and simple with a feeling of being there but not attention seeking. Beautiful shade or glass pendants, glass wall lights and lamps are all staple choices. They look delicate to the touch but have enough presence to not look fragile.
A Hamptons style home should be filled with plenty of natural light, so be sure to choose a lighting solution that compliments the light from outside.
The Hamptons kitchen has an effortless light and breezy feel with plenty of white, from the cabinetry to the lights, stools and window frames. Feature joinery can be white, pale timber veneer or something in between.
Create contrast with dark kitchen stools, pops of colour in the kitchenware or lush green plants.
A blue or grey feature marble island bench in the kitchen is a suitable addition. We love this luxurious Hamptons kitchen designed by Sydney architects Luxitecture, who have gone for a carrara marble stone.
Image supplied by Luxitecture
The elegance of the Hamptons bathroom comes down to the right tiling and fixtures. Like the kitchen, the bathroom should be light with a typically grey and white colour palette.
Glossy floor and marble wall tilings are a standard of the Hamptons style. A throwback to the 1950’s Subway or Herringbone patterns are incredibly popular at the moment and the perfect addition to most bathrooms.
Traditional silver style tapware is a good choice for the bathroom, matched with clean and simple white ceramic sinks and benches. Accessorise the walls with matching hooks and fixtures.
We love just about anything by The English Tapware Company and Phoenix Tapware.
The English Tapware Company
It’s not just the timeless styling that’s got renovators swooning over Pinterest though, it’s property investors too… “There is a growing trend for Hampton’s style properties in Australia. These types of properties are highly sought after and can create strong competition come auction time. This competition can push up prices and see them outperform other properties of a similar footprint in the same marketplace.” – Penelope @ Property Alchemy
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